Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Friday Cheers '11 schedule, Yarn, Dark Star Orchestra, Bright Eyes, Ty Segall

The Friday Cheers schedule was announced today and I'm really digging it.  Here is the full lineup.  Remember it will cost you $5 or $10 to get in this year, depending on the show, but I think that should be worth it as they got some good quality acts and it should cut down on the number of people who feel the need to talk up near the band.  We will, of course, cover each band in depth when we get to that week.

5/6 - Carbon Leaf w/Lights East - $5
5/13 & 14 - Dominion Riverrock fest with the air dog event, mud run, kayak jumps, freestyle mountain biking and a couple bands and all FREE, I believe
--5/13 - Perpetual Groove w/Big Gigantic and Josati
--5/14  - music all day with headliner Yonder Mountain String Band, People's Blues of Richmond, William Walter & Tucker Rogers, Psychobilly Cadillac, and The Bush League.
5/20 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue w/Glows In The Dark - $5
5/27 - RVA Music Night featuring Three Sheets to the Wind, NO BS! Brass Band and Long Arms - $5
6/3 - Corey Smith with David Shultz and the Skyline - $5
6/10 - Drive-By Truckers - $10 (editors note: HELL YEAH!)
6/17 - The David Grisman Sextet with The Hot Seats - $5
6/24 - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with The New Belgians - $10

I think I've got six definite see bands on that list (Carbon Leaf, Perpetual Groove, YMSB, DBT, Grisman, Sharon Jones) and two quite possibly's (Trombone Shorty & RVA Music Night).  So you should see me on the Island quite a bit.

Let's put our dreams of shorts, t-shirts, and drinking beer under the warm, late spring sun aside for now and get back to what is going on this weekend where at least it is starting to warm up a bit.  Wednesday night at Ashland Coffee & Tea, Yarn will regale you with Americana-ish tales of traveling, dirt and knitting.  Here is what the Ashland Coffee & Tea site says: "Yarn’s music — just like the band’s namesake — aims to be simple, functional and fun. Since Yarn released its debut album in 2007, the band has been puddle-jumping from one career highlight to the next, from charting on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 to performing live on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage to making an appearance on the Grammy ballot. Along the way, Yarn picked up its share of acolytes, including Edie Brickell, banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka and Caitlin Cary of Whiskeytown fame, all of whom made cameos on the band’s 2008 sophomore release, Empty Pockets."

The show starts at 7 with openers Andy Friedman & Caleb Stine.  Tix are $12 in advance, $17 at the door.  Here's Yarn doing their tune "Schenectady":


Friday night, Grateful Dead cover band, Dark Star Orchestra comes to The National.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and there is no opener listed.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Here's DSO doing "China Cat Sunflower" at All Good Festival last year:


If you go see DSO or even if you don't head over to Cary St Cafe to see Skydog's Dark Star Orchestra After Party.  Show starts at 10 and cover is $5 with your DSO stub.  I think it might by $5 without a DSO stub but Skydog's Facebook page doesn't really say nor does the Cary St. Cafe site.  Skydog is our local Allman Brothers tribute band.  It would be really cool if they could coordinate with DSO and recreate the 6/10/73 RFK Stadium show with the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead with DSO doing the Dead's set, Skydog doing the Allman's set and then DSO joining Skydog at Cary St. Cafe to recreate the legendary third set with members of both the Allmans & Dead.  Skydog, make it happen. 

Sunday night, Bright Eyes aka Conor Oberst comes to The National.  The show is SOLD OUT but if tix do pop-up they'll be $25 in advance, $28 at the door.  Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM with opener Cursive.  Here's Bright Eyes performing "Jejune Stars" on Letterman last week:


On Monday night, a dude that has been getting a lot of critical acclaim lately, Ty Segall, will be at Strange Matter.  The show starts at 7 PM with openers Super Vacations and Bermuda Triangles.  Neither Ty's MySpace page nor the Strange Matter site say how much the show will cost but I would figure no more than $12.  Ty's MySpace page lists him as Folk/Garage/Psychedelic which is as good a description as any.  If you like the "Nuggets" compilations, you'll like this.  Here is Ty with his video for "Cents":


Wanted to share this video with you because Honey Badger don't give a f**k.  (Language NSFW):


Finally, let's move forward with our Paste Magazine 25 best music videos of 2010.  This week, we feature Jonsi (who is the new Bjork) and his video "Go Do".  It features the androgynous Jonsi dressed like a bird, acting kind of like a bird and hanging out with birds and apparently a big fan of the movie "Birdy".  He also can't seem to get his suitcase open and is losing patience with that.  There is some fine cinematography or as I like to put it "purty pictues" and I do like the song. 

Jónsi - Go Do from Jónsi on Vimeo.

That's it for this week.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan