Thursday, October 8, 2009

Richmond Folk Festival, Everclear, Citizen Cope

This weekend is Richmond Folk Festival weekend. Its a great festival, like taking a trip around the world without leaving home. This is "folk" as in indigenous music not "folk" like old Dylan, Pete Seeger or Peter, Paul & Mary (though you may see some of that too). There is also a great family area where we spent about 90 minutes last year while Zach checked out turtles, dressed up in costumes and made crafts. The event starts Friday at 6:30. I'll be volunteering that night at one of the Information booths (don't know which one until I get there) so stop by all the Information booths until you find me and say hello. I'll give you some FREE information (the whole event is FREE) like "Pierre is the capital of South Dakota" or "A concertina is an instrument like a small accordion". I can also give you information about the festival, like where to find a bathroom, get a beer or hit up an ATM.

The Folk Fest continues on Saturday (noon - 10:30 PM) and Sunday (noon - 6:30 PM). The Times-Dispatch had some good articles last Sunday describing each artist. Go HERE and then check out the links to the articles in the gray box ("Names You Might Know", "Acts You Won't See Anywhere Else", "World (music) party"). I should be down there hanging out on one and maybe both days on the weekend so I hope to see you.

If you are looking for some other non-folk fest bands this weekend, check out Everclear at The Hat Factory on Friday night. Tix are $25, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Paper Tongues and Tracy Lyons. At one point in the mid-90s, Everclear seemed poised to be the next big thing, but their poppy alternative music was drowned out by the onslaught of rap-rock led by Limp Bizkit (God help us all, they have reunited) and they never quite got over the top. Here's one of their hits, "I Will Buy You A New Life" (can't embed it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wERdV8wRB6Q.

Saturday night, Citizen Cope brings his hippie, dance, hip-hop, reggae to The National. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener "a Special Guest", and tix are $20 in advance, $23 day of show. You'll dig Citizen Cope if you like Everlast, G. Love & Special Sauce, Jack Johnson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder. Here's Citizen Cope's song "Bullet & A Target":


Finally, I'll leave you with this clip from Saturday Night Live last week, the latest SNL Digital Short from Andy Samberg, "On The Ground". Me and my five-year-old dig this one. I don't know what that says about my sense of humor or his.


Have a great weekend and I'll see you at the Folk Festival!

Tony Jordan