Thursday, October 30, 2008

PHILS WIN!, Carbon Leaf, Lotus, Ratdog, The Bridge

Oh, man, this will be kind of short tonight. I am tired from a night last night unlike any night I've had in 28 years. Yes, my Phillies finally made it to the top of the heap for the first time since 1980. Little did I know when I was watching them win it in '80 with my parents that the next time I saw them win it all, I would be a parent watching with my wife and son. But that's how long it took. I jumped and danced around like a madman, letting out whoops and hugging and kissing my wife and son (and the cat). Then I stayed up until almost 12 drinking a few victory beers, calling friends and family members, watching all the post-game interviews and that great final strike over and over again. I wanted to savor it for as long as possible just in case it takes another 28 years.

Onto this week's music. If you are looking for something to do on Halloween night, you can head to Toad's Place to see the Haunted Halloween Party with Carbon Leaf. Tix are $20 and doors open at 8. Carbon Leaf is a great band from right here in Richmond and they have achieved some national exposure. They are always fun to see. You'll dig them if you like stuff like REM, The Waterboys, Psychedelic Furs, Dave Matthews Band, Rusted Root and David Gray.

At the Canal Club on Halloween night is The Bridge. Tix are $10 and the show starts at 9:30. These guys hail from Baltimore and have started to make a name for themselves on the festival scene. They are a bluesy jam band and what I've heard sounds pretty good.

If you are at home for Halloween, you can check out Widespread Panic's Halloween gig on a live webcast from UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on The show will get underway at 9:15 PM.

On Saturday, head down to the Brunswick Stew Festival at the 17 St Farmers Market for to sample the yummy stews and beverages (adult and otherwise). That's FREE and goes from 11 AM to 4 PM.

On Saturday, hip indie band Of Montreal plays at The National. Doors at 8, show at 9 and tix are $18. This theatrical, indie psychedelic pop band is being compared to David Bowie on the most recent issue of Paste magazine. Here's what a recent review on blog Muzzle of Bees had to say: "Kevin Barnes (lead singer) is officially my newest hero. Not only does he have incredibly sexy dance moves with his hops and skips, but the dude’s got a set of lungs on him that can out-howl the wildest beast. He looks damn good in hot-pants and has got some pretty extravagantly freaky visions. Who the hell else can get away with leaping out of a coffin full of shaving cream, being escorted on stage in a golden prison carried by a pack of buddahs, singing in the midst of a self-executed hanging, and meanwhile never losing a beat skipping amongst children, ninjas, soldiers and creepy animal people? "

On Sunday at the National, Lotus will play with doors opening at 8 and tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Lotus plays atmospheric, jazzy indie pop (if that makes any sense). You might dig them if you like Sound Tribe Sector 9, Disco Biscuits or Air.

On Monday, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead comes to the National with his band, Ratdog. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 (no opener!) and tix are $30. As a Deadhead in good standing, I would usually go to this show however I will probably pass this time due to lack of funds. Its not like I haven't seen the Dead or their various offshoot solo bands probably upwards of 100 times now, so I can miss one.

But if I'm home I will be watching the Headcount "Get Out The Vote" Concert live webcast on Robert Randolph, ?uestlove (The Roots) and Stanton Moore (Galactic) will share the stage with musicians like Joe Russo and Marco Benevento of The Duo, Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors, Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, Reid Genauer of Assembly of Dust, Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger of American Babies, and Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits. Should be a great show and the webcast starts at 8 PM.

Hopefully that will get you all psyched up to vote on Tuesday. Not only do we get to pick a new president but Tuesday means the end of candidate commercials and the end of what seems like a two-year campaign.

Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and a great weekend!

Tony Jordan