Friday, October 8, 2010

Folk Fest, Built to Spill, Deerhunter, Pimps of Joytime, ACL Fest webcast

Its Folk Fest weekend in Richmond!  Yes, the annual Richmond Folk Festival is here once again, taking place on Brown's Island and in the area around Tredegar Iron Works Friday (6 PM - 10:30 PM), Saturday (noon - 10:30 PM) and Sunday (noon - 7 PM) and its FREE.  Check out the web site for all you need to know about parking and the shuttles.  The Folk Fest is like taking a trip around the world in music with the styles of bluegrass (Tony Rice & Peter Rowan), cajun, blues, salsa, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, tejano, Haitian, Irish, Brazilian capoeira, rockabilly, New Orleans brass band, jazz, go-go, shape note singing, Siberia, Iran, fiddle music, gospel & North Indian tabla all represented.  Walking from tent to tent taking it all in lets you celebrate both the diversity and the similarities between all these forms of music.  For the kids, there is an large family area with crafts, animals and a stage set up where the kids get to hear and play music with some of these master musicians.  I'll be down there volunteering on Friday night at one of the info booths and Sunday at the Dominion Stage and then hanging out too so I hope to see you down there. 

When you can't be at the Folk Fest, you can tune into the webcast of the Austin City Limits Fest from Austin, TX (duh).  The webcast is HERE.  You can also watch it on Facebook HERE.  The webcast runs from 1:30 PM - 11:30 PM on Friday, 2 PM - midnight on Saturday, 2:15 PM - 11 PM on Sunday (all times Eastern here).  Bands on the webcast include Sonic Youth, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gaslight Anthem, The xx, Gogol Bordello, Matt & Kim (coming to the Canal Club soon), LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses, The National, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and more. 

Back in Richmond, on Saturday night, Built to Spill will be at The National. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Revolt Revolt.  You may like Built to Spill if you like Modest Mouse, Beck, Radiohead, Neil Young, Hendrix, Beach Boys, Beatles, Doors, Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips, or Band of Horses.  Here is their latest video for "Hindsight":

The National announced a couple of upcoming shows on Facebook yesterday.  Robert Earl Keen w/Reckless Kelly on November 10.  Tix are $25 for standing floor and they are on sale this Saturday, Oct 9.  Gregg Allman will be at The National on Tuesday January 4th and they haven't posted a ticket on sale date or price yet. 

Sunday, Deerhunter will be at the Canal ClubCasino vs. Japan and DuckTails will be opening.  Doors open at 7:00.  Tickets are $14.00 in advance, $17.00 at the door.  You might dig Deerhunter if you like Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Echo & The Bunnymen, Radiohead or Sonic Youth.  Here is Deerhunter's full set at the Noise Pop festival in SF in February 2009:

Pimps of Joytime will be at the Capital Ale House on Wednedsay night.  Show starts at 9 and tix are $10.  Here is what the Ale House web site says about them: "If you have yet to encounter the Broklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show by show, and track by track.

Bandleader Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose well-crafted songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Mista J honed his craft, becoming an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

In 2005, Brian began to assemble a group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to assist in bringing to life the musical concept that would become The Pimps of Joytime. The band's diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. Recent collaborations with legendary artists Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers have helped vitalize the band's connection to its roots."

Here they are doing their song "Blues Wit You":

I'll leave you with the greatest song about Wendy's chili & Frostys ever written. From an old Wendy's training video, here is "Chili Can Be Served with Cheese".:

And just for kicks, I just created my quarterly mix entitled "I'm a Beautiful Sandwich - Summer 2010 Mix".
Here is what's on it:
Disc 1

1. Girls Who Smoke – Drive-By Truckers (2:58)

2. Loving You Is Easy – Sarah McLachlan (3:07)

3. Nobody – Doobie Brothers (4:40)

4. F**k You – Cee Lo Green (3:44)

5. California Gurls – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg (3:53)

6. Bulletproof (Radio Edit) – La Roux (3:25)

7. That Lady (Part 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers (5:34)

8. Bop Gun (Endangered Species) – Parliament (8:36)

9. Love Struck Baby – Stevie Ray Vaughn (2:57)

10. 46 Days – Phish – 6/15/10, Portsmouth VA (9:38)

11. Beg Steal or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (4:33)

12. Could It Be I’m Falling in Love – The Spinners (4:16)

13. It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama) – Phosphorescent (4:27)

14. My Morning Song – Black Crowes (6:15)

15. Idea – Phish - 6/15/10, Portsmouth VA (8:08)

16. Coquet Coquette – of Montreal (3:46)

Disc 2

1. You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples (3:59)

2. Shakedown Street – Grateful Dead – 12/31/84, San Francisco (17:26)

3. 16 Military Wives – The Decemberists (4:53)

4. Dark Horse – George Harrison (4:16)

5. Swimming – Breathe Owl Breathe (4:07)

6. In The Light – Led Zeppelin (8:46)

7. Bathtub Gin – Phish -6/15/10, Portsmouth VA (13:10

8. Collector – Here We Go Magic (5:09)

9. Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2) – The Isley Brothers (5:18)

10. Milk Cow Blues – The Kinks (3:39)

11. Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2 – James Brown & The J.B.’s (5:00)

12. Open My Eyes – The Nazz (2:44)

Have a great weekend!
Tony Jordan