Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ben Kweller, Julia Nunes, Susan Greenbaum, Zoso, William Walter, Thanksgiving Fun

I heard the saddest commercial on the radio this afternoon.  Paper Moon will be open on Thanksgiving Night "if you want to ditch the family" and they will be serving hot turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  How sorry do you have to be, or desperate to escape your family, to go out to a strip club on Thanksgiving night?  Now if they were smart, they would do a Black Friday special and open at 6 AM on Black Friday.  "While the ladies are out lookin' for bargains, the men can be out lookin' at boobies!"  

Anyway, if you want to take your relatives out to see some tunes or escape from your relatives into a world of music, there are some options for you this weekend.  Friday night at Capital Ale House, William Walter and Tucker Rogers will perform for FREE starting at 10 PM.  In 2010, William won a "Best of C-Ville" award for best Singer-Songwriter and best Musical Group.  As his web site puts it, "The full band’s unique sound combines high energy rock and roll with a special blend of funky twang. Solo shows deliver even more intimate moments from the singer/songwriter, and incorporate live looping jams with epic guitar wizardry." Here's William Walter & Co. performing at the Brew Ridge Trail Music Fest in August:

Saturday night, if you find yourself already in the holiday spirit, you can take in Susan Greenbaum's Holiday Show at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  Susan and her band will be playing originals, holiday favorites and the ever-popular more.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  Here is a little sampler pack of her music from an earlier date at Ashland Coffee & Tea:

If you are in more of a Led Zeppelin mood on Saturday, check out Zoso: Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The National.  I would think the ultimate Led Zep experience would be seeing Led Zeppelin themselves, but apparently not.  Anyway, I've heard good things about these dudes.  Tix are just $12.50, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Stoke Row & Gandhi's Gunman.  Here's Zoso rockin' out "Bring It On Home":

Sunday night Ben Kweller will play at The Camel.  This concert is sponsored by WNRN, who you should listen to at 103.1 on your FM dial.  Tix are $20 and the show starts at 7 with opener Julia Nunes.  I caught Ben when he opened up for Conor Oberst at the National.  I enjoyed Ben's show of upbeat, fun, classic rock inspired, alt-country.  Here is Ben & Julia's tour announcement video which I found highly entertaining and found Julia highly cute.

Saturday Night Live had a couple of good skits after "Weekend Update" this past week which is a rare thing.  Usually I stay up until "Weekend Update", which is always good and then check out the first skit after WU.  If its bad, its bed time.  But here was one I liked on a big sale you won't want to miss this Friday:

And with more music related content, here is an ad for the soundtrack from the upcoming heart-warming family movie "Horse Play" with Kristen Wiig doing an excellent imitation of Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries:

And in honor of the holiday, "Thank You" from the great Sam & Dave:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tony Jordan