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Friday Cheers 2021 will happen. With pods. See the lineup here.

Friday Cheers 2021 will happen. With pods. See the lineup here.

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If you want further proof that the long nightmare of our pandemic year is inching closer to an end, Friday Cheers is back.

With pods. And social distancing. And advance tickets will be required — because we’re not out of the woods yet, folks.

The popular concert series, held on Brown’s Island alongside the James River, will return May 7 for its 36th season. Last year’s concerts were canceled.

This year’s focus will be on all things local — local bands, local food and local beer, according to a news release. The concert series is produced by Venture Richmond and presented by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

“We are thrilled to present these shows in a safe and responsible way. Invite your friends and family out to enjoy the warm weather in one of Richmond’s most beautiful outdoor event venues,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events for Venture Richmond.

Said Eric McKay, president and co-founder of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery: “Venture Richmond has helped make downtown Richmond a true cultural gem, and the team at Hardywood is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with them to bring people together over great music and delicious beer.”

Openers start at 6:30 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at — and advance, online purchases will be required. Prices are based on pod size — two, four or eight, including children — and will be $30-$60, with an $80 premium four-person option.

Masks and social distancing will be required outside of pods, and food and beverage sales will be online and contactless.

2021 season lineup

May 7: Cris Jacobs Band with Deau Eyes

May 21: Agents of Good Roots with Leon III

May 28: An evening with Art of Noise RVA (starts at 6:30 p.m.)

June 4: NO BS! Brass Band with Piranha Rama

June 11: An evening with Suggesting Rhythm (starts at 6:30 p.m.)

June 18: Mighty Joshua and Erin & the Wildfire

June 25: Butcher Brown with Shormey

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