Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Weekend Picks: Black Joe Lewis, Anders Osborne, Steve Forbert, Turn to Crime, KINGS, Good Shot Judy, Never Mind the Bollocks Here's Richmond

Not sure what's been going on the last few weeks, but it seems all the bands want to play on Friday night. So you'll need to make some decisions, my friends.

Folk singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Forbert is at Capital Ale House Downtown Friday. Doors at 7, show at 8, no opener listed. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Here's some background on Steve from his press blurb:
After years with local bands, Steve Forbert left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi in his early 20s and headed for the Big Apple in search of recording deals and larger audiences. He started out playing for change at Grand Central Station and hitting every open mic night he could before eventually moving into the club scene at infamous spots like New York City's CBGB's. At a time when rootsy rock was fading in favor of punk edged bands such as the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie, Forbert's folk pop "Romeo's Tune" hit #11 on the charts and brought him into the international spotlight. Critics and the public embraced his melodic and lyrical styles, a more traditional sound among the post disco punk and rock of the late '70s and early '80s. Always following his own instincts, Forbert says, "I've never been interested in changing what I do to fit popular style and needs."
And that's the motto he has lived by since the release of his debut album, Alive on Arrival, in 1978. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently wrote that "now or then, you would have been hard pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival. It was like a great novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger."
From his 2005 album, "Good Soul Food - Live at the Ark", here's "Good Planets Are Hard to Find". Indeed!

Great New Orleans blues/rock guitarist Anders Osborne is at The Broadberry Friday night. Tix are $25. Doors open at 8 ,show starts at 9 with The Ghost of Paul Revere opening. If I didn't have my kids this weekend, I would definitely be at this show (kids come first!). I've been seeing Anders since the 90's and he always puts on a fantastic rocking show. I've seen Anders at Lockn' Festival recently, with his band and playing with Phil Lesh and others at the fest. Hopefully, we can give him some good Richmond memories at this show as I believe the last time he was in Richmond he was onstage on the infamous day when Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals was hit by the thrown vodka bottle at Riverrock. A black day in Richmond's music history. Thankfully, Toots got back to touring last year. Anders will be with his full band Friday, but here he is playing acoustic while riding in a gondola:

On Friday at Gallery5, it's Never Mind the Bollocks Here's Richmond when "Gouda Mayhem performs the classic Sex Pistols album, Never Mind the Bollocks, in its entirety as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release, with an All-Star cast of Richmond guest vocalists, including Julie Storey of Doll Baby, Lindsey Spurrier of Roy Batty and Hot Dolphin, Eddie Prendergast of Mikrowaves, Chrissie Lozano of Lady God, and, in his first live performance in more than 15 years, Taylor Steele of FOUR WALLS FALLING! It's looking like there are going to be multiple guest DRUMMERS also. This is gonna be some chaotic fun. Kenneka Cook will be opening with a beautiful non-Sex Pistols-related set." Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $8 advance, $10 day of show. Here's some Sex Pistols with Spanish subtitles:

Good Shot Judy (jazz) and My Son the Doctor ( Eastern European Soul) will play/record at Sound of Music Studios Friday night. They'll be creating a jazz club atmosphere. Head on over and have your cheers immortalized on a live recording. Show starts at 8. $7 suggested donation for the bands and sound engineer. Here's Good Shot Judy conjuring up a little of that old black magic:

R&B/soul/funk band KINGS are at The Camel Friday night. This is a special Valentine's show, including an RVA Entertainers Club set with special guests, including Sam Reed. Ropeadope Records band Escaper from NY will open the show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, $10 to get in. Here's KINGS latest track, "Enough Island":

Experimental indie alternative pop band Turn to Crime turn into Strange Matter Sunday night. Doors open at 8, $8 to get in. The Green Hearts and Doctor Collins open. NME said "An uplifting mix of Krautrock, playful synths and candy-pop hooks; Turn To Crime sound like an experiment gone awry in a toy factory" Their new song from their new album, "Secondary" is now near and dear to my heart. And my pills will indeed blow your mind.

Finally, the show I'll be at Monday night. Black Joe Lewis is gonna bring the grungy blues/funk to Strange Matter. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $15 to get in. Dams of the West (featuring Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend) and RVA's own Big Mama Shakes open the show. This is a great show top to bottom so get there early. I have a feeling this will be sweaty dancey night. From Black Joe Lewis' new album, "Backlash", here's "PTP":

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Black Joe Lewis Monday night. I'll leave you with this for Valentine's Day.

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weekend Picks: WRIR Black Valentine's Party, Ruthie Foster, No BS! Brass Band, Full Moon Fever, Instant Karma

It's happy hour goodness at Hardywood on Friday night especially if you like Tom Petty. Full Moon Fever, the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, will be there along with openers, Imaginary Boys (Cure tribute). The taproom opens at 4:30 and the music starts at 6. Don't cost nothin' to get in. Here's TP doing "You Don't Know How It Feels":

More tribute bands when Instant Karma (Beatles/John Lennon) are at Cary St. Cafe from 2 - 6 Saturday afternoon. Here's The Beatles visiting Penny Lane. On horses.

Blues/folk/gospel artist Ruthie Foster is at The Tin Pan on Saturday night. Ruthie is out supporting her new album, "Joy Comes Back" which comes out March 24. Ruthie was nominated for Grammies in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for Best Blues Album and Ruthie has been recognized by organizations such as the Austin Music Awards (2007, 2008 and 2013 Best Female Vocalist), Blues Music Awards (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Living Blues Awards (2010 Critics' Poll Winner and 2011 nominee for Blues Female Artist of the Year). Doors open at 6, show starts at 8, tix are $30 advance, $35 at the door. Here's one of her performances on this year's Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise:

No BS! Brass Band will perform an early show (doors at 6, music at 7 and 2 sets from No BS) on Sunday night. They are calling it the No BS Brass Valentine's Dinner Theatre. Dinner is not included with the price but you can always get your own from the menu at Capital Ale House Downtown and of course partake from their fine selection of beer. Tix are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Let's step back 3.5 years to No BS' performance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert:

On Tuesday, February 14, WRIR FM 97.3 presents its 11th annual Black Valentine’s Day Party. Gotta broken heart again? Happy loving couples ain’t no friend of yours? Feel like love stinks? Then this is the party for you!  Happy people who enjoy great music while in the company of the brokenhearted are also welcome!

Three great performers, Mikrowaves, Dorthia Cottrell (of Windhand), and Paul Ivey, will perform songs about love gone terribly wrong.  These are songs that speak to love unrequited, betrayal, despair and hearts torn asunder… the horrible emotions that make you feel miserable but oh so alive. Your favorite WRIR DJs will be on hand to spin songs of romantic woe between sets.

This year’s party will also features the Black Valentine’s Day live Date Auction, with proceeds benefiting WRIR!  Each winning bidder will walk away with an eligible date and a dinner for two at one of Richmond’s finest restaurants.  And should romance bloom, don’t blame us when it all comes crashing down in a fiery wreck.  You should have seen that coming.

For the past eleven years, the romantically downtrodden have found solace at the Black Valentine’s Day Party.  Well-adjusted people in happy, committed relationships are also welcome, but the rest of us would appreciate it if you’d turn the joy down a notch.  We’re trying to enjoy our heartache over here.

The musical misery gets underway at 8:00 pm sharp at Gallery 5. 200 W Marshall St., Richmond, VA.  Admission is free, but you must be 18 or older to attend, and any donations at the door will benefit Gallery 5.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Here's the Mikrowaves last July 4 at Hardywood (that was a fun and interesting night) performing Dodge Diplomat:

That'll do it! Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Hardywood Friday night and the WRIR Black Valentine's Party. I'll leave you with this one dedicated to Betsy DeVos:

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weekend Picks: WRIR Party for the Rest of Us, Eric Krasno & Marcus King, Hiss Golden Messenger, Charlie Hunter, Black Marble, Atmosphere

The weekend kicks off Thursday at Broadberry with Eric Krasno Band and Marcus King Band. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $17 advance, $20 day of show. Eric Krasno is a veteran of funk-jam bands Soulive and Lettuce and is the go-to guy to sit in with just about everyone on the jam band scene. It'll be a funky good time. And get there early for the up and coming "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock" of The Marcus King Band. The 20 year old guitar player (Marcus King) is gaining fast acclaim on the jam band/blues scene and will probably be headlining on his own the next time he comes through town. And expect the two guitarists to play together at some point. Here's a little tour teaser from Eric and Marcus filmed on the beach at Gov't Mule's Island Exodus:

Friday is chock full o' music, but the highlight for me is the WRIR Party for the Rest of Us celebrating the 12th birthday of Richmond's independent radio station. I may be a bit biased because (full disclosure) I am a volunteer at the station. But this is a great lineup of music. Check it out:
People's Blues of Richmond
Yeni Nostalji 
Doll Baby 
Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective 
Satellite Syndicate 
Harry Partch Appreciation Society 
RVA Comedy Standup showcase
WRIR DJs spinning between sets
And you not only get all that but free birthday cake too! You get in for a $15 donation that supports WRIR. Doors open and the entertainment starts at 7 PM. It will run until midnight. Here's People's Blues of Richmond with "Quit or Die":

Friday evening, there is an early show at Strange Matter with electronic/alternative/indie/synth pop/new wave/rock band Black Marble. Doors open at 5. You. & Unmaker open. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's Black Marble doing "Frisk" live on 1/24:

Jazz-funk guitarist Charlie Hunter brings his trio to Capital Ale House Downtown Friday night. Tix are $22.50 advance, $25 at the door. Doors at 7, show at 8 and no opener is listed. Here's the press blurb for Charlie and the band:
Charlie Hunter really deserves his own category because he has had to actually invent guitars to match his vision. When the Berkeley-High-School graduate emerged on San Francisco stages in the 1990s using an 8-string guitar on which he simultaneously played bass, chords and leads, he seemed almost freakish, but that impression was quickly tempered by a profound musicality that brought him deep respect on the international scene.
Here's the trio on 12/30/16 opening for Snarky Puppy:

Singer/songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger is at Broadberry Friday. Tix are $16, doors at 8, show at 9 with opener Phil Cook. Hiss aka Michael Taylor will be hitting a few festivals this summer including BottleRock Napa Valley, Boston Calling, Pickathon, and Sloss Fest. Here they are playing for WYEP in Pittsburgh earlier today (1/31):

Clair Morgan does their monthly First Friday show at The Camel. Each one of these shows is a benefit and this one is for ART 180. Tix are $6 advance, $8 day of show. Doors at 8, show at 9. The Dawn Drapes, Glass Twin, and J Kramer open. Here's Clair Morgan's "How to Set Your Bed on Fire":

Afro-Zen All Stars kick off the Global Sound Series at the newly named The Mainline at Ashland Coffee and Tea. (If you're wondering what has changed along the name, check out this article from Style.) I saw Afro-Zen All Stars at the Broadberry last month when they opened for No BS! Brass Band and their sound is quite mesmerizing. Here's their press blurb:
Led by a driving horn section, the Afro-Zen Allstars present a powerful instrumental collection that evokes irresistible rhythms and dance-able grooves. From Ethiopia’s “Golden Age” of music (popularized by the Ethiopiques Series and groups such as Debo Band) to wedding music of Rajasthan or Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music of “revolutionary struggle,” Afro-Zen honors a heritage of positive music through the modern arrangements of its bandleader, George M. Lowe. As a lifelong student of international music, Lowe takes the listener to a place where the sound is both rare yet familiar.
Afro-Zen Allstars features the powerhouse lineup of Hector “Coco” Barez, percussion; Brian Cruse, Bass; John Lilley, Alto and Tenor Sax; George M. Lowe, Guitar; Scott Milstead, Drums; Chris Sclafani, Baritone Sax; Chris Vasi, Guitar; and Toby Whitaker, Trombone as well as a rotating cast of Richmond’s all-star musicians.
Tix are $8 advance, $10 at the door. The show will run from 8 to 10. No opener. Here they are performing at that show at The Broadberry:

Hip-hop duo Atmosphere is at The National Saturday night with Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill, and Last Word. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. From their latest album, "Fishing Blues", here's Atmosphere's "A Long Hello":

Indie popper Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz bubble up in Strange Matter Saturday. $12 cover. Doors open at 8. Radiator Hospital and Pinkwash open. Born in Alabama, Allison now resides in Philly, as do the rest of the bands on the bill (thus the Liberty Bell in the poster) which makes them all cool in my book, being a Philly boy myself. However, now Allison says she doesn't "Ever Wanna Leave California". OK, the weather is better there. But you can't get a good cheesesteak there.

That'll do it. I'll see you at the Eric Krasno show. Here's a pretty trippy song and video from a band called Moon Duo.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Weekend Picks: Legendary Shack Shakers, Shawn Mullins, New Stew, Big Mama Shakes, Taters, Runaway Gin, Hazeltone

No alternative facts here. Just the real deal on who's playing where in the RVA this weekend.

Start your weekend right with The Legendary Shack Shakers blues, punk, rock and country Southern Gothic hell-for-leather roadshow at The Broadberry on Thursday. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers The Brains & The Delta Bombers. Here's a taste from the Shack Shakers press blurb:
Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO’s True Blood. Past tour mates and fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, and Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band's third album Believe as one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror novelist Stephen King, who listed “CB Song” as among his iPod’s Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.
Here's the Shack Shakers playin' in the "Mud":

Louisiana singer/songwriter Marc Broussard is at The Tin Pan Friday night. The show might be sold out, but if tix become available they'll run $45 advance, $50 at the door. Door open at 6 and Jamie McLean Band opens the show at 7:30. Get there early to see Jamie. He used to play with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and his band has been touring with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Drive By Truckers, Gov't Mule, Soulive, Jackie Greene, Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars and more. Here's one from Marc:

And one from Jamie:

At Capital Ale House Downtown, help yourself to a big serving of The New Stew Friday night. Who's in the Stew, you say? Here's the lineup:
Corey Glover – Vocals (Living Colour, Galactic)
Roosevelt Collier - Lap Steel/ Pedal Steel (Lee Boys)
Yonrico Scott – Percussion (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood)
Dave Yoke – Guitar (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic)
Jared Stone – Drums (Stone's Stew)
Matt Slocum – Piano (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, Lee Boys)
Jonathan Meadows from The Congress is going to sit in too. These soul/jazz/blues vets will pay tribute to the classic album "Bill Withers - Live from Carnegie Hall" by playing the album in it's entirety. Tix are $20 for GA or $32.50 for VIP and you can get a $20 discount HERE. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Here's the band performing "Harlem/Cold Baloney" from that album last year:

The Taters kick off their 20th year with a show they are calling Bridge of The Cyber Taters. Will this be a prog-rock sci-fi epic rock opera? (Probably not.) Will they wear robot costumes? (Maybe!) Find out at O'Tooles Friday night. The show starts at 8 and goes until 11. Here's the band last week on Cary NC:

Phish is off the road for a while and if you miss them already, head to The Camel Friday night. Runaway Gin - A Tribute to Phish will take the stage at 10:30. There's no opener and the doors open at 9:30. Tix are $10 advance, $12 at the door. This is the Richmond debut of the band, who have played 200 shows, earning them the self-appointed title of World's Most Active Phish Tribute Band. Here they are doing "Tweezer > Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" in November:

Big Mama Shakes will shake your big ass Saturday night at Garden Grove Brewing Company. This will be a release party for Big Mama Brown Ale. I always loved Big Mama Brown and I'm glad they named an ale after her. Oh wait, it's a brown ale? I get it. It's a collaboration between the band and Garden Grove to make a fine brown ale. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Dharma Bombs. It's FREE to get in. The band can rock the Southern/classic/blues rock thing pretty loud but they get a little introspective on this song, "Places":

Americana band Hazeltone is at Poe's Pub Saturday night with a special guest opening the show. Doors at 9, show starts at 10. No cover charge is listed. Here's their description of themselves:
We play B side, off the wall stuff from the Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, REM, David Bowie, Neil Young. Our originals lean towards Better than Ezra ,Petty Doors, John Mayer influence. We are a 7 member band that includes 12 & 6 string acoustic, harmonica, 6 string electric guitar, violin, piano, accordion,sax drums, and bass...We are an all original song band with some hand crafted covers.

Shawn Mullins is at The Tin Pan Sunday night. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6:40 with opener Rick Brantley. Shawn's big hit was "Lullaby" in 1998 but he's continued to make great storytelling music: emotional, romantic. sometimes cynical, sometimes humorous. Tix are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Here he is performing "Gulf Of Mexico" last March.

That'll do it. I'll see you at Legendary Shack Shakers on Thursday. Maybe Taters or Runaway Gin on Friday. Maybe Big Mama Shakes Saturday. I'll leave you with "Magic", a song Bruce Springsteen wrote about "alternative facts" during the Bush II era. Who knew it could get worse.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekend Picks: Umphrey's McGee, Doyle Bramhall II, Be Bad Weekend, Poe's B'day Bash, Karen Jonas, Sammi Lanzetta's B'day Bash

A fairly busy weekend with bands starting to hit the road again after holiday break.

We'll start with two shows at The National from prog/jam band Umphrey's McGee. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Spafford opening on both Friday and Saturday. Tix are $27.50 but Saturday's show is SOLD OUT so hurry and buy those tix if you want to go Friday because they are running low too. If you miss 'em, get some Lockn' tickets because they'll be back there this year. Here they are on 1/14 in Atlanta:

Another multi-night show starts Friday night. This is one is Friday through Sunday at Strange Matter and it's the Be Bad Weekend 2017. If you are ready to rock hard, this is the show (shows?) for you. It's three days of celebrating women in punk and hardcore. And the ladies rock for a good cause. Proceeds go to Girls Rock RVA. Oh, and also to some of the out of town bands for gas money. Shows start at 7 each day and it's $8 advance, $10 at the door. You can get a discounted show price if you bring NEW picks, instrument cables, xlr cables, clip-on tuners, 9v batteries, drum sticks, and/or power strips!! Girls Rock! RVA needs NEW supplies, not used! There are different lineups all three days. To see whose playing, click that link or look at that poster up there.

Murphy's Kids bring their punk/reggae/ska to The Camel Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Eastern Standard Time and King Easy. It's $7 to get in. There will also be chances to win tickets for 2017 SuperNova International Ska Festival. Here's Murphy's Kids:

Like some literature with some rock n' roll sprinkled in? Head to Poe's Birthday Bash at The Poe Museum on Saturday. It'll be twelve hours (noon to midnight) of performances, music, film, tours, exhibits, fun, and games for the whole family, all for just $5 per person. You can check the link there for the full schedule. Bands are scheduled to play at:

Charming Disaster seem made for this event with songs like this one, "Ghost Story":

Sammi Lanzetta (of Venus Guytrap) celebrates her birthday with a show at Sound of Music Studios Saturday night. It's $7 to get in, doors open at 7, show starts at 8. It's BYOB (cans only please, no glass). Sammi's gonna play last because it's her birthday so she gets what she wants. Opening the show will be Big Baby & Pete Curry. Here's a song that is near and dear to my heart if anyone knows my love for Sudafed:

Suzie & the G-Tones are at Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday night. Show starts at 8 (no opener) and it's $8 advance, $10 at the door. They've got a new album out, "Wine, Tears & Rain", that they'll be playing a bunch of stuff from along with some choice covers. And if you've seen the band before, you've never seen them like this, as they just became a five-piece, adding Scott Young on sax and keys. Here's "Battlegrounds" from their new album:

Fredericksburg based alt/trad-country singer Karen Jonas is at the new Steam Bell Beer Works on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5. Don't cost nothing to get in. Karen's 2016 album, "Country Songs", is starting to get noticed not just in the US, but worldwide. And check out the great guitar work of her collaborator, Tim Bray. Here's the title track from that new album.

Underground guitar hero Doyle Bramhall II is at Capital Ale House Downtown Wednesday. You may not have heard of him, but you've most definitely heard him. He was recruited at 18 by Jimmie Vaughan to play with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Then he joined Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, Chris Layton & Tommy Shannon. Then he joined Roger Waters' band. Next, he started a long time, ongoing collaboration with Eric Clapton in his bands and on his albums. He's also played with Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks, Elton John, Questlove, Gary Clark Jr., Erykah Badu, Gregg Allman, Robert Randolph, T-Bone Burnett, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dr. John and many others. Tix for the show are $22 advance, $27.50 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Future Stuff. Here's DBII in Chicago in November. If you are watching at work, skip ahead to ten seconds. The guy introducing them says a dirty word.

