Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Alison Krauss, GWAR, Sam Bush, Erykah Badu

Watching the Phillies try to hang on and beat the Nats tonight. I'm also doing well in fantasy baseball, picking up a point so far tonight. But this isn't a baseball blog, its a rock 'n' roll blog so let's get down to it.

Wednesday night, Alison Krauss & Union Station will be at Richmond Coliseum. Show starts at 8 PM and tix are $39 - 48.50. Alison has got it goin' on. She can sing beautifully, play a mean fiddle and she's cute to boot. You could even take your mom to this show and both of you would enjoy it.

If your mom is completely twisted and doesn't have a weak stomach, you could take her to a completely different show on Wednesday night, which would be GWAR at Toad's Place. GWAR created the genre of grotesquely costumed, sexual prosthetic wearing, fake blood splattering, heavy metal. In fact, they are the entire genre. Doors are at 7:30, show at 8:30, tix are $20. GWAR is truly a unique concert experience. I do want to see them someday. I've been told by friends that if you do go, not to wear a nice shirt as you may be covered in fake blood by the end of the night. You have to love a band that titles their web site, "The Official Cyber-Fortress of Your Lords and Masters, GWAR!" and who has a member of the band named "Balsac The Jaws Of Death". BTW, GWAR is from Richmond, yet were banned by the City Council from playing here for many years because of their outrageous shows.

Yay! The Phils won!

On Friday, Sam Bush is playing at Toad's. Doors are at 7:30 and tix are $20 in advance, $22 day of show and $25 for the evil Gold Circle. Sam Bush is one of the originators of the "Newgrass" style of music, blending bluegrass with folk and rock. I've seen Sam a few times now, most recently at All Good, and I'm liking him better every time I see him. He's got a fun, upbeat show and features great musicians including Sam himself on the mandolin.

If you are in a soulful mood, check out Erykah Badu on Friday at Kanawha Plaza. Show starts at 8 PM and tix are $30. Yes, Erykah has some crazy hair but she can sing and I've seen some live video and she usually has a great band with her.

I will not be attending anything this weekend though. I can't take any more days off because of the impending arrival of the new dude (Sept. 21) and my mom is coming this weekend so I'll be spending Friday evening tidying up the house.

Here is some other stuff going on this weekend at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall. I didn't write these comments. I'm just copying them from the newsletter because I'm lazy and don't know these bands anyway.

Friday: Pure & Sinful - Friday After Work Brews & Blues - 5 - 8 PM - FREE. Since 1997, Pure & Sinful have been entertaining Richmond, Virginia audiences with their mix of Roadhouse Rhythm & Blues and classic Rock ‘n Roll.

Friday: Crucial Element - 9:30 PM - $5. With a style that sticks to a Roots approach while bringing an aggressive attitude; Crucial Elements endeavors to bring some fire back to reggae music.

Saturday: Fully Loaded - 9 PM - $5. The Fully Loaded Band is a Virginia based blues power trio steeped in red-hot Texas blues, Chicago shuffle, greasy Memphis twang, and diesel powered rock and roll.

I'm outta here. Have a great weekend.

Tony Jordan

Update 8/17 - 4 PM - Rhonda Todd emailed me and took me to task for not including Keith Urban's show in the blog. He is playing at the Richmond Coliseum on Sunday, 8/19 at 7:30 PM. Tix are $46.50 - $56.60. Since I don't know any of his songs, I'll let Rhonda speak for Keith: "The man is not only fabulous to look at, but he can play guitar with the best of them. His musicianship ranks up there with guitar legends, country or not. We can't let a little rehab bias get in the way of supporting true talent, now can we?! 'nuf said!"