There is a whole host of Holiday festivities in downtown Richmond this weekend. On Friday night, Celebrate Illuminate begins with the Grand Illumination at the James Center, the Holiday Market at the 17th St Farmer's Market, Main St. Station Holiday Open House, and the Capitol Square Tree Lighting. For the full dope on all the family friendly activities check out this site: http://www.venturerichmond.com/events/vrevents.html#illuminate.
Also Friday night, while you are downtown, you can check out First Fridays Artwalk on Broad St. Here is more info on that: http://www.firstfridaysrichmond.com/.
And finally on Friday, after all that holiday cheer, change into your black clothes, head to the Cary Street Cafe, grab a beer and enjoy Black Cash & The Bad Trips, the excellent Johnny Cash tribute band. That show starts at 10 and tix are $7. Perhaps they'll do Johnny Cash doing the "12 Days of Christmas":
If you are still in a holiday mood on Saturday, the Ukrop's Richmond Christmas Parade heads down Broad St from the Science Museum to 7th Street. We'll be down at the 7th Street end so if you are down there, be sure to look for us. Zach is pretty excited this year even for the large balloons. When he was 2, we went to the parade and this is what happened when he saw the giant Alvin (of Chipmunks fame) balloon:
Yes, we were there all of 10 minutes.
Sunday night the beautiful and talented Grace Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, comes to Toad's Place. Doors open at 7, tix are $14 in advance and $16 day of show. Sons of Bill will be opening. If you are a fan of blues rock like Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, or Lucinda Williams, do yourself a favor and see Grace and the band. Just in case you missed it, here is my review of her show from the last time she played Toad's: http://handfulofbrains.blogspot.com/2008/03/review-grace-potter-nocturnals-11508.html.
And gentlemen, if great rock n' roll alone isn't enough to get you out to the show, here is a patriotic picture of Grace:
Finally, instead of me remembering the Philly Spectrum this week, how about Trey Anastasio, once & future guitarist for Phish and fellow Flyers fan, remembering the Spectrum:
I knew that Trey was a Flyers fan. In the late 90s, he was interviewed on a show on Philly's local Comcast sports station. The interviewer, Michael Barkann, seemed to have no idea who Trey or Phish was. However, once the interview started and Barkann saw that Trey knew the Flyers and hockey and knew what he was talking about, Barkann completely warmed up to him and the two of them had a great time. I think Trey had fun because he wasn't answering questions about the band, he was just talking hockey as a fan.
Have a great weekend!