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with this one.

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Late Night TV Pick: Josh Abbott Band

Alt-country/Americana/rock band Josh Abbott Band is on Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). The band formed in Lubbock TX in 2007. Their last album, Front Row Seat, was a concept album, not something you usually see from country acts, about the rise and fall of a relationship. From 2011, here's "Oh Tonight" with the band getting a little help from Kacey Musgraves:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Weekend Picks: Del McCoury, Nighthawks, No BS! Brass Band, Afro-Zen Allstars, Atkinsons, Instant Karma

This is a long weekend for some of you, so no excuse for not getting out and seeing some live music. Besides Martin Luther King Day, state workers also get a day off on Friday for Lee-Jackson Day, which is, of course, a celebration of Bruce Lee and Samuel L. Jackson.

Speaking of Friday, that's your first of three, count 'em, three chances to see Afro-Zen Allstars. They'll be celebrating the release of their first CD, "Greatest Hits", all weekend. Their long weekend starts at Garden Grove Brewing Company Friday evening from 8 - 11. Don't cost nothin' to get in.

You can catch them next at Plan 9 in Carytown on Saturday afternoon from 1 - 2:30 where they will perform in-store. Here's a little taste of their "World Jazz and Global Grooves":

Finally, they'll be opening for No BS! Brass Band's Ten Year Anniversary Party at The Broadberry Saturday night. This will also be a great chance to check out the new bathrooms at The Broadberry. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about not having to fight through the crowd at the front of the stage when I gotta go. No BS is promising surprises and guests for the show. Doors open at 8, Afro-Zen Allstars go on at 9. $10 to get in. Let's go with an oldie but a goodie, here's No BS on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert in 2013:

Fan of the lads from Liverpool and like to late lunch? Head to Cary St. Cafe Saturday afternoon for Instant Karma, a Beatles and Lennon tribute band. They'll play from 2 - 6 and it's free to get in. Perhaps they'll play this one for the president elect.

Long running blues band The Nighthawks (feat. Rev. Billy C. Wirtz) are at The Tin Pan Saturday night. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8, no opener listed. Tix are $18 advance, $22 at the door. Here's the band last month in NYC:

Legendary bluegrass musician Del McCoury is at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell Saturday. Doors open at 6:30, the show starts sometime after that with a guest TBA. Tix range from $30 - $100. Here's Del and the band ringing in the New Year at Bluegrass Underground in Cumberland Caverns.

The Atkinsons play the Americana music at Poe's Pub Saturday night. Mike Koehler will kick off the music at 9:30, with The Atkinsons on after. There may be a slight cover charge. Here they are talking about "Lyin' and Honesty":

That'll do it. I may see at Plan 9 Saturday for Afro-Zen Allstars, Instant Karma for lunch at Cary St. Cafe and then the Broadberry for No BS. Could be a fun music day. Here's another one for Trump and the hope for a pees-ful transition.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Weekend Picks: Lettuce, Popa Chubby, Threesound, Clair Morgan, King Easy, The Machine, Life On Mars, Long Strange Night

It is sometimes hard to get motivated when various viscous fluids are coming out of your face and your throat feels like it's closing up. But we will push through this illness, at least for a few hours, to complete this week's blog. It helps that it is a relatively slow period for live music in town. But with the lack of national touring bands in the area, this is a great time to find your new favorite local band that you can follow and watch grow over the coming year, like a little baby bird that makes a lot of noise with guitars until they fly from the nurturing nest that is RVA.

And here's a local band making national year-end best of lists and playing every first Friday at The Camel this year. The band Clair Morgan will be joined by Smoke Break, Anousheh, and Lightfields this Friday. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9, tix are $6 advance, $8 day of show. This show will benefit the Virginia ACLU, who I suspect will be extra busy over the next 4 years. You know Clair Morgan is getting big because they teamed with Three Notch’d RVA Collab House to come out with their own beer called New Lions Blonde Stout. Check it out at Three Notch'd. It just came out today (1/5). Hopefully they'll make a new video soon, but until they do, we'll keep playing this one:

CANCELED DUE TO SNOW: If you are looking for some music in the afternoon on Saturday, classic rock/blues band Long Strange Night is at Cary St. Cafe from 1 - 6 PM and it don't cost nothin' to get in. Here they are playing an original called "Love My Baby":

TAPROOM IS OPEN BUT KING EASY WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Reggae band King Easy are at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom Saturday evening from 7 - 9. I caught King Easy when they opened up for Antero a few weeks ago at The Broadberry and was mighty impressed. This one is also FREE to get in. Here's a little peek at their rehearsal on my birthday last year:

SHOW IS POSTPONED. NEW DATE NOT ANNOUNCED YET. Blues guitarist Popa Chubby is at Capital Ale House Downtown Saturday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Tix are $15 advance, $20 day of show. I saw Popa at The Tin Pan last year and it had been at least 20 years since I had last seen him. He's only improved with great guitar playing, a solid band and excellent rapport with the audience. It looks like the Tin Pan show put Richmond back on the map for the NYC based Chubby so we'll hopefully see him more frequently now. Popa's current album, The Catfish, is currently sitting at #12 on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Here's a full Popa Chubby show, not sure when it was filmed, though he looks pretty young here. Now a days, Popa sits while he plays because he is Chubby. But he still plays electric and still brings the jams.

POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 16 DUE TO SNOW. Can't get enough of that Pink Floyd stuff? Check out The Machine at The National  Saturday night. Tix are $15 - 20 advance (you can get reserved balcony seats for this show) and $18 - 23 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and there is no opener. Here they are this summer doing "Pigs on the Wing" and "Pigs (Three Different Ones)":

More tribute bands Saturday night with Life On Mars (Bowie) and Better Off Dead (Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia) at The Camel. This is a special celebration for David Bowie's birthday. They'll be toasting at midnight to the Thin White Duke. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $10. Here's Life On Mars doing "Stay":

Sunday at The National, get funky with Lettuce. Tix are $19.50 advance, $23 day of show, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Jaw Gems. Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch also played with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on a European tour in 2006 and he wrote this memorial to her when she passed away. Here's Lettuce at The Brooklyn Bowl a few days ago:

Monday at The Camel, there is a benefit for the Conservation Music whose mission is to foster a global culture of sustainability through locally created music and film. The show will feature Threesound, Gull, Philosophunk, and Worse Curses with special guests Mark Ingraham and Matthew Walton. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it's $7 to get in. Here's Threesound's latest video, "Better Places":

That'll do it. Happy New Year everyone and thanks for reading! I'll leave you with this Beastie Boys video with some guys you might recognize playing the Beastie Boys and lots of celebrity cameos.

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Late Night TV Pick: Janelle Monae

The dynamic, lovely and talented Janelle Monae is on The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight (12:37 AM, CBS). I've been listening to her 2010 album, "The Archandroid" quite a bit lately. Almost every song is a different genre and she does them all well. I hope she will play some music but she may just be interviewed as she is out promoting her role in the new movie "Hidden Figures", the true story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who helped NASA's first space missions. From "The Archandroid", this is "Cold War":

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Weekend Picks: New Year's Eve Shows, Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Yarn, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Locust Honey, Miramar

It's a big weekend with lots of shows and New Year's Eve!

Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead tribute band, trucks into The National for two shows on Wednesday and Thursday. Tix are $25 advance, $30 day of show. The doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and there is no opener. DSO will play two sets, as always. Here's DSO in C'ville in November:

Wednesday night at The Broadberry, former Richmond electro jam band Former Champions get together for a reunion show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30, Kenneka Cook opens and DJ Phil Dice will spin between sets. Tix are $8 advance, $10 day of show. Here's a set from Former Champions in 2014:

Americana band Yarn hits the stage at The Broadberry Thursday night. Dalton Dash will open the show at 9, doors open at 8. Tix are $15. Their album "This Is The Year" recently came in at number 46 on the Americana Music Association's Radio Albums of 2016. From that album, here's "Carolina Heart":

For a good happy hour show on Friday, head to Hardywood for Locust Honey and The Atkinsons. The tap room opens at 4 and The Atkinsons kick off the music at 6. It's FREE to get in. Here's the press blurb on Locust Honey:
As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. With a rotating instrumentation of fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars, they set an emphasis on lively arrangements that showcase their signature vintage vocal harmonies. Joined by John Miller, (The Fox Hunt, The Hackensaw Boys,) on upright bass, they have been touring the US, UK and Ireland since 2012.
 Here's Locust Honey in July:

Jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are at The Broadberry Friday night. PPPP will be playing at Lockn' Festival in 2017 so you can get a sneak preview on a smaller stage Friday. Tix are $14 advance, $16 day of show, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Elm opening. They've been known to throw Star Wars references, lyrically and musically, into their sets, so here's hoping they'll do a little tribute to Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia at the show. Here's PPPP playing in September:

Miramar (w/members of Bio Ritmo) bring some Latin flavor playing Puerto Rican boleros (joined by a string quartet!) to Gallery5 Friday evening. Tix are $8 advance, $10 at the door, Doors open at 8, music starts at 9 with openers Yeni Nostalji and Armando Muñoz. Miramar has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and here they are performing at The Kennedy Center in July:

Bluegrass/newgrass band The Infamous Stringdusters do two nights at The National, Friday and New Year's Eve. Friday's show has tix are $18 advance, $23 day of show, doors at 7, show at 8 with opener Jon Stickley Trio. NYE tix are $28 advance, $33 day of show, same times with opener Billy Strings. The Stringdusters got to collaborate like Ryan Adams and this lineup at Lockn' with Phil Lesh, Jon Fishman & Page McConnell (from Phish), Joe Russo, and Anders Osborne.

You can kick off New Year's Eve with your kids at Noon Year's Eve at noon on Saturday at Lamplighter Coffee Roaster's Addison St. location. No BS! Brass Band will provide the music. Lamplighter will provide the free cocoa. The ball will drop. There will be much rejoicing.

If you prefer a proper NYE show with No BS! Brass Band, they will be at Vagabond on NYE. Tix are $40 (including late night buffet and champagne toast) or $75 (includes the aforementioned and a 4 course prix fixe dinner). The doors open at 9 and a special guest will open. Here's No BS! at Plan 9 last month doing a Michael Jackson favorite:

The Taters ring in NYE at The County Seat Restaurant in Powhatan. The show starts at 8. It's $10 to get in and reservations are recommended. Here's The Taters on VA This Morning a few months ago:

The Shack Band and Jackass Flats are at The Camel for NYE. They'll get together at some point to form the Shackass Flats Band to pay tribute to rock icons we lost in 2016. Tix are $25 advance, $30 day of show and that includes champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are going fast so don't sleep on this if you want to go. Here's one from The Shack Band:

The Broadberry will feature yacht rock tribute band Three Sheets to the Wind on NYE. Tix are $40 advance, $50 day of show and $75 VIP. Every attendee gets a free live CD from Three Sheets. Need something to get you ready for the show? Watch the hilarious 12 part Yacht Rock series. They are only 5 minutes each. There's a story behind every song. And it's a NSFW story. Here's episode 1, the story behind "What a Fool Believes":

Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess bring their swing/jazz/blues to The Tin Pan for NYE. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8:15. Tix are $27.50 and includes champagne toast. You can also get dinner reservations for a prix fixe menu. Here's the band earlier this year:

If you want some Grateful Dead for NYE, head to Iron Horse Restaurant in Ashland for Long Strange Night. They'll mix in some originals, some Beatles and some blues too. Things get underway at 9 and no cover is listed. Here's the band doing "Cold Rain & Snow" this summer:

That'll do it! Maybe I'll see you at the Stringdusters show on Friday night! Have a Happy New Year and good riddance to 2016. We lost too many good people this year and Carrie Fisher today was the last straw. Here's the Princess Leia theme from STAR WARS EPISODE IV "A New Hope" (1977).
Composed by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. May the Force be with you.

Tony Jordan