A band performs on stage.

Cost: Free

Open to: Everyone

First Fridays: Performing Arts

First Friday of every month 6 – 8 pm

Best Café and VMFA galleries

The First Fridays series features an eclectic mix of multicultural performing arts showcased in different spaces within the museum. Take advantage of our extended hours on Friday evenings (we’re open until 9 pm) to also stroll through the galleries, explore the VMFA Shop, or enjoy dinner and drinks in Amuse Restaurant. Also enjoy discounted beverages in Best Café and 30-minute gallery tours as part of Friday Art & Wine.

Jul 4
Fado Nosso
Traditional and Modern Blues of Portugal
Fado is often described as Portuguese blues. Songs are often mournful, profound, and bittersweet, but can also be light,quirky, and flirtatious. Fado, which means fate or destiny, interprets many sides of life, and exactly what makes it fado has a great deal to do with the depth of the emotion expressed, whether the song be whimsical or tragic. Fado Nosso interprets traditional and modern tunes in a trio of voices, classical guitar, and upright bass.

Aug 1
Gaye Adegbalola and The Wild Rutz
Blueswoman Extraordinaire
Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women. She now tours nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award or the Grammy of the blues industry). She composes, sings, and plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica and sees herself as a contemporary griot keeping the history alive. She will be performing with The Wild Rutz.