Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Weekend Picks: Jamey Johnson, Kevin Gordon, The Congress, Christian Mistress, No BS! Brass Band, Southern Belles, Fool's Errand

Labor Day weekend is typically pretty quiet but there is some good stuff out there this weekend. Friday's got three shows starting with Kevin Gordon at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Show starts at 8, tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Kevin has a new half electric/half acoustic album coming out on 9/14 called "Long Gone Time". Here's the press blurb about Kevin:
Kevin brings the band for a CD debut! Bug Music artist Kevin Gordon – the southern rock and roll songwriter who has been covered by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Irma Thomas, and others and who has recorded a duet with Lucinda Williams – released ‘Gloryland’ last year –  his first new album in 7 years. It’s a new high water mark for Gordon, representing his most powerful, fully realized writing to date. Writer and musician Peter Cooper in the hometown Tennessean  focused on the song “Colfax”: “We’ll empty your spit-valve for life if you find us anything more stunning than ‘Colfax,’ [Kevin Gordon’s] undeniably superb song that could only have come from one mind, and from one person’s experience. It’s ostensibly about a kid in the marching band but winds up being about the heart of American darkness and the steel that it takes to move beyond.” Drawing comparisons to a southern Bruce Springsteen, ‘Gloryland’ depicts heroic and anti-heroic characters tackling choices of faith, individual responsibility, and the positive force of art.
 Here's Kevin's "Colfax":

No BS! Brass Band is at Broadberry on Friday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Future Prospect. Here's No BS! performing "Infamous" at the Hudson Museum Amphitheater in NY:

The Southern Belles and Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot warm up for their shows at Lockn' Festival on Friday night at The Camel. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot will open the festivities on the big stages at Lockn' on Friday and Southern Belles get to do the honors on Sunday. Best of luck to both bands! I'm hoping I'm not too hung over and can make it down for both bands! Here's Southern Belles on August 8 in Charlottesville doing "Won't You Come Down":

The Congress are at Broadberry Saturday night with Trongone Band opening. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. The Congress started in RVA but now reside in Denver but they come back a lot to see friends and play us their Americana rock & roll. Here's The Congress with "New Amsterdam":

Gypsy folk band Fool's Errand play Cary St. Cafe for the first time on Saturday night. It's FREE to get in. Show starts at 10 PM with Steal The Prize starting the show with some psychedelic rock. Here's Fool's Errand with "What Happened?"

Heavy metal band Christian Mistress are at Strange Matter on Monday night. They've got a classic 70's - 80's metal sound, not the devil-growling vocals of newer metal and that's why I like them. Sorry, I'm old school when it comes to my metal. Doors open at 7, tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. High Spirits, Night Magic, and Savage Master open. From their new album, "To Your Death", this is Christian Mistress with "Open Road":

Wednesday night at Innsbrook, the great alt-country artist, Jamey Johnson, is in town. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6 with an unknown opener. Tix are $15 (GA lawn), $35 (Gold - Reserved), $45 (Gold - Preferred), and $99 (Gold - Platinum).  You might dig Jamey if you like Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, Merle Haggard, or Waylon Jennings. Here's Jamey's "In Color":

That's it! There will be no blog next week as I will be Rockn' at Lockn'! Hope to see you all there! I'm really looking forward to seeing Robert Plant there, where he will do two completely different sets on two nights for the first time in his career. I'm sure he'll bust out some Led Zep classics, but I also hope he dips into his own solo catalog. I'd love to hear this one:

Have a great next couple weekends! I know I will!

Tony Jordan

Monday, August 31, 2015

Late Night Pick: Gary Clark Jr.

Most excellent blues/rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will be on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (11:35 PM, NBC). Gary has a new album, "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim", coming out Sept. 11. Here's Gary's "Bright Lights" from 2011:

Here's Ashley Monroe on Conan last week:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Late Night Pick: Ashley Monroe

The buzz is big right now around neo-traditionalist country singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe. She'll be on Conan tonight at 11 on TBS. Ashley will perform "I Buried Your Love Alive" from her new critically acclaimed album, "The Blade". Here's the title track from her first album, "Like a Rose":

Here's Unknown Mortal Orchestra on last night's Conan:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Late Night Pick: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Tonight on Conan (11 PM, TBS), check out neo-psychedelic band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you are heading to New Zealand and/or Australia in December, they will be touring down under. And it will be summer down there! From two years ago, here is "So Good at Being in Trouble":

The Doobie Brothers reunited with Michael McDonald on the Tonight Show last week. Here's the song they performed on the show and also a web exclusive:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Picks: Agent Orange, Earth, The Good Life, Publicist UK, Ttotals, Murphy's Kids

The weekend starts Thursday night with a FREE show at Bandito's featuring Agent Orange, one of the first surf punk bands who rose out of the late 70's - early 80's Orange County, CA punk rock scene. Opening up will be Chrome Daddy Disco and Dismal Swamp Lords. The Dismal Swamp Lords are making their own RVA brand of garage surf music and their new EP is a fine start. Things get under way at 9 PM. Here's one I used to play on my college radio show, oh so long ago. Enjoy the picture of the original MTV VJs too.

Over at Gallery 5 Thursday night, it's Publicist UK, Dalek, and Petrichor. Publicist UK plays dark tinged, indie rock. They just released their debut album, "Forgive Yourself". Dalek is critically acclaimed underground, electronic hip-hop. Petrichor plays "rose-tinted techno". Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Here's Publicist UK's "Away":

At The Camel Friday night, punk/reggae/ska/psychedelic band Murphy's Kids will headline a show that also features Neighborhood Friendly (ska/punk) and Fool's Errand (gypsy Americana). Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  Here's Murphy's Kids in Fredericksburg in July:

Friday night at Strange Matter, indie pop rockers The Good Life are in town for a show. Big Harp will open the show with doors opening at 8 and the show starting at 9. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. The Good Life's new album is called "Everybody's Coming Down". Here's their brand spanking new video from that album. "The Troubadour's Green Room". Cool song, cool video.

Stick around Strange Matter for Sunday's show with prog-metal band, Earth. These guys aren't just about playing fast, they can build slow, textured, trippy songs that sometimes top the 10 minute mark. Holy Sons and Lugweight open the show. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9. Tix are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Here's Earth's latest album, "Primitive and Deadly":

Let's stick with Strange Matter as we begin the new month on Tuesday with Ttotals (outer blues two piece out of Nashville), Lady God (RVA's own slink band. You'll know it when you hear it.), White Kyle (out of Austin) and Manzara (psych metal rock). Doors open at 9, show starts shortly thereafter. It's' $7 to get in. Here's the Ttotals "Let the Light In":

Have a great weekend! I'll see you at the Agent Orange show! I'll leave you with the Foo Fighters continuing to be awesome as they "Rick Rolled" the heinous Westboro Baptist Church the other day.

Tony Jordan

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Late Night Pick: Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald

Tonight on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (11:35 PM, NBC), The Doobie Brothers get together with former member Michael McDonald. A few members of the Doobies will also be teaming up with String Cheese Incident at this year's Lockn' Festival to do a set at The Doobie Incident. The Doobies are currently on the road with the Gregg Allman Band. Here's the Doobies back in, well, it was a long time ago, doing "What a Fool Believes":

Here's Langhorne Slim on last night's Conan:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Weekend Picks: Todd Rundgren, WRIR Commonwealth of Notions Fest, Richmond Bluegrass Fest, Chris Stapleton, Sister Hazel, Horsehead, Three Sheets to the Wind

Todd Rundgren is in town Thursday night at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $20 GA Standing, $25 Reserved Seated Balcony. Always unpredictable and following whatever muse strikes him, this version of Todd finds him with his guitar, a DJ and two backup singers making up the whole band and playing electronic music. But he'll still play some of his biggest hits. Here's Todd performing "Terra Firma" a few days ago in Salisbury Beach, MD:

Friday night out at Short Pump Town Center there is a free show with Sister Hazel and Lee DeWyze (of American Idol fame). Lee takes the stage at 6, followed by Sister Hazel. Here's Sister Hazel's big hit from 1997, "All For You":

The WRIR Commonwealth of Notions Presents Volume 5 festival kicks into high gear this weekend with three shows at local venues featuring great local bands. They'll be at Strange Matter Friday, Sound of Music on Thursday and Broadberry on Sunday. Here's the lineups and all the info.
929 W. Grace St; Richmond, VA 23220
 Wow Owls! -
Big No -
Everyone Dies In The End -
Ultra Flake -
The Mad Extras -
Victorious Trees (feat. DAVE WATKINS + SAMANTHA PEARL) -

1515 W. Broad St; Richmond, VA 23220
Toxic Moxie -
Gull -
Lobo Marino -
Among The Rocks and Roots-

AUGUST 23RD - The Broadberry -
2729 W. Broad St; Richmond, VA 23220
Canary Oh Canary -
White Laces -
Mikrowaves -
Ben Shepherd -
Manatree -

 Let's try to get one video from a band at each show. From the Friday Strange Matter show, this is Big No:

From the Saturday night show at Sound of Music, here's Toxic Moxie:

And from the Sunday show at Broadberry, check out Canary Oh Canary:

The Richmond Bluegrass Festival goes down at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on Saturday starting at 2 PM. It's FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. There will be beer (duh), bluegrass music (double duh) and lots o' food trucks for your culinary pleasure. The music starts with Ragged Mountain String Band at 2, followed by East of Afton, River City Band, The Whiskey Rebellion, and The Hot Seats will wrap things up when they go on at 7:30. Here's The Hot Seats performing a very funny song at the Gate to Southwell Festival in earlier this summer:

Country-rock singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton is at The National Saturday night. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Sam Lewis. Chris will be playing at the American Roots Music & Arts Festival in Raleigh in October with Eric Church, Modest Mouse, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, Willie Nelson, Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass and more. That's a pretty tasty festival! Here's Chris the other night on Late Night with Seth Meyers playing "Might As Well Get Stoned":

Americana rock band Horsehead is at the Capital Ale House downtown on Saturday with Demon Eye and Dorthia Cottrell opening. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Horsehead has a new CD out called "Casual Dracula" so expect to hear a bunch of stuff off of that. Perhaps they'll make some videos of songs from the new album. The latest I could find was from three years ago when they played Gallery 5. But it's a good one. This is "Hard Hand to Hold":

It's yacht rock time again with yacht rock tribute band, Three Sheets to the Wind, at The Broadberry Saturday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and you can go VIP for $35. Doors open at 8 and there is no opener. Here's the band playing "Reeling in the Years > 2 Tickets to Paradise":

That's it. Have a great weekend! Perhaps I'll see you at the Richmond Bluegrass Festival.

I'll leave you with this classic from Chic with one of the greatest bass lines ever:

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Langhorne Slim

Folk/Americana/pop/rock/alternative/indie/country/singer/songwriter (I think that about covers it, but who needs labels anyway?) and Philly native Langhorne Slim is on Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). Langhorne, or do we call him Slim, is out promoting his latest album, "The Sprit Moves" and recently played the Newport Folk Festival. You might dig Langhorne if you like Lucero, The Lumineers, Avett Brothers, Dawes, Bright Eyes, Tom Waits, The Kinks, and Bob Dylan. Here he is with his band, The Law, playing "The Way We Move":

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Late Night Pick: Chris Stapleton

Country-rock singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton, who has written #1 country hits for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and others, will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (NBC, 12:35 AM). Chris will be at The National this Saturday night. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show. Here's Chris doing an acoustic version of his song "What Are You Listening To":

Here's Hot Chip on Conan on 8/10 with "Started Right":

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Weekend Picks: Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, Bruce Hornsby,Commonwealth of Notions 5, Milkstains, Beach Boys

The weekend starts Thursday night with classic 2nd wave jam band, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit at The National. Tix are $35, doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Col. Bruce & the ARU were part of the original H.O.R.D.E., second generation of jam bands which included Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and Widespread Panic. Col. Bruce & ARU would play together intermittently over their now 26 years together. Members of the ARU have played with every major jam band there is. Jimmy Herring has played guitar with Phil Lesh and is now in Widespread Panic. Oteil Burbridge is/was a member of the Allman Brothers Band. And drummer Jeff Sipe has played with Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio and a host of others. Make sure you get in for openers Hard Working Americans, featuring the great singer-songwriter Todd Snider and Dave Schools, the bass player for Widespread Panic. Here's Col. Bruce and ARU doing "Fixin' to Die" a few nights ago in Atlanta:

And here's Hard Working Americans with some extra goodness as Jason Isbell sits in with them:

Strange Matter hosts a great set of rock and roll bands on Friday night. The Milkstains, Desert Sharks, Sea of Storms and Lady God will take the stage with the doors opening at 9 and only $7 to get in. Here's The Milkstains "Broken Bones":

Saturday night, it's the start of Volume 5 of the WRIR & Commonwealth of Notions shows which will continue next weekend too. But on this night, they'll be at Gallery 5 for a whole heap o' fantastic RVA bands including Goldrush, Anousheh, Positive No, Lady God, Various Eggs, Way, Shape or Form, and Manzara. It's just $5 to get in, doors open at 5 and the fun begins at 6. Positive No just had their new video "Pedal Through" debut on NPR's web site this week. The video is both a parody of 90's indie rock AND the classic documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot".

Fresh off the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well gigs, Bruce Hornsby hits The National with his band, The Noisemakers on Tuesday night. Tix are $35 GA Standing and $40 for reserved in the balcony. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 and there is no opener so don't dilly-dally in getting there. From his setlists so far, besides original Hornsby music you might hear some Grateful Dead, Dylan, Sam Cooke, Prince, James Brown, Leadbelly and maybe even a little Floyd. You never know with Bruce. He'll just throw something in off the top of his head. Here they are a few weeks ago at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington:

Wednesday night at Innsbrook, what's left of The Beach Boys will don their Hawaiian shirts and perform in that God-forsaken hell hole of an industrial park. But don't let that deter you from going. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6 and tix range from $20 - $60. This is billed as "An Evening With The Beach Boys" which usually means no opener. Here's The Boys doing it again:

Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Col. Bruce and the ARU tonight!

I'll leave you with Haim doing "The Wire" on SNL a couple years ago:

Tony Jordan