Van Halen super-fan Gordon had this to say about Fair Warning, the Van Halen Tribute band who played at the National last Friday: "Fair Warning was pretty good. It looks like Dave may have aged about 10-15 years, but I think he may actually be touring with them:-) The lead singer somewhat looked and sounded like DLR. The guitar player did a good job covering EVH. He looked like EVH when the lights were low and all you could see was a silhouette. They actually referred to themselves as Ed, Dave, etc. May have taken themselves a bit too serious....really played the part."
Here's what Fair Warning said on their blog about playing The National: "We just did a show last weekend at a relatively new venue up in Richmond called The National. I have to say I haven't played a better stage or worked with a better group of people since The House Of Blues in the 90's.Thanks to the National for having us and thanks to all you Richmond hell raisers that came out in that nasty weather anyway and made the show happen. You guys are the greatest. "
If you want to see tribute bands taking themselves too seriously, check out a documentary called "Tribute". They show it on IFC or Sundance every now & then. The movie follows tribute bands which honor The Monkees, Queen, Judas Priest, & Kiss. The Kiss band has to replace their Gene Simmons because the previous Gene actually began to believe he was a demon and ends up in a mental institution. The Monkees band has artistic differences, split into two Monkees tribute bands and trash talk each other throughout the movie. The Queen and Priest band are relatively well behaved.
If you want to check out some tribute bands, Us & Them will perform Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety and Brown Sabbath (tribute to Black Sabbath) will play at The National on Saturday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 and tix are $13.
In other shows this week, The Bridge play at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall on Friday night. Doors open at 9:30. Tix are $12. The Bridge hail from Baltimore and are a good funky, slightly jammy band. And they have a dude who does a killer human beatbox thing. Here's what the Ale House web site says: "A unique rock band that combines various elements of blues, folk, funk and bluegrass throughout their entire repertoire. From their gritty and grand live performances, as well as through their poignantly hand crafted albums, THE BRIDGE has become one of the most popular bands to hail from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Featuring guitar, mandolin, saxophone, bass, drums and vocal percussion, THE BRIDGE offers up a sophisticated yet approachable musical experience, one that is sure to move your feet, as well as your soul."
Here's The Bridge doing an acoustic thing at Baltimore radio station WTMD:
I'd go check out this band but I must rest up for my Fantasy Baseball draft which takes place Saturday at noon. Priorities, people, priorities.
Indie alt-country darling and Paste magazine cover girl Neko Case comes to The National (moved from Toad's) on Monday. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Crooked Fingers. Tix are $25. Here's the video for her latest single, "People Got A Lotta Nerve". Its got monkeys AND a killer whale in it.
That's about it this week. I'll leave you with a video that they used to show on the classic 80s show "Night Flight" a lot. I remembered this video when the song came on the Willie's Place channel on XM tonight.
Have a great weekend!