New start time for Joe’s Truck Stop – LIVE MUSIC – at MRL

Featured Events
Two Great Events in Downtown Richmond on the Same Evening!
Joe’s Truck Stop: Live Music at MRL!
Thursday, May 12
5:00 pm doors open
5:30 pm – 6:20 pm Live Music!
Of course, it’s a FREE event!
Live Music Sign Up (not required but suggested)
Location: Historic Courtyard at MRL (Downstairs)
Our start time is slightly earlier than usual, to make sure we leave time for anyone interested in attending the Richmond Shakespeare Festival’s free performance in Elstro Plaza starting at 6:30 pm (bring a lawn chair or blanket).
The weather should be wonderful! We hope you can join us for live music and Shakespeare in the Park!
More information on Joe’s Truck Stop:
From a ridge in the Ohio River Valley, on a front porch where Kentucky’s visible through the winter’s bare trees, Joe Truck Stop conspires over a smoking blend of Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and whatever else finds itself manifested by way of a wood box and steel wire. Years of digesting so much of the Country Blues lexicon and traveling the country learning the numerous styles of fiddlers, writers, and travelers alike have led to the original music that comes by way of Joe’s Truck Stop. 
The songs are stories of living on the road, love, temptation, heartbreak, family, banjo pickin’ tobacco spittin’ women, gas station sushi, and much more. Learn more at
Joe Macheret (Cincinnati, OH), bandleader and member of Cincinnati string band, The Tillers, has also lent his instrumental skills on stage and in the studio to JD Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers, the Urban Pioneers, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, Justin Wells, Chelsea Ford, and the Trouble, Maria Carrelli, Lenny Lashley, and many other musicians and bands. 
Bad Art Night
Craft Night for Adults
Wednesday | May 18 | 6:00 pm
Bard Room
Want a way to feel like a kid again with no pressure to make good art? Come to Bad Art Night at MRL. We’ll have art supplies to make all the best “bad art” including macaroni, yarn, paper, paints, glitter, and more. Whether you love your finished masterpiece, love to laugh at it, or just enjoy the nostalgia, you’ll have a fun night with other creative adults. No one is encouraged to be a Van Gogh, or Picasso at the Bad Art Night. It’s a no-holds-barred event for the artistically challenged to have a little fun and create something truly creative or truly awful.
Gennett Records and Jazz Greats
With Guest Artist Evelyn Gordon
Thursday | May 19 | 6:00pm
Bard Room
For this “Edu-tainment” concert, Evelyn Gordon will sing several tunes that were either composed by or made famous by, African American musicians who were once artists on the Gennett label. She will also present background information about the artists and their work with Gennett. 
Evelyn Gordon is a musician and Human Resources professional originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She has experience performing various styles of music including choral, classical, neo-soul, gospel, and jazz, both nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, she has recorded with ensembles and as a soloist on several projects, including her own solo album, Honey So Sweet, released in 2009.