Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hamaganza, Ghost of Pop, Larry Keel, Parade of Lights

Hey there, hi there, ho there! Even though this is a music blog, I must give out a shout out to a movie and a TV show to start.

I watched "Children of Men" a few days ago and I'm still thinking about it. A haunting, troubling, moving movie with great action scenes too and a great soundtrack. It takes place in 2027 and humanity has been infertile for 18 years. All world governments have collapsed excpet for Great Britain ,where the movie take place, though GB is mired in decay, terrorism and the brutal round-up of illegal immigrants who are flocking to GB from the rest of the world. But in all that, a glimmer of hope appears and our hero must help deliver that hope from evil.

"The Wire: The Complete Series" is out on DVD. I'm not saying you buy it because its 23 discs. But set your NetFlix to pick it up or rent it. It is one of the greatest shows in the history of TV. Here is the review from Paste Magazine. They gave it a 96 out of 100 which is one of the highest ratings I have ever seen them give anything; TV, music, film or video game.

Now for this week's music. Ghost of Pop IV happens at Gallery 5 on Friday night. Gallery 5 is at 200 Marshall St in downtown Richmond. Ghost of Pop IV features a nice sampling of local bands: Prabir & the Substitutes, David Shultz and the Skyline, The Awesome Few, Palominos, Hot Lava, Orioles, and Zac Hryciak & the Jungle Beat. You get all that for just $5. The show starts at 7 and is an all ages show and it should be a cool atmosphere too.

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge come to Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night. Tix are $21 and the show starts around 8. Here is how they describe themselves on their web site: "Connecting traditional songs of yesterday with their own original and inventive sounds of today, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge create astonishingly powerful acoustic music rich in heritage, heart and hot picking!" Larry Keel & the band combine bluegrass, folk, jazz, and reggae into an excellent potpourri of music.

If you want some holiday stuff to do with the kids (or without) check out the James River Parade of Lights. This starts at Libby Hill Park around 6 and heads down river to the Varina-Enon bridge. The best viewing sites are Libby Hill and Dock Street in the City of Richmond, Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County, and Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Boat Landing in Chesterfield County.

If you want to do something later without the kids, check out Hamaganza at the Capital Ale House Music Hall Downtown on Saturday night. This starts at 9 and I believe this may be the first time they are doing it somewhere other than Poe's Pub. While the atmosphere of Poe's will be missed (they are doing a friend and family of Hamaganza preview ther on Friday night) the larger venue means they can collect more money and hams (thus the name) for the Central VA Food Bank, a great cause. If you are wondering what Hamaganza is, its like a weird talent show in which you'll see music, poetry and some more bizarre acts (I remember seeing a champion whistler one year), all hosted by the hostess(?) with the mostess, and I do mean the mostess, the 500 lb. drag queen, Dirtwoman.

Alright, I'm outta here. I'm going to get the Christmas music out since we are officially 2 weeks from Christmas. But here, just the heck of it, Ween's "Mutilated Lips":

Have an excellent weekend!

Tony Jordan