Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Keller Williams, New Year's Eve, Skydog

Doing this a little early, at least as related to the shows I'll be covering tonight, because of the upcoming Christmas parade of relatives. 

On Thursday, December 30, Keller Williams will be playing The National in three configurations.  Set 1 will feature Keller in Reggae Dub/Funk mode  w/ Jay Starling & Mark D.  Set 2 looks to be the best with Keller & The Keels.  Set 3 is Keller solo acoustic & "loopy dance grooves".  I find the Keller solo doing the loops interesting for about 15 minutes and then he loses me.  But that's just me.  I do like Keller with a band, especially with The Keels, so that should be good.  And kudos to Keller for rockin' out three different ways in one night and giving his fans their money's worth.  Door open at 7, show starts at 8.  Tix are $18 in advance and $21 night of show.  Here is Keller doing his one man band thing so you can decide for yourself.  This one is called "Floatin' on Freshies":


I was hoping that The National or Hat Factory would get a good band for New Year's Eve but both apparently have had to settle for dance parties with DJs so if that's your bag, have at it. 

You can hit up a show on New Year's Eve with our favorite yacht rock band, Three Sheets to the Wind, at Capital Ale House downtown.  The show will start at 9 PM and according to their latest Facebook entry there are only 69 tickets left so if you are procrastinating you better get with it.  80's cover band, The Headband, will open.  Tix are $35 and you can get them HERE.

They will be doing New Year's Eve in Carytown again this year.  However, I could find little to no info on what exactly will be going on.  So check wherever you like to check for info on those things as we get closer to NYE.  If I get additional info, I will post something.

Cary St. Cafe will have Grateful Dead cover band, King Solomon's Marbles, on New Year's Eve.  Show starts at 10 PM and your $12 cover includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast.

Allman Brothers tribute band Skydog will be playing at Cary St. Cafe on January 1 so head on over there if you aren't too hungover.  Show starts at 10 PM. 

If you are looking for some free Christmas music, Paste Magazine has 50+ free Christmas downloads from bands like moe., Deer Tick, Fleet Foxes, Indigo Girls, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Kanye West, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Shelby Lynne, Wynton Marsalis and others.  The only problem is that you have to download one at a time.  So kick back with a gallon of egg nog, whiskey poured right into the carton, and get downloading.

Speaking of free downloads, you can get a free download of a recent show Trey Anastasio of Phish did with a string quartet at Princeton.  Click HERE for that.

Here is the next video from the Paste Magazine 25 best music videos of 2010.  This is Ted Leo & The Pharmacists "Bottle In Cork":


Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Tony Jordan