Thursday, July 30, 2009

John Brown's Body, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Gary Gerloff tribute, Jason Isbell

Reggae band John Brown's Body come to the Capital Ale House Downtown on Friday night. Tix are $17 and the show starts at 10 PM with opener Passafire. Here's what the Capital Ale House web site said about them:
"John Brown's Body is an eight-person modern reggae group. The group has released six studio albums and toured across the U.S. for ten years. Originally more deep-rooted in the more traditional roots and foundation stylings of Reggae that helped to build their reputation as a serious act, their music (starting from 2003) began to take a direction toward a more modern, spaced-out sound with an occasional blend of the traditional. As such, their music has been described by the New York Daily News as "more Massive Attack than Marley", and "reverent and revolutionary at the same time", a nod to their futuristic take on reggae music and their ability to put a unique twist on this music.

The group has been called "America's best and most original reggae band" , and continues to play almost exclusively original material. They have performed with a variety of groups, representing a wide-range of genres, over the years. This includes well known acts such as: Dave Matthews Band, Ozomatli, Broken Social Scene, and Jurassic 5. They have also headlined tours across the nation at the theater level."

Here's the band doing "Push Some Air":

At the Capital Ale House on Saturday night, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys will take the stage. Show starts at 9 PM and tix are $15. They were nominated for a Grammy for their "Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2008" album. The band plays modern Cajun music so you know this will be band to spend a fun Saturday night with. Here's the band playing in April this year in Lafayette, Louisiana:

On Sunday, there will be a tribute to late local musician Gary Gerloff with a great lineup of local bands. Here is the press release:

On Sun., Aug. 2, Richmond’s music community will come together to celebrate the life of one of their own. From 1 p.m. ‘til 11 p.m., in true Gerloff fashion, all types of music will be represented in an all-day event, taking place at Cafe’ Diem at 600 N. Sheppard St.

A donation of $15.00 is requested at the door. All proceeds from the event will go to a school fund set up for Gary’s and Mindy’s children.

The list of artists attending is as follows:

1. Just Dessert — 1:00 p.m.
2. Page Wilson with Reckless Abandon — 1:50 p.m.
3. Dominic Carpin & Armistead Wellford — 2:35 p.m.
4. Terry Garland & Bruce Corson — 3:10 p.m.
5. The Revinyls — 3:50 p.m.
6. DJ Willams Projek — 4:25 p.m.
7. Little Ronnie & Grandukes — 5:10 p.m.
8. Gayle McGehee & Nocturnes — 5:50 p.m.
9. Charles Arthur Trio — 6:30 p.m.
10. Billy Ray Hatley & The Show Dogs — 7:05 p.m.
11. The Big Guys — 7:45 p.m.
12. The Taters — 8:25 p.m.
13. The Janet Martin Band — 9:05 p.m.
14. Manny Green & members of the Gary Gerloff band with special guest.

Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive-By Truckers) and his band 400 Unit will be at The National on Wednesday night. Tix are $12.50 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Sons of Bill and Barrelhouse. Here's Jason Isbell performing his song "Streetlights" solo:

The FREE webcast of the All Points West Festival from Liberty Island in NJ will be on this Saturday & Sunday. They haven't posted the exact schedule yet but music at the festival is scheduled to begin at 12:45 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. Scheduled to appear at the festival is Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, My Bloody Valentine, Tool, The Ting Tings, Coldplay, White Rabbits, Trail of Dead, Cool Kids, The Postelles, St. Vincent, PT Walkley, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Gaslight Anthem, Mogwai, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Black Keys, and others.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is throwing a big 25th Anniversary bash at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30. This is a benefit for the Hall of Fame and tix are running from $80 to $2500. The lineup for the 29th is Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends. On the 30th: U2, Aretha Franklin, Clapton & Metallica (could we see a mash-up of U2's "One" with Metallica's "One"?). Sounds like there will be lots of other guests and there will be a highlight special on HBO for those of us that can't get to NYC and/or don't have a spare $2500.

I always thought that the Hall of Fame should have a series of concerts the week before the annual induction ceremonies with that year's inductees. They could put bands that influenced the inductees and/or were influenced by the inductees on the same bill. VH1 Classic could broadcast the shows and it would be a grand thing.

What really interests me is that the Hall of Fame is finally putting out a DVD box set with highlights from past induction ceremonies. Most of the early ones were never broadcast so hopefully we'll get to see those jams with the founders of rock n' roll, the Cream reunion, the Doors fronted by Eddie Vedder, Prince tearing it up on the guitar solo during "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and other cool stuff. Here's the full story from Rolling Stone:

Speaking of Bruce, for his upcoming tour in the US (no Richmond date, Bruce? Boo! And yes, I'm saying Boooo and not Bruuuuce.), he'll be using Ticketmaster's Paperless Ticketing system to cut down on scalping. Basically, you bring the credit card you bought the tickets with right to the door of the venue, they swipe the card, check your photo ID and print you out a little ticket for the ushers to find your seat. No way to scalp these bad boys. The only drawback is that everyone you bought tickets for needs to walk in with you and there would be no way to give/sell your tickets to someone legally. If you had to get rid of the tickets, you would have to use Ticketmaster's online resale site. But I guess if it helps keep ticket prices down for some of the highly sought after shows, it might be worth it.

Alright, I'm out of here. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan