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Dark Star Orchestra to Perform at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, August 20

Richmond Raceway and AEG Presents announce Dark Star Orchestra will return to present their critically acclaimed live show to Deadheads both young and old at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the public online at or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for the Dark Star Orchestra concert on Thursday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 cash only for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 5:00 p.m.

Dark Star Orchestra is made up of Jeff Mattson (Jerry Garcia), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Skip Vangelas (Phil Lesh), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir) and Rob Barraco (multiple keyboardists).

Offering a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon, members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows. 

While faithful improvisation is pinnacle, precision is of equal importance with Dark Star Orchestra, which position the stage plot based on the year of Grateful Dead show to be performed, adapting phrasing, voice arrangements, and even arranges specific musical equipment for the various eras of Dead music performed. At the end of each performance, the band announces the date and venue where the original show just covered took place. Dark Star Orchestra dips into every incarnation of the Dead, so most fans can “see” shows that happened long before they were born.

To learn more about Dark Star Orchestra, visit

Virginia Lottery Concert Series

Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the only covered amphitheater in the greater Richmond region, continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, The Lumineers, and The 1975.

This year’s Virginia Lottery Concert Series at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will be one of the best in the venue’s history. Tickets for previously announced shows are available for purchase unless otherwise specified.

Cody Jinks will join the Toyota Spring Race Weekend to perform an evening of outlaw country as part of the Virginia Lottery Concert Series at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago, one of the longest-running and best-selling rock bands of all-time, will be a part of the Virginia Lottery Concert Series to play at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, and special guests Gerry Cinnamon, joins the Virginia Lottery Concert Series at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Monday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m.

PRIMUS and special guests Wolfmother and The Sword as part of A Tribute To Kings Tour join the Virginia Lottery Concert Series to play at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Monday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. A Tribute To Kings tour will showcase PRIMUS performing Rush’s entire classic album, A Farewell To Kings, in addition to their own music.

The Avett Brothers, one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, perform their iconic sound at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! on Sunday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Blackberry Smoke will bring their Spirit of the South Tour to be a part of the Virginia Lottery Concert Series at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. Blackberry Smoke will be joined by The Allman Betts Band featuring Jai “Jaimoe” Johanson of The Allman Brothers Band as part of the evening’s all-star jam.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the Virginia Lottery Concert Series at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Richmond Raceway 2020 Season

Richmond will host the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 17-19. NASCAR’s best will compete for a spot in the playoffs in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race on Sunday, April 19. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will return to America’s Premier Short Track for the ToyotaCare 250 “under the lights” on Saturday, April 18. This will be the first Gander Truck race at Richmond since 2005. Practice day for the NCS and Gander Truck is on Friday, April 17.

For the first time in 11 years, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will race at Richmond “under the lights” on Saturday, June 27. Richmond will host a festival headlined by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, welcoming fans to engage in a speed-themed weekend event on June 26-27.

The road to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship will once again lead through Richmond on Sept. 11-12. The Action Track will be the second race of the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the ninth annual Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 12. Richmond will also host the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship race on Friday, Sept. 11. This will be the 29th consecutive year the fall race weekend is “under the lights” at Richmond.

NASCAR and INDYCAR tickets are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at

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