Thursday, September 8, 2011

RVA Music Fest, Buckethead, Okkervil River

The big news this weekend is the RVA Music Festival but first let's get to everyone's favorite KFC bucket wearing, Michael Myers (from Halloween) mask wearing, guitar player.  That's right it's none other than Buckethead.  Buckethead will be at The National on Friday night.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Lynx.  Buckethead may have a silly name and may want to keep his anonymity but "has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time"[6] as well as being included in Guitar World's lists of the "25 all-time weirdest guitarists"[7] and is also known for being in the "50 fastest guitarists of all time list""  He's played with Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell from P-Funk, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, and is probably best known for being with Guns N' Roses for four years during part of the "Chinese Democracy" years.  Here's the first 38 minutes of his show on Sunday in Pittsburgh.  If you like what you see, you can also check out Part 2 of the show.

Saturday night the RVA Music Festival gets under way in venues around the city.  Check out the link there to see the full Saturday night schedule.  If I was going to pick one show to hit up on Saturday, I would go to see the playful pop of Miniature Tigers at Strange Matter.  You'll probably like Miniature Tigers if you like Flaming Lips, Bon Iver, My Morning Jacket or Weezer.   Also on the bill are Marionette, Baby Help Me Forget & Fire Bison.  It looks like Miniature Tigers go on next to last, before Marionette.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, and tix are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.  Here's Miniature Tigers performing "Dark Tower":

Sunday is the big RVA Music Fest Main Event down at 18th & E Main St in Shockoe Bottom.  There will be one tent chock full o' DJs, and a bunch of local bands including No BS Brass Band, Balck Girls, Goldrush, Antero, The Trillions, Diamond Center, White Laces, The Silent Age, Climbers, Luggage, & Proverbial.  Then the national acts Best Coast, who play flirty power pop, and Girl Talk, the DJ who will get the party going by mixing rap, 80's music, pop and whatever else will get the joint dancin'.  You can download his last album here for free: He can’t charge for it because he uses so many samples that he would get sued like crazy.  The Main Event on Sunday will run from 2 PM to 10 PM, so you can still make work the next day.  Tix for the Main Event are $22 in advance, $30 at the gate, and $100 for VIP.  If anyone is going to the RVA Music Fest, drop me a line.  Here's Best Coast's "When I'm With You" in which the lead singer hooks up with a real clown.  No, I mean it, he's a real clown.

And here is some tasty Girl Talk (NSFW BTW) for you in which he mixes Lil' Wayne, Procul Harum, Blackstreet, Radiohead, The Band, Kanye West, Kenny Loggins, and more into one big ol' mash-up:

If you still want more you can check out indie-folk-rockers Okkervil River at The National on Sunday night.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Wye Oak opening.  Tix are $18 in advance, $21 day of show.  Here's Okkervil River's video for "Wake & Be Fine" from their recent album "I Am Very Far":

That'll do it for this week.  Have a great weekend and drop me a line if you're going to the RVA Music Fest.

Tony Jordan