Thursday, June 9, 2011

Drive-By Truckers, moe., Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robbin Thompson, Radiators

Bonnaroo starts on Thursday around noon.  According to the Bonnaroo website, there will be a live Bonnaroo webcast at, however, when I go there now there is no schedule.  They are promising Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, The Strokes, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, and more.  I'll post a schedule when I get it.

If you were planning on going to the Groovin' in the Garden Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at Maymont on Thursday, you can just forget it, mister.  Per the Groovin' web site, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, this concert has been cancelled.  No replacement show has been substituted."  It's a bummer 'cause that sounded like a pretty cool show.

Friday Cheers!  Drive-By Truckers!  This show is just the Truckers, no opener, so the band will come on around 7 and play until around 9:30.  And I say the more Truckers, the merrier.  Its $10 to get in.  You all know my undying love for the Truckers.  Their fabulous three-headed songwriting monster: Patterson Hood, the dark, blue-collar tales of gothic South.  Mike Cooley, the jaded, sarcastic con man, always just on the wrong side of luck.  Shonna Tucker, the newest songwriter, the tough cookie with a broken heart.  With the rest of the band made up of John Neff (guitar, pedal steel), Brad Morgan (drums), and Jay Gonzalez (keys), they'll make you cry with a sad country song, then groove you by tapping into the Muscle Shoals sound that is literally in their DNA (Patterson's dad was a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), then hit you upside the head with rock n' roll so fierce it'll knock the wind out of you.  Join me on the island on Friday and revel in the sound of the Drive-By Truckers.  Here's the band doing "Mercy Buckets":

And if you can't get enough Truckers, the docuumentary about them "The Secret to a Happy Ending" will make it's TV premiere on the Documentary Channel on Saturday night at 8 PM and then it's repeated at 11 or 11:30 PM.  Check your local listings.

Now my dilemma on Friday night is that one of my other favorite bands from the last 10 years, jam band moe. is playing at The National
Tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  The doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:30 with opener The Shack Band.  Because the show was starting late, I could easily make it from DBT to moe. without missing any of moe.  And I entertained this idea for a while today.  And if Plan 9 sold tickets for the shows at The National, I would have used the Plan 9 gift certificate I got for my birthday to buy tickets to moe. and done both shows.  But alas, Plan 9 doesn't sell tickets for The National and with Phish coming up on 6/19, I can't swing the $ for all the shows, so I will have to pass on moe. until they return.  Here's moe. doing "Queen of Everything":


Robbin Thompson will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night.  Tix are $15 in advance and $20 day of show.  Here's what the AC&T site says about Robbin, "Virginia’s own – Richmond music legend, studio wizard, and promoter of world music… Robbin Thompson is a Virginia-based songwriter and has been recording albums since 1976. He’s been in bands with Bruce Springsteen, co-written songs with Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, won the American Song Festival twice, and written tons of music for commercials and films. Truly a Virginia legend, join Robbin for an evening of your favorite original compositions!"

Saturday guitarist extrodinaire Derek Trucks and his lovely and talented blues singin' wife Susan Tedeschi bring their Trucks Tedeschi Band to The NationalTix are $30 (GA) to $50 (seats) in advance and the doors open at 7 with the show starting at 8.  No opener is listed so I would get there on time, just in case there isn't one.  Was a little surprised to see that they are going to have reserve seats for the show.  Thought people would dig dancing at this show and the seats will certainly put a damper on that.  Here's the video for "Bound For Glory" from their new album:

Someone sent in a comment on the Late Night Pick of the Night blog yesterday about the Radiators and their 33 year career which comes to a close this weekend.  I'll miss them.  If you are so inclined you can watch a webcast of any or all of their last three shows on for $60 for all three shows or a single show for $25.  The commenter also asked about similar bands to the Rads which might fill the hole.  I would direct one to The Subdudes which feature the brother of the Radiators Dave Malone, Tommy.  Also, check out Anders Osborne who I saw open and play with The Radiators a number of times in the early 90's.  If you are into the funkier side of New Orleans music, check out Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk or GalacticHope that helps.  God Bless The Radiators!  Let's reach way back to the early 80's, 1984 to be exact, for this Rads clip, "Red Dress":

I'm gonna call it a night here.  Gotta rest up for Friday.  See you at the Truckers show!  And if anyone wants to give me a free ticket to moe., I'll be there too.

Tony Jordan