Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nanci Griffith, RVA Music Night, Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars, Susan Greenbaum

While the Memorial Day weekend is traditionally slow for music as the venues figure everyone is out of town or at a cookout, there are some things to do this weekend.

Thursday night, folk great Nanci Griffith continues the Groovin' in the Garden series at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Tix are $25 in advance for GA lawn, $30 at the gate or $40 in advance for Reserved seating.  Gates open at 5:30 and the show starts at 6 with The Kennedys.  Here's Nanci singing "Love at the Five and Dime":

You can watch the webcast of the Summer Camp festival all weekend long on  Here is the lineup for the webcast.  All times are Central time so add an hour to get Eastern time.  But you knew that.  Just trying to help you if you're drunk.
4:30 - Rev. Payton's Big Damn Band*
5:00 - Cornmeal
6:15 - moe.*
7:00 - TBA
8:15 - BoomBox*
9:00 - Umphrey's McGee
10:15 - Lotus*
11:30 - Umphrey's McGee
1:00 - STS9*

5:15 - Family Groove Company*
6:15 - Gaelic Storm*
7:15 - SOJA*
8:00 - Umphrey's McGee
9:15 - Keller Williams*
10:00 - Umphrey's McGee
11:15 - Big Gigantic*
12:15 - moe.*

1:30 - Umphrey's McGee
2:15 - Huey Lewis and the rUMors (note: this is Huey Lewis backed up by Umphrey's McGee)
3:15 - Fareed Haque & MathGames*
4:00 - Cornmeal
5:15 - TBA
6:00 - Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
7:30 - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones*
8:00 - Widespread Panic (audio only)
10:00 - TBA
11:15 - moe.*

* Denotes delayed performance

Friday Cheers on Brown's Island features local bands this week at RVA Music Night with Three Sheets to the Wind (70's yacht rock), NO BS! Brass Band (New Orleans style brass band) and Long Arms (alt country).  Its only $5 to get in so its a good chance to get a sample of some local bands that you can catch around town.  The show starts at 6:30.  Here is NO BS! Brass Band doing "Tom Sawyer".  Yes, Rush's "Tom Sawyer":

After Cheers, you can head over to The Camel to check out the Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars with opener Soundstorm.  The show starts at 10 (if you believe Oregon Hill's Facebook page) or 9 (if you believe the Camel site) and I don't know if there is a cover because The Camel doesn't say "no cover" but neither do they list a cover.  Camel, your web site would be a good place to note such information.  Here are the All-Stars on RVA-TVs "House Show".  If you want to skip ahead to where the music is, go to 1:30:

Susan Greenbaum Band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday night if you aren't too stuffed with hot dogs and hamburgers to make it out.  The show starts at 8 and tickets are $10 at the door.  Here's Susan performing "Here No More" at AC&T in Feburary:

Tuesday night on YouTube, My Morning Jacket will webcast their concert from Louisville KY starting at 9 PM.  You'll be able to see it HERE.  This may be some small consolation since they don't seem to know Richmond exists, not having played here since I saw them at The Canal Club in January 2004.  Oh sure, they flirted with us one year, scheduling a show at The National at the end of one December, only to pull it away and cancel, like the Grinch stealing Cindy Lou Who's Christmas tree.  Bastards.  Anyway, here is the promo for the webcast:

Onto Moviefone's Best Music Scenes in Movies list with the band that played my wedding, Randy Waston & Sexual Chocolate.  OK not really, but don't you wish they did.  This is Eddie Murphy's best singing performance since "Party All The Time" (how much coke do you think he & Rick James did at those sessions?)

And just for the hell of it, here's "Party All The Time":

Paste Magazine's 25 Best Music Videos of 2010 reaches number 4 with the awesome and lovely Janelle Monae.  The dancing is off the hook in this video and there is a whole dystopian magic society story going on too.

Have a happy & safe Memorial Day weekend and take a moment to remember those that gave their lives for our country.

Tony Jordan