Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Congress, Furthur, People's Blues of Richmond, Keller Williams, New Year's Eve

We are going to cover up through New Year's Eve because (1) there isn't a lot going on in the clubs what with that Christmas thing happening and (2) we've got family coming in next week so I don't know if I'll get to this because I'll be (a) entertaining guests, (b) getting drunk, or (c) a & b.

Friday night (12/23), The Congress, DJ Williams Projekt, and Murphy's Kids will be at The National.  BTW, The National brightened up their web site and I like it.  The show starts at 7 and tix are $15.  The Congress have a real classic rock sound.  Think The Band, James Gang, and the Black Crowes, Here is The Congress doing "Reisen" at their show in Denver in October:

If you are at home on Friday night and you likes you some Grateful Dead, check out the rebroadcast of the Furthur show from June on the TRI Studios website.  It will run at 7 PM ET and then again at 10 PM ET.  Here's the setlist.  One Set: Playin’ In The Band > Crazy Fingers > Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed Women, Big Bad Blues, The Wheel > Unbroken Chain> The Other One> Uncle Johns Band > Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station > Terrapin Transit > At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer > Terrapin Refrain, Black Peter, Mountain Song > I Know You Rider

Post-Christmas, you can check out People's Blues of Richmond and THINK! at The Camel on Monday (12/26).  The bands will play alternating sets starting at 10 PM and it's $5 to get in.  The band also says that the first one to vomit gets a free shot on the band.  You'll dig these guys if you like drinkin', Led Zep, Canned Heat, or Col. Bruce Hampton. Here's PBR doing "Nihilist Blues":

On Thursday (12/29), Keller Williams is doing two shows at The National.  The first show is a Kids show at 2:30 PM.  Get there early to get in the interactive drum circle and bang away with Keller.  Keller has innocent, funny lyrics in his "adult" songs and always like audience participation so I can see his talents lending themselves well to kids songs and shows.  Tix are $17.  I may try and hit this one up with the kids, depending on what they want to do and what visiting relatives and their kids want to do.  Here's a little video about Keller and his kids show:

Then, Keller does a show with the electro-funk band Pimps of Joytime later that night.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9.  Tix are $18 in advance and $21 at the door.  No opener so get there on time.  There is going to be three sets, one set of K-Dubalicious (reggae), one set of The Pimps Of Joytime followed by a loopy dance set by Keller.  I couldn't find any videos of Keller with Pimps of Joytime so I figured I'd get one of the Pimps videos and then you can just imagine Keller playing with them.  I think you can hear that they'll fit well together.

Keller records on the SCI Fidelity label and you can download a free SCI Fidelity sampler featuring Keller, String Cheese Incident, Lotus, EOTO, Emmitt-Nershi Band, and Younger Brother HERE.

Got a few shows on New Year's Eve.

There is the 4th Annual Rhythm & Roots Party with Jackass Flats, A Good Natured Riot and the Green Boys at The Camel.  This is where you'll go if you want bluegrass and Americana.  It'll start at 8 PM and tix are $20.

Then you've got your Three Sheets to the Wind show at The National.  This is where you'll go if you want to ring in the new year like it was 1979 with the smooth, yacht rock sounds of Three Sheets, and Members Only, the 80's cover band.  Tix are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Show starts at 8.

If you want the Dead, check out King Solomon's Marbles, the Grateful Dead cover band at Cary St. Cafe.  Show will start at 10 PM and cover is $10 which includes party favors and a midnight toast.

For those of you who still need dinner ideas for the holidays, let's consult the Vegan Black Metal Chef and his recipe for Holiday Hell Roast.  Thanks to Justin for showing me this one.

I'll check in with a Late Night Pick of the Night tomorrow and then you probably won't hear from me until next year.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyous Winter Solstice, and a Happy and Rockin' New Year!

Tony Jordan