Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lee Boys, Carbon Leaf, Cracker, Willie, No BK3

Friday Cheers on Brown's Island will feature The Lee Boys this week. These guys play "sacred steel" music which is a combination of gospel, blues and funk. If you've seen Robert Randolph, you know what I mean. I've heard good things about these guys so I'm sure they'll be worth checking out. As always, Friday Cheers is FREE and kicks off at 6 with opener DJ Williams Projekt. Get there early for DJ Williams Projekt as they always know how to get the party started. Here's the Lee Boys a couple years ago at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Jazz and Blues Festival:

After Friday Cheers, the Lee Boys will head up to the Mountain Jam festival at Hunter Mountain, NY. You can check out the pay-per-view webcast of the festival at It'll cost you $30 for the whole weekend or $20 for a single day. You'll get to see Porter Batiste Stoltz, Umphrey's McGee, Gov't Mule, Brett Dennen, Gomez, Jackie Greene, Hold Steady, Bill Kreutzman, Derek Trucks, Richie Havens, Michael Franti and the Allman Brothers Band. I'm kind of bummed that these are going pay-per-view. I can dig that they need to make money to pay for their coverage. But I wish they could pay their way with commercials during the webcast or something similar so more casual viewers could watch. I have two kids and I have to do chores and stuff during the weekend, so I usually watch the festival webcasts when I can but that sometimes isn't much during the day and certainly not enough for me to pay $30. Granted you do get to watch the archived webcast for 6 months after the event. But still....

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ fest goes down at the Richmond Raceway Complex on Saturday from noon to 6. They'll, bourbon and BBQ. There are few different price packages:
- VIP Tasting Glass: $35 advance ONLY - Valid from Noon-6pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling, TWO EXTRA hours of tastes and a t-shirt.
- Regular Tasting Glass: $25 advance online or $30 on-site – Valid from 2pm - 6pm. Includes admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited samples from 2pm - 6pm.
- Designated Driver Ticket: $15 advance online or on-site. Valid from noon-6pm.
Includes admission into the event only.
- Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Saturday night, Carbon Leaf comes home to Richmond and plays the National. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and tix are $21. The opener is Alternate Routes. Carbon Leaf has a new album out called "Nothing Rhymes With Woman". You can check some of it out by clicking the Carbon Leaf link above.
Here they are playing "Drops Of Rain" at their Plan 9 in-store show a couple weeks ago:

Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish fame (no his name is not Hootie) brings the new country version of himself (sounds like Hootie & The Blowfish but with country slide guitar) to Innsbrook Pavilion on Sunday for the K95 Countryfest. Also appearing will be Jo Dee Messina & Jamey Johnson. Tix are $20. $40 if you want Gold Circle. Gates open at 3.

Sunday night, Cracker, led by Richmond's own Dave Lowery, will be at the National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and tix are $15. Backyard Tire Fire will open. Cracker has a new album out, "Sunrise In The Land Of Milk & Honey". They always put on a great show. Here they are playing the title track at one of their friend's birthday party. This video isn't very dynamic visually but the sound is pretty good.

Monday, you can check out Dave Matthews Band live (really live) at the Beacon Theater in NYC on Fuse TV with no commericals. If you don't know Fuse, you should be able to find it on your cable or satellite provider. They are a music channel that actually plays music unlike some other music channels that don't anymore but strangely keep the word "music" in their name. The show starts at 9 PM.

Willie Nelson will be at Innsbrook on Tuesday. Tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Gates open at 6 PM and famous opener tba will play first. I love Willie. You should definitely see him once to say you saw the legend. He has a great band. But Willie is getting up in years and the show is pretty laid back to say the least. He also has an annoying penchant to put a bunch of songs in medleys. I realize the dude has written an incredible amount of songs. But just pick a few and play the whole thing. Play some different ones the next night. It'll keep things fresh for you and the audience.

Wednesday night Bill Kreutzman, drummer for the Grateful Dead and The Dead, was supposed to play at The National with his trio BK3 which also features Scott Murawksi from Max Creek on guitar and James "Hutch" Hutchinson from Bonnie Raitt's band on bass. As my friend, Mark H., used to say when we would see Max Creek in college, "Scottie will totally melt your face". But in a good way.

However, the show is no longer appearing on the National web site and according to Ticketmaster, the show has been postponed with no new date announced. But here is a new interview with Bill Kreutzman on the Crawdaddy web site. Bill says he was the reason the Dead got back together for this latest tour. He also states that a nameless promoter wanted to charge even more for tickets on the tour but that the band was able to beat that back. They still charged $95 a ticket so what could this promoter have been wanting for the top tickets. $150? $200? Unreal. It also makes you wonder why the band would get in with a promoter like that.

I'll leave you with a link to the 10 worst performances of "Take Me out to the Ballgame" at the Cubs games, including the classic Ozzy Osbourne performance and a drunk Eddie Vedder.

That's it for me. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan