Every Day is a Good Day for Music in Richmond
In late spring 2014, the Good Day RVA film collective hosted the first “A Good Day in RVA” festival at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The idea was to have an all-day, all-local music festival with two stages, one inside and one outside, at one of our city’s favorite breweries.
I was living in Oregon at the time and missed its first iteration. I had never been more homesick. Before moving to Oregon, the people I met in the Richmond music scene became like family. They supported me, I supported them, we all supported each other—musically and beyond.
In May 2015, my band Antiphons got the privilege of playing “A Good Day in RVA II” with some of our favorite Richmond bands. The indoor and outdoor stages were elaborately decorated in their respective themes, futuristic and prehistoric. We played inside on the futuristic stage, which seemed entirely too fitting for me, having just moved back to Richmond, terrified and excited about things to come.
I spent the day eating at food trucks, enjoying Hardywood’s fantastic beer, and catching up with old friends while watching incredible bands such as Christi, Way, Shape, or Form, Lobo Marino, Sports Bar, and Basmati. A long time Richmond mainstay, White Laces, closed out the night. I road away from Hardywood on my bicycle as fireworks erupted in the warm May sky over The Diamond, where the Flying Squirrels play baseball.
Good Day RVA videographer Craig Zirpolo put together a video from “A Good Day in RVA II” with Christi performing Cry. Check it out here and follow Good Day RVA online for updates about their annual festival.
– Brian Dove, 8 year resident of Richmond