Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rock The Boat, Fireworks on the James, Dark Star Orchestra, more Clarence tributes

The July 4 weekend is typically slow here in Richmond but there are a few shows worth highlighting. 

You can listen to a webcast (audio only) from the High Sierra Music Festival taking place in Quincy CA this weekend.  The webcast is on Fat Music Radio and here is the lineup.  Note that times are Pacific Time so add three hours for Eastern Time.  But I don't need to tell you that.  You guys are pretty darn smart.


Thursday-June 30th
Noon to 1:15pm – Ma Muse (Vaudeville Tent Stage)
2.30 to 3:45pm – Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers (Grandstand Stage)
4:30 to 6:00pm – Infamous Stringdusters (Grandstand Stage)
6:45 to 8:15pm – Dr. Dog (Grandstand Stage)
9:30 to 11:00pm – Materialized featuring Scott Law (Big Meadow Stage)
11:30pm to 1:00am – Chris Robinson Brotherhood (Vaudeville Tent Stage)

Friday-July 1st
11:30 to 12:30pm – Mia Dyson (Big Meadow Stage)
1:00 to 2:15pm – Sweetback Sisters (Meadow Stage)
2:30 to 4:00pm – Travelin’ McCourys (Grandstand Stage)
4:30 to 6:00pm – Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Grandstand Stage)
6:45 to 8:15pm – TBA
9:15 to 10:45pm – Head for the Hills (Vaudeville Tent Stage)
11:30 to 1:30am – Infamous Stringdusters (Vaudeville Tent Stage)
1:30am to 4:00am – Dr. Dog (High Sierra Music Hall Stage)

Saturday-July 2nd
12:30 to 1:45pm – Dawes (Grandstand Stage)
2:30 to 4:00pm – Danny Barnes (Grandstand Stage)
4:15 to 5:30pm – Elephant Revival (Vaudeville Tent Stage: Delayed RE-play from 2:pm)
5:30 to 6:45pm – TBA
7:00 to 9:00pm – TBA
9:00 to 11:00pm – Warren Haynes (Granstand Stage)
11:30 to 1:30am – Spanish Bombs featuring Chuck Prophet (Vaudeville Tent Stage)
1:30 to 4:00am – Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Funkn’ Jam House)

Sunday-July 3rd
Noon to 1:30pm – Ruthie Foster (Vaudeville Tent Stage: Delayed RE-play from 10:30am)
2:30 to 4:00pm – Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers (Grandstand Stage)
4:30 to 6:00pm – Los Amigos Invisibles (Grandstand Stage)
6:45 to 8:15pm – Rebelution (Grandstand Stage)
9:00 to 11:00pm – Ween (Grandstand Stage)

On Sunday, the Tobacco Company is having their 2nd Annual Rock the Boat Party with yacht rock cover band, 3 Sheets to the Wind.  The show starts at 3 PM and cover charge is $5.

After you get funky like a white man at that party, you can head down to Brown's Island because Richmond is FINALLY having fireworks along the river.  I've been bitching about the city doing this since my wife & I and a friend walked the 1.2 miles from Tobacco Row to Brown's Island on 4th of July to see the fireworks from the Carillon.  After all, they are only 2.5 miles apart.  The walk up was fine as we were still buzzing from the margaritas but we suspected we had made a bad move when we got to Brown's Island and found it deserted.  When the fireworks finally started, we were able to see about 1/3 of them behind the Lee Bridge.  A definite disappointment and the walk home, with the margarita buzz worn off, sucked.  While they will still have the fireworks down at the Carillon on July 4, the Brown's Island location should be easier to get to and provide greater visibility from more of Richmond.

Here is the link to the web site about the Fireworks on the James:  The site has directions and parking info.  Brown's Island will open at 6.  Entertainment (performances by SPARC (School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet's "Minds in Motion.") will start at 7:30.  Fireworks start around 9:30. 

Next Wednesday, at The National , Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star Orchestra will bring their trip to Richmond.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8.  Tix are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.  Here they are doing "I Know You Rider" at the 2010 All Good Festival:

Finally some more Clarence Clemons news.  The Backstreets web site has collected links to all the tributes and such HERE.  Today, Bruce posted the eulogy he delivered at Clarence's memorial service on his site HERE.  Bruce tells Clarence's story, warts and all, and you'll laugh, you'll cry and you might understand a little about their friendship.  Here's my favorite part:
"How big was the Big Man? Too fucking big to die. And that's just the facts. You can put it on his grave stone, you can tattoo it over your heart. Accept it... it's the New World.

Clarence doesn't leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.

So, I'll miss my friend, his sax, the force of nature his sound was, his glory, his foolishness, his accomplishments, his face, his hands, his humor, his skin, his noise, his confusion, his power, his peace. But his love and his story, the story that he gave me, that he whispered in my ear, that he allowed me to tell... and that he gave to you... is gonna carry on. I'm no mystic, but the undertow, the mystery and power of Clarence and my friendship leads me to believe we must have stood together in other, older times, along other rivers, in other cities, in other fields, doing our modest version of god's work... work that's still unfinished. So I won't say goodbye to my brother, I'll simply say, see you in the next life, further on up the road, where we will once again pick up that work, and get it done.

Big Man, thank you for your kindness, your strength, your dedication, your work, your story. Thanks for the miracle... and for letting a little white boy slip through the side door of the Temple of Soul."

Finally, here is a great video tribute to the Big Man. "A video put together by Who Do I Think I Am? (a recent documentary about Clarence's trip to China) director Nick Mead. Nick tells Backstreets: "We spent a lot of time together on the road, filming everything we could, here's a little tribute. Cut together to Clarence's favorite track off The Promise, which he played over and over when I was with him a few weeks before the sadness."

DO I HAVE TO SAY HIS NAME...? from James Roddy on Vimeo.

It's late so I'm hittin' the sack.  I'll see you at the Fireworks on the James this weekend.  Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July weekend and God Bless America!

Tony Jordan