Friday, January 8, 2010

Gregg Allman, DJ Williams Projekt, Disco Biscuits, Of Montreal

Gregg Allman comes to town tonight at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Scrapomatic, tickets are $35, but a check this AM on Ticketmaster showed no tickets available. Gregg Allman of course from the Allman Brothers. He's got a new album of old blues songs coming out (read the article from the Times-Dispatch HERE) so I'm sure some of those will pop up in the set. Expect a somewhat jazzier edge than the Allman Brothers with the addition of a sax in the band but everything with Gregg is still based in the blues and his voice sounds great these days. Here's a little snippet of the band doing a new song "Floating Bridge" on New Year's Eve:

A couple concert announcements from The National:

DISCO BISCUITS Friday and Saturday April 16 & 17 @ 8pm ... Tickets on sale Friday January 15th at all Ticketmaster outlets,,, and The National box office.

OF MONTREAL Saturday January 30th @ 9pm ... Tickets on sale THIS Saturday January 9th at all Ticketmaster outlets,,, and The National box office

Also, this weekend, on Saturday, DJ Williams Projekt has their rescheduled (postponed a few weeks back due to the snow storm) record release party at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Beast Wellington and DJ Paul B. (who may be a real DJ as composed to DJ Williams who just happens to have the first initials of DJ but plays a mean guitar). Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of show and you get a free copy of the Projekt's new CD "Eleven" if you go. DJ Williams Projekt gaining a good reputation in Richmond and now in the Northeast for their funky, jazzy shows. Here's the band with their song "Satisfaction" (not the Stones song) back at Cafe Diem on 12/15/09:

Also, in case you missed it this week, Soundgarden had reformed and will be touring in 2010. At first, I was a little ambivilent about the reunion. But then I remember how "Superunknown" was my favorite album in 1994. And then I remembered that live, they were the closest thing I think I ever saw to the power of Led Zeppelin in concert, with a big, awe-inspiring sound the three times I saw them (opening for Nirvana, opening for Guns N' Roses and at Lollapalooza. How's that for an ultimate 90's triumvarate). So now I am officially excited for this reunion.

Also this week, the Smoking Gun got copies of some of the letters the FCC got in protest of Adam Lambert's performance in November at the AMAs. My favorite one is the last one they posted.

I'll leave you today with the touching, reggae ode from "Flight of the Conchords", "You Don't Have To Be a Prostitute" in honor of the late great Flight of The Conchords TV show. Yes, they won't be back for a third season and I will sorely miss them.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan