Lawyerpalooza will be live show after COVID forced it to go virtual in 2020

Wild Common, which headlined last year’s event, returns this year to close out Lawyerpalooza VI. (Photos courtesy of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation)

After rocking out virtually with last year’s event, an annual fundraising concert to benefit the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is back on tonight — this time in hybrid form.

The sixth installment of Lawyerpalooza takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. with live performances before both an in-attendance crowd and streamed online for free with opportunities for donations.

The concert series, which features bands with at least one attorney among their ranks, is at a new venue this year: The HofGarden in Scott’s Addition. The Broadberry, which hosted last year’s virtual performances, is once again handling streaming for the show.

Revived two years ago after a hiatus, the annual fundraiser benefits GRBF, a nonprofit that provides attorney training and services and sponsors the Pro Bono Clearinghouse, a sort of matchmaker service connecting volunteer attorneys with pro bono clients.

Max Power, shown performing in 2019, returns for this year’s Lawyerpalooza lineup.

Last year’s virtual event raised $9,000 and drew over 3,400 viewers across multiple streaming platforms. 2019’s in-person event, held before the pandemic at River City Roll, raised nearly $14,000 and brought out 150 people.

Shane Harper, GRBF’s administration and programs director, said this year’s goal is to raise $16,500. He said in-person attendance will be limited to 100 tickets, or half of The HofGarden’s capacity, and require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours before the event.

“This is our first hybrid event,” Harper said. “Given the success of (last year’s) stream, coupled with COVID concerns, we thought we’d offer both this year.”

Leading the event are this year’s co-chairs: Tommy Bishop, a guitar-playing attorney based in Lakeside; and Steve Mutnick, a former assistant commonwealth’s attorney now in private practice at Winslow & McCurry.

2019’s event brought out 150 people to River City Roll and raised nearly $14,000 for the GRBF.

This year’s lineup includes, in order of appearance: newcomers Fevered Train, a rock-based group with criminal defense attorney Ali Amirshahi on guitar; Max Power, a pop-focused group and Lawyerpalooza alum that includes Mutnick and Brad Goodwin of personal injury firm ReidGoodwin; and Wild Common, a Charlottesville-based band with Rob Hubbard of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society on drums.

Capital One and McGuireWoods are lead sponsors for the event, with additional support from Troutman Pepper, Moran Reeves Conn, Threshold Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth and others.

In-person tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $15 for students with ID at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m., and tickets include venue access, one drink and hors d’oeuvres. Free tickets for the live stream are available via the Lawyerpalooza website, where donations to GRBF also can be made.

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