Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Parade, Ween, Blue October, DJ Williams Projekt

This looks like a pretty slow week musically due to Easter, I guess.

Speaking of Easter, Sunday brings us the Easter Parade on Monument Avenue. For those of you uninitiated to this, this isn't a parade where you sit and watch a bunch of floats and marching bands go by. This is a parade where you do the parading, walking up and down Monument Ave with everyone else. Its fun, especially for the kids. I enjoy checking out all the dogs that have been dressed up silly by their owners and also the people dressed up silly by their dogs. Its FREE and runs from 1 PM - 5 PM on Monument Avenue between Allen & Davis Avenues. Here is the lowdown from Venture Richmond:

"The beloved Richmond tradition that showcases attendees “parading” up and down scenic Monument Avenue continues this year on the blocks between Allen and Davis Avenues. The event is produced by Venture Richmond.

Each year more than 25,000 people converge upon the four-block site to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beauty of Monument Avenue, taking this once-a-year opportunity to stroll in the streets. Music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, balloon artistry, a petting zoo, and of course, people and pet watching are all part of the celebration. This is a parade of Richmonders. Admission is free.

The highlight of the event promises to be the ever-popular Pet Bonnet and People Bonnet Showcases, held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Avenue. Roving entertainment includes Jonathan Austin, More or Less Morris Dancers, a stilt walker and Peggy the Clown.

Scheduled performances/activities include:

Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage

•Debo Dabney and Friends (1 and 2 p.m.)
•Pet Bonnet Showcase (3 p.m.)
•People Bonnet Showcase (4 p.m.)
Roving Performers

•Jonathan Austin
•More or Less Morris Dancers
•Peggy the Clown
•Stilt Walking Clown

•Merchandise vendors
•Food vendors
•Children’s area
•Balloons by Extreme Balloon Artistry
•The Lambeth Petting Zoo"

Ween and their wonderfully twisted and eclectic music will be at The National on Tuesday night. Tix are $28. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. There is no opener so get there early. Here's the video for their song, "Even If You Don't":

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

Next Thursday, at the Hat Factory, Blue October will play with openers Stars of Track & Field and Hurricane Bells. Doors open at 7 and tickets are $22 in advance, $26 day of show. You might dig Blue October if you like Collective Soul, Verve Pipe, or Live as they fall into that alternative pop rock mode. Here is Blue October doing "Say It":

I can't give you all a chocolate bunny for Easter but I will lead you to some free music. HERE is a link to a free Best of Bonnaroo download from Music For Action & Head Count. All you have to do to get it is send a little message to your Senator advocating support for a climate change bill that has already passed the House. Once you do that, you'll get a code to download the Best of Bonnaroo featuring Wilco, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Ani DiFranco, Phish, moe., Raphael Saadiq, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Disco Biscuits, Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Phil Lesh & Friends & more. Good music and a good cause.

I'll leave you with Radiohead's "House of Cards" just because I have been into this song lately and its kind of a trippy video. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan