Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rock Music History in Richmond, VA - Some Links - Send Us More.

Richmond, Virginia
and Rock & Roll
 "Miami, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Raleigh, North Carolina
Washington D.C.
Oh, and Richmond, Virginia too"
- from "Night Train" by James Brown, 1962(song originally written by Johhny Hodges and revised by Jimmy Forest)
Check out these links to Richmond, Virginia rock music history
- let us know if you have others to add.
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Elvis Presley in Richmond at the Mosque, 1956 - Here he is inches away from Main St.

First Psychedelic Rock Concert in Richmond (and Virginia) took place 4 W. Broad Street, August 4, 1967.
Richmond, Virginia Garage Rock - "Hey Joe" by the Hazards, 1967.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shafer Court, VCU, April 14, 1989.
Neil Young visits Plan 9 Music in Richmond's Carytown, April 16, 2011.
ThroTTle Magazine - 30 Years Later and Counting.
Film of VCU's Monroe Park Campus from ca. 1977 - Over 30 Years Ago.

Rare images of Springsteen in Richmond - Found at this SITE
Bruce Springsteen and friends, VCU Franklin St. Gym, Richmond - Feb. 14, 1973.

BruceBase - Every Springsteen concert - including all his Richmond shows. 
"Oregon Hill" - by the Cowboy Junkies, 1992.
Your Spring Park Trip, Monroe Park concert, April 5, 1970 - 40 years ago.
 Garage Rock in Richmond, VA

Richmond Music Journal

A brief history of 929 West Grace [Twisters, Back Door,...]  RVA
  WJRB AM 820 - VCU's student run radio, l967-1970s
 Great site created by RPI/VCU alum.

"Strive" - Church of God in Christ Youth Choir - Richmond, Virginia, 1976.

WRIR Presents: RVA Music History Tumblr Site.

'Elvis at 21' Exhibit at VMFA- Includes information about the Kiss at the Mosque

Monday, September 1, 2014

Can you identify this building, location, time period, etc.

This might be a tough image to identify but also very fun. 

What is this building? The name of it? Location? About when was this image taken? One hint - this building has been demolished and was located in Richmond (naturally). I'll give more hints if the need arises. 

For those who do Know - let others respond first so we can see the range of speculation. I will post an image of what stands in this location at present later iln the week. Thanks to Selden for finding this rare view.

- Ray

Friday, August 22, 2014

More images of the 800 and 900 blocks of W. Grace St., Nov. 1987.

The Lums diner. Near the corner of Grace and Laurel. 
Always had "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye on their jukebox.

The Greca, corner of Grace and Shafer. 
Eventually it became a strip joint.

Station Break - 900 block of W. Grace St. 
For those who had nothing to do during the day.

Newgate Prison, 900 block of W. Grace St.  
The VCU Police are located here now but they'll be moving downtown within the next year or so.

Chicken Box, 900 block of W. Grace St. 
Terrible but very cheap food. Had a large mural of a farm on the wall. 

Hababa's, 900 block of W. Grace St.
I think Brigg's Barbecue has this space now.

The Metro, 900 block of W. Grace St.
Watched a lot of MTV here in 1984 (when MTV was good).
Ate a good amount of  nachos and drank lots of beer with friends here.
Plaza Art has been here a good while in this location.

The original Village Cafe, corner of Harrison and Grace. 
Drank my first Richmond beer in here at the back
table in August of 1982 - only 32 years ago.
I seem to remember people always playing "Mr. Sandman"
by The Chordettes, 1954, on the little jukeboxes that were in the booths. 

Listen HERE.

- Ray (old!)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Can you name this location in Richmond and the approximate year?

This a tough image challenge. A lot has changed since this image was taken in Richmond. Can you name the location and approximate year? What do you win? Bragging rights.

- Ray