Thursday, October 8, 2015

Weekend Picks: Richmond Folk Festival, NO BS! Brass Band, Steel Panther, Ultra Kings, Dismal Swamp Lords

This weekend? Folk Festival, Folk Festival, Folk Festival, Folk Festival. Go to the Richmond Folk Festival. It's down at Brown's Island/Historic Tredegar all weekend long (6 P - 10 P Friday, Noon - 9:30 P Saturday, Noon - 6 P Sunday). Going to the Folk Festival is like walking around the world as you move from tent to tent. Blues, klezmer, Celtic, Cajun, sacred steel, bluegrass, gospel, Cambodian khmer, hip hop (Grandmaster Flash!), rockabilly, Persian, Ethiopian jazz and more. I'll be working backstage at the Union/U of R Virginia Folklife Stage on Saturday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM and just on that stage, I'll see a Baptist hymn to open the day by Reverend Frank Newsome, bluegrass/gospel from The Church Sisters, Russian folk music from the Washington Balalakia Society Orchestra, and contemporary bluegrass from Ash Breeze. If you like to move, just head down to the Dominion Dance Pavilion at the end of Brown's Island where the stage for Cheers is. I hope to see you there. Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will be playing on Friday and Saturday and here's a little taste of her, filmed just a week ago:

NO BS! Brass Band is at Broadberry Friday night. You can head down there after Folk Fest. It's $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Don't know if there is an opener, but if there isn't, that just means more NO BS! NO BS's new album, "Brass Knuckles" is coming out any day now (just in time for Christmas!), so expect to hear a lot from that. Here's their new epic song, "Ballad of the Eagle Claw":

Steel Panther bring their tongue-in-cheek (maybe?) hair metal to The National Friday night. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Eagles of Freedom. Here they are Rockn' at Wacken last summer, opening with the cracking "Pussy Whipped" (language NSFW, but with a title like that, you probably figured that out):

Saturday night, The Ultra Kings (out of my old stomping grounds in the Lehigh Valley, PA!) and Dismal Swamp Lords are at Poe's Pub for a rockabilly/surf/swamp/punk/blues fest and really, what more could you ask? Show starts at 9. There may be a $5 cover charge. Here's The Ultra Kings from earlier this summer:

That's gonna do it this week, Been packing to move next week so not a lot of time. Because of the move (just across town) there will be no Handful of Brains Weekend Picks next week (awwwwwww!).

Have a great weekend! Go to Folk Fest!

I'll leave you with the Jefferson Airplane tribute from Lockn' 2015. Great show! Beautiful and talented singers! Awesome jams! Deep cuts! Jack & Jorma!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Late Night Pick: Tame Impala

Australian psychedelic group Tame Impala will be on Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (11:35 PM, CBS). The band played Radio City Music Hall last night. Here they are five years ago. From their album, "Innerspeaker", this is "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?".

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Late Night Pick: Florence & The Machine

Adult alternative / pop / indie / rock band Florence & The Machine are on Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (11:35 PM, CBS).  F&TM's videos for "Queen Of Peace" and "What Kind Of Man" have both been nominated for UK Music Video Awards 2015. Here's "What Kind of Man":

Here's the two songs Andra Day performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Weekend Picks: RVA Field of Dreams Fest, Lucinda Williams, Toro Y Moi, Bully, Diamond Center, Southern Belles, Erin & the Wildfire

Welcome to the weekend of Joaquin! He's already messed up a bunch of festivals with the State Fair, Hogtober and the 2nd St. Festival all getting flat out canceled. Joaquin, you bastard! But let's find some stuff to do indoors this weekend, shall we?

The RVA Field of Dreams Fest was supposed to be out at The Diamond, but they have moved it indoors to the Altria Theater. Doors will open at 6:30. They'll still have the craft beer and the local cuisine and they'll still have a killer lineup of bands playing R&B, soul and blues. Leading off will be a band that started in RVA, The Congress. Hitting in the middle of the order is one my favorites, Black Joe Lewis and his brand of rocking soul blues. And batting cleanup is old-school soul singer Charles Bradley, who is backed by a band of young turks steeped in the music of Stax-Volt and Muscle Shoals. Tix are $100 for VIP, $45 for GA and a souvenir glass with 3 sampling tickets, and $35 for a non-tasting GA ticket. You can buy more sampling tickets or full-glass pours. Let's do one from Black Joe Lewis and one from Charles Bradley.

Southern Belles are at The Camel on Friday night and I believe this is their first show after their triumphant appearance at Lockn'. They put on a great show there and they had a really good crowd show up for being the Sunday opener. Tix are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 and music starts at 9 with Stop Light Observations.

There's a good early show to catch at Strange Matter if you want to happy hour with some indie rock. Bully headlines the show. Doors open at 5, it's $10 to get in, Heat & Dead Soft will open. You might dig Bully if you like Weezer, Wild Flag, Screaming Females, Breeders or Pixies. Here's their brand new video which just came out today (10/1). It's for the song "Too Tough":

Saturday at The National, Toro Y Moi will grace us with their presence. The more I hear from them, the more I like. They've got a fun, funky, pop-rock groove with some nice psychedelic flourishes. Tix are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Astronauts, etc. will open at 8 PM, and doors open at 7. Check out "Lilly" from Toro Y Moi's new album, "What For?":

Charlottesville band Erin & the Wildfire are at The Camel Saturday night. Tix are $7 and you get two openers starting at 9 PM (doors open at 8) with Common Wealth and Big Mama Shakes. Erin & the Wildfire will be playing out at the Festy Experience in Roseland, VA next weekend and hopefully the weather will be kinder than this weekend. Here they are with their original, "Puzzles":

The Diamond Center, formerly based in RVA, now residents of Austin, return to their favorite city on Saturday for a show at Black Iris Music. Diamond Center will be regaling us with the gothic psychedelic garage rock on their new album, "Crystals for the Brass Empire". It's $6 in advance, $10 at the door, doors open at 8, music starts at 9 and BIG NO opens. Get there early if you want to get in because Black Iris is not that big. From their new album, here's Diamond Center's "Wax and Wane":

Sunday night, alt-country goddess Lucinda Williams is at The National. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door, doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with openers Buick 6. Lucinda won the Americana Music Award for album of the year for her latest album "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone". Here she is at KEXP in February:

Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with this one from Bruce, which feels personal right now:

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Andra Day

New retro-soul singer-songwriter Andra Day will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). You can get a free download of her song "Rearview" from her debut album HERE. And here's her cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" done in her style. Check it out.

Here's Jill Scott on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Late Night Pick: Jill Scott

Philly Soul singer Jill Scott is on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). Here fifth album, "Woman", just debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Here's one of my favorite Jill Scott songs, from her album, "Who Is Jill Scott?", this is "A Long Walk":

Here's the two songs Pearl Jam did on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekend Picks: Pokey LaFarge, Mynabirds, Grace Potter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dismal Swamp Lords, League of Space Pirates

Americana/honky tonk/early jazz/Western//blues/country artist Pokey LaFarge is at Modlin Center for the Arts on the U of R campus Thursday night. Tix range from $9 - $18 depending on your demographic. The show starts at 7:30 and Escondido opens. Pokey got to play the Grand Ol' Opry last month for the first time. Here's the press blurb for Pokey:
Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that exemplifies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own.

After making a grassroots splash with his self-released debut album Marmalade and moonlighting as a mandolinist with the Hackensaw Boys, LaFarge continued to gain notoriety with his widely acclaimed longplayers Beat, Move, and Shake; Riverboat Soul; and Middle of Everywhere—the latter two were both named Best Americana Album by the Independent Music Awards—and the concert set Live In Holland.
And here's Pokey and the band playing "Wanna Be Your Man":

Royal Southern Brotherhood is at Tin Pan on Thursday night. Who the heck is Royal Southern Brotherhood? The band is led by vocalist/percussionist Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters) and includes guitarist Bart Walker, guitarist Tyron Vaughan (son of Jimmy Vaughan, nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughan), bassist Charlie Wooton, and drummer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Gregg Allman). Not a bad lineup! Show starts at 8 and tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Here they are at The Mint in LA in August. Turn this up loud!

If you are at home Thursday night, check out moe. on a webcast to benefit Teen Cancer America. You can pay what you want. Webcast starts at 8 PM HERE. Here's moe. at Mountain Jam this year:

Sunday night at the State Fair of Virginia, bluegrass/Americana band Steep Canyon Rangers will play amongst the racing pigs, fried snack foods, and carnival rides. The concert is included with your admission to the State Fair. The band starts at 7:30. The bands new album, "Radio", is number one on the Bluegrass Today charts. Here they are performing "Down That Road Again" on the back porch of the American Songwriter office in Nashville the other day:

The League of Space Pirates will take control of Fallout on Monday night. The League is a concept band with a sound inspired by 80's new wave. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $5 to get in. This is an album release party to celebrate the release of LSP's first album, "Precognitive Universe of Emergent Desire". There will also be performances from Melody Magpie, Zhora Nova, Bizarre Bryn and Iggy Plop and the Stooges. There will be giveaways to the first 20 people through the door and prizes for the best dressed space pirates. This should be a wild, performance art filled show. Here's the League's "Elegant Universe":

Alternative singer/songwriter/indie/folk/rock The Mynabirds are at Strange Matter on Monday. It's $10 to get in. Doors open at 9. Bad Bad Hats & Venus Guytrap open. Many on the shows on the tour have been selling out so get your tickets early or get there early. Mynabirds recently got to play at Capitol Studios and leader Laura Burhenn got to play Nat King Cole's piano. I don't think they'll have this many people on stage at Strange Matter on Monday.

Surf blues rockers Dismal Swamp Lords are at The Camel on Tuesday night. Doors open at 8. It's only $5 to get in. The Vacant Stairs and The Lucky Stiffs open the show. Will the Dismal Swamp Lords be the next band to break big out of Richmond? Who knows but they are getting some plays for their song "The Devil Does The Driving" on KXLU 88.9 FM in LA. You can listen to a couple tunes, including that one, HERE.

Wednesday night at Innsbrook, the lovely and talented Grace Potter will perform with Trampled By Turtles opening. I'm interested to see what people think of this show as Grace's new solo album is a bit poppier than her work with her band, but its nice to see her going where her muse takes her, The Nocturnals. Gates open at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM. Tix are $15 for GA Lawn, $39 for Gold Circle Reserved and $49 for Gold Circle Preferred. Grace recently sang the National Anthem before an NFL game. Unfortunately, it was for the New England Cheatriots, but we won't hold that against her. Here's one from her new album. This is "Biggest Fan":

Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with the best performance from Lockn' 2015. Here's the Mad Dogs and Englishman Joe Cocker Tribute led by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell and a whole bunch of guests.

But before that, this one goes out to everyone in Richmond for the UCI Road World Championships.

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (11:35, CBS). Pearl Jam will be playing at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, NYC this weekend along with Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Stephen Colbert will be one of the hosts of that event. I believe it will be broadcast on TV and certainly the interwebs. More on that later this week. Here's Pearl Jam back in the day performing "Black":

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Late Night Pick: Swingin' Utters

Long-running Southern California punkers, Swingin' Utters, will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight (NBC, 1:35 AM). You might dig Swingin' Utters if you like Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys, Black Flag, Sex Pistols, X, The Clash, Husker Du, The Ramones, Rancid or The Replacements. Here's the Swingin' Utters doing "I Got Your Number":

Here's Chris Stapleton on Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Late Night Pick: Chris Stapleton

Country-rock singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton will be on Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (11:35 PM, CBS). Chris did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert a few days ago and here it is: