Thursday, April 7, 2011

French Quarter Festival, Dr. Dog, The Whigs, Justin Townes Earle, Elikeh

We begin with our first festival webcast of the year.  The French Quarter Festival will be webcast on two sites, WWLTV.com & nola.com.  The festival runs 1 PM ET - 8 PM ET on Thursday, noon ET to 1AM on Friday, 11:30 AM to 1 AM ET on Saturday, 11:30 AM ET to midnight ET on Sunday.  Neither site had a schedule of what they will be showing.  I beleive the WWLTV.com site will be showing what is on the WWL-TV stage, which is local New Orleans music but that should be just fine as the local music in NO is just as good, if not better than, many national acts..  That pretty much goes for the whole festival actually, with blues, jazz, zydeco, dixieland and other musical styles all represented.  Nola.com could be showing anyone and some of the big acts are Bonerama, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (who will be playing Friday Cheers this year).

Closer to home, Dr. Dog will be at The National on Thursday night.  Tix are $22, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Floating Action.  Dr. Dog hails from Philly and plays what one might call indie pop.  Their influences include The Band, Beatles, Beach Boys, Big Star (why do so many great bands start with the letter B?), Kinks, Harry Nilsson, The Who, and XTC.  Here they are performing at WUTK studios (skip ahead to about :50 to go right to where the music starts) on March 21, 2011.


Also on Thurday, The Whigs will be at Capitol Ale House Downtown.  Show starts at 10 PM and tix are $12.  Here is the little press blurb from the Capitol Ale House site: "Frontman Parker Gispert, drummer Julian Dorio, and bassist Hank Sullivant formed the Whigs in 2002, while the three Athens-based musicians were attending college at the University of Georgia. With a jaunty mix of Westerberg-like swagger, alt-rock songwriting, and a heartfelt country disposition, the Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances, including opening slots for the likes of the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and the Futureheads. Recording sessions for the band's debut album, Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty frat house several years later, and the disc was independently released in 2005. By the following year, the Whigs' audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to hail the trio as one of the "10 Artists to Watch." The bandmates graduated from college that spring, and ATO Records signed them to its roster before the year was up."  Here they are performing "Waiting" on 3/25/11 in Birmingham AL:


On Friday, Steve Earle's boy, Justin Townes Earle, comes to town, getting critical raves of his own.  He too is alt-country, though not as raw as his daddy.  JTE will be at The Camel.  Doors open at 8, show at 9 with opener Josh Small. Tix are $20 but are sold out right now.  Here he is playing at Ringwood Library in Ringwood NJ last Sunday.  This song is "One More Night In Brooklyn":


Saturday night you can groove to the afropop sounds of Elikeh at Alley Katz (turn down your sound if you wish to avoid the horrible music on the Alley Katz site!).  Tix are $10.  The show starts at 11 PM and includes J3 Project & DJ Graybeard of WRIR 97.3 FM.  The Austin Chronicle named Elikeh's album "Adje Adje!" in their Top 10 albums of 2010.  Here's a taste of Elikeh at the 2010 Takoma Park Folk Festival.  I could see this show getting really hot & sweaty with lots of dancin' on a late Saturday night.


Our next scene in Moviefone's the Best Music Scenes in Movies is from Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice".  This would be the scene where Beetlejuice posesses the dinner guests to dance to Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat (Day-O)".  This movie now really highlights so many stars of the 80's with Geena Davis (my, she was hot), Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder (hey, she was in last week's clip), Michael Keaton (where did he go and when he will be back, other than voice work in Pixar flicks), Catherine O'Hara (loved her since SCTV days), and Jeffrey Jones.  Enjoy!


On to this week's entry from the Paste Magazine 25 Best Music Videos of 2010.  This week its animation from The Avett Brothers – “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise", a great song and a great video featuring the rise and fall of a street in small-town America and the billboard that watches over it all. 


Heading to the Picasso exhibit on Friday and looking forward to that.  Then a t-ball game and Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby on Saturday with my oldest boy.  Sunday, my fantasy baseball draft, which is not as much fun since we now are all spread out and have to do it via conference call, but is still kind of fun.  So a busy weekend but fun busy.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan