Monday, March 30, 2015

Late Night Pick: Van Halen

Van Halen will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). They are promoting a new live album so no new material means you'll hear some classic Van Halen. They'll be performing on Hollywood Boulevard and the show will be shown over two nights, tonight and tomorrow night. And believe it or not this is the band's first US TV performance with David Lee Roth. Maybe they'll play this one from "1984":



Here's The Mavericks on Conan last week:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Late Night Pick: The Mavericks

Americana/pop/rock/adult alternative/indie/progressive country band, The Mavericks, are on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). The Mavericks are back in the States after a tour of Europe and are hitting Conan after playing in Texas and the SW. Here's their video for "Here Comes My Baby" from 1999:



Here's the two tunes Zac Brown Band did on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. Zac finally got rid of that wool hat. I bet it was getting smelly. Millions of Zac Brown lookalikes are out looking for floppy fedoras today.




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend Picks: War on Drugs, Willie Nile, Bad Plus, Torche, Tune-Yards, Jeff Sipe Trio, Bio Ritmo, EOTO, American Aquarium, Imaginary Sons

Friday night, rock n' roller Willie Nile will be at the new venue, The Tin Pan. Show starts at 8 PM (no opener listed) and tickets are $25. Willie is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his self-titled debut album this year. Willie will be solo at The Tin Pan but here's Willie and his band playing in Asbury Park NJ in January with a friend joining them:



Jeff Sipe Trio is at Capital Ale House Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The last time I saw Jeff Sipe Trio was at about 3:30 AM at the Triangle Stage at the first Lockn' Festival. Jeff Sipe Trio plays jazzy jam rock. Which is appropriate because Jeff has played drums with Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Derek Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit. By the way, Col. Bruce has joined the Aquarium Rescue Unit again and they'll be playing at The National on August 13. Here they are with Mike Dillon sitting in at The Pour House in Raleigh a couple days ago:



Progressive jazz group The Bad Plus will do two shows at Capital Ale House on Saturday. For the early set, doors open at 6:15 and the show starts at 7, For the late set, doors open at 8:45 and the show starts at 9:30. For each show, Premium admission is $40 (Premium seats are in the first three rows of tables. Includes early entrance and the option of upgrading to dinner and a drink prior to the show for $25.) and GA is $35. Here's The Bad Plus in London last year:



The Weight (The Band tribute band, wait, that sounds redundant) will be at Pocahontas State Park to kick off this year's Pocahontas Live concert series. Well, it was supposed to at Pocahontas State, but with temps going down to 21 degrees on Saturday night, they made the wise decision to move the show to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell. GA is $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door; Reserved is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. If you bought tickets for the show at the park, they'll be honored at the theatre. Here's a full concert from The Band in 1976:



Metal band Torche will be at Strange Matter Saturday night. Doors open at 8 and it's $12 to get in. Wrong, Hivelords and Suppression will open. You can play as one of the band members of Torche in the online (free) video game, "Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair". Here's Torche's song "Kicking" from 2 years ago.




Salsa time with Bio Ritmo! They'll be at The Camel Saturday night. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Soulpower starts the show at 9. Here's Bio Ritmo at The Camel back in December:




If jamtronica is more your thang, check out EOTO at The National Saturday night. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Those under 21 will pay an extra $3 at the door. Doors open at 8 and the show starts then too, with ill.Gates, ELM, and Groove Status opening. If you are on Twitter, head to EOTO and retweet their tweet about winning tickets for their show at The National and you could win free tickets for their show at The National. They'll be giving those away on 3/26 so hurry! Here's EOTO at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on 3/14:




Alt-country band, American Aquarium, is at The Broadberry Saturday night. Doors open at 8, Dalton Dash opens the show. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. If you think it's all fun and games when a band goes to SXSW, American Aquarium did 12 shows in 3 days. I'm guessing this show was on their way down to SXSW, this is "Man I'm Supposed to Be" at Cain's Ballroom:



Sunday is the show I'm going to and really looking forward to. The War on Drugs will be at The National Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Hop Along. Tix are $23 in advance, $26.50 at the door. If you are buying in advance, head to The National box office to buy them. Ticketmaster added 50% to the price of the ticket in various fees and service charges. And they wonder why people hate them. But back to the band. I've been listening to their album "Lost in the Dream" near constantly for the last three months. It's swirling, jangly psychedelia reminds me at times of Pink Floyd, Wilco, Neil Young, and The Feelies but it's a sound that's their own. Here they are playing "Red Eyes" in Newcastle, England last month:



Quirky, art rockers Tune-Yards are at The National on Monday. I was supposed to go to this show but sometimes it's hard to overcome mistrust caused by people in someone's past. Tix are $21 in advance, $24 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Son Lux and Avers open the show. Get there early to see Avers. This is their first hometown show after their triumph at SXSW, which has them getting major national buzz. Tune-Yards new video just came out today (3/24). Here it is.



You can check out three great local bands on Tuesday night at a live event at Sound of Music Recording Studios that will be recorded for posterity. Imaginary Sons, Bandrew and Industry Standard will be there. Show starts at 8 and it's $5 to get in. Bring whatever your thirst demands. Here's Imaginary Sons' show at The Camel on 1/10/15:



I'll see you at the War on Drugs show on Sunday. If you are going, or want to go, drop me a line. I'll leave you with this one from a very hairy ELO because it sucks when you can't get someone or something out of your head.



Tony Jordan

Monday, March 23, 2015

Late Night Pick: Zac Brown Band

Country rock band, Zac Brown Band, are on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (11:35 PM, ABC). ZBB has a new album, "Jekyll & Hyde", coming out on 4/28. ZBB is now big enough that they'll be playing baseball stadiums this summer along with the big sheds including VA Beach Amphitheater. Here's ZBB's big hit from 2008, "Chicken Fried":



Here's the songs Spoon did on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week:




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weekend Picks: Church Hill Irish Fest, Bring The Spring, Diamond Center, Young Widows, Ledisi, Trongone Band, Shack Band, Fear of Music


Post-punk noise rockers Young Widows headline a show at Strange Matter on Thursday night. It's $12 to get in, doors open at 8 and Shannon Wright and The Austerity Program start the show. You might dig Young Widows if you like Grinderman, The Jesus Lizard, or Melvins. Here's Young Widows latest video, "King Sol":



There's a Friday happy hour at Hardywood that will feature The Diamond Center's last show as an RVA band. They are off to Austin TX, a bright blue spot in red state. home of Austin City Limits, the City of the Violet Crown. I'm sure they'll be back to visit but who knows when so check them out now. Anyway you look at it, their unique brand of garage psychedelia and support of the local music and arts scene will be missed. The tasting room opens at 4 and Slideways Mobile Bistro food truck will be there to provide the vittles (see, I'm talking like a Texan to get Diamond Center ready for their move). Music starts at 5:30 with Father Sunflower and the Golden Rays (experimental psych folk). It will continue with Lobo Marino's tribal earth trance folk. Then, The Diamond Center to close the show and their time in Richmond with everything ending around 9. Yippie-ki-ay, motherf**kers. Here's Diamond Center at Hardywood on March 7. There's a lot of background noise at the start but the band soon drowns them out with swirling walls of sound:



There's Americana influenced alt-rock with The Shack Band at Broadberry on Friday night. Doors open at 8 and Common Wealth opens. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The Shack Band will be at Rooster Fest 7, a cool little festival in Martinsville VA May 21-24 that will feature Lake Street Dive, Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Yarn and more. Here's Shack Band at the Broadberry on 8/29 last year playing the title track from their latest album, "America":




Trongone Band is at The Camel Friday night. It's $7 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Philosophunk and Homemade Bread open. Trongone Band will be celebrating the release of their new EP. Here's Trongone Band performing "Good Talk" at Gypsy Sally's in DC on 2/27:




One of Richmond's favorite festivals, the 30th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival takes place this weekend (10 AM - 7 PM Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM Sunday) on 25th Street at Broad. A $5 donation at the gate benefits local charities. Two stages of live music, food, beer, Irish dancing, a great kids' area and lots of fun.

Bring The Spring! takes place at Sound of Music Recording Studio from noon to 4 Saturday. There will be a market featuring curated vintage and locally made handmade clothing, art, jewelry, records, books and more. Musical guests include Patrick Bates, Red Lewis & TheLetting Go and Ward Harrison. ZZQ will be on hand with meaty and vegetarian BBQ options. You'll also have a chance to support Girls Rock! RVA through their raffle. It's FREE to get in. Here's Patrick Bates performing "Fakers and Singers":



Fear of Music, Richmond's premier Talking Heads tribute band, performed the best show I've seen them do at The Broadberry last month. They are back at The Broadberry on Saturday night. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 and The Awesome Few will open. Fear of Music recommend this exercise program to prepare for Saturday's show: http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/9fqg


Sunday, grab your sexy lover and head to the Altria Theater for some smooth, jazz influenced R&B with Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James. Tix run from $47 - $67. Show starts at 7 PM. This tour has been selling out a lot of shows so if you want to go, get your tickets soon. Here's Ledisi on this morning's (3/17) Good Morning America. After a short interview, she performs "Rock With You" (not the Michael Jackson song):



It was announced on Monday that Little Feat will be playing this year's Lockn' Festival. Here's a classic Little Feat show from 1977 which opens with one of my favorite Feat songs, "Skin It Back":


Have a great weekend! See you at Church Hill Irish Festival!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Spoon

Spoon is on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). Jimmy is doing a week down in Austin for the SXSW Festival so he has his pick of every band in the world. Here's Spoon's "Written in Reverse" from their album "Transference":



Here's RVA's Matthew E. White making his network TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman last night. Spoiler alert: Dave loved the song!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Late Night Pick: Matthew E White

RVA's own Matthew E White is on Late Show with David Letterman tonight (11:35 PM, CBS). Matthew will perform a song from his new album, "Fresh Blood". "Fresh Blood" is his second full-length album and is getting great reviews, just like his first. After the show tonight, he'll be off to SXSW along with every other musician in the known galaxy. Here's a great song, "Big Love", from Matthew's first album, "Big Inner":



Here's Sleater-Kinney on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show that was repeated last Friday night:

Friday, March 13, 2015

Late Night Pick: Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney is on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (NBC, 12:35 AM). The band will be hitting some of the big festivals this summer including Austin City Limits Festival and Sasquatch. Here's "Jumpers" from their 2005 release "The Woods":



Here's Tune-Yards on Conan last night on a repeat from December:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Late Night Pick: Tune-Yards

Qurirky pop rockers, Tune-Yards, will be on a repeat of Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). Tune-Yards will be here at The National on March 30. I thought I had a ticket, but it left me. Here's some early Tune-Yards from their first album six years ago. This is "Real Live Flesh" performed live:



Here's Will Butler on Tuesday night's Late Show with David Letterman:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Weekend Picks: St. Pat's Day Fests, Dar Williams, Mary Gauthier, Melvin Seals & JGB, Mekong Xpress & Get Fresh Horns, Jackass Flats

Five St. Patrick's Day Festivals on Saturday. As on Wednesday evening, the weather is looking iffy so be sure to check on their websites and/or Facebook pages on Saturday to make sure they are still on before you head out. Nothing like showing up in your green finery. looking like an overgrown leprechaun, only to find there is no one else there.

But first, let's talk about Friday night. The Camel has the soul/rock/funk of Mekong Xpress & the Get Fresh Horns. This band is made up of members of Modern Groove Syndicate, Bio Ritmo, Mathew E White's band, Particle, Former Champions, The Big Payback, DJ Williams Projekt, New Belgians and Beast Wellington. A RVA supergroup, if you will, and they are promising lots of special guests at the show. It's $7 to get in, doors open at 8, the show will start at 9:30 with Blaqtronic and DJ Phil Dice will be spinning before and between sets. And be sure to congratulate trumpet player Bob on the birth of his daughter. Here's Mekong Xpress playing at the place that gave them their name, Mekong, in August:



It's bluegrass & Americana over at Broadberry on Friday night. Jackass Flats headlines with openers Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot, and Matt Jones and the Bobs. Doors open at 8, it's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Jackass Flats live at Camp Barefoot in August:



Let the St. Pat's Day fests begin. Saturday at Sine' it's their 16th Annual St. Pat's Day Street Party and it's FREE. The event starts at 10:30 AM. Bands include Broke by Monday (noon - 2), Teaze Band  (3 - 5), Type Cast (6 - 8), Doc Grin Band (9 - midnight).

At Rosie Connolly's Pub in Shockoe Bottom Saturday, their Block Party goes from 11 AM  - 6 PM and is FREE. There will be music by Sutor Brothers, Patchwork, Scalaheen, Pipes & Drums from the Metro Richmond Emerald Society and Irish Dancing from the Southern Academy of Irish Dance.

Concurrently in the Bottom, it's Shockoe Fest, which goes from 11 AM - 5 PM and features music from Bucket, Patchwork, Jimmy Catlett Group, Roper & Furley, RPG, Sutor Brothers, Pipes & Drums from the Metro Richmond Emerald Society, Hearts of Ireland, and Irish Dancing from the Southern Academy of Irish Dance.

Shamrock the Block takes over The Boulevard Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and is FREE. The bands there are Dirty Bangs (11 - noon), These Wild Plains (12:15 - 1:15), Jackson Ward (1:30 - 2:30), The Kairos Effect (2:45 - 3:45), Tigerman Woah (4 - 5). This one also has a Kids Area for the wee ones, but they warn to get there early because the lines can get long.

St. Paddy's Palooza is out at Innsbrook Pavilion on Sunday (this was changed from Saturday) and proceeds go to St. Baldrick's Foundation to help kids with cancer. It will run from 11 AM to 5 PM. This one is definitely the most family oriented and music will be provided by Cary St. Ramblers, Flat Elvis, members of Honky Tonk Heroes, and much Irish dancing.

If you are looking for a quick breakdown:

  • Family oriented: St. Paddy's Palooza
  • Biggest: Shamrock the Block
  • Most traditional: Shockoe Fest/Rosie Connolly's Pub
  • Close proximity: Shockoe Fest/Rosie Connolly's Pub/Sine (all within a few blocks)
  • Best Bands: Your guess is as good as mine. I don't recognize any of the bands. Expect lots of cover bands if they aren't playing Celtic music.
If you party too much at one of those St. Paddy's Day fests and want to come down with blues, brunch and the hair o' the dog, head to The Camel on Sunday for Blues Brunch with The Bush League. Brunch begins at 11 AM, the band plays from 2 PM to 4 PM and it's FREE to get in. It is also the birthday of both of their guitarists. Here they are in February at the 2015 International Blues Festival in Memphis:



Monday night at The National, it's Melvin Seals and JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and there is no opener listed. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Melvin played in the original Jerry Garcia Band with the original Jerry Garcia Band and now he carries on the JGB tradition. Here's the band on 3/3/15 doing the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles classic, "Second That Emotion":



On St. Patrick's Day itself on Tuesday, FW Sullivan's has their Sixth Annual St. Paddy's Day Celebration. They'll party inside the bar and also close down Stafford Avenue outside the bar for their Street Stage with music from local Richmond bands, which had not been announced as of 3/11. Sully's opens at 11:30 AM and the street festival starts at 4 PM. It's FREE but it is 21 and over only.

Punk band Perfect Pussy will be at Strange Matter Tuesday night. Doors open at 9 PM and it's $10 to get in. The Nervous Ticks and Men's Room will open. Here's their video for "I":



Folk singer/songwriter Dar Williams will lead a discussion and also play some tunes at a talk called Conflict & Protest at the Jepson Leadership Forum at University of Richmond, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music on Wednesday at 7. Tickets for this event are FREE and can be reserved by calling the Modlin Center Box Office at (804) 289-8980 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. She will discuss how artists have used music to facilitate socio-politico transitions and resolve conflicts, and will share samples from her beautifully crafted portfolio of songs of protest, power, and tolerance. Here's a short (22 mins.) concert Dar did for Paste Magazine back in 2010:



Wednesday night at Ashland Coffee & Tea, it's an evening with singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier. Show starts at 8, it's $17 in advance, $20 day of show. This Sunday, she'll be recording a Mountain Stage radio show (NPR) with the Drive-By Truckers, the Barr Brothers, Allison Moorer and Carlos Nunez in Morgantown, WV. Can't wait to hear that one! Here she is performing "Another Train" at the 30A Songwriters Festival:



May be out for Mekong Xpress, one or more of the Irish fests, and/or Bush League this weekend and I will definitely be at the Dar Williams talk on Wednesday. Have a great weekend!

Here's the late, great NYC via Ireland band, Black 47:


Tony Jordan