Friday, September 16, 2011

William Elliot Whitmore, Steve Earle, GWAR, Widespread Panic

And so it begins.  It's that time of year in Richmond, when there is a good band or artist to see just about every night, through the end of October or so. 

Things get started Friday night with Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses featuring Allison Moorer at The National.  Tix are $32.50 for reserved Orch, $27.50 for reserved Balcony and $18.50 for Standing General Admission .  Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8.  Here's Steve with the band doing "Copperhead Road" in August in Rochester NY:


There will even be great music if you're sitting at home this weekend.  The Austin City Limits Festival will be webcast live on YouTube.  YouTube does a nice job with two different channels to choose from.  You go HERE to watch it.  It will start at 2:30 PM our time, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Go to the web site to check out the full schedule.  Some highlights include Brandi Carlile (3:10 PM Friday), Ray LaMontagne (5:10 PM Friday), Bright Eyes (7:10 PM Friday), Coldplay (9:30 PM Friday), Alison Krauss (5 PM Sat), Fitz & The Tantrums (6 PM Sat), Iron & Wine (6 PM Sat, remember I said there were two channels), My Morning Jacket (9 PM Sat), Fleet Foxes (7:30 PM Sun).

If you are in the mood for bar-b-q, blood, gore and hard rock on Saturday, check out the GWAR-B-Q at The National on Saturday.  This was moved to The National at the last minute from Hadad's Water Park at the last minute because Henrico County would not issue the proper licenses for the show.  Slave Pit’s Dave Brockie had this to say about the debacle-“We feel we have been treated in an unjust manner. There have been music festivals for years in Henrico County with no problem OR licenses. We jumped through hoops, hired cops, made safety plans…and at the last second they chose not to give us the permits.”  Doors open at 1, show starts at 2.  Appearing will be Gwar, Darkest Hour, Kepone, Mensrea, DBX, Groundscore, Argonauts, with Special Guests and G4's "Attack of the Show" co-host Candace Bailey will be eaten by GWAR”s World Maggot.  Tix are $25.  Here's GWAR's 2009 video for "Let Us Slay".  NFTFOH (Not For the Faint of Heart):

If you prefer your music a little on the milder side, and really, anything compared to GWAR will be milder, check out blues-folk singer and troubadour William Elliott Whitmore joined by Ryan Brosmer, The Vacant Stairs, Hi I’m Bryce, and the Manifestivus at The Camel on Saturday night.  Show starts at 9 PM and tix are $10.  This is my pick of the week and if any of you mugs care to join me, that's where I'll be, even if I have to fly solo.  Here is William performing "Hell or High Water" live at KEXP in Seattle:


If you want to get the kids outside and air 'em out now that the weather is nice, on Sunday head out to DiggityFest featuring Dan Zanes & Friends (if you've seen Disney Channel, you've seen him and Dan was in the Del Fuegos) and Richmond-based The Diggity Dudes along with Hope Harris & The Cousins Jamboree and Silly BusHERE is an article about the fest from Thursday's Times-Dispatch.  Besides being a great time, it benefits a great cause in Connor's Heroes.  Tickets for Adults (13 yrs and older) are $17 in advance / $20 at the door; Kids (12 yrs and under) are $10 in advance / $13 at the door and Kids under 3 are FREE.  The show will be at Westchester Commons in Midlothian.  Check out the web site for directions.  Gates open at 11:30 AM, show starts at 12:30 PM and it will run until 5 PM.  Dan Zanes makes music that the parents can enjoy too.  Here he is doing "All Around the Kitchen":


Sunday night, Celtic rockers Flogging Molly will be at The National.  Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with The Stanfields and Peoples Blues Of Richmond.  You can check out their entire 30 minute set from the in-store they did at Amoeba Records in SF right here:


Monday night, Carolina Chocolate Drops will be at University of Richmond's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.  The show starts at 7:30 PM.  Tix are $32 for adults, $16 for kids and $10 if you are a U of R student.  Here's what the U of R site says about them: "Since 2005, the Grammy® Award-winning string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, have been impressing audiences with their electrifying performances. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are the newest and youngest players in a long lineage of black string bands and have created a unique sound of their own. “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.” —Justin Robinson. Rolling Stone described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity”."  I will say that these guys (and gal) mix old-timey music with hip-hop in a fresh and exciting way.  This is a video from a performance they did in Pittsburgh.  Ignore the Sunstar Music Festival thing at the beginning.  This is a cover and you may recognize the song but it's not like you remember it.  Music starts at about the 1:30 mark.



Finally, Monday also starts 3 straight nights of Widespread Panic at The National.  These guys will be taking an extended hiatus after this year (their 25th anniversary! now I feel old.) so who knows when we'll see them again.  The Times-Dispatch spoke with bass player and Richmond native Dave Schools.  You can check that out HERE.  Tix are $45, doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 each night.  No opener as usual, just two sets of Widespread and we wouldn't want it any other way. Here they are playing "Chilly Water" in Oakland CA last year:
  

So much to see and do!  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan