Wednesday, November 25, 2009

King Solomon's Marbles, 311, Furthur, Muppets

Turkey Day is here which means not much going on musically in town this weekend. Though if I recall my days working in bars, this was always a good weekend for the bars. A lot of people come home and want to go out with friends they may not have seen in a while. Also, if you've been cooped up in the house with your relatives for a few days, you may need to escape for a while.

On Saturday night, Grateful Dead cover band, King Solomon's Marbles will be at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 PM and cover charge is $7.

Speaking of the good ol' Grateful Dead, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh of the Dead will be bringing their new band Furthur to the area in February. The new band consists of Phil & Bob, Jeff Chimenti (keyboardist from Bob's band, Ratdog), John Kadlecik (formerly of Dark Star Orchestra), Jay Lane (drummer from Bob's band, Ratdog) and Joe Russo (drummer from Benevento - Russo Duo). They'll be coming to Hampton Coliseum on Friday, February 12 and the Patriot Center in Fairfax VA on Saturday, February 13. Though they have not posted ticket prices yet, the price for their show on 12/30 in SF is $45 so I expect it to be around there. Pre-sale for both shows starts Monday, 11/30 at noon, then official onsale date starts 12/11 at 10 AM. Reviews of the band's first four shows in the SF area have been good. I expect a pretty good show because there isn't the pressure to be "The Dead" and they can just stay loose. Here's the band doing "Cosmic Charlie" at their show at the Fox Theater a couple months ago:

Back to this weekend in Richmond. 311 brings their heavy reggae to The National on Sunday. Tickets are $45, doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 with opener State Radio. Here they are doing "Come Original" in Tokyo in September.

Finally, among all the usual things I am thankful for (family, good health, a job), I am thankful for the Muppets. They have been entertaining and teaching me my entire life and they continue to do so with this awesome version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The only thing this needs is more Pepe. Pepe rules! Though I must say, I didn't know Janice from the Dr. Teeth Band could totally shred.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tony Jordan