Thursday, May 19, 2011

Raphael Saadiq, Trombone Shorty, Brandi Carlile, Hangout Music Fest webcast

Took about 24 hours to recover from the Flaming Lips show at The National on Sunday night.  It was a typical Lips show which meant it was great with lots of punk psychedelic music, balloons, confetti, arty videos, guys in bear suits, hot young girls in Dorothy (of Wizard of Oz) costumes dancing in stage, you know, the usual.
Here, lead singer Wayne Coyne praises The National and then the Lips do a new song called, "Is David Bowie Dying?"  The video is a little shaky but the sound is decent.  BTW, some language in the Wayne's intro is NSFW.:

Also, went to see Perpetual Groove on Friday at Brown's Island.  They were pretty good.  The first hour was a little hit or miss, with good songs mixed in with some cheese.  The groove also went on a bit too perpetually at times with the band beating a particular riff to death.  But the second hour went swimmingly with the groove indeed quite good and danceable and a nice cover of Talking Heads' "Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)" to close the show.  There was a huge crowd for this show and it was very loose with a strong smell of herb permeating the air and even someone selling nitrous oxide balloons, which I did not partake of but others seemed to enjoy.

Onto this week.  Raphael Saadiq, who I've been seriously pimping in my Late Night Pick of the Night picks over the last few weeks, will be at Groovin' in the Garden on Thursday night at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Gates open at 5:30, show starts at 6 with opener Quadron.  Tix are $25 in advance for GA, $30 at the door for GA and $40 in advance for General Reserve Seating.  Raphael started in the group Tony Toni Tone which I liked because my name is Tony and this cute girl used to call me Tony Toni Tone.  Raphael is a new-old soul man and if you like soul music from any era, you'll dig him.  Here he is with his band performing "Good Man" at SXSW this year:

On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, the sold out Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama will be webcast on  They don't have a schedule posted yet but bands playing include Paul Simon, Foo Fighers, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, STS9, The Avett Brothers, Ween, Warren Hayes and much more.  The festival starts at 2:15 PM ET on Friday, 12:15 PM ET on Saturday and Sunday so check iclips then and see what time they are starting.  If you ask me (and no one really did, but indulge me), here's what my lineup would be for the webcast.  All times on this are Central time.
1:30 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
2:30 (joined in progress) - Brandi Carlile
3:30 - Umphrey's McGee
4:30 - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
5:45 - Warren Haynes Band
7:00 - My Morning Jacket
8:30 - Widepsread Panic
12:30 - Medeski Martin & Wood
1:30 - Slightly Stoopid
2:30 - Minus The Bear
3:30 - Cee Lo Green
4:30 - Primus
5:45 - Avett Brothers
7:15 - Flaming Lips
8:45 - Foo Fighters
11:30 - Portugal The Man
12:45 - Old Crow Medicine Show
2:00 - Matisyahu
3:15 - Drive-By Truckers
4:30 - Ween
6:00 - Girl Talk
7:45 - Justin Townes Earle
9:00 - Paul Simon

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be at the Hangout Festival on Sunday but first he'll be here at Friday Cheers.  It'll be $5 to get in and things kick off at 6:30 with Glows In The Dark.  I caught some of Trombone Shorty's show on the French Quarter Fest webcast and he brings the party with his funk and jazz so be ready to dance.  Here is what the USA Today said about their set at Jazz Fest: "Tour de fest: Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews was introduced as the King of Treme before his mid-afternoon set, which is true enough except that it gives the rest of his vast realm short shrift. Now 25, he and his six Orleans Avenue mates rule wherever they play, and recently that has been all over the world. During their phenomenal set before a jam-packed crowd, they offered a master class in the lineage of contemporary urban music, connecting Louis Armstrong to the Isley Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, John Coltrane, Bootsy Collins and the city's latest brass bands. Those artists inform the group's recent Grammy-nominated Backatown album... Shorty... is a premiere showman... He's in full control of his instruments: a rude machine-gun trombone, a laser trumpet and a fine, clear tenor. His band plays meteor-force funk and R&B, but they aren't aimless jammers - they have a full arsenal of strong songs and arrangements and know how to vary dynamics and tone…"
Here they are performing on Letterman last month:

The Virginia Hops & Barley Festival will happen out at Historic Malvern, 608 Huguenot Trail, in Midlothian from 1 - 7 PM on Saturday.  Entry is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate and that gets you 10 tasting tickets.  There will be a number of Virginia microbrews and procees benefit the Hampton Roads USO.  There will be some music from Josh Gracin, who I never heard of but apparently plays pop country but you're going for the beer anyway.  Also, local band Horsehead will play (who I like) and Southern Tide (who I don't know but the picture on their Facebook page shows their guitarist wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey so I don't think I'll like them).

Sunday night, Brandi Carlile and her band come see us after playing the Hangout Festival on Friday.  If you're wondering why there seem to be so many bands playing here in May & June, it's because they all hit us on their way to and from the festivals.  Anyway, Brandi will be at The National on Sunday night with tix at $21.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Ivan & Alyosha.  The show is showing up on Brandi's site as sold out but if you want to go, check around.  Here's Brandi and her band performing "Dreams" at Rolling Stone Magazine last month:

We took a break from our lists last week so let's head back to the Paste Magazine 25 Best Music Videos of 2010 because we are almost done.  I think I've had this video on the blog before but its so damn cool here it is again.  The story of a girl and her mummy, Josh Ritter's "The Curse":

On our Moviefone Best Music Scenes in Movies list, we now view the classic Jack Rabbit's dance scene from Pulp Fiction.  I have a theory that for John Travolta to have a good movie he must dance in it.  Not that doesn't always hold true ("Staying Alive" anyone?) but generally you've got Pulp Fiction, Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray, and Grease (dancing) and Battlefield Earth (no dancing).  This does make me wonder if "Battlefield Earth: The Musical" would have worked.  Perhaps not.  And of course the video below also features the lovely and talented and lovely Uma Thurman, one of my all-time favorites. 

Alright, we're outta here.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan