Thursday, August 30, 2007

Rocket Queen, Cosmic Charlie, Flight of the Conchords

Its Labor Day weekend in Richmond and as usual the town pretty much shuts down while everyone barbeques and hits the pool for the last time.

Only two cover bands to tell you about this weekend. Rocket Queen, the Guns N' Roses tribute band featuring Blaxl Rose, will be at Alley Katz on Friday night starting at 10 PM. Tix are $10. Blaxl is a very large, black man, quite the opposite of the real Axl, who is a skinny, crazy white man, though they sound amazingly similar.

On Saturday at Alley Katz, you'll find Grateful Dead cover band, Cosmic Charlie. These guys get the Phil Benton stamp of approval as he & Angie stumbled upon them on a recent trip to Savannah GA and said they were very good. Doors open at 9 PM and tix are $10.

Finally, I want to bring your attention to one of my new favorite shows, "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO. This is a series about two New Zealanders who have formed a novelty rock band and are trying to make it big in NYC (or at least get a gig) with the help of their hapless manager (also a Kiwi). Think Tenacious D, but not as loud or crude and more subtle. The shows are a half hour long and have a story with a couple "videos" in the show that roughly have something to do with the plot. This is the song and video that sold me on the show, "It's Business Time": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GpTTf175aE. While you're there, you can also check out, "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk&NR=1 and "If You're Into It": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8jaGs7xJ0&mode=related&search=.

That's it! Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan