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2018 RIFF ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

2018 OVERALL GRAND JURY
Rodney the Soul Singer

2018 BEST R&B
Zaxai

2018 BEST ALTERNATIVE INDIE
Lauren Marsh

2018 LOCAL FAVORITE
Mighty Joshua

2018 BEST WORLD
Rumput Band with Danis Sugiyanto

2018 BEST HIP HOP
Angelo

2018 BEST AMERICANA
Ezra Vancil

2018 BEST COUNTRY OR FOLK
Mariana Bell

2018 BEST ROCK
Virginia Man

2018 BEST DJ
Blacklight

2018 BEST CONTEMPORARY POP
Kendra Black

2018 CRITICS CHOICE AWARD
Marcaux

2018 INNOVATION AWARD
Jump In

2018 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Tahj

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL ARE OPEN! To be considered as a 2019 performer, submit through the Film Freeway link below or visit Sonicbids or Reverb Nation. 

 
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RIFF PRESENTS:

IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE at The National 4/26

London-based live music collective Ibibio Sound Machine will be performing at The National on Thursday, April 26th from 7:30-10:00pm. The band was started by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton, who were all enthusiasts of African grooves from the 1970s and '80s. This trio began creating drum'n'bass tracks around the voice of front woman Eno Williams. Their sound is inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk and disco, post-punk, and modern electro.

 
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Rodney the Soul Singer

Opening for Ibibio Sound Machine April 26th at The National.

EDM NIGHT HOSTED BY
VOLTAGE, THE POP-UP NIGHT CLUB. 

BY SAMUEL ROUKIN IN 2017, THIS IS A NOT TO BE MISSED PARTY ON APRIL 26TH AT 9PM AT THE HOFHEIMER BUILDING. THIS POPPING NIGHT OF UNDERGROUND ELECTRONIC MUSIC WILL FEATURE ROUKIN AND A HOST OF HOT ELECTRONIC TALENT INCLUDING FRIENDLY MOSQUITO, Y0UCANTST0PM3, BLACKLIGHT, DARIO BIANKI AND SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON…

 

IT’S BACK AND BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR.
— Harry Kollatz JR, Richmond Magazine

6 DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC EVENTS, PANELS, INDUSTRY THINK TANKS AND MORE

RIFF is known for placing a heavy focus on music each year. New in 2017, the festival expanded its annual music showcase to include local, national and international bands who will perform at various venues around RVA. The 2018 Festival will again include more than 50 music performances, industry networking events, panels, music business roundtable discussions, industry mixers, and more.

On top of providing great entertainment from some of the music industry’s hottest talent, RIFF utilizes this area as a platform for filmmakers and musicians to forge new working relationships. Top awards will be given out across a variety of music categories during the annual red carpet awards.

The talent, expertise and quality film curation by the RIFF team has made the Richmond film scene a force to be reckoned with. Our experience with showing Tainted Love at the 2014 festival and the good fortune we had in receiving numerous awards was truly unforgettable and we look forward to bringing our future projects back to share with the community.
— Orlando Jones and Noam Dromi

MUSICIAN LOAD IN SCHEDULE AT THE HOF:  VIEW HERE  & AT SOUND OF MUSIC:  VIEW HERE