Thursday, March 24, 2011

Groovin' in the Garden, Salt N Pepa, Irish Fest, Perpetual Groove, Mike Watt

My bracket is pretty much shot after tonight's first games so I'm rooting for the underdogs from here on out.  And VCU & U of R, of course. 

Onto the music.  Groovin' in the Garden announced their lineup for the summer.  They'll be at Lewis Ginter in May with this lineup:
5/5 - Cracker
5/12 - Donna the Buffalo & New Riders of the Purple Sage
5/19 - TBA
5/26 - Nanci Griffith

Then they switch to Maymont in June:
6/2 - Toots & The Maytals
6/9 & 16 - TBA
6/23 - Umphrey's McGee

Pretty good lineup.  I wish Richmond wouldn't jam so much good music into Thursdays & Fridays in May & June.  Its going to be really hard to pick and choose.

Back to this weekend. If you are disappointed that they moved the Snoop Dogg show to April and you need a old school rap fix, you can't do much better than Salt N Pepa's Legends of Hip Hop at the Richmond Coliseum on Friday night. Tix run from $39 - $76 and the show starts at 8. Joining Salt N Pepa will be hip hop legends Biz Markie, Doug E Fresh, MC Lyte and Naughty By Nature.  Here's the best song from all these groups, Doug E. Fresh's "The Show".  For being from the early 80s, I strangely could not find a video for this song.  So no "video" on this one, but you get the song.

A word about the Coliseum. I went to the CAA Tournament and confirmed once again that the Coliseum sucks.  They absolutely need to tear that place down.  The concourses are so tight that if you get a line at one of the stands more than say, 5 people deep, you cut off the flow of people around the arena.  A simple thing they could do to improve the place would be to put up some signs.  When you walk in the door, there are no signs telling you which way is which section or which way the bathrooms are.  Its bad enough that the bathrooms are practically hidden under stairwells.  They could at least have some signs that stick out over the concourse so you could look down and see where the closest bathrooms are.  But you end up walking half way around the arena looking for a bathroom only to find later that if you had turned left instead of right, you had a bathroom one section away from you.  Throw in the crumbling stairs, the ceiling speakers with the paint peeling off, and the worst, overcooked, hot dogs I have ever had, and this place is just an embarassment.  Really Richmond, find a way to build a new one because the Coliseum is a decaying pile of crap. 

Saturday & Sunday, the Church Hill Irish Festival, one of Richmond's best festivals, goes down in Church Hill on 25th Street between Broad & Franklin.  Its $2 to get in and proceeds are donated to the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes.  They have a nice children's area with the usual bouncy things and games and all proceeds from the children's area go to “Connor’s Heroes”, an organization that assists families and children who are fighting childhood cancer.  There are food and beverages available including the adult kind ofe beverages (its an Irish fest for Christ's sake).  It all happens rain or shine, Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 6:30 PM.  There is music all day and this year's fest is dedicated to Richmond musician and long-time supporter of the Irish Fest and its charities, Page Wilson, who passed away a few weeks ago.

Here is the Saturday band lineup:
Bluegrass Celtic Stage

11:00 - 11:45 Glasgow Kiss
12:00 - 12:45 Robin Carns
1:00 - 1:45 Detox Mountain Boys
2:00 - 2:45 Cary Street Ramblers
3:00 - 3:45 A Pack of Luckys
4:00 - 4:45 Big Boss Combo
5:00 - 5:45 Sommervilles
6:00 - 6:45 Highway 249

Guinness Stage
10:00 - 10:30 PARADE
10:30 - 11:00 An Cor Rud Irish Dancers
11:00 - 11:30 Donny Brook
11:40 - 12:10 Miles O’Brien
12:10 - 12:30 Muggivan School of Dance
12:30 - 1:00 King Golden Banshee
1:15 - 1:45 Powder Keg
2:00 - 2:30 Haze & The Transients
2:45 - 3:15 Tinkers Damn
3:30 - 4:00 The Atkinsons
4:15 - 4:45 Kelly Kennedy & Lilt
5:00 - 5:30 Bart Chucker Band
5:45 - 6:15 Mothers Little Helpers
6:15 - 7:00 Uisce Bethea

And here is Sunday's band lineup:
Bluegrass Celtic Stage

11:00 - 11:45 Old Town Celtic
12:00 - 12:45 Virginia House Band
1:00 - 1:45 A Good Natured Riot
2:00 - 2:45 Thistle & Shamrock
3:00 - 3:45 Cook County
4:00 - 4:45 Harper & Co.
5:00 - 5:45 Uncle Phugly
6:00 - 6:45 East of Afton

Guinness Stage
10:00 - 10:30 Bagpipers
11:00 - 11:30 Razen Caine
11:45 - 12:15 Faculty Lounge Lizards
12:30 - 1:00 The Remnants
1:10 - 1:40 Cross Roads Irish Dance
1:45 - 2:15 Rattlesnake Shake
2:15 - 2:45 St. Baldricks Head Shave
2:45 - 3:15 Three Bad Men
3:30 - 4:00 Blue Line Highway
4:15 - 4:45 Uncle Drew and the Powhite Boys
5:00 - 5:30 Janet Martin Band
5:45 - 6:30 Andy Cindy & Then Some

After the Irish fest on Saturday, head down to The National to get your groove on.  Perpetual Groove that is.  The jam band returns to Richmond with opener Zoogma.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9.  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.  Here is Perpetual Groove playing "Speed Queen" on 3.4.11:

Tuesday night, alternative/college/punk rock hero Mike Watt comes to town with his band The Missing Men.  They'll be at the Canal Club with openers The Vacant Stairs and Horsehead.  Doors open at 8.  Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.  Here is Mike & the Missing Men at Chop Suey in Seattle about a year ago:

This week's Best Music Scenes in Movies scene is from The Fabulous Baker Boys and features Michelle Pfeiffer singing "Makin' Whoopee".  She was never hotter. Ok, she was pretty hot in the Catwoman suit, too.

In our continuation of Paste Magazine's 25 Best Music Videos of 2010 list, we have Lissie and an elephant doing "Everywhere I Go".  Elephants not only have a great memory, but they are very persistant.  I know I wish I had an elephant following me around becuase then no one would f**k with me.  Screw these cats I have.  I'm getting an elephant tomorrow.

Have a great weekend! If it doesn't rain, I hope to see you at the Irish Festival.

Tony Jordan