Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cinco de Mayo, VibeFest, South Memphis String Band

Have a couple fiestas going on this weekend. Looks like there might be a chance of showers both days but hopefully we can get some fun in with no (or very little) rain.

The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta takes place on Brown's Island on Saturday, Dos de Mayo, from 1 PM - 7 PM. As mentioned, this is a FREE event. The music lineup is the excellent DJ Williams Projekt starting at 1:30 PM. I saw the Projekt open up for Robert Randolph at the National back in December and they had the whole crowd groovin'. At 3:30, Bio Ritmo, the "underground salsa" band plays providing some Latino flavor to the event that we all know was created just to sell Corona. Finally, at 5:30, Mexican bluegrass band, The Hackensaw Boys, come on. OK, there is no such thing as Mexican bluegrass, these guys are actually from Charlottesville and they play bluegrass-based Americana music. And they do it well. This should be fun for the whole family and barring torrential downpours, I'll be down there with the wife and kids.

Sunday, VibeFest 2009 takes place at Max's Positive Vibe Cafe. VibeFest goes from 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM and all they ask is a $10 donation at the door. For those of you unfamiliar with the Positive Vibe Cafe, they prepare people with cognitive or physical disabilities for paid employment in the food service industry. They accomplish their mission by training and employing people with disabilities at Max’s Positive Vibe CafĂ©. And the food and service are pretty damn good too. VibeFest is a benefit for the cafe and they'll have not one but two stages full of local performers who are donating their time. So go have a good time while you make time for good. Here is the lineup:

11:30
CAROL COVELL & RANDALL BURTON (2nd stage)
11:50
THE GOODFELLAS ( 1st stage)
12:10
OFFERING (2nd stage)
12:40
THE TATERS (1st stage)
1:10
PAGE WILSON (1st stage)
1:40
COLOR GUARD (JROTC FROM MEADOWBROOK HIGH SCHOOL), OPENING REMARKS
2:00
BLUE LINE HIGHWAY (2nd stage)
2:30
THE CHICAGO CY TAGGART BAND (1st stage)
3:00
MARNA & MACY (2nd stage)
3:30
CHARLES ARTHUR (1st stage)
4:00
THE DREAMERS (2nd stage)
4:30
SUSAN GREENBAUM (1st stage)
5:00
ROBBIN THOMPSON (2nd stage)
5:30
BILLY RAY HATLEY & THE SHOWDOGS (1st stage)
6:00
THE JANET MARTIN BAND (2nd stage)
Food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Entertainment for children will be provided.

Saturday night at the Capital Ale House Music Hall Downtown, the South Memphis String Band rolls into town. Show starts at 10 PM and tix are $15. While you may not recognize the band name, you may recognize some of the guys who make up this band. Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars and (recently) The Black Crowes, Jimbo Mathus from Squirrel Nut Zippers and bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart. From the looks of the video, they have got together to perform some good old-time music. Here is their version of "Smokestack Lightning" from the Continental Club in Houston on 4/25/09:




When you are at home this weekend, be sure to check out the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest webcast at http://music.att.net/. I'm hoping the webcast works better than the Coachella webcast. I had some issues with that one on att.net a couple weeks ago. On the webcast, they'll have both stuff recorded last weekend (the fest goes over two four day weekends), stuff recorded from past years and live stuff from this weekend. The webcast runs Saturday & Sunday from 1:45 PM ET to approximately 8 PM ET.

Highlights on Saturday:

Sonny Landreth at 1:45

BeauSoleil at 2

Dr. John at 3:10 (hopefully playing some numbers off his last Katrina influenced album, "The City That Care Forgot")

Ben Harper at 5:30.

Highlights on Sunday:

Allen Toussaint at 2 PM

Bonnie Raitt at 4:45

Neville Brothers performing their traditional festival closing set at 6:40

On Tuesday night, some dude named Bruce Springsteen will be at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville with his so-called E Street Band. Good seats have become available for the show. My friend, Dave, also tells me that tickets on the scalping sites have been going for less than face value for many shows outside of the NY - Philly area.

Also on Tuesday, at the National, Jack's Mannequin plays with openers Matt Nathanson & Erin McCarley. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $28. You may dig these guys if you like Alternative Pop stuff like Ben Folds, Jason Mraz, Freedy Johnston, David Gray, and John Mayer.

I leave you this week with a video from transsexual European icon (but aren't they all) "we're fat but its OK" 80s video, "Love Your Body". There are so many things weird about this video I thought I was on an acid trip at a gay Weight Watchers meeting. All this is missing is Richard Simmons. And the crowd seems to clap at random things. This one will haunt your dreams all weekend.


Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!


Tony Jordan