Tuesday, June 1, 2010

moe., Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Alejandro Escovedo, Del McCoury Band

I need to finish this before the muscle relaxants and Jim Beam Black take effect.  I threw my back out picking up my 2 year old just before the moe. show at Plan 9 this evening.  I hung in there for 45 minutes before we had to leave because I was in pain.  My son had a good time, watching the drummers, playing air guitar and dancing.  So it was successful over all.  Hopefully, I'll be OK to hit the moe. show at Innsbrook on Wednesday.

moe. is playing at Innsbrook on Wednesday.  Gates will open at 5:30.  The show starts at 6:15 with opener Yonder Mountain String Band, who put on a nice show at the Summer Camp Festival this past weekend which I watched on the web cast.  moe. will come on around 8.  Tix are $20 and there is no gold circle (yay!).  When moe. headlined at Innsbrook two years ago, they must have extended curfew as they played two sets and went until 11 PM.  Let's hope they do that again. 

For those of you who don't know moe., they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.  I've been seeing them for 12 years now and they are, in my opinion, the best jam band of the last 10 years.  The guitar duo of Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier was named in Rolling Stone's top 40 new guitarists issue a few years ago.  The band will play Allman Brothers style dual guitar blues, ambient space rock and thrash punk equally well and sometimes within the same song/jam.  If anyone is planning on going tomorrow night, let me know.  My "date" has been whipped into working on his house tomorrow and bagged out on my tonight, so I guess I'm flying solo tomorrow, at least as of now.

If you want to check out some moe., HERE is a link to the video archive from their festival, moedown 9 in 2008.  You'll have 6 full sets of moe. to choose from, courtesy of iclips.net.

Thursday there is a whole bunch of Americana in town. 

Patty Griffin will play with Buddy Miller at Groovin' in the Garden on Thursday which is back in Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for the rest of the summer.  Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6 with Buddy Miller.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate.  Patty was nominated by the Americana Honors & Awards Show this year for artist of the year and her album, Downtown Church, was nominated for album of the year. Buddy Miller, who produced Downtown Church, was also nominated for instrumentalist of the year.  Here's Patty & Buddy in Vancouver last month:


Roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo and his band, The Sensitive Boys, play as part of the Jumpin' series at the VA Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday.  Tix are $14.  Gates open at 6, music starts at 6:30 and there is no opener listed.  You'll like Alejandro if you like Bruce Springsteen, Los Lobos, The Flatlanders, Dave Alvin, Gram Parsons, The Byrds or Townes Van Zandt.  Speaking of Bruce, HERE'S Bruce and Alejandro doing one one of Alejandro's songs, "Always a Friend".  Once you click the link, give it a minute for the video to appear.

Also on Thursday, bluegrass greats Del McCoury Band come to The National.  Tix are $20.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers God Fearing Snake Handlers.  Here's the Del McCoury Band playing with a bunch of friends including David Grisman at their DelFest festival in May:


That's it for tonight. I'll see you at moe. (hopefully) tomorrow. Next blog on Thursday with all the weekend happenings.

Tony Jordan