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☁️ Today's weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers this evening and a high near 59.

🎧 Sounds like: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers.

🕶️ Situational awareness: Look out for a special eclipse newsletter from our colleagues on Sunday.

Today's newsletter is 907 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: The weirdest bar in Carytown

Révéler is open nightly at 3108 W. Cary St. Photo: Karri Peifer/Axios

In the middle of Carytown, just a few doors down from Can Can and across the street from The Jasper, is Révéler.

  • Its windows advertise an art, food and drink, and live music something that seems to dare passersby to enter.

Why it matters: We dared.

The big picture: Révéler is everything the words on the windows promise and so much more.

  • The venue is open nightly for a rotating calendar of live entertainment, immersive experiences and cocktails and snacks.

Flashback: Co-owners Josh Czarda and Christina Pearlman — the duo behind local escape rooms Escape Room RVA and Gnome & Raven — opened Révéler in 2022 with the goal of reimagining date night, event director Sarah-Pete Petersen tells Axios.

  • It was supposed to introduce Richmonders to experiences they'd never had before with hands-on, immersive activities (like painting and tattooing a dummy) set up in different themed rooms throughout the space, but the concept never really took off.
A worktable surrounded by funky lamps
Want to paint or draw? Just grab a seat. Or an easel. Photo: Karri Peifer/Axios

So last year Révéler partnered with Orbital Music Park to bring in live shows — but kept the themed rooms and escape room vibe from its origin.

  • "That's when the magic started to happen," Petersen says.

Zoom in: Now, Révéler offers something different every night, the kind of events you can't find anywhere else.

  • Live shows include blues, jazz, reggae, comedy, funk, soul, pop and more. The calendar changes weekly, but tickets are generally $10-$15.
  • High Tea and Treachery — a 90-minute "escape-style" puzzle experience with tea and snacks — happens every Sunday at 3:30pm for $39 per person.
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The wishing tree will take your wishes every day of the week. Photo: Karri Peifer/Axios

Yes, but: Révéler's biggest secret is its simplest. A weekday happy hour when the doors are always open, house wine and beer and a few specialty cocktails are just $5 from 5-7pm.

  • It's also when Révéler celebrates "creative hours," and guests can roam the space and try out the hands-on activities, like light art workshops, adding to the wishing tree and even jamming out on a piano.

The space, Petersen says, is whatever visitors need it to be, as long as they are mindful of Révéler's motto: "Be cool, listen, and be brave."

  • So what do you say, Richmond? Are you ready to be brave?

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2. 🏃🏻‍♀️ Chasing the eclipse

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Virginia isn't one of the states where the moon will completely block the sun on Monday, but that's not stopping us.

The big picture: Richmonders are among the millions of people traveling to get the best views of the total solar eclipse.

🐶 Amber D. is taking her pups Jack and Diane to Niagara Falls.

⛵️ Emily M. and Cezar C. are catching totality at Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

🧺 Sue M. is headed to San Antonio, Texas, with a plan to pack chairs and a picnic lunch on "roads less traveled."

💒 Another reader will be in central Texas at a wedding.

🚘 Lauren D. is driving 16 hours to Arkansas to an Airbnb she booked last year.

Keep reading for how much Airbnb rental searches have surged

3. 🌊 The Current: Your boss got a bigger raise than you

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

💸 The CEO of Capital One, Richmond's second largest employer, earned his highest salary in at least a decade last year — $29 million last year, an 11% increase over his 2022 salary. (Washington Biz Journal)

🏀 The National Wheelchair Basketball Championships — the largest wheelchair basketball tournament in nation — takes place this weekend and next at the Henrico Sports & Events Center. (Sportable)

🍸 Franklin County, Virginia, and Wilkes County, North Carolina, will go head to head in a debate this weekend to crown the nation's moonshine capital. (Cardinal News)

4. 🥳 Broadberry's big-deal anniversary month

The Mountain Goats at The Broadberry. Image: Courtesy of Joey Wharton via Broadberry

The Broadberry is celebrating 10 years of hosting live music in Richmond with an all-star lineup all month.

Why it matters: Shows are selling out fast, Broadberry co-owner Lucas Fritz tells Axios.

Zoom in: In honor of their 10th anniversary, we asked Fritz to share some fun facts about the music venue. Here are our faves:

  • ☠️ Staffers hide skeletons around the venue dressed in seasonal outfits and with fun names. (Hey there, "Saxabones" and "Boney Romo.")
  • 🫐 The name comes from its location along Broad Street near Mulberry. Plus, Broadberry "rolls off the tongue better than "Broadevard,'" Fritz says.

If you go: Tickets are still available for Shovels and Rope on April 13, Swans on April 14 and Born of Osiris on April 23, to name a few.

  • And don't miss their big anniversary bash on April 20: a block party with Infamous Stringdusters, No BS Brass, Prabir and The Mitras, beginning at 4:30pm and going into the night.
  • Tickets range from $20-$41.

5. 🤠 Virginia's "Cowboy Carter" connections

Queen Bey accepts an award from Stevie Wonder at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Virginia gets some love on Beyoncé's latest album, "Cowboy Carter," thanks to artists with local ties, Axios' Mimi Montgomery reports.

Why it matters: It's like we Virginians and Beyoncé are one.

The big picture: "Cowboy Carter," released last week, is Beyoncé's tribute to the country genre's Black roots.

Zoom in: Shaboozey, a country-rap performer from Fairfax, appears on the songs "Sweet Honey Buckiin" and "Spaghetti."

Bonus connection: Celebrated Virginia Beach son Pharrell Williams is credited as a producer on the album. He also co-wrote and performs on "Sweet Honey Buckiin."

😪 Sabrina can't believe she fell for The Jasper's April Fools' joke about them opening up a rooftop — three days after April Fools' Day.

😂 Karri wants to reiterate that it was three full days later — on April 4 — that Sabrina urgently texted about Jasper's rooftop bar. FULL DAYS.

Thanks to Fadel Allassan for editing and Carlin Becker for copy editing today's edition.