Norfolk’s live music scene is rapidly growing, bringing out local musicians and touring bands from across the nation. We were even recognized for our city's music buzz. Classic rock, indie folk, even smooth Jazz, there is a genre and a show for everyone. When you’re in the area, check out the following venues for a feel of the Norfolk music scene. From large venue to intimate, the music will always please. Music lovers, unite!

Interior of NorVa in Norfolk

The NorVa

Did you know the NorVa was named the No.1 concert venue in the country by a Rolling Stone readers’ poll? The NorVA is Norfolk’s largest concert venue, with shows featuring top of the chart musicians and bands. The NorVa Theatre first opened in 1917 as a Vaudeville theater, and later thrived as a premier movie theatre. Now, The NorVa is one of the most popular concert destinations in The Hampton Roads area.

Charlie’s American Cafe  

TBA Productions, created by a group of Norfolk locals, puts together shows at Charlie’s all throughout the week. TBA Productions has made such progress in supporting and expanding Norfolk’s music scene, standing strong behind their motto “Bringing people together to enjoy unique live music & art events in Norfolk, VA, and beyond.”

Norfolk Taphouse

Punk rock, garage rock, and heavy metal lovers, Norfolk Taphouse is your spot. Taphouse provides ground for local bands and has been a regular stop for national and regional touring acts since 1995.

Crowd enjoys a performance at Toast in Norfolk


One of Norfolk’s favorite hangouts, Toast, is the official host of LavaMinifest. LAVA MiniFest books awesome local bands, along with musicians from afar. Famed performers such as Minus the Bear and the late Charles Bradley have performed at LavaFest events, along with a variety of bands. The highly anticipated pop-up concerts are ones to keep an eye out for. 


The Barrel Room

This lively downtown staple provides fantastic food, craft beer, artisanal wine, premium spirits, and outstanding live music. Keep up with their live music schedule on their website!

FM Restaurant

In beautiful downtown Norfolk, on Granby Street, you’ll find FM Restaurant, where they feature live music through the week. FM is directly connected to The Norva, with an offering called Early Entry, which includes entry into any show at The Norva 15 minutes before the main doors open!


Patrons at Grain in Norfolk


Norfolk's only rooftop beer garden serves up more than just tasty pints. Grain also offers live music every Wednesday through Sunday. No matter what you like to groove to, from DJs, rock, country or acoustics, Grain plays it all.