Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Place to Bury Strangers, Switchfoot, Touch a Truck, Carytown Wine Fest

Not much going on live here in Richmond this weekend.  Those of you with DirecTV can check out Farm Aid 25 at 6 PM on Saturday on ch. 101.  Farm Aid 25 will feature the usual cast of characters with  performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones and more.  If you miss it, I'm sure the 101 will be showing highlights a lot.

If you have a kid who is as crazy about trucks as my 3-year-old, you may want to check out Touch a Truck 2010 at Richmond International Raceway from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday.  "This event offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Richmond community. Vehicles on display may include construction trucks, utility vehicles, emergency responders, tractor trailers, buses, and vintage cars."  My son will be beside himself.  The event is a charitable one with money going for the Junior League of Richmond.  Tix are $5 a piece or you can get a Family Pack of 4 tickets for $15.

A Place to Bury Strangers will be at Strange Matter on Saturday night.  Tix are $6 and the show starts at 8 PM with openers Caustic Castle, Soundpool and Ceremony.  A Place to Bury Strangers remind me of Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd (Syd Barret era), The Ventures, Radiohead, or the Flaming Lips.  Here is what a dude from Spin Magazine said about the band: "Led by effects-pedal guru Oliver Ackermann (the Edge is a customer), this Brooklyn trio further their rep for insane volume on their first proper studio album. "I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadows of Your Heart" is straight-to-the-head industrial rock, bull-rushing into a two-minute coda of pure squall and feedback that's not unlike having hot club soda poured in your ears. But the noise never eclipses the songwriting -- "Keep Slipping Away" is as tightly wound, shadowy, and sugary as any Cure single in decades."  -David Bevan, SPIN Magazine.  Here they are doing "Missing You" and it ain't the John Waite song.

The Carytown Food & Wine Festival will go down on Sunday from noon to 6 PM.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass and wine tasting.  If you aren't drinking, you can get a designated driver ticket for $10 that will get you free soft drinks.  Children under 12 get in free.  There will be food from local restaurants and lots o' Virginia wine at the festival.

Switchfoot will be at The National on Tuesday night.  Tix are $20 advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener The Almost.  If you go to the show, the band is asking that everyone attending bring at least 1 canned good to support the Central VA Food Bank.  You might dig Switchfoot if you like Third Eye Blind, Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Soundgarden, Live, Nirvana, or Pearl Jam.  Here's Swtichfoot with their song, "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)":

There are a couple of other blog entries I did this week below so if you missed them and you have the time now, check them out. 

I'll leave you with a couple a white dudes (Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon) walkin' you through a history of rap with The Roots backin' 'em up.  Yo, yo, yo, that Jimmy Fallon got some mad skilz.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan