Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Picks: Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, Richmond Roots Fest, DJ Williams Farewell Show, No BS! Brass Band, Imaginary Sons

I'll be rockin' at Lockn' this weekend, but there is some good stuff in town too. FYI, follow WRIR's Twitter feed this weekend, especially on Friday. I'll be tweeting from Lockn'.

If you can't make the jam band heaven that is Lockn', you can get your jam band fix with Blues Traveler Wednesday at Innsbrook. The Wallflowers and Howie Day will open the show. Gates open at 5, music begins around 6. Tix range from $20 - $99. This show will be Blues Traveler harmonica player and lead singer John Popper's first show back after having surgery for collapsed disks in his neck. He says he is now "2 inches taller and lost 10 lbs." His voice came back on the 18th so he should be good to go for the show. Give him a big welcome back when he takes the stage. Here's one from way back in the day, "But Anyway":

Friday night, Imaginary Sons, Manzara, Shagwuf and The Wimps will rock The Camel. Doors at 8, show at 9, $8 advance, $10 day of show. Imaginary Sons will do a show at The Camel every fourth Friday of the month until the end of 2016. Here they are performing at last year's Gottafest in Milford VA:

The Richmond Roots Festival goes down at Hardywood on Saturday from 2 to 10 PM. The Roots Fest celebrates world and American roots music. It's FREE to get in. They'll have food trucks and yummy beer. Here's the lineup:
2:15 - Yeni Nostalji - Vintage Inspired Turkish Pop from Amerika
3:15 - Zion #5 Dub Squad - Crucial dub
4:15 - Andrew Alli and The Mainline - Reminiscent of traditional Mississippi and Chicago style blues and strikes a chord in everyone!
5:15 - Araya Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet - Merging R&B and jazz with traditional Ethiopian songcraft
6:30 - Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang - A potent mind meld of off-kilter polyrhythmic folk tunes and high-octane psychedelia
7:45 - Black Masala - an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk and soul
DJ Graybeard [WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio] spins between sets!
Here's Black Masala performing "Oh No What Can I Do":

You can go from the brass of Black Masala to the brass of No BS! Brass Band at Broadberry on Saturday night. Tix are $15, doors at 8, show at 9. Night Idea will open. No BS said to get your tix in advance. They are expecting a sell out with the VCU kids back and wanting to get a No BS fix after being away all summer. Here they are performing in front of some place ancient in Sardinia this summer.

Dwight Yoakam and his oh so tight jeans will be at Maymont Sunday evening. Gates open at 5:30, show starts at 6:30. There is an opener TBA. Dwight comes on around 8. Tix are $35 GA, $65 reserved. Dwight's next album will be made of bluegrass reinventions of his biggest hits. Maybe he'll bust out some of those new interpretations Sunday night. Here he is last year on Guitar Center Sessions:

Monday night, it's your last chance to see DJ Williams, at least while he is a RVA resident, before he heads to LA to find fame and fortune. He does get to play Lockn' Fest on Saturday, opening up the day and me and my friends will be right up front. Monday he plays a slightly smaller venue at The Answer Brewpub. DJ will be jamming with a bunch of friends and it should be a fine send off. Hopefully, he won't forget us and will come back often. Show starts at 8 and it don't cost nothin' to get in. Here's DJ Williams Projekt doing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" earlier this summer.

Have a great weekend! I know I will. Here's a band I'm really excited to see at Lockn'. This is White Denim from their latest album, "Stiff":

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Weekend Picks: Gillian Welch, GWAR-B-Q, Old 97's, Hank & Cupcakes, Jackie Lynn, UB40, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Big Mama Shakes, Lydell Williams, Lady God

Wednesday night at Black Iris Gallery, alternative/indie singer/songwriter Jackie Lynn will perform. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 with opener James Jackson Toth. Tix are $6 advance, $10 day of show. Here's "Alien Love" from Jackie's latest album, "Jackie Lynn":

Thursday night at Innsbrook After Hours, it's Toad the Wet Sprocket with Rusted Root and Daisy Ghost-Flower. Gates open at 5, show starts around 6. Tix range from $20 for GA to $174 for a Toad the Wet Sprocket meet & greet package. TWS is one of those rare instances that has had the same four guys in the band for 30 years and going. When I was on commercial rock radio back in the 90's, their jangly, harmonic pop was always refreshing in between the grunge and classic rock. Here's "Walk on the Ocean":

UB40 with original members Ali, Mickey & Astro are at Pocahontas State Park Thursday evening. Gates open at 6, no opener is listed, tix range from $20 for GA to $65 for Gold Circle reserved. The band is resting on their laurels. They're about to start working on a new album. If you want to help fund it and get some cool extra goodies too, click HERE. I know they made it big doing covers reggae style, but I always loved this original. This is "Rat In Mi Kitchen":

Local neo-soul artist Lydell Williams performs at Infuzion Lounge Thursday Friday evening. Doors open at 6:30, and tix are just $12 advance, $15 day of show. There will be some openers tba. Lydell will come on at 7:30 sharp. Lydell has a new album coming out soon called "The Sound of My Melodies" and I'm sure he'll have some selections from that to play on Thursday night. From that album, here's "Don't Go Looking for Love":

Thursday night at The National, alt-country/rock band Old 97's will get you moving. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener American Aquarium. Tix are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Here's how you can have a chance to win free tickets:
Just send an email to with the SUBJECT - OLD 97s. One e-mail per person. 
Please be sure to include your full name that appears on your ID for entry. Ten winners will be chosen and notified via email Wednesday August 17th by 6 pm!
Here they are on KEXP a couple years ago. This short set starts with a great song about living life in a rock n' roll band called "Longer Than You've Been Alive":

Balliceaux brings you Lady God and Naked Baby on Thursday night. It's just 5 dolla to get in. Show starts at 9:30. Here's Lady God playing "Nothing Is Cool". But they are.

The aliens of Scumdog Planet, better known as GWAR, descend upon Richmond this weekend for the annual metal bacchanalia of GWAR-B-Q. The onslaught begins Friday at The National with the GWAR B4BQ featuring nine bands including Cannibal Corpse, Carnifex, and After the Burial. Doors open at 1, music starts at 2, so take a 1/2 day off of work, flash your boss the devil sign on the way out the door and let the head-banging begin. It's $27.50 in advance, $33 at the door.

The main event, the GWAR-B-Q, is at Hadad's Lake on Saturday. The slaughter begins at 10 AM so you can have your eggs with a side of thrash. GWAR will headline, of course. Other bands include Lamb of God, Against Me!, American Nightmare, EYEHATEGOD, August Burns Red, Dillinger Escape Plan and more. Tix range from $60 to $75. Here's GWAR in '92 with "Gor Gor". As always with GWAR, if you are easily offended, just stay the f**k away.

Big Mama Shakes brings their big bluesy/Americana fun rock n' roll to The Broadberry so you (and your Mama, if she's so inclined) can shake your butt on a Saturday night. If you are a fan of Springsteen or Hold Steady, check these guys out. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Clair Morgan, My Darling Fury, and The Dharma Bombs. It should be a grand delight. Tix are $10 advance, $12 at the door. BMS is promising a new tour announcement, new music and a surprise for RVA folks. Here's BMS doing "The Fighter":

It's a night of danceable rock at The Camel Saturday night with Hank & Cupcakes, Toxic Moxie, Those Manic Seas and Get In The Car. Hank & Cupcakes have jokingly dubbed this the Pregnancy Tour because lead singer Sagit Shir is seven months pregnant. That baby is gonna rock. This band plays dance music with a punk attitude. I predict the crowd, and the band, will be sweaty, exhausted mess by the end of the show, but in a good one. Like when you have sex with the windows open in August. Here's "Kiss Your Face" from their latest album "Cheap Thrill":

The great folk/Americana artist Gillian Welch will be at Maymont Sunday night, an absolutely beautiful setting for her beautiful music. She will, of course, be with long-time musical partner David Rawlings. If you have any doubt about her influence, Paste Magazine listed two of her albums on their recent list of the Top 50 Alt-Country Albums of All Time. Here's "Look At Miss Ohio" and then "Time (The Revelator)". "Time (The Revelator)" is one of my fav songs of all time.

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd recreating a classic Styx video:

And here's the original for comparison. I think Jimmy and Paul nailed it!

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Weekend Picks: Richmond Jazz Fest, Celebrating Sean Hoppe, The Julie Ruin, Sierra Hull, Landlady, Major & The Monbacks, Future Prospect, BJ Kocen, DJ Williams

New wave/indie pop/rock band The Julie Ruin are at The Broadberry Wednesday night. Tix are $20, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and be sure to get there early to see opener PWR BTTM. Here's "I'm Done" from their latest album:

Local musician BJ Kocen has the album release party for his new double album "Searching for Signal / Old Lake" at The Broadberry Thursday night. It's $15 to get in, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Here's the press blurb in BJ:
BJ Kocen has been on the music scene for decades now whose work really started to get noticed in the early days of the Ashland Coffee and Tea where he opened for Todd Snider, Hosted and won The Singer Songwriter Showdown, and played many shows there with some of the top musicians in the area. BJ then broke off and founded his own music series hosted at The Barksdale Theatre called "Stretchin" which lasted for five years. His first solo release "The Breaks" was produced by Paul Curreri and gave BJ the lift he needed to keep writing and improving. It took Kocen three years to finish a most ambitious project, "Searching for Signal/ Old Lake." This double album features 20+ musicians and truly is two separate albums packaged together. "Searching for Signal" is a highly arranged studio effort whereas "Old Lake" was recorded live to focus on performance. This massive efforts features the talents of Brad Tucker (The Taters), Jeff Bunn (Funkadelic), Steve Bassett, Jackie Frost and many other of Richmond and Charlottesville's finest. BJ is proud Co-Owner of the glave kocen gallery and has been working with the love of his life Jennifer Glave there for almost ten years.
Here's BJ performing "Old Lake" a few years ago at Ashland Coffee & Tea:

Major and the Monbacks kick off Richmond Jazz Fest (more on that in a minute) weekend with a show at Hardywood during their weekly Food Truck Court. That starts at 5:30 and the band will play from 7 to 8. It's FREE to get in. This is a great chance to catch the band who seem to be expanding every time I check them out, playing in Chicago, WI, NYC, STL, and festivals up and down the East Coast. Here they are last month playing on Music City Roots:

It's Funky Friday in RVA with not one, not two, but three funky shows going on. Decisions, decisions for you funkheads.

Jazz/funk band Future Prospect is having their release party for their album, "The Climb" at The Camel Friday. The album is up to #6 on iTunes Jazz Charts so here's another great RVA band making it's case on the national scene. It's $10 to get in, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and get there early. This is a great triple bill with Butcher Brown and Vanilla Summit opening. And if you can't make this show, or you want to see them twice, Future Prospect will also be at the VA Museum of Fine Arts for a FREE show Thursday night from 6 - 9 PM. Here they are playing "Closer" earlier this year at The Camel:

The Big Payback pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the man who built funk from the ground up, James Brown, at The Broadberry Friday. Tix are $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and this is another one you'll want to get there early for with Clusterfunk and the lovely and talented Sam Reed opening the show. Here's JB doing "Sex Machine":

Don't know if DJ Williams hasn't left for LA yet or if he's just back for a visit but either way, we'll take it. DJ will be at Cary Street Cafe on Friday night. This one is billed as DJ Williams & Friends and will kick off at 10 PM. It's $7 to get in. DJ gets to host a Jam Room on this year's Jam Cruise with George Porter Jr. of The Funky Meters and Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh, The Other Ones) along with the many musicians who will wander in. Not bad company to keep! Here's DJ Williams Projekt  a couple months ago ripping through "All I Do":

Saturday & Sunday, the Richmond Jazz Festival is at Maymont and they've got another great line up this year. Jazz purists may not be totally pleased but you can't complain much when they are bringing acts like Herbie Hancock, Wyclef Jean, Esperanza Spalding, Vanessa Williams, Diane Schuur, Stephanie Mills, Arrested Development and Buckwheat Zydeco to town and that's just on Saturday. Sunday has The Roots, Al Jarreau and Morris Day & The Time. The festival runs from noon until 10:30 each day. Tix are $85 for a single day or $160 for the weekend. Here's some Esperanza Spalding at this year's Festival de la Guitarra de Córdoba. Her latest album, "Emily's D+Evolution" is being hailed as one of the albums of the year so far:

It will be a bittersweet affair at Broadberry on Saturday as friends and former bandmates of singer/guitarist Sean Hoppe pay tribute to the recently departed musician who blessed the Richmond music scene for many years. Here's the press blurb for the show:
We will open the doors at 4:00 pm and start an Open Mic Jam format and ease into band sets from the bands Hoppe played with: Mothers Little Helpers, The Headstone Circus and King Solomon's Marbles to headline. Fred Hoppe (Sean's Dad) and the family would love to see you and hear the stories of Papa Hoppe, preferably only the good stories :/. Please keep in mind that this is a way to raise money for the expenses that this has caused and all proceeds from the door, auctioned items, and raffle will go to the family. If you can’t make the show and still want to donate, please make check payable to: Fred Hoppe, 11202 Summer Harbor, Chester Va. 23831 Thank you.
Here's Hoppe and King Solomon's Marbles in 2011:

On Saturday, the melodic art rock of Landlady (think Man Man, Pixies or Flaming Lips) will be at Hardywood for a FREE show from 5 - 9 (the tasting room opens at 2). Josh Small and Easy Company open the show. Here's Landlady's "Above My Ground":

The Taters will be at The County Seat Restaurant in Powhatan Saturday night. Looks like a FREE show that will run from 7 - 10 PM. Reservations are recommended.  Here they are performing The Coasters classic "Poison Ivy":

Bluegrass singer/mandolinist/guitarist Sierra Hull is at Capital Ale House Downtown Sunday night. Tix are $18 advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Annie Stokes. Is she well respected in the bluegrass community? Well, when you get to play with Bela Fleck and Ralph Stanley, I would say you're doing OK. Ralph was showing his age a bit at the beginning of this video, but just having him on stage with you was an honor for any bluegrass artist.

That'll do it! I'll see you at the Sean Hoppe tribute on Saturday and maybe out at one of the funk fests on Friday. I'll leave you with the Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem show at Outside Lands last weekend. Animal still rocks!

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Weekend Picks: Best Coast, The Shack Up festival, Elvis Depressedly, Motion City Soundtrack, Lady God, Dark Star Orchestra, Rock For Ricky, Diamond Heist, The Kind Eye

Atmospheric Southern California indie pop band Best Coast is at The National Thursday night. Tix are $19.50 advance, $23 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 6 with openers Sunflower Bean and make sure you get in early to see them. Best Coast will be heading out on tour with The Go-Go's soon for the Go-Go's farewell tour. Kind of the past and the future of LA female pop. This is Best Coast's "Our Deal" from 2011 in a video directed by Drew Barrymore:

Dark Star Orchestra is in town (well, Chesterfield, technically) for a show at Pocahontas State Park Thursday evening. Doors open at 5:30. Dark Star Orchestra will start around 6 PM and will play until 10 PM. Tix are $21.50 advance, $25 at the door. If you don't know DSO, they are the biggest and one of the longest lasting Grateful Dead tribute bands. They will often recreate a setlist from a classic Dead show. Here they are playing "Bertha" last year at Frontier Field in Rochester NY:

Friday and Saturday at The Camel and The Broadberry, it's The Shack Band's The Shack Up festival. You can get tickets for both days both venues ($35), both venues just Saturday ($20) or single day one venue ($10 - $20). The full lineup and schedule is in the poster above. It's a whole lot of good bands. Be sure to catch The London Souls. The Shack Band (natch) and Southern Belles (there's a choice to make on Friday night). Here's The Shack Band playing in Charlotte NC in June:

Lo-fi indie rock band Elvis Depressedly plays an early show at Strange Matter Friday night. It's $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 5 PM. Teen Suicide, Nicole Dollanganger and Cat Be Damned open. Here's Elvis Depressedly's "Up In the Air":

Classic rock/jam cover band The Kind Eye is at I Don't Know Sports Grille in Chester Friday night. Show starts at 8 and there is no cover. Here they are doing "Crossroads" acoustic:

Saturday at Cary St. Cafe, there is a benefit (Rock for Ricky) to help Ricky Tubbs with his medical bills after suffering a heel fracture. Bands playing include The Taters, ,The Dimmer Twins (Horsehead fellers),Hershel Stratego, Calvin Stewart, The Lucky Stiff's Light, Diamond Heist, and more! It will run from 2 to 6 PM and there is a $5 suggested donation. Here's The Taters doing the reggae classic, "Rivers of Babylon":

Sunday, spend an evening in the park with Neil Diamond. Well, not exactly Neil Diamond, but a Neil Diamond cover band, Diamond Heist, as part of the Music in the Park concert series in Forest Hill Park. Show will run from 6 - 8 PM, it's FREE and quite family friendly. Here they are performing "Cherry Cherry" at Cary St. Cafe a few months ago:

Power poppers Motion City Soundtrack rev into The National Sunday night. Tix are $23 advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Rozwell Kid. If you've ever wanted to see Motion City Soundtrack you better get to the show. The band are saying this will be their final tour. Here's "True Romance" from their 2012 album, "Go":

Tuesday night, RVA band Lady God call you to worship at their rock n' roll altar Strange Matter Tuesday night. It's $8 to get in. Doors open at 8. Queen of Jeans, Heaters, and The Wimps open. Here's Lady God at The Camel in May:

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! MTV Classic kicked off this week. It used to be VH1 Classic. They will concentrate on '90's MTV which is not classic. We all know the only true classic MTV is '81 - '91 when the original four MTV VJs  were on. But they did kick off MTV Classic by showing the very first hour of MTV, which featured this very prescient first video. And if you are looking for a great and fun book on early MTV and music videos, I highly recommend "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution".

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Tony Bennett

Tonight, the always classy Tony Bennett will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (11:35 PM, CBS). NBC recently announced that they'll be showing a tribute concert in December to celebrate Tony's 90th b'day with Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Mr. Bennett is a true American treasure. Here's Tony on Elvis Costello's old show, "Spectacle":

Here's Lukas Graham on Conan last week:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Late Night Pick: Lukas Graham

Pop/soul/rock singer from Denmark, Lukas Graham, is on Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). You might dig Lukas if you like Jason Mraz, OneRepublic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Train, Ed Sheerhan or Jack Johnson. Here's his big hit, "7 Years":

Here's Sturgill Simpson on last night's Tonight Show:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Late Night Pick: Sturgill Simpson

Most excellent alt-country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson is on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35 PM, NBC). The LA Times recently chose his album "A Sailors Guide to Earth" as one of the best albums of the year (so far) as did a number of other publications. We'll step back four years for this one from Sturgill:

Here's more alt-country, from a couple weeks ago, it's Margo Price and her appearance on The Tonight Show:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekend Picks: Avers, Butch Trucks, Frankie Cosmos, Tommy Stinson, Shooter Jennings, Rock & Roll Jubilee

Indie pop artist Frankie Cosmos comes to Strange Matter Thursday night. Doors open at 7, music starts at 8. It's $15 to get in. Warehouse & Big Baby open. The video for her new single, "Sinister", just came out Monday. Here it is:

I think RVA's Avers is about to break out big with the release of their new album, "Omega / Whatever". Their garage psychedelic pop will have you dancing one minute, spacing out the next, rocking your ass off shortly after that and then sometimes altogether. The LP Release Celebration Par-tay is Friday night at The Broadberry. Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Blank Range & Camp Howard. Avers will also be hanging out at Plan 9 Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 for a listening party for the new album, so now you have a lunch date. From the new album, this is "Vampire", filmed all around town. I saw them filming part of this down at Friday Cheers this year. In fact, I'm in the background at 3:48 and 3:52. I believe this is my music video debut. Look out Hollywood, here I come!

Tommy Stinson of The Replacements and Guns N' Roses (1998-2016) will be at Gallery5 Friday night. Tommy's new band is Cowboys In the Campfire featuring Frankie Lee & Chip Roberts. Tommy said of this tour, "We’re gonna be getting into all kinds of musical shenanigans in all sorts of places with as few instruments as necessary. We’ll be playing new songs, old songs, maybe even some make-em’-up-on-the-spot songs." Long Arms will open with a special acoustic set. Tix are $10 advance, $13 at the door. doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8. Here's Tommy on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (remember him?):

The Rock and Roll Jubilee will be playing a fun and unique event on Saturday night at Ashland Theater. How about a rock n' roll show and a movie? I'll let them describe it:
Journey back to 1959 to be a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast on WJKS radio… This best selling theatrical production has been selling out shows in theaters around Virginia and stars Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, George Garrett, Brian Sulser, Jim Wark and BJ Kocen. Featuring vintage equipment and period-style clothing, they play the music of the “Titans of Teen Town” — Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers.
We are pleased to present a portion of their best selling show in teenagers-from-outer-space conjunction with the 50’s science fiction classic, Teenagers from Outer Space. 
Released in 1959, the film tells the story of a young alien (David Love) who falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson). They then team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Oh no!!
We invite you to come in costume – appropriate dress for a 50’s sock hop or as the scariest alien invaders from 1959- win a pair of movie tickets for the best costume!!
The show starts at 7 PM and it's $15 to get in. Here's the band at Ashland Coffee & Tea last November:

Shooter Jennings and his outlaw country will be at Captial Ale House Downtown Tuesday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $35 - 40, no opener is listed. Here's Shooter in 2011:

Wednesday, Butch Trucks, drummer from the Allman Brother Band, brings his Freight Train Band to Capital Ale House downtown. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Expect them to play lots of Allman Brothers Band, which is not a bad thing. Here they are doing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" last week:

And be sure to tune into WRIR 97.3 FM on your radio or on the internets ( on Monday morning from 6 - 8 AM. I'll be hosting the Breakfast Blend show and playing some stuff I hope you'll like. We'll ponder summer and swimming and August.

That'll do it. Hope to see you at Avers and maybe Butch Trucks. I'll leave you with this trippy, new video from Ty Segall:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weekend Picks: Commonwealth of Notions 6, Wild Reeds, Silent Music Revival, Garbage, Joe Walsh, CJ Chenier, Schooley Mountain Band, Taters, Atkinsons

Maker of some of the funniest songs in classic rock and some of the best to play air guitar to also, Joe Walsh hits Innsbrook on Thursday night. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6 with openers JD & the Straight Shot. Tix run $25 - $65. Joe is sober now. He says, "I only got drunk once...for about 30 years". Here's Joe doing "Rocky Mountain Way" at Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004. By the way, check out the backing band on this one. It's Booker T & the MGs!

If you prefer some primo zydeco, head to The Broadberry Thursday night for CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers The Hazletones. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Here's CJ & the band doing the zydeco classic, "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)":

Friday and Saturday night, Commonwealth of Notions Volume 6 takes place and it will benefit WRIR 97.3 FM and feature some great local music. Friday night, it goes down at Gallery5. Here's the info for that and the band lineup:
Friday, July 22nd 
Gallery5 - 200 W. Marshall Street
Doors: 6:30PM
Music: 7:30PM 
Cover: $5

Imaginary Sons -
Clair Morgan -
Nelly Kate -
Antiphons -
The Wimps -
The event moves to Strange Matter Saturday night. Here's the lowdown:
Saturday, July 23rd
Strange Matter - 929 West Grace Street, 
Doors: 6:00PM
Music: 7:00PM 
Cover: $7

Naked Pictures -
Smoke Break -
The Veins -
Dadmobile -
Shy, Low -
Recluse Raccoon -
Get in the Car -
Head out to one or both nights. Low price, great bands and it benefits the best radio station in RVA. (OK, I volunteer there so I'm a little biased!), But you won't find WRIR's mix of independent news and eclectic music anywhere else on the dial.

Here's a quick taste of Imaginary Sons:

Americana band The Atkinsons are at Isley Brewing Company on Saturday evening. I always want to type Isley Brothers Brewing Company. Just think. Their beers could be Shout Stout, It's Your Thing IPA, Fight The Power Sour Gose, That Lady Lager. Perhaps Isley Brewing could team up with the Isley Brothers? The Atkinsons will play from 6:30 - 9:30 and it's FREE to get in. Sounds like a fine way to start the evening with good beers and good music.

It's Ladies Night at The Camel on Saturday and by that I mean they'll be featuring Women Who Rock with four bands with talented grrrls. And, appropriately, part of the proceeds will be donated to Girls Rock! RVA. It's $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30. The Schooley Mountain Band (blues-rock) headline the show. Other acts on the bill include RVA's own lovely, soulful and talented Sam Reed; Haint Blue (Americana/pop) and The Folly. Here's something from The Schooley Mountain Band:

The Taters are at Tin Pan Saturday night. $10 to get in. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8. The Taters recently announced that they'll be doing a show with The Richmond Symphony on Feb. 24. While they play many originals, they also do some choice covers, including one of my favorite 70's soul tunes, "Kiss and Say Goodbye":

Long Strange Night, the Beatles, blues and Dead cover band, will be at Keagan's Restaurant and Tavern Saturday night. Music will get underway at 9. Looks like it's FREE to get in. Here's the band rocking a nice "Shakedown Street > Another Brick in the Wall" earlier this month:

Hardywood is doing a Christmas in July benefit for Richmond Public Schools. It'll run from noon until 6. They'll be busting out their Christmas beers which, in my opinion, are their best beers. Mmmmm, Christmas Morning Bourbon Gingerbread Stout.... Sorry, me and my taste buds drifted off for a minute. Benjamin Shepard starts the music at 3 with his anti-folk rock. Then, the fabulous harmonies of The Wild Reeds take the stage. They are a great folk-country band out of LA. I just started listening to them and I think I'm falling in love. Here they are in a video made a few weeks ago doing "Love Make A Fool":

Gallery5 will combine a classic silent movie with live music on Sunday evening when they match Buster Keaton's "The Goat" (1921) with The Dharma Bombs in the latest Silent Music Revival. The show starts promptly at 8:30 PM. There is no cover but donations will be appreciated. As an added twist, the band doesn't see the film prior to the event so they will improvise the score. Here's The Dharma Bombs doing "Sunny Always":

Garbage comes to The National Monday night. Tix are $34.50 advance, $38 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Kristin Kontrol. Garbage is out supporting a new album, "Strange Little Birds", that's getting some of their best reviews since their debut album in '95. Here's the first single off that album, "Empty":

That's it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with Queens of the Stone Age and "I Sat By the Ocean":

Tony Jordan

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Late Night Pick: Margo Price

Tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, alt-country singer/songwriter Margo Price appears as the musical guest (11:35 PM, NBC). Margo's album, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" was named one of the 25 Best Albums of 2016 (So Far) by Paste Magazine. Here's the first single from that album, "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)":

From a couple weeks ago, here's The Avett  Brothers performing "Satan Pulls the Strings" on The Tonight Show: