Fall is a great time for homecomings. So maybe it's not a coincidence that Hampton Roads will see several musical prodigal sons return this autumn.
Phish, the legendary jam band, is from Vermont but the group has forged a special relationship with Hampton Coliseum, where it will play three nights in October. The group has performed in the region regularly in recent years, but it's bypassed the Coliseum since March 2009.
The band's loyal following is gearing up for a return to a building fans affectionately call The Mothership.
"Phish is at it full force, peaking once again in a career renaissance," wrote a fan at the site Mr. Miner's Phish Thoughts, offering an overview of the band's summer shows. "As we look forward ... to fall tour, nothing in the universe could be finer." That tour begins in Hampton.
Chris Brown, the pop-R&B star and tabloid favorite, returns home to Virginia for a show at Scope in Norfolk Friday, Sept. 27. That's assuming medical or legal trouble doesn't interfere between now and then.
Last month, the 24-year-old Tappahannock native reportedly suffered a seizure and summed emergency personnel for help. A representative later told the Los Angeles Times that the episode was caused by "emotional stress," and "nonstop negativity."
While Brown's personal struggles seem far from over, his music career hasn't suffered too much. He won his first Grammy last year for his album, "F.A.M.E.," and his 2012 disc "Fortune," reached No. 1 and sold 135,000 copies in its first week, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Here's your pop music concert forecast for the autumn. Get ready for both rock 'n' roll reunions and visits from mysterious strangers.
Autumn live music highlights
Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News
Sept. 27 — Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Highlight: Clad in black leather and sporting a perpetual sneer, Joan Jett embodies a classic form of rock rebellion. These days, though, she smiles between the scowls. Back in August, she was honored with "Joan Jett Day" in West Hollywood. "You've got to fight for what you believe in," she told Rolling Stone magazine. "If you don't try, you'll always wonder and that's a horrible way to live."
Oct. 3 — Blues Traveler
Oct. 6 — Parmalee and LoCash Cowboys
Oct. 18 — Virginia Symphony presents "I Will Always Love You: A Tribute to Whitney Houston
Nov. 2 — The Capitol Steps
Nov. 10 — Steve Miller Band
Nov. 14 — World Blues with Taj Mahal
Nov. 22 — Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider
Dec. 1 — Celtic Woman holiday show
Dec. 4 — Dave Koz and friends holiday show
Dec. 7 — Kenny Rogers holiday show
Dec. 9 — Darlene Love holiday show with The Shirelles
Oct. 18, 19 and 20 — Phish
Sept. 29 — Eilen Jewell
The American Theatre, Hampton
Nov. 1 — Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay
Highlight: An experimental and free-thinking string quartet, Turtle Island found a soul mate in Nellie McKay. The quirky, sharp-tongued songwriter has made a career out of upending expectations. That's why I wouldn't presume to predict what kind of music they'll perform together at The American Theatre. The set list could be anything from Doris Day hits to nuggets from Kurt Weill.
Dec. 14-15 — Danu, Christmas in Ireland
Hampton History Museum
Sept. 18 — Jackass Flats
Oct. 16 — Myra Smith Experience
Nov. 20 — Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin' Playboys
Dec. 18 — Danny Fitzgerald and the Usual Suspects
Festivals and fairs
Sept. 12-15 — Isle of Wight County Fair with Chris Cagle Sept. 13, Joe Nichols Sept. 14, The Farm Sept. 15
Sept. 14 — ETC: Embrace The Culture Indie Music & Arts Festival, Norfolk, featuring Delta Spirit, Electric Guest, Civil Twilight, Good Old War, DJP and Mr T, The Aragona Project, Nicole Belanus and others
Sept. 27-29 — Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend with Poco Sept. 27, Cracker Sept. 28 and others
Oct. 5-6 — Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife featuring Skye Zentz, Bob Zentz, The Gurleys, Hard Knox and others
Oct. 4-5 — Aiken & Friends Fest featuring Buzz Cason, Mojo Collins, Danny Flowers and others
Oct. 10-13 — Suffolk Peanut Festival with Sawyer Brown Oct. 12, Tate Stevens Oct. 13 and others
Oct. 12 — Main Street Blues and Brews, Gloucester, with Herbie D and the Dangermen, Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, Planet Full of Blues and Julius Pittman Project
Oct. 19 — Mill Point Music Festival II, Hampton, featuring Tall Tall Trees, Natalie "Chainsaw" Cressman, The Hot Seats, The Northerners, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos and Gin Baby
Oct. 26 — Localpalooza Music and Arts Festival, Virginia Beach, featuring Clutch, Marcus Canty, Freedom Hawk, Phillip Roebuck and more
Sept. 27 — Jamz Fest featuring Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter
Dec. 12 — The Story Tour featuring Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant and others
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
Oct. 2 — J. Cole and Wale
Oct. 5 — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau in "Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration."
Oct. 18 — Diana Krall
Oct. 19 — Jason Mraz
Nov. 2 — Erykah Badu
Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach
Sept. 26 — Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope
Oct. 12 — Zac Brown Band with The Wood Brothers and Dugas
Ted Constant Center, Norfolk
Sept. 24 — Sigur Rós
Highlight: What's a left-field Icelandic rock band doing in a town like Norfolk? That's a good question. Someone seems to think that this band of critical darlings is ready to rock arenas. Whether or not that's true, the group's show at the Ted Constant Center is sure to be a memorable display of odd drama and artful sonic adventure.
Oct. 14 — House Party Tour featuring A Day to Remember, All-Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonder Years
Oct. 17 — The Gaither Vocal Band
Attucks Theatre, Norfolk
Oct. 4 — Carla Cook
Oct. 6 — Roy Muth Big Band with Rene Marie
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach
Sept. 25 — Alejandro Escovedo and Shelby Lynne
Oct. 11 — The Doobie Brothers
Oct. 22 — Dr. John
Nov. 9 — Aaron Neville
Nov. 22 — Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn
Dec. 13 — Natalie Cole holiday concert
Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach
Sept. 17 — Kishi Bashi
Sept. 24 — Toubab Krewe
Sept. 27 — Billy Price Band
Oct. 6 — Donna The Buffalo
Oct. 8 — Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Toasters and more
Nov. 30 — Carbon Leaf
The NorVa, Norfolk
Oct. 15 — Danzig
Nov. 3 — Passion Pit
Nov. 5 — Taking Back Sunday
Nov. 16 — Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Nov. 27 — Chvrches
Dec. 11 —The Misfits
Dec. 19 — Thirty Seconds to Mars
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