This may sound like whining...
But I have a good reason. Can someone please, please, please start a larger-sized club in Richmond that will draw major acts? I keep noticing the same thing: A band I like has a date at the 9:30 Club in D.C., then skips to the Norva in Norfolk and then possibly to Charlottesville Pavilion. Or some variation thereof. Not that I mind driving an hour or two to see a band, but after a while, it gets old.
To back my point: Ryan Adams, X and Henry Rollins, even Ryan Cabrera. Not that we're lobbying for him to come to Richmond. But it's annoying that there's not even a proper venue for these folks if they wanted to play here. We have room for big concerts (like the American Idols at the Coliseum), and Innsbrook gets some famous (if not always at peak-of-freshness) singers and bands. But that's just in the summer time. Smaller clubs give local bands a break. But there's definitely a gap.
What Richmond needs is the Flood Zone. And to take a page from the Norva, make it non-smoking. Just for me. Please?