Friday, September 17, 2010

Oktoberfest, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Hold Steady, Charlie Musselwhite, Eels, Ghostland Observatory

All weekend long you've got St. Benedict's 6th Annual Oktoberfest going down at St. Benedict "Festplatz" which is at Hanover and Belmont in the Museum District.  There will be beer, music, beer, dancing, beer, food and more beer.  Its Free and the hours are Friday, September 17 5pm to 10pm, Saturday, September 18 11am to 10pm and Sunday, September 19 12pm to 6pm.

Blues man Alvin Youngblood Hart will be at the Capital Ale House Downtown on Saturday night.  Tix are $7 and the show starts at 9 PM with opener The Fustics.  You'll dig Alvin if you like classic blues, Rolling Stones, Led Zep, or Dylan.  Here he is doing his song "Joe Friday":

The Hold Steady will be at The National on Monday night.  Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with "A Special Guest".  The Hold Steady play earnest rock n' roll with dense lyrics reminiscent of Springsteen, Modest Mouse, Replacements, Husker Du, and The Rolling Stones.  Here they are performing "Hurricane J" in Denver in July:

Blues harmonica player extrodinaire Charlie Musselwhite will be at the Capital Ale House Downtown on Tuesday night.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and the show starts at 7 PM.  Charlie is one of the greatest living bluesmen, if not one of the greatest of all time as evidenced by his accomplishments and collaborations: 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, 7-Time GRAMMY Nominee, 24-Time Blues Music Award Winner, 8-Time Living Blues Award Winner.  He's collaborated with Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov’t Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart, George Thorogood and personal friend and best man at his wedding John Lee Hooker.  Here's Charlie performing "Gone Too Long" in CA in 2006:

For something completely different check out Ghostland Observatory at The National on Wednesday night, that's right Wednesday night.  The show was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener DJ Chenchilla.  GO mixes electronica, rock and funk and they have a killer light show with lots of lasers.  That's right, lots of lasers.  Here they are on Austin City Limits doing "Sad Sad City".  But sadly, no lasers.  Because lasers f**kin' rule:

Next Thursday, 9/23, Eels will be at The National.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Trish Dunn and Jesca Hoop.  Make sure you get in to see Jesca Hoop.  I like her.  Eels is essentially a project for one Mark Oliver Everett, otherwise known as E.  Also, Eels have the best beards this side of ZZ Top and are so very bearded that they were forced to insure their beards as a fire hazard at a recent London show.  You can watch a five song performance they did for MySpace Transmissions by clicking HERE.  Here is Eels performing "In My Dreams":

EELS "In My Dreams" from The MySpace Transmissions

MySpace Transmissions | MySpace Video

Other shows of note this week:

Frontier Ruckus (lyrical folk rock) at The Camel with David Shultz & The Skyline and Ryan Brosmer.  Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, doors open at 8, show starts at 9.  Here is what Rolling Stone said about Frontier Ruckus: "“They may hail from up north — Michigan, to be specific — but Frontier Ruckus sing the sound of the South: delicate, finger-picked banjos, aching, oaky violin and the haunting voice of frontman Matthew Milia, who conjures what might happen had Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum been raised in a log cabin. Their songs are full of rich, rural details: frozen lakes, swaying trees, highway lights glowing in the deep night. Add to the mix baleful brass and trembling percussion, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana.”"  Here is their latest video, "Nerves of the Nightmind":

New outlaw country dude, Jamey Johnson, comes to The National on Sunday night.  Tix are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show, doors open at 6 PM and show starts at 7 with opener Chris Hennessey.  Here he is doing his song "Lonely At The Top" on Letterman last week.  I love the line in this song, "It might be lonely a the top but its a bitch at the bottom".

Elf Power will be at Strange Matter at 929 W Grace St on Wednesday night.  Call Strange Matter at (804) 447-4763 for show details because they don't seem to have an up to date web site.  Elf Power does psychedelic indie pop and you might dig them if you like The Beatles, Love, The Byrds, Flaming Lips, Robyn Hitchcock, Sonic Youth, or T Rex.  Here is the video for their song, "All The World Is Waiting":

That's it.  Have a great weekend.  See you at Oktoberfest.  We'll drink beer.

As a bonus, here is Jesca Hoop's video for "Summertime".  This song captures the feeling of those carefree summer days nicely.

Tony Jordan