Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jason Isbell, The Bridge, Unknown Hinson, Sarah Borges and more!

The weekend is nearly upon us. At Friday Cheers this week, Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, is in town. Show starts at 6:30 with opener Mozely Rose and is FREE! By now you all know of my love for all things Truckers, and in his stint with the Truckers (2001-2007), Jason wrote some of my favorite DBT songs ("Outfit", "Danko/Manuel", "Never Gonna Change", "Goddamn Lonely Love", "Daylight"). His romantic and personal songs fit in well as a contrast to Patterson Hood's tales of Southern blue-collar angst and Mike Cooley's dark humor. Hope to see you at this one.

Baltimore's The Bridge play The Canal Club on Friday night. Show time is 9:30 and tix are $8. I got a free promo CD they gave out at All Good last year and it was pretty good, upbeat blues funk rock.

Unknown Hinson plays The Canal Club on Saturday night. He plays weird, humorous, psychobilly, cow punk. Show time is at 9:30 and tix are $14. He looks scary so this could be a groovy show.

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles play at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night. Tix are $25 and show starts at 8. They play upbeat alt-country.

The National play The National on Sunday night. That's not a misprint. The band The National is at The National Theater. Doors open at 7 PM, opener is Centro-Matic, and tix are $20. The National (band) have been getting a buzz about them. Here they are on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBujZr20O6M. They kind of remind of Coldplay mixed with The Band but with more twang.

Daniel Johnston plays at The National on Monday. Doors open at 7 and tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Daniel Johnston was featured in the Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Film, The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Daniel Johnston is a manic-depressive singer/songwriter/artist who creates odd, low-fi music. He has gained a cult audience including Kurt Cobain, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Beck and The Flaming Lips.

The oh so lovely and oh so talented Emmylou Harris is at the Charlottesville Pavilion on Monday night. Doors open at 6, tickets range from $27 - $67 and the show is a benefit for Live Arts youth programs.

Finally, on Wednesday night at Innsbrook is Keller Williams and Yonder Mountain String Band. Gates open at 6 and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, with $35 snooty Gold Circle seats available. I'm sure Keller and YMSB will play together. I'm not sure if Keller will be doing his one-man band thing where he uses loops to play with himself (pun intended). I'm not a fan of the one-man band thing. Its interesting for about 20 minutes. However, I do like Keller when he is with a band. And YMSB is a fun, progressive and traditional bluegrass band.

That's it. I'm out. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you at Cheers.

Tony Jordan