Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekend Picks: Earth, Wind & Fire, Ian Anderson, Hogtober, Oystoberfest, Touch a Truck, 2nd Street Festival, Southern Belles (x3), Trongone Band

If you're a child of the 80's or just wish you were, check out The Legwarmers - The Ultimate 80's Experience at The National on Friday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it's $16 to get in. Here's a little sampler of their show. Bust out your skinny tie.



Jam band The Southern Belles will be at The Camel Friday. Fletcher's Grove from Morgantown WV will open the show. Southern Belles recently toured Colorado, WV, KY, KS, St. Louis, & Cincinnati so they are so happy to be back they are playing the Camel Friday, two shows in RVA Saturday (more on those in a second) and a show in DC Saturday night. Doors will open at 8, it's $7 to get in. Here's the Belles in Carbondale CO a couple weeks ago doing a couple originals:



Not a music event, but a lot of fun if you have kids that like big trucks, Touch a Truck will be at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Tix are $5 per person and the money goes to the Junior League of Richmond, There will be lots of construction vehicles, tractor trailers, emergency responder vehicles and even an Army helicoper for the kids to climb in and on and blow the horns.

In Jackson Ward, the 2nd Street Festival goes down on Saturday from 11:30 AM to 7 PM and on Sunday from noon to 6 PM. Lots of music, kids activities, food, beverages and fun. You can click the link there to see the full music lineup but the headliner is 80's funk band Midnight Star on Saturday at 5:45. I couldn't decide between "Freak-a-zoid" and "No Parking on the Dance Floor" so let's do them both.




Up on Libby Hill Park Saturday, it's Hogtober or the festival formerly known as High on the Hog. This will run from noon to 7 with lots of BBQ and other food and beer, though it is family friendly. This is one of the events Southern Belles, the hardest working band in Richmond, will play on Saturday. It's FREE to get in. Here's the full band lineup:

  • 12:00 - Southern Belles
  • 1:20 - The Dimmer Twins (Horsehead acoustic)
  • 2:00 - Love Canon (80's hits done bluegrass style)
  • 3:35 - Flight of Salt (Americana rock)
  • 5:20 - The Hit List (80's' & 90's covers)
Here's Flight of Salt in C'ville about a year ago. I believe this was captured on the bar's' security cam (just kidding):



Another fall Richmond festival and another appearance by the Southern Belles (when do they sleep?) at Oystoberfest at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Ginter Park. That goes from noon to 6 PM and features oysters, brats, beer, bands, and a kids zone, where you can leave your kids while you enjoy the oysters, brats, beers and bands (OK, maybe you shouldn't leave them there). It's FREE to get in (though they do suggest a $2 donation). Here's the band lineup:

  • 12:30 - East of Afton
  • 1:30 - Mills Family Band
  • 2:30 - Starlighter
  • 3:30 - Southern Belles
  • 4:30 - The Jimmy Catlett Group
Here't the Jimmy Catlett Group at The National a few years ago:



The Trongone Band brings their jammy covers and originals to Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday night. I caught them at the Italian Fest last weekend and they put on a great show as always, with a standout version of the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie". The show gets underway at 8, it's $5 in advance, $10 day of show. Here's the band doing the Ween song (also covered by Phish) "Roses Are Free":



Sunday, classic rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull comes to The National to do a Best of Jethro Tull show. All proceeds from the show are going to support veteran, first responders and to raise awareness of the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). There are a number of special events and offers going on surrounding the show to support The Global Campaign against IEDs. Click the link HERE to check them out. And check out this classic Tull from 1977:



Wednesday night at Innsbrook it's Earth, Wind & Fire. Gates open 5, show starts at 6. I do not see an opening band listed, but if there is one, don't hold it against me. The Gold Circle (meh!) seats are all sold out for this one so it's GA for you. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. EWF has a new Christmas album out called "Holiday"with Christmas classics and a couple original songs. But since it's October, let's hope they stick to the hits Wednesday night. No need for Winter Wonderland (will they do that like "Boogie Wonderland"?) in October.



That's it. See you somewhere this weekend!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: The So So Glos

Brooklyn punk rockers, The So So Glos, will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight (1:35 AM, NBC). The band is off on a big European tour now, but they recorded their bits for Last Call when they were on tour in the US recently. Here's SSG doing "Lost Weekend":



And here's Lucinda Williams peforming with The Roots on last night's Tonight Show:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Late Night Pick: Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is riding high on her new album, "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone", one of the most critically acclaimed albums of her career, which is saying a lot. She'll bring her country-blues to the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35 PM). Lucinda will be in Charlottesville at The Paramount on 11/11. Here's Lucinda back in 1988 doing "Drunken Angel":

Here's Robert Plant on last Friday's Tonight Show. The first clip is the one he did on the show. The second is a web exclusive.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Late Night Pick: Robert Plant

The legendary Robert Plant is on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (NBC, 11:35 PM).  Robert is touring supporting his new, critically acclaimed album, "Lullaby...and the Ceaseless Roar". Here's some classic RP from 31 (!) years ago:



And here's John Mellencamp on last night's Tonight Show:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Late Night Pick: John Mellencamp

On the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, check out John Mellencamp (NBC, 11:35 PM). John has a new album, "Plain Spoken", came out a couple days ago and he's going on a long tour starting in January to support it. How long? Well, he's coming to Richmond's Altria Theater but he doesn't get here until 6/15/15. Tix are on sale now and they run from $39.50 on up to $251 for VIP. Here's John with "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)":



Here Dhani Harrison & Friends on last night's Conan ripping it up on Dhani's dad's tune, "Let It Down":

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weekend Picks: Cory Branan, Nellie McKay, Cracker, The Last Bison, Broken Bells, Hamilton Leithauser, Manchester Block Party, Sons of Bill

Now that fall is here, the weekends get busy. Lots of bands on tour, lots of festivals around town. But things start out of town, but close by, in Hopewell at the Beacon Theatre where country legend Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives will play Thursday. Doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30 with a "special guest" i.e. a local band that's been hired to open. Orchestra lower level reserved seating is $36.50 in advance, $45 at the door, GA Balcony is $21.50 in advance, $30 at the door. Marty & the band were recently on the World Cafe on NPR and you can listen to that HERE. Here they are doing "Wanted Man":



Thursday in the Manchester section of town, it's the Manchester Block Party with The Big Payback: James Brown Tribute (7:30) and Cover to Cover Band doing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album in it's entireity at 6. All the fun starts at 4 PM and they'll have beer and food trucks to satisfy your belly. The event takes place in the parking lot at 6th and Stockton streets until 9 PM and it's FREE to attend. Here's the Mac doing "Dreams":



It's jamtronica at The Broadberry with Former Champions Quartet w/ former member, guitarist Matt Walton Thursday. Doors open at 8 and it's $7 to get in. Here they are as a trio at Camp Barefoot in August:



Trongone Band brings classic rock covers and great originals to Cary St. Cafe Thursday night. That starts at 10 and it's FREE to get in. Guitatist Andrew Trongone recently sat in with War when the Trongone Band opened for them. Here's the Trongone Band at that show with a little "West LA Fadeaway > Boogie On Reggae Woman":



Charlottesville's alt-country Sons of Bill are getting a big push to stardom, starting on a US tour to support their new album, "Love & Logic" that will take them all over the country. You can check them out at Plan 9 on Friday at 5:30 PM for FREE when they do a special in-store performance. Later that night, they'll be at The Broadberry, tix are$15 in advance, $17 at the door, doors open at 8 and Israel Nash will open. You can check out the new album on the website of magazine Garden & Gun right HERE. Here they are doing "Brand New Paradigm" from the new album on WNRN earlier today.




Bluegrass based Americana band Leftover Salmon are at The National on Friday night and they are bringing along a very special guest to play with them: Bill Payne, keyboardist from Little Feat. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener, Sunliner. They had a whole bunch of special guests (John Bell, Sam Bush, Col. Bruce Hampton, Del McCoury, and more) join them for a special show to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album "The Nashville Sessions" a couple weeks ago. Here's a tune from that show, but it's a brand new tune from an album that will be out in November, "High Country":



Singer Nellie McKay joins the Turtle Island Quartet for a show at Modlin Center for the Arts Friday night. The show starts at 7:30 and tix range from $10 to $36 depending on your demographic. Here's the press blurb for the show:
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay enchants audiences with her musical wanderlust. Her sweet, light voice enraptures as it dances on a vivacious lyrical journey. Her voice is an instrument in its own right, undulating with the staves of Turtle Island Quartet’s melodies to create smooth, and at times gentle, music. Light and airy, the swishing and sliding of sound through the strings of the quartet blend into one philharmonic, nimble as they move between classical quartet to jazz band. This performance by McKay and Turtle Island is an evening spent running through the natural notes of song and string. 
 Here's Nellie's tribute to her dog when she did a TED thing a few years ago:



Indie folk band out of Chesapeake VA, The Last Bison, will be at The Camel on Friday night. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Logan Vath & Claire Morgan. You can check out a stream of their new album, "VA", courtesy of Paste Magazine HERE. This show at The Camel starts their US tour promoting the album. Here they are last Friday on WAVY-TV in Norfolk:



Ashland Coffee & Tea has David Lowery & Johnny Hickman of Cracker doing an acoustic show Friday. I really wish Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven (David Lowery's other band) would come play an electric show here in Richmond someday, but this will do for now. Tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and the show starts at 8 PM. Get your tickets quick. As of a few days ago, there were only 20 tickets left. Here they are playing for my old radio station, WZZO. I worked there in the early 90's, back when me and Cracker were young and full of teen (well, 20's) angst:



Get the funk up with The Big Payback (James Brown tribute band) at The Tobacco Company Friday. Show starts at 9 and it doesn't cost anything to get in. Here's one of the most famous James Brown performances ever on the T.A.M.I. Show movie in 1964:



Americana singer-songwriter Cory Branan is at The Camel Saturday night. It's $10 to get in, doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9:30 with openers Paulo Franoco & The Rateros and Alison Self & The Lonesome Lows. You might dig Cory if you like Bruce Springsteen, John Prine or Steve Earle, not just for his sound, but for his lyrics too. Here's Cory's "Survivor Blues":




No BS! Brass Band will make you horny Saturday night at Balliceaux. Show starts at 10:30 and it's $7 to get in. They played on CBS6 early this month:


Sunday, the side project of Brian Burther (aka Danger Mouse, who recently helped produce the new U2 album) and James Mercer (lead vocalist for The Shins), Broken Bells, comes to The National. Tix are $31 in advance, $36 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and make sure you get there on time to catch the opener, Hamilton Leithauser. Broken Bells just released remixes of their songs "Angel and the Fool" and "Holding On For Life" which you can download for free HERE. Here's the original version of "Holding On For Life":



And here's one from opener Hamilton Leithauser:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Dhani Harrison & Friends

George Harrison week continues on Conan with his son, Dhani Harrison, and Friends. The friends will be Jonathan Bates from Big Black Delta, Mark Stoermer from The Killers, Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction, Aaron Embry, Jimmy Vivino and more. Conan is on TBS at 11 PM. Here's Dhani and some other friends at The Concert for George Harrison doing "My Sweet Lord":



And here's Paul Simon on last night's Conan doing "Here Comes the Sun":

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Late Night Pick: Paul Simon

The legendary Paul Simon continues George Harrison week on Conan tonight on TBS at 11 PM. Paul will be continuing his co-headlining tour with Sting, the Sting-meiser, Sting-a-ling-a-ding-dong in Europe in 2015. Here's Paul & George teaming up on Saturday Night Live in 1976 to peform Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound":



Here's Beck kicking off George Harrison week last night with a tune from George's epic "All Things Must Pass" album, "Wah-Wah":

Monday, September 22, 2014

Late Night Pick: Beck

Beck will be on a new Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). This is the beginning on George Harrison week on Conan and each musical guest will play one of George's tunes this week. Here's George playing "Here Comes the Sun" at one of the Prince's Trust concerts with Jeff Lynne, Phil Collins, Ringo, and more:


Here's Interpol from the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on Friday:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Late Night Pick: Interpol

On a repeat of the Late Show with David Letterman from earlier this month, alt-rock band Interpol will perform "All the Rage Back Home" from their new album, "El Pintor". Here's "Lights" from their fourth album, "Interpol", back in 2010:



Here's Tegan and Sara on last night's Conan: