Pocahontas Premieres is a concert series hosted at Pocahontas State Park's spacious Heritage Amphitheater.
Unless otherwise noted in descriptions below, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Parking is $5, and concerts are held rain or shine. (Several shows are free, except for parking.) Apart from the May 11 and Sept. 13 shows, concerts start at 7 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m. Except for the May 11, July 12 and Sept. 13 shows, coolers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed. Call 804-796-4255 or visit www.ticketstobuy.com for tickets.
The amphitheater's benches seat up to 350, but many spectators prefer setting up lawn chairs and blankets on a gentle slope that surrounds the elevated stage. All seats offer a great view in this universally accessible venue. Food and drinks will be for sale by Gregory's Grill; beer and wine will be available for purchase (proper ID required) at some shows thanks to the Friends of Pocahontas State Park.
May 11 (free)
Richmond Symphony with the 392nd Army Band and Battery
This concert, which honors veterans and active armed forces personnel, begins at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy great classical music in the great outdoors. The show is free except for a $5 parking fee, which is waived for active and retired military personnel.
An Evening with the Embers, Featuring Craig Woolard
This legendary beach-music band, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, hails from North Carolina. Among others, the band's hits include "I Love Beach Music" and "Far Away Places." Advanced tickets are $10; tickets are $12 on the day of the show. Parking is $5.
The Red NOT Chili Peppers
If you enjoy energetic and funky rock, you'll love the tribute band, the Red NOT Chili Peppers, as the group covers the chart-topping hits that brought the Chili Peppers a worldwide following and critical acclaim.
Live/Wire AC/DC Tribute
LIVE WIRE is the ultimate AC/DC tribute band. The band performs AC/DC's best, from the early Australian club circuit days to its era of worldwide fame. The opening act is Heathen.
Hollywood Nights Bob Seger Tribute
Hollywood Nights is the ultimate tribute band to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band. The band re-creates everything about Seger. Seger fans don't want to miss this show. The opening act is No Last Names.
July 12 (free)
Richmond Jazz Band
This band of more than 20 members was formed in 2012 by former military band members, school teachers and professional musicians. They perform music from various eras, including those of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Chicago, Michael Buble and others. They also perform Latin style jazz.
July 25 (free)
Flashback is a nine-member band founded in 1982. They play oldies, Motown, soul and beach music. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Please bring proper I.D. Except for a $5 parking fee, it's free.
Zoso, the Ulitmate Led Zeppelin Experience
Zoso recreates the music, magic and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 70s or are looking for a chance to relive the Hammer of the Gods phenomenon, don't miss this show. The opening act is Sweet Justice.
Sept. 13 (free)
Bring the whole family and listen to great classical music in the great outdoors. The concert begins at 6 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 14. The show is free except for a $5 parking fee.
Location and directions: The park is in Chesterfield County. From I-95, take Exit 61 and go west on Route 10 to Route 655 which is Beach Road; or take Exit 67, go north on Route 150 to Route 10; go east to Beach Road. The park is four miles on right; or take Route 288 from I-95 to Route 10 East and go one mile to Beach Road. Follow park signs from there. Click here for a Google Map.