Friday, June 4, 2010

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Barenaked Ladies, Wailers, Brandi Carlile, Doors

Friday Cheers should be a funky good time this week with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe headlining and DJ Williams Projekt opening.  Show starts at 6:30 PM and there is a $2 entry fee.  Here's what the Cheers site had to say about Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: "From a pressure cooker of rhythm, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe brings forth the most delicious variety of grooves ever sampled by a listener’s feet. Led by Karl Denson, who over the past 15 years has collaborated with such luminaries as Lenny Kravitz and The Greyboy Allstars, the Tiny Universe creates a dynamic sound that defies categorization. The band members, Denson on vocals, tenor and alto sax and flute, guitarist Brian Jordan, bassist Chris Stillwell, keyboard player David Veith, trumpet player Chris Littlefield and drummer John Staten, have earned a reputation as kings of the unstoppable all-night show."  I just know that he gets a good groove going and you can dance to it and if you like Maceo Parker, P-Funk, or James Brown, you'll like KDTU.  Here's KDTU in Bloomington IN last year:


Out at Innsbrook on Friday night, Barenaked Ladies will bring their humorous pop to town.  Should be a fun show.  Gates open at 6, opener Serena Ryder comes on at 6:30 and the Ladies come on at 8.  Tix are $22 in advance and $25 at the gate and if you buy your ticket online, you'll also get a free download of the Ladies new album, "All In Good Time".  Here's the video for their latest single, "You Run Away":


The Mountain Jam festival from Hunter NY will be webcast live and for FREE on iclips.net.  This looks like a pretty good one.  Here is the webcast schedule.  I think the Levon Helm & Friends show that closes the webcast is a must-see.  Take a look at that lineup.

FRIDAY

3:00 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
4:00 - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
5:30 - Dr. Dog
6:45 - The Avett Brothers
8:15 - Toots & The Maytals
9:00 - Gov't Mule
1:00 - Les Claypool

SATURDAY

4:15 - Yonder Mountain String Band
5:30 - Dave Mason
6:45 - Lettuce
7:30 - Elmwood
7:45 - Drive-By Truckers
9:00 - Gov't Mule
1:00 - Dark Star Orchestra

SUNDAY

2:30 - Michael Franti & Spearhead
4:00 - Matisyahu
5:15 - ALO
6:15 - The Whigs
7:00 - The Bridge
7:30 - Levon Helm & Friends: Warren Haynes, Donald Fagen, Ray LaMontagne, Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Patterson & David Hood, Jackie Greene, Allison Moorer and more!

Saturday out at Innsbrook, smoke 'em if you got 'em (just not at Innsbrook because you'll get thrown out) because The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson & Junior Marvin will bring the reggae to town.  Gates open at 6, tix are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the gate.  There is no opener listed on the Innsbrook site.  Here they are doing "Buffalo Soldier" a couple weeks ago in FL:


On Sunday on the 100 - 300 blocks of E Broad St in downtown Richmond will be the Broad Appetit festival.  "Admission to this foodie paradise is free and for just $3 per sample, the public can taste signature dishes from over 50+ of Richmond’s finest local restaurants, including fine dining, family-friendly, trendy and up-and-coming establishments. From 11 until 5 p.m. the 100-200-300 blocks of West Broad Street will serve up outstanding prepared food in addition to fresh Virginia produce, meats, cheeses, herbs, artisan breads and confections straight from local organic farms and specialty food providers. The event also will feature several of Virginia’s finest wineries and plenty of brews. In 2008, the event's inaugural year, we enjoyed a crowd of 7500 folks and last year the crowd of food-lovers grew to 18,000. We expect 25,000 to attend the 2010 festival."  There will also be some local bands providing the music but the real attraction here is the food.

Sunday night, Brandi Carlile brings her folk rock to The National.  Tix are $20, doors open at 7, show starts at 8, with openers Vienna Teng and Alex Wong.  There are reserved seats available for this show.  You'll like Brandi if you like Melissa Etheridge, KT Tunstall, Jeff Buckley, Sarah McLachlan or Indigo Girls.  Here's her latest single, "Dying Day":


Monday at The National, two of the three surviving members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek & Robbie Krieger, come in playing all original music.  Well, not really, and not surprisingly they'll be playing all the hits of The Doors.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors (that's the venue doors) open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.  As of the time I'm writing this, Jim Morrison will not be able to make the show.  Some dude named Miljenko Matijevic will be the singer.  Here they are doing "Riders On The Storm" two days ago in NYC:


That's all for this weekend.  I'll be at home watching the Mountain Jam fest this weekend because my back is still killing me so I won't be able to hit up Friday Cheers.  Too bad because it will be a good one.  If you go, let me know how it is.

I'll leave you with the Psychedelic Furs doing "Love My Way".  Why?  Because its a damn fine song.


Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan