Lava set to rock Norfolk this summer.
Major and the Monbacks.
The inaugural LAVA Music Festival somehow turned the sleepy grounds of Suffolk Executive Airport, normally the exclusive setting for the venerable Peanut Fest, into a modern-rock destination last year.
The gathering featured national indie-rock acts Fitz and the Tantrums and Of Montreal swapping sets with up-and-coming Virginia groups on the rise, such as Hampton Roads’ energetic Major and the Monbacks.
This year’s installment, being held May 28, sees a change of venue to Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company, but remains just as ambitious.
Creative director Josh Coplon was teasing last-minute arrivals at press time, but confirmed are notable indie-rockers Dan Deacon, Minus the Bear, Blitzen Trapper and Front Bottoms, as well as the galvanizing soul singer Charles Bradley. As it evolves, the LAVA festival distinguishes itself in its statewide musical focus.
This edition spotlights an all-star cast of Richmonders on the rise: Matthew E. White, Lucy Dacus, No BS! Brass Band and Natalie Prass. Norfolk pop band Ladada will play, and, yes, Major and the Monbacks are slated to ‘mon back too.
It’s like a tasty Virginia sampler plate served to you while you enjoy a great brew. $15-$75. LavaFestival.com