Friday, October 29, 2010

Drive-By Truckers, Pretty Lights, Drivin' N Cryin'

This weekend, two big shows with one of my favorite bands, Drive-By Truckers, who will be at The National on Friday and Saturday night with Saturday night being the "Big Halloween Ball" so wear your costumes (the venue has requested no masks be worn, please).  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  The doors open at 7 and showtime is at 8 with opener Bobby Bare Jr.

I will be there on Saturday night in the old, reliable cow costume.  These are going to be pretty special shows with the band promising different shows for each night.  The specialness is increased by the bands ties to Richmond, their second home, which include the artist who does most of their album and poser artwork, Wes Freed (that's his poster up above) and Jay Leavitt, former GM of Plan 9 and current owner of Deep Groove record store.  HERE is an article on the long history between Jay & DBT lead singer, Patterson Hood.

If you can't make it to the shows, or just want some extra music, Bobby Bare Jr. will be at Plan 9 doing an in-store performance at 2 PM on Saturday.  Patterson Hood of DBT will be visiting his old friend at Deep Groove for a performance at 3 PM which I am hoping to drag one of the kids to.

Here are the Drive-By Truckers doing "Used To Be a Cop" from their upcoming album, "Go-Go Boots".

Drive-By Truckers "Used To Be A Cop" from Jason Thrasher on Vimeo.

Thursday night (11/4), electronica duo Pretty Lights will be at The National.  Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30 with opener Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5).  Here they are grooving at Red Rocks last year.

If you prefer your rock n' roll a bit more trad, Drivin' N Cryin' will be at the Capital Ale House Downtown on Thursday (11/4).  Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  The show starts at 9 PM and make sure you get there on time to catch opener, Sons of Bill, who hail from Charlottesville.  DNC had a sizable hit back in the 90's with "Fly Me Courageous" and have been out playing their southern roots rock for almost 25 years now.  You might dig DNC if you like The Jayhawks, Replacements, Soul Asylum, Wilco, Black Crowes, BoDeans, Georgia Satellites, Widespread Panic, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Allman Brothers Band, Big Star, Skynyrd, The Stones or REM.  Here they are doing "Eye of the Hurricane" in Atlanta in August.

If you head out this weekend to see DBT or one of these other fine bands, hopefully you won't run into any of the "7 annoying people you'll encounter at a rock concert".

Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Tony Jordan