Friday, March 7, 2008

Neville Brothers, Chris Smither, Langerado webcast, Go Fly a Kite

I was going to have a longer post today, but the Blogger site wasn't working last night around 9:15 when I tried to go on, so I'm just going to bang the weekend's highlights out real quick and get to another blog this weekend that will include my review of the Grace Potter show.

At the National Theater tonight, the godfathers of New Orleans funk, The Neville Brothers play. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 (w/opener Jesse Chong Band) and tickets are $20. The Neville Bros always put on a fun show and if you want to dance and have a good time and ignore tonight's crappy weather, check 'em out.

Folk-blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither will be at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen tonight. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets are $20. The blurb on the Arts Center web page says: "Chris Smither is an American original, a product of the musical melting pot, and one of the absolute best singer songwriters in the world. The masterful combination of pure folk songwriting and intricate guitar blues are tangible signs of the singer-songwriter's vigorous genius. Smither's singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans. A megawatt solo performer!"

Festival season begins this weekend with the Langerado Music Festival down in Florida. That also means the beginning of festival webcast season. Almost every festival does webcasts now and its a wonderful way to check out a bunch of bands live without having to stand in the hot sun, or the pouring rain, or be kept up all night by a bunch of burned-out Wookies in the next camp over who keep playing the same damn Bob Marley CD.

The Langerado webcast is on http://www.iclips.net/langerado.php. Here is the lineup, which is always subject to change.
Friday, 3/7
12:30pm - 2:30pm - Dark Star Orchestra 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Indigenous 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Brett Dennen 4:30pm - 5:30pm - The Wailers 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Ozomatli 6:30pm - 8:00pm - 311 8:00pm - 10:00pm - Les Claypool 10:00pm - 11:00pm - Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars 11:00pm - 12:30am - Mickey Hart Band 12:30am - 2:00am - Perpetual Groove
Saturday, 3/8
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Sam Bush 1:30pm - 2:00pm - Umphrey's McGee 2:30pm - 3:30pm - State Radio 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Railroad Earth 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Citizen Cope 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Arrested Development 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Thievery Corporation 8:00pm - 9:30pm - Umphrey's McGee 9:30pm - 12:30am - STS9 12:30am - 2:00am - TBA
Sunday, 3/9
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Avett Brothers 1:30pm - 2:30pm - The Disco Biscuits 2:30pm - 3:45pm - The Funky Meters 3:45pm - 4:45pm - Martin Sexton 5:00pm - 6:30pm - Gov't Mule 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Keller Williams 8:00pm - 12:00am - Phil Lesh & Friends 12:00am - 1:30am - Ani DiFranco 1:30am - 3:00am - The Disco Biscuits

Finally, if your looking for some casual family fun check out the Kite Festival at Dorey Park in Henrico County. Its nothing fancy, but its nice to get outside and check out the dozens of kites, big and small, flying. They also have some kite trick teams doing demonstrations. Here is the info:
Tenth Annual Kite Festival at Dorey ParkFor the entire family! Join us for a day of kite flying, kite demonstrations, contests and games, and more hosted by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club in cooperation with Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks. You won’t want to miss this spectacular display of kite flying! Concessions will be available for purchase.
Sat, Mar 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain date: Sun, Mar 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dorey Park. Free.

Now go fly a kite. Have a good one.

Tony Jordan