Friday, July 15, 2011

Jason Isbell, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Bayside, 3 Sheets to the Wind

Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive-By Truckers) and his band, The 400 Unit, will be performing at Colonial Downs racetrack on Saturday as part of the Virginia Derby festivities.  Jason will be playing in the Party Zone and will do two full sets.  The party starts at 3 PM and here is what you get for your $30 ($35 at the door) admission: "a program, tip sheet, deluxe BBQ dinner, 3 beer/wine tickets, live music on the concert stage with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (formerly of Drive By Truckers) who will play two sets, a disc jockey spinning tunes between races, a come back admission pass & more."  You can listen to a show Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit did for NPR's World Cafe HERE.

If you want to go the Derby and are looking for something a bit less expensive and more BYO, you can do the Hoot on the Hill with yacht rock provided by Three Sheets to the Wind.  Here is what you get for your $10 ($20 at the gate) admission: "track admission & access to the first turn BYOB area. Party with the Richmond Ski Club, 30 Hooters girls and enjoy live “yacht rock” music all afternoon & evening with Three Sheets to the Wind. Bring your own pop up tents, portable chairs, grills, coolers, food & alcoholic beverages! We’ll have a giant betting tent set up, port-a-johns and a mini-jumbotron to see racing action."

Wednesday night, the great Elvis Costello & The Imposters will be at Innsbrook.  There is no opening act and EC & TI will come on around 7 PM.  General admission tix are $25, Gold Circle Seats are $50 and if you want to go Platinum Experience (Skybox), you can fork over $100.  Unfortunately, they will not have the Fabulous Spinning Songbook at this show, which is a giant carnival wheel (think Wheel of Fortune) that they spin which has song titles on it.  Whichever song it lands on, they play.  Guess the Innsbrook stage is not big enough to support the wheel.  Regardless, they'll play a great show and I'm sure they'll choose a fine setlist from the multitude of songs EC has.  You can get a glimpse of the wheel, along with some fabulous go-go girls, in this clip of the band doing "Peace, Love & Understanding" in St. Louis earlier this month:


Also on Wednesday, the lovely and talented Emmylou Harris will be playing at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens as part of Groovin' in the Garden.  Gates open at 5:30 PM, music starts at 6 PM.  Opener is "a guest".  General Admission Lawn seats are $45 in advance, $55 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free.  General Reserve Seating are $75 in advance.  Here is Emmylou performing "Six White Cadillacs" on Letterman recently:


Also on Wednesday, Bayside will be at The National.  Doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30 PM.  Why so early?  Because you get 4 bands for your $15 ($13 in advance) admission charge!  Those four openers (in order of appearance) are Holly Would..., Mayfair, and Transit.  Bayside play power pop (think Weezer, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, The Cure, blink-182, Foo Fighters).  Here is the video for their latest single, "Sick Sick Sick":


If you missed Three Sheets to the Wind at the Virginia Derby, you can see them on Thursday night (7/21) at The Republic.  Show starts at 10 PM and there is no cover charge. 

That'll be it for this week.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan