Friday, March 16, 2012

Elton John, Bomb the Music Industry, The Head and the Heart, Shamrock the Block, GWAR, Marionette

Helooooo! Way to go tonight, VCU! An exciting win. Hopefully, we'll see another big run. Before we get to this weekend's shows, remember to check out my review of the Jane's Addiction concert from Monday below. Also, remember that FuseTV is broadcasting live from SXSW and you can see the blog from Wednesday for that info.
Friday night at The National, hometown horror heroes GWAR will be doing a special benefit show for their late guitarist Cory Smoot. Here's the details: "Slave Pit and GWAR are proud to announce the next phase in a series of events being held to honor the life of recently passed GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot and support the Smoot Family Fund. On Friday