Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fair Warning, Shamrock The Block - The Reboot, Black Kids

I was finally able to escape my son asking my a 1001 Batman questions as we watched "Batman Forever" (the one with Val Kilmer). He was asking so many questions that he kept missing the parts in the movie where they were answering his questions. He barely stopped talking for the last hour. Its exhausting. It doesn't help that the movie has one of the worst sound mixes of all time. The music and special effects are incredibly loud and the talking is very low. I had to keep moving the volume up and down accordingly so we wouldn't wake the baby when the action scenes came on. Anyway, just needed to vent. Now onto this week's entertainment.

If you are tired of waiting for Van Halen to come back or thinking that they will have some argument that will lead them to break up again, you can check out Fair Warning, the Van Halen tribute band, at The National on Friday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 and tix are $15. It looks like there are three opening bands, Seth, Automatic, and Scarz Within. You'll probably dig Fair Warning if you dig, er, Van Halen?

On Saturday, Shamrock the Block will try again. This is the St. Pat's fest at the 17th St. Farmers Market that was supposed to go down on Mar. 14. However, due to the wintry weather they postponed it until this Saturday. Won't be as wintry (temps in the 50s) but may still be a little wet. If you want to check it out, it don't cost nothin' and it will run from noon until 6 PM. They'll have local bands Against Grace, Sweet Justice, Boss Keen's Ditch, and Sludge's Build-A-Band "along with plenty of green and golden beverages for everyone. For the kids, there are games and entertainment along with lots of local vendors with an emphasis on "the green", so bring the whole family. Pets are welcome! This exciting annual event benefits Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). "

Next Thursday, 4/2, Black Kids, Mates of State and Sunbears! play at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $19. Black Kids will also play an acoustic set for free at Plan 9 at 6:30 that day. Black Kids play New Wave influenced indie rock. You may dig them if you like The Cure or David Bowie. Here's a link to the video for their song, "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You".

This guy was huge in Eastern Europe in the early 80s. I can't figure out why he didn't make it big on this side of the Iron Curtain.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan