Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ratdog, moe., Jenny Lewis, Sonic Youth, Rothbury webcast

Hey all! I zoned on letting you know that Hank Williams III was in town tonight. But here's a video anyway just because I like the sentiment in this song. Beware, the language in this one is NSFW.

Friday night at The National is Jenny Lewis with Heartless Bastards. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with a "special guest" and tix are $21. Jenny is a member of Rilo Kiley and plays alt-country. She's also really cute. Here she is with Elvis Costello on backup vocals. And if he likes her you know she's pretty good.

On Friday afternoon into the evening, Capital Ale House Midlothian will have the 2nd Annual Capital Ale House Virginia Beer Festival. That will run from noon to 11 PM. It costs $10 and that includes your tasting glass and five 2 oz. samples. If you are the designated driver, you can get in for $5. Kids under 12 are free and they'll have balloon animals and magic for the kids until 6 PM. You know they'll have great beers. They'll also have music from the following bands:

Wake of the Flood- Noon-1:30
Slack Family Bluegrass- 2:00-4:00
Barrel House- 4:30-7:30
The Jangling Reinharts- 8:00-10:30

Running Friday - Sunday is the FREE webcast fromt the Rothbury Music Festival taking place out in Michigan. The webcast starts at 2:30 ET every day and goes until the wee hours of the morning. No Dead on the webcast, though they'll be at the fest, playing their only show of the summer. But they will have music from Brett Dennen, G. Love, Toubab Krewe (who put on a great show at Friday Cheers last week. Best Cheers of the year.), the reformed String Cheese Incident, and Disco Biscuits. And that's just Friday. Saturday has Martin Sexton and Black Crowes and Sunday you can see Toots & The Maytals, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nelson, Grace Potter, Ani DiFranco and Umphrey's McGee. It'll all be on the iClips Network.

Next Wednesday, you have two great shows to choose from. I'll be hitting up Ratdog (w/The Dead's Bob Weir) and moe. at Innsbrook. Tix are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the gate or $35 for Gold Circle (boo!). Gates will open at 5:30 which means moe. should come on around 6. If you are going to the show, DO NOT MISS MOE.! They have been my favorite jam band for about 10 years now and they always put on a great show. Since they are starting early we should get a nice 90 minute set from each band. Won't be like Bonnaroo where moe. played a 5 hour+ set that started at 1 AM, but I'll take what I can get. Here the are doing one of my favorite songs, "Happy Hour Hero".

I'm hoping for a good show from Ratdog to get my faith in them back. The last time I saw them was at AllGood Festival two years ago and the show was pretty sloppy. I've chalked that up to the fact that they had a last-minute substitution on guitar with Steve Kimock after regular guitarist Mark Karan had to have treatment for cancer. Mark is healthy again and back with the band so hopefully the band is running on all gears again. The show I saw Ratdog do the year before AllGood at the NorVa was one of the best I had ever seen them do. Here's Ratdog from Ratdog Daze down in Jamaica earlier this year.

Also Wednesday night, alt-rock heroes, Sonic Youth play at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Entrance, and tix are $23.50 in advance, $26 at the door. If moe. hadn't been with Ratdog, I probably would have been going to this one. I've seen Ratdog/Grateful Dead a lot but I've only seen Sonic Youth twice and they were pretty kick ass both times with their throbbing, seemingly laid back songs that can erupt into swirling, psychedelic feedback at any moment. Here they are on Letterman the other night:

Have a great 4th of July weekend! I'll leave you with 11 Videos Of Irresponsible Fireworks Use.

Tony Jordan