Thursday, November 10, 2011

Robert Randolph, Josh Ritter, Hank 3, Joe Bonamassa

Pedal steel guitar player extraordinaire Robert Randolph comes to The National on Friday night with his band, The Family Band.  Robert Randolph is the best guitar player I have seen since Stevie Ray Vaughan and I don't throw SRV's name around lightly.  Tix are $23.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener The Bush League.  Though Robert plays mostly original stuff, he still touches on the classics. Here he is with the Family Band doing Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" at the North Sea Jazz Festival earlier this year:

Saturday night, singer/songwriter Josh Ritter will be at the University of Richmond Camp Concert Hall at the Booker Hall of Music at the Modlin Center for the Arts.  Damn, that's a mouthful.  Tix are sold out but if there are any left or some become available they will be $34 but there are discounts if you are a senior citizen, a kid under 12 or a U of R Employee or Student.  The show starts at 7:30 with opener Sarah Harmer.

Also Saturday at The National, you can check out the Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.  Jason is, of course, the son of late Zep drummer John Bonahm, and Jason played drums for the Led Zep reunion show that took place a few years ago.  There was an interview with Jason in today's Times-Dispatch and you can check that out HERE.  Tix are $25, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it doesn't look like there is an opener.  Here they are doing one of my favorite Led Zep tunes, "Kashmir".  There was a month in high school where every day when I came home from school, the first thing I would do would be to run to my room and crank up "Kashmir" as loud as my little Sears stereo could go.  Note that they are not trying to look like Led Zep as the lead singer has considerably less hair than Robert Plant.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, my bald-headed friends.

At The Republic, local Americana band The Atkinsons will play.  Show starts at 7 with opener Eric Hunter and it's FREE to get in.  The Atkinsons have a new CD, "Mile Marker", out and I'm sure they'll play lots of cuts from it at the show so you can check it out.  Here's The Atkinsons performing "Eileen" at Ashland Coffee & Tea last December:

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa will be at the Landmark Theater on Sunday night.  The show starts at 8 and there appears to be no opener.  Tix are $51 and $81.  I first saw Joe when he was with a band called Bloodline which featured Joe, drummer Erin Davis (son of Miles), rhythm guitarist Waylon Krieger (son of Robby from the Doors), and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Berry Oakley from the Allman Brothers).  Joe was all of 17 years old at the time and though technically good, he didn't play with the band as much as play over the band, soloing without much thought for where he fit into things.  I recently saw him on a show on DirecTV and he has matured into a fine blues player, and though he was mostly solo on the show, I could see that he has learned how to play within himself and when to let it all hang out.  Here's Joe doing "So Many Roads" (not the Grateful Dead song) at the Blues Cazorla festival:

Alt-country artist Hank 3 (aka Hank Williams the 3rd) will show all sides of his musical personality when he performs at The National on Sunday night.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it'll be a whole mess o' Hank 3.  He'll play for 2.5 - 3 hours, starting with a Country set, followed by a louder, Hellbilly set, then finally a set with his new stoner metal / doom band Attention Deficit Domination.  Here's Hank performing in the country segment of the show on 11/8 in Charlotte:

That's the weekend!  Have a good one!

Tony Jordan