Friday, June 3, 2011

Mountain Jam webcast, The Monkees, Corey Smith, Food Festivals

The webcast from Mountain Jam from Hunter Mountain, NY starts at noon today and runs through the weekend.  Here's the link: http://www.iclips.net/watch/mountain-jam-2011 and here is the schedule including Richmond's own Carbon Leaf.  Times are Eastern time:
Friday
12:00 - Timbre Coup

12:45 - Voodelic
1:30 - Carbon Leaf
2:30 - Toubab Krewe
3:30 - Tim Reynolds & TR3
4:30 - Electric Hot Tuna
6:00 - Soulive
7:15 - Bela Fleck & The Original Flecktones
9:30 - Warren Haynes Band
1:00 - Lotus

Saturday
11:45 - Leroy Justice
12:30 - Ryan Montbleau Band
1:15 - Zach Deputy (full band)
2:15 - Mavis Staples
4:30 - The Avett Brothers
5:45 - North Mississippi Allstars Duo
6:45 - Michael Franti & Spearhead
9:00 - Gov't Mule
1:00 - Umphrey's McGee (ft. John Oates)

Sunday
12:00 - The Wlyos
12:45 - Civil Twilight
1:30 - Dawes
2:30 - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
5:15 - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
7:30 - My Morning Jacket

Here in town on Friday night at Friday Cheers is Corey Smith (ha, I first typed Hart.  Maybe I should wear my sunglasses tonight.) with David Shultz and the Skyline opening.  Its $5 to get in and things start at 6:30.  I don't know much about Corey so here is what the Cheers site says: "For Corey Smith, one of the best things about making music has always been getting the chance to hang out and have a good time with his friends. And it’s still that way, nearly 10 years after his early days of playing the bars around Athens, GA. The big difference now? Well, it seems these days Corey just has a lot more friends to hang with. The crowds at his sold-out live performances frequently number in the thousands — quite a change from the times when he never dreamed of much beyond playing for a handful of his college buddies. But, thanks to his astonishing gift for crafting addictive, soulful songs and the high-energy reputation of his shows, Corey Smith is one of modern country’s hottest young artists, a quintessentially indie performer with a dedicated following most Nashville-fueled hat racks would trade their flashy limos for."
Here he is performing "Maybe Next Year":
 


Wednesday at Innsbrook, hey, hey it's The Monkees!  Yes, Davy, Mickey and Peter (Mike is sitting this one out again) will be in town to rock you 60's pop style.  General admission tickets are $17.50 advance, $20 gate, Gold Circle Seating $40, Skybox $75.  Gates open at 6.  There is no opener listed and this is billed as "An Evening With The Monkees" which usually indicates no opener.  I saw the Monkees (sans Mike) when they made their MTV-fueled comeback back in 1986.  My friend, Chris, & I took a Friday off from school and drove up to Great Adventure amusement park to ride the rides all day and then check out the band there that night.  We also went on the drive through safari both because it was fun and so that we could smoke some weed without dealing with park security.  It was on the safari that we came around a curve and came across an ostrich pounding on the back of the another ostrich.  The one on top got up, wait, what is that hanging off his belly, oh my lord, is that, yes it is.  We had just witnessed ostrich sex.  Not a pretty sight.  And though the Monkees were good, I unfortunately remember more about the ostrich sex than the Monkees no matter how hard I have tried to get it out of my mind.  Here are The Monkees doing their song, "Ostrich Sex", er, "Pleasant Valley Sunday":


I'm a little short on time this week so I'll direct to the Richmond Times-Dispatch site for a story about the various food/drink festivals this weekend including the Greek Fest, Broad Appetit, and Beer, Bourbon & BBQ fest: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/lifestyles/2011/jun/02/tdweek08-weekend-jam-packed-with-festivals-ar-1079480/

and also Chris Bopst's article (enjoying his columns in the T-D and his always eclectic taste in music) on some of the underground music coming to town this week: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/entertainment/2011/jun/02/tdweek05-the-hear-amp-now-show-picks-this-week-go--ar-1079473/

Hopefully back to normal next week.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan