Jam band fans will have a decision to make on Friday as the #1 Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, comes to Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 6 and DSO comes on at 6:30 (no opener) so you should get two fat sets from DSO. General Admission is $15 in advance, $20 day of show and there is no Gold Circle (yay!). Here they are playing "Weather Report Suite Part 1 and most of Part 2" a few weeks ago:
For this jam band fan, the choice will be Railroad Earth. Why?
- Only $2
- Original music beats cover band. DSO is good at what they do but I've been seeing/listening to the Dead, Dead survivors and cover bands for 23 years now. Nothing new there.
- I've seen DSO a few times. I don't thnk I've seen Railroad Earth before.
- Brown's Island beats Innsbrook as a venue
Sunday at Capital Ale House Music Hall Downtown there will be a benefit for the Richmond Brain Tumor Support Group featuring Susan Greenbaum and Sky Run. Tix are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 2 PM.
On Sunday at The National, reggae greats Steel Pulse will help end your weekend feeling good. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, which hopefully is really made up of giant pandas playing dub reggae. How cool would that be? If you go to the site and join the Steel Pulse Fan Club, you can have a chance to come to sound check or meet the band before or after the show. Bring 'em if you got 'em. Here's the band performing "Your House" at Hollywood Park four days ago (this is why I love YouTube):
Here's a random video for your weekend: The Ramones doing "The KKK Took My Baby Away" in Sweden.
Have a great weekend! See you at Friday Cheers for Railroad Earth.