Tuesday, April 29, 2008

VH (maybe), Cinco de Mayo, Defender, shows at Capital Ale House

Shows this weekend:

Van Halen will be coming to the John Paul Jones Arena in C'ville on Friday. Or should I say MAY be coming to the JPJ on Friday. Well, maybe the third time is the charm. I'll be there. Hopefuly, Eddie will be there. Hope to see you there. I've talked enough about VH in previous blogs so check those out.

If you are in Richmond on Friday night, you can check out former Kiss guitarist, Ace Frehley (Space Ace, of course), at the National. Doors at 8, show at 9, with two opening acts. Tix are $22.50.

At the Capital Ale House Downtown, the Friday free Happy Hour show is with The Dirty Truth. They start at 5.

The Cashmere Jungle Lords start their CD Release Party there at 9:30. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Here's what the Capital Ale House site says about them:
"This is the band that College Music Journal called “one of the South’s best kept secrets”, the band that Mel Oberg of the Richmond Times-Dispatch said “ought to put Richmond on the Rock N’ Roll map”. Cashmere Jungle Lords is a dynamic trio from Richmond, Virginia who describe their sound as Southern Fried Salsa Surfabilly or Western Surf Jungle Rock. The current line-up includes Dominic Carpin (the inventor of amp-surfing) on guitar and vocals, "Jungle" Jim Kaylis on drums and backing vocals, with Bryan Martin and John Dacey sharing duties on bass and backing vocals.

The Lords’ hybridized rootsy sound gives the group far-reaching appeal. They perform electric music in a somewhat standard bass guitar & drum format, but also deliver an acoustic “swamp set” incorporating double bass fiddle, congas, bongos, tambourine and maracas. The swamp set has graced the airwaves numerous times live on college radio across the nation."

The Illbillys are at the Capital Ale House Saturday starting at 9 and tickets are $5.

Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band is at Capital Ale House on Tuesday starting at 7 and tix are $8. Here's what the Capital Ale House site has to say about them or actually Mike Breen of Cincinnati City Beat: "THE REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND actually isn't that big. It's kinda like your husky pal everyone calls "Tiny." The young, modest three-piece, from rural Indiana, makes up for its size deficiency with a high-energy sound steeped in classic Blues tradition. With just acoustic guitar, the occasional dobro, a minimal drum kit and the always reliable washboard, the trio concocts a rousing, hyper and authentic brand of Blues that sounds like what might come out of that secret meth lab nestled deep in the backwaters of the Mississippi delta. But the pumping adrenaline doesn't take anything away from the trio's virtuosic grasp on the genre. The Rev. Peyton has a stirring voice dripping with the hallowed, life-worn distinctiveness of the masters, while brother Jayme Peyton (drums) and The Rev's wife, "Washboard" Breezy, stir up a tornadic rhythmic whirl (the Rev's acoustic guitar work is as equally frenetic and skilled). See, size doesn't matter, especially when it comes to from-the-soul, gutbucket Blues music." - MIKE BREEN, Cincinnati CityBeat."

On Saturday on Brown's Island from noon to 7 is the Cinco de Mayo fest with no Mexican bands as far as I can tell. But they do have Joan Jett who can still rock the house, or the island as it were. There are a few other bands who I've never heard of playing, but it won't matter if its a nice sunny day and you can get your pasty white skin sunburned while quaffing some brews. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, and the show is a benefit for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) so you can rock out for the kids.

My first memory of Joan Jett was at a pizza parlor about a mile or so from where I lived when I was 12. We used to ride our bikes up there to blow our paper delivery money on pizza and the classic arcade game, Defender. Though there were closer pizza parlors, only this one had Defender. We would play as a pair, with a friend manning the Hyperspace button in case you got into trouble. Anyway, we were up there one gray day, and this tough looking older chick was hanging out playing "I Love Rock & Roll" over and over on her boom box. I walked up to her and asked her what the song was and with a disdain that only a 14 year old rocker chick can show for a dorky 12 year old boy, she told me. That's it. End of story. Its not very eventful, but I just like to remember a time when the only thing on my mind was playing Defender and eating pizza.

And don't forget that the New Orleans Jazz Fest will be on at AT&T Blue Room on Saturday & Sunday this weekend starting at 2 PM ET each day. Here' s the link: http://www.attblueroom.com/music/New-Orleans-Jazz-and-Heritage-Festival/more-information.php.

Speaking of webcasts, I caught a little bit of Coachella last week and saw two new bands that I dug: Architecture in Helsinki, who have a real 80's, Talking Heads, Thompson Twins, B52s vibe going on and the Bird and the Bee, a band fronted by three 60s housewife looking type ladies who did some cool harmonizing and had a somewhat loungey pop feel.

That's it. Have a killer weekend. "You'll get some leg tonight for sure."