Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Marcia Ball, Emmitt-Nershi Band, World Beer Fest, Skydog, Josh Ritter, Bonnaroo webcasts

Writing a little early this week since I'll be watching the Flyers tomorrow night, hoping that we can somehow win just two more games and bring the Cup back to Philly for the first time in 35 years.

Thursday night at Jumpin' at the VA Museum of Fine Art, Marcia Ball will play.  Marcia plays a mean New Orleans style piano and is a great blues singer.  Marcia is a four-time Grammy nominee including her last three albums, and a winner of eight Blues Music Awards.  I've seen her a few times and she puts on a fun show.  Gates open at 6 PM, music starts around 6:30. tix are $14 ($12 for members of VMFA).  Children 6 & under are free.  Here's Marcia and her band at The Granada in Dallas last month:

Also on Thursday, Josh Ritter and Mason Jennings will play at Groovin' in the Garden in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Doors open at 5:30pm, music begins at 6pm, all ages are welcome, 10 and under are free.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.  You'll like these guys if you like Dylan, Cash, Leonard Cohen, Gillian Welch, Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams and all those Americana singer-songwriter types. You must just check out this video for Josh's song, "The Curse".  The video was directed by Liam Hurley, the drummer from Josh's band, The Royal City Band.  Its a simple love story about the love between an archaeologist and her mummy.

Friday Cheers on Brown's Island brings us some bluegrass influenced jam music with Emmitt-Nershi Band.  Cheers is $2 to get in for everyone 13 and older.  The show will start at 6:30 with opener A Good Natured Riot.  Here's what the Cheers site says about Emmitt-Nershi Band:
"With Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) on mandolin & vocals and Bill Nershi (the String Cheese Incident) on acoustic guitar and vocals, ENB delivers a dynamic blend of bluegrass, newgrass, country and Americana that is sure to excite fans of all those genres and more. Featuring special guests Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident) and others!"  Here they are performing their song "Restless Wind" in Vail CO in Feburary this year:

Also on Friday, that little festival in Manchester TN, Bonnaroo, gets started with Dave Matthews Band • Kings of Leon • Stevie Wonder • Jay-Z • Conan O'Brien • Tenacious D • Weezer • The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon featuring Stardeath and White Dwarfs • The Dead Weather • Damian Marley & Nas • Phoenix • Norah Jones • Michael Franti & Spearhead • John Fogerty • Regina Spektor • Jimmy Cliff • LCD Soundsystem • The Avett Brothers • Thievery Corporation • Rise Against • Tori Amos • The National • Zac Brown Band • Les Claypool • John Prine • The Black Keys • Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers • Jeff Beck and many more.  There will be two places to go on the Internet for coverage.  YouTube will be webcasting HERE.  NPR will be webcasting (audio only) HERE.  NPR will be going from 1 PM to 3AM Friday through Sunday.  YouTube hasn't posted their schedule yet but figure about the same as NPR.  Either way, there is sure to be a lot of great music from the 'roo this weekend.

Saturday on Brown's Island will be the World Beer Festival.  This is run by some serious beer folks.  There are two sessions, one from noon - 4 PM and then one from 6 PM - 10 PM.  Tix are $40 per session in advance, $50 day of event.  Ticket price includes festival program, one tasting cup and beer samples from over 80 world-class breweries.  Note that kids 12 and under are admitted free with an adult but no one between 13 - 20 will be admitted.  Live music will be provided by some pretty good local bands:
12-2pm: Barrelhouse Blues Band
2-4pm: The Atkinsons
6-8pm: Horsehead
8-10pm: The Dirty Truth

At the Capital Ale House Downtown on Saturday night, PINK JAMS presents an evening with Louisiana Territory & Gills and Wings doing a benefit for breast cancer.  Show starts at 9:00pm.  Tix are $10 advance and limited tickets may be available at door .

Also Saturday, Allman Brothers tribute band Skydog will be at Cary St. Cafe.  Skydog will start at 10 PM and there is a $7 cover charge. 

If you can't catch Skydog on Saturday night, bring the whole family down to Forest Hill Park on Sunday evening.  They'll be doing a FREE show from 5 PM - 8 PM. 

On Saturday, you've also got The Hotdamns playing at Wonderland.  There is a $5 cover at the door which goes to benefit the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.  Doors open at 8 PM and show starts at 10 PM with openers Gina Dalmas (Norfolk VA), Kelley & The Cowboys (Mount Airy, NC) and The Ones To Blame (Gainesville FL).

That's all I got.  Have a great weekend!  GO FLYERS!  I'll leave you with some vintage Stones (can't embed it.  Go HERE.)

Tony Jordan