Thursday, July 22, 2010

Old Crow Medicine Show, Merle Haggard, Chris Isaak, Blues Traveler, Little Feat

I got my tickets for the Drive-By Truckers at The National in October.  The Saturday night show.  Joan & Mike will be rocking with me.  If you want to know why the Truckers rule, check this out.  They had an unexpected night off when they were supposed to open for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers but the show got postponed because Mike Campbell, primo guitarist for the Heartbreakers, had passed out from the heat during the previous show.  Most bands might go see a movie with their night off.  Maybe stay in their hotel room, get drunk and bang groupies.  Maybe go see a show, perhaps a local theater version of "Cats".  But the Truckers?  They said f**k that!  We're a fu**in' rock n roll band!  We want to RAWWWWWCK!  So they did a surprise show.  And played for three hours.  Read about it HERE.

Friday night at Maymont, Old Crow Medicine Show will perform on the Carriage House Lawn.  Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.  The show starts at 6 with opener Ben Kweller.  Here they are doing a song I really like, "Wagon Wheel":

Here's a bonus of Old Crow Medicine Show doing The Band's "The Weight" with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings:

Also Friday, Solazo will play at the Lecture Hall at the Library of Virginia.  Tix are $10 and the show starts at 6 PM.  Here's what the LVA site says about Solazo: "Hailing from Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, the four members of Solazo will offer up a unique blend of Latin folk, contemporary dance music, and soulful ballads that appeal to all ages and cultures. Their newest CD, Mindful Journeys, is an exciting compilation of original music inspired by traditional styles borrowed from Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Ecuador. Layered with sensual Cuban rhythms and spiked with the unusual flavors of Andean sounds (panpipe, charango, and mandolin), the authentic and artful arrangements move fluidly from flamenco to mambo within the course of a single song. The band's sound is further distinguished by enchanting and pure vocal harmonies that consistently captivate. A crowd favorite at the Richmond Folk Festival, this group of immigrants currently calls Floyd County, Virginia, home. This concert is offered in conjunction with the Library of Virginia's exhibition The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People."  Here's a little taste of Solazo:

Also on Friday, country music legend Merle Haggard will be at The National.  Reserved Seats on the Floor and Reserved Balcony Seats are $45.  General Admission Standing Floor are $37.50.  Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 with openers, The Malpass Brothers.  Here's Merle doing his classic, "Mama Tried":

On Friday another webcast from starts, this time form the HullabaLOU festival in Louisville KY.  Hopefully this will run better than the All Good webcast when a storm on Friday afternoon knocked their satellite dish at the site out for two days.  Hey, its not easy to get spare parts when you are in the middle of nowhere WV.  But iclips usually does a great job.  It was really funny to read the chat on the page where the webcast was supposed to be broadcast and see how many people were getting indignently mad because a FREE webcast was not playing.  You just gotta wonder what kind of people will hurl insults at people who are trying their best to get a FREE webcast back up on the air.  Do you really feel like they somehow owe this to you when you are paying NOTHING to see this?  Anyway, here is the schedule for the HullabaLOU webcast.  All times are Eastern Daylight Time:


2:30 - Hazel Miller
3:20 - Rick Bartlett's Rockin' Soul Revival*
4:05 - Blood, Sweat & Tears
5:05 - Exile*
5:35 - Gloriana
More to be announced

2:30 - Jimmy Church
3:20 - Kim Taylor*
4:00 - WAR
5:00 - Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio*
5:50 - Ben Sollee*
6:40 - TBA
7:15 - Gov't Mule

1:45 - Andrea Davidson
2:35 - Taj Mahal
3:35 - Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet*
4:15 - The Black Crowes
5:30 - Stealing Angels*
6:30 - The Avett Brothers*
7:30 - TBA
8:30 - Dave Matthews Band

* Indicates a delayed performance
Sunday there is a great show at Innsbrook for a great cause.  Chris Isaak with special guests Marc Broussard and The Waybacks will play and the show will benefit the VCU Massey Cancer Center.  General Admission is $25 in advance, Gold Circle is $50 in advance.  Gates open at 3 and the show starts at 4:30.  Chris Isaak is just a way cool guy as you can tell from this interview in today's Times-Dispatch.  I wasn't gonna play this one.  I have a number of Chris Isaak's albums and there is a lot of great songs on them.  But damn, this is a great song:

BTW, because of the excessive heat forecast, concertgoers are asked to bring three sealed, personal-sized bottles of water (24 ounces or less) to the show, a benefit for Music for Massey.  Until 7 p.m., umbrellas and personal awnings will be permitted into the Pavilion, but will be restricted to the back half of the general admission lawn area (behind the soundboard) and must be stowed after 7 p.m.

On Wednesday night at Innsbrook, jam band veterans Blues Traveler will play with jam band super-veterans Little Feat opening.  Little Feat will start things off at 6:30 with Blues Traveler coming on at 8.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and there is no Gold Circle (yay!).  Blues Traveler was the first band to rise up in the second wave of jam bands in the late 80s.  I saw them on many occassions back then in hot, sweaty clubs and college gymnasiums.  Thankfully, they were a very giving band and gave bands they liked a hand up with opening slots and the H.O.R.D.E. tour.  Thanks to them, I got my first exposure to Phish, Widespread Panic, and the Spin Doctors.  Unfortunately for Blues Traveler perhaps, those bands all eclipsed them and continued to evolve (at least Phish & Widespread) while Blues Traveler, despite the hit "Hook", seemed to get bogged down in the same old sound.  Though I still enjoyed seeing them every now and again, they moved out of the "must-see" band category for me and my friends.  I suspect they still put on a good show.  But I just don't know if they can ever recapture those times when they were at the forefront of a new movement of jam bands and I was sweating my ass off, dancing to them during a three hour show at The Chestnut Cabaret in Philly.  Here's one from back in the day, "But Anyway":

Also on Wednesday night, a grown-up Hanson will play at the Hat Factory with Rooney.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. I have actually heard some good things about Hanson and that they have matured into a fine band with a classic rock/adult alternative sound.  Here is a song from their 2007 album "The Walk" called "Watch Over Me".  You be the judge.

Alright.  That's it.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan