Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Waybacks, Zoso, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Social Distortion

What do we got this week? October, always a busy month concert-wise in Richmond, continues with The Waybacks at Capital Ale House on Thursday night. The show starts at 8 and tix are $15. Here is what the Capital Ale House site says about The Waybacks: "They draw freely from the old school and the old world, but The Waybacks are no throwback. They’ve
been erroneously pigeonholed as a bluegrass band and celebrated as purveyors of “acoustic mayhem.”
They are as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay area that claims them,
and for nearly a decade, their experiments have always proven sharp-witted and musically dazzling.
They’re living proof that in music anyway, evolution and intelligent design are entirely compatible.

The Waybacks will mix a whole bunch of stuff into their own style and just to prove it here they are doing The Grateful Dead's "St. Stephen" along with a little Zeppelin:

Speaking of Zeppelin, Zoso - The Led Zeppelin Experience returns to The National on Friday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and tix are $12.50. Openers are Steel Shot & Reawakened.

Just announced at The National, GREGG ALLMAN with a Full 7 Piece Band Friday January 8th @ 8pm ... Reserved Seat tickets on sale this Saturday October 17th at all Ticketmaster outlets,, and The National Box office. Tix are $35.

On Saturday afternoon, you can check out Shoctoberfest at the 17th Street Farmers' Market. Admission is FREE and the event runs from 11am-5pm. The Farmers' Market describes this event at "A Bavarian-style festival honoring our fall harvest just as they do in each year in Bavaria, with local restaurants specializing in German-Hungarian foods along with music, varieties of rich beverages and plenty of entertainment. There will be dancing and singing of traditional Germanium Polka songs, so gather up your lederhosen and your favorite beer stein and join us in the market for Richmond's best Shocktoberfest."

Also on Saturday, Modern Groove Syndicate bring s their acid-funk-jazz to Cary St. Cafe. The show starts at 10 and tix are $7. Here they are grooving at Cary St. Cafe in January:

Sunday, you can check out the Innsbrook Beer & Wine Festival. This will run from 2 PM until 7 PM. Admission is free and tastes, full glasses or portions are pay as you go. This is a benefit for Connor's Heroes so you can party with a conscience. There will be live music all day too.

Also on Sunday, blues great Duke Robillard will be at the Capital Ale House for a special 3:00 PM show. Doors open at 2, tix are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. This show is sponsored by the River City Blues Society and if you like the blues and live in Richmond, you should check them out. Here's what they have to say about Duke:
"Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and again this year of 2008. In 2007 Duke received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD and was also honored with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts" along with actress Olympia Dukakis, actor Bob Colonna, and R.I. Choreographer/Festival Ballet director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric.The Pell award is named for Senator Claiborne Pell who help establish the the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities in 1965.

Other awards over the last decade include three Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2003 for "Best International Blues Artist," The Blues Foundation's "Producer of the Year" award in 2004, The French Blues Association "Album of the Year" award in 2002 (Living with the Blues) and "Guitarist of the Year" awards in 1999 and 2002. BB King himself has called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists. And the New York Times says "Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality. (reprinted from"

And here's Duke with Sax Gordon from a few years ago doing a boogie-woogie number called "Blue Coat Man":

Finally, 80's/90's punk band Social Distortion will be at The National on Tuesday night. Tix are $25, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers, The Strangers. Here they are doing their hit, "Bad Luck", last night in Clifton Park NY:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan