Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Old Crow Medicine Show, Free Downloads, Felice Brothers

Not usually the busiest of weekends as most people head to the barbecues and such for the Memorial Day weekend. But there is actually quite a bit going on this weekend.

Old Crow Medicine Show will get things started on Thursday at Groovin' In the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Doors open at 5:30 and tix are $25. Old Crow Medicine Show hails from Nashville but are not a watered-down, top 40 country band. They are much more traditional and bluegrass based. Should be the perfect show under some perfect weather in the beautiful gardens tomorrow night. Here they are performing their song "Caroline".
Old Crow Medicine Show - Caroline

Zac Brown Band plays at Friday Cheers for FREE on Brown's Island. I don't know much about them but they seem to be gaining some popularity on the Country charts which isn't necessarily a good thing. Here they are performing their #1 Country Hit, "Chicken Fried". I am picturing lots of drunk girls with big hair dancing around with arms raised when they play this on Friday night, beer in one hand, lit cigarette in the other.

Local band David Shultz & The Skyline will be opening aat Friday Cheers starting at 6 PM and they get a nice write up in local blog, All Things Richmond. You can check it out here:

If you are home this weekend, you can purchase the webcast of the Summer Camp Festival on It'll cost you $20 for a day pass or $30 for the whole weekend. The webcast starts Friday at 2:30 EDT and will feature moe. (all 3 days); Dark Star Orchestra; Toubab Krewe;, Lotus; Umphrey's McGee (all 3 days);, Les Claypool;, Sexy Bitches feat. Keller Williams, Rob, Vinnie & Al (from moe.), & Joel ( from Umphrey's); and Los Lobos.

Or you can take advantage of some of these free downloads:

- Coldplay has made their latest live "album", "Left Right Left Right Left", available for free on their website:

- Style Weekly has a nice local music collection available for free at 18 tracks and you can find your new favorite local band.

- 4 free classic Phish tracks are available for download at the Bonnaroo 365 site:

At The National on Friday night, Robert Fleischman & The Sky perform with local band Horsehead opening. Tix are $13, doors open at 6, show at 7. Robert Fleischman was with Journey until they parted ways and Journey got some dude name Steve Perry to be their lead singer. Haven't heard of them since. Robert now lives here in Richmond and this will be the debut of his band. Here is what his MySpace page says:

"May 22, 2009 multi-platinum singer songwriter Robert Fleischman will be unveiling his new band The Sky at the National theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Upon his induction with Journey to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his desire to perform live was inspired. After auditioning his native town of Los Angeles for musicians, Robert decided to look into a different circle of players. LA session drummer Andre LaBelle, who played with Robert in the past with KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, had relocated to Virginia. Robert soon discovered that Richmond was exploding with talent. Upon flying perspective players to Vegas for auditions, Robert decided to develop the band in Virginia. Holding down the rhythm is Andre LaBelle and Steve Barber. The guitars are provided by Stephan LaJaunie and Brady Cole. The sound these five musicians have created is an atmospheric chemistry with a driving punch that could be compared to the likes of Oasis, The Verve, or the more psychedelic sounds produced by The Cult and Bowie. The Sky is excited to debut this fresh material for the city of Richmond at this historical Theatre. "

The Felice Brothers play at The National on Saturday night. Their latest album "Yonder is The Clock" scored an 85 out of 100 on (Rotten Tomatoes for music) making it one of the top 9 rated albums this year. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and tix are $15. They are apparently gaining quite a buzz. Here is what their website reports happened at the SXSW conference:

"The Catskill boys are fresh off a couple of raucous (one was so packed the fire department had to come and make sure the crowd was under control) and well-received gigs at SXSW 2009. The Austin American Statesman wrote that their Friday afternoon appearance at the Dirty Dog “showcased the Felice Brothers’ recent artistic strides. Material from the forthcoming masterwork ‘Yonder is the Clock’ both torpedoed hearts and shook homes. Easy highlights like the scattershot country blues ‘Run, Chicken, Run’ and ‘Ambulance Man’ offered brilliant Southern Gothic narratives.” Metromix proclaimed the show “one of the day’s highlights,” and lauded the “gypsy brand of folk-rock, heavy on fiddle, accordion and lurid lyrics.” The Telegraph in London meanwhile deemed the Felice Brothers “the shining new lights of American roots music, a quintet of rabble rousers with a drunken surrealistic spin on jazz, folk, blues and country.” The journalist continued, “I saw them twice yesterday and would watch them twice again today.”

Here they are performing "Her Eyes Dart Round" in Raleigh NC on May 3.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Take a moment to remember those who gave their lives so we can enjoy the freedom to rock out, drink beer, live our lives and love our friends and family.

Tony Jordan