Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shamrock The Block, Portugal The Man, Skydog, Wood Brothers

Let's get to it!

Friday night at the Capital Ale House, Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) teams up with his brother, Oliver Wood, to form the brilliantly named Wood Brothers. They'll be playing their blues/rock/folk music starting at 9 PM and tix are $15. Well, actually starting at 9 PM will be the openers Joe McGuinness & Sol. Here they are performing "Luckiest Man" for Paste Magazine:




Skydog, the Allman Brothers tribute band, will be at Cary St. Cafe on Friday night. Show starts at 10 PM and there is a $7 cover charge. Here's a bit of the band playing "Statesboro Blues" at the Canal Club in January:




Friday night at The National is REGWA, a band that is mixing country and reggae featuring members of Kenny Chesney's band, The Wailers and New Potato Caboose. Tix are $12. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 with openers The God Fearing Snake Handlers and Whisky Bros. There was an article about REGWA in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch and you can read that HERE. Here is the band playing in April 2009:





Saturday, if the rain holds off or if you don't mind partying in a little rain, Shamrock The Block will be happening at the 17th Street Farmers Market. The event goes down from noon until 6 PM. Its pet & kid friendly and they said they have expanded their kids section this year. It is a FREE event and you can purchase food and adult and all ages beverages. Here is the band lineup:
12-12:45 - Uisce Beatha (Celtic Rock)
1-2 - Against Grace (Alternative Rock)
2:15-3:15 - Age of Excess (80's Hair Metal/Covers)
3:45-4:45 - Sludge's Build-A-Band (Rock/Rock Covers)
5-6 - 4Play (Rock/Rock Covers)

Saturday night, local Americana band, The Atkinsons, will be at Cafe Diem. The band will come on at 10 PM and there is no cover charge. Here they are performing on the PBS show, "The Music Seen", in September 2009:



Also on Saturday, twisted Johnny Cash cover band, Black Cash & The Bad Trips, will be at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 and cover charge is $5. This clip is from a show in the Outer Banks last summer. They are playing "Hey Porter":


On Tuesday, DJ Willims Projekt has their regular gig at Cafe Diem. The gig starts at 9:30 PM.

On St. Patrick's Day, Portugal The Man (they are actually a band, not a man) will be playing at The Canal Club. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 7 with openers Port O'Brien and The Dig. They are an alternative rock band (does alternative really mean anything anymore)....ok, they are a rock band that formed in Ms. Palin's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska (but don't hold that against them) then relocated to Portland OR. Their last album, The Satanic Satanist, is critically acclaimed and has hints of Led Zep, Jane's Addiction, Motown, and the Stones in it but they put their own stamp on things. Here is their latest video, "The Sun". That's one sick sheep.:


Next Wednesday & Thursday, you can check out NPR's live broadcast from SXSW. Click HERE for the schedule which includes Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Broken Bells, and Spoon. If you can't stay up to listen, they usually archive those sets on the site so you can check them out later.

I think that's all for now. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan