Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, David Allen Coe, GWAR and more

A great night of music on Thursday. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals come to The National to open their fall tour. Tix are $15, doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener Blues & Lasers. Blues & Lasers is Nocturnals' guitarist Scott Tournet's side project. GP & the N will start at 9, per their web site. I would love to attend this one but unfortunately a combination of travel for work and commitments my wife has at my kids' school will prevent that. I would like to see how the two most recent additions to the Nocturnals (Catherine Popper on bass and Benny Yurco on rhythm guitar) are fitting in with the band. If you like blues ala Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers or Led Zeppelin, you should definitely check out Grace & The Nocturnals. In fact, Ms. Raitt called them "One of the most soulful new bands around.” Here is a little sampler of three songs from their show at The Pines a month or so ago. Vocals are a little low in the mix but otherwise good video:

Also on Thursday, at the Hat Factory, outlaw country great David Allen Coe comes in. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener Rebel Son. Tix are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. He's written #1 hits for Tanya Tucker and Johnny Paycheck ("Take This Job and Shove It") but is perhaps better know for his own humorous and often raunchy songs. Here's DAC doing his song "If That Ain't Country":

Also on Thursday, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band bring their rollicking gutbucket blues to Capital Ale House Downtown. The show starts at 9 and tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. If you like the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Muddy Waters, BB King, Dylan, or Neil Young, you may like the Big Damn Band. Here they are on the Warped Tour this year doing "Mama's Fried Potatoes":

More blues at Capital Ale House Downtown on Friday night with The Nighthawks. Show starts at 9:30 and tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. These guys play blues-rock just the way you like it. Here they are at a festival in Maryland in August doing the theme song from "The Sopranos" (Video is black for first five seconds. Be patient, man!):

If you are looking for something a bit more Halloweenish, check out horror rock band(and Richmond natives) GWAR. I don't know what that says about Richmond that GWAR was born and raised here, but somehow I like it. GWAR will be at The National. Tix are $18 in advance, $21 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers The Red Chord and Blinded By Madness. Make sure you wear something you won't mind getting splattered with fake(?) blood and other random bodily fluids. Believe it or not, GWAR is celebrating 25 years of madness and mayhem and. led by lead singer, Oderus Urungus, have created their own demonic, alien alternate universe that you will be lucky to be a part of. Here is the first video off of their new "Lust In Space" CD, "Let Us Slay". Not for the timid:

On a completely different note, Sunday night, Sugar And Gold play at The Triple with James Husband. The Triple is at 3306 West Broad Street. Sugar And Gold play danceable psychedelic electronica indie rock. Figure that one out. Oh, hell just listen and see if you like it. Here they are kicking off the tour in their hometown of San Francisco:

The show at The Triple starts at 8. Amazing Ghost & Cubscout and the Rhinoceros will play before Sugar And Gold. James Husband (of Of Montreal) will play after Sugar And Gold.

That's all I got. I need to get some sleep because I've been up late the past two nights watchin' those fightin' Phils get one game away from the World Series. J-Roll rules!

I'll leave you with an oldie but a goodie suggested by Sarah via Vince (or was it Vince via Sarah), Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show with "At The Freaker's Ball":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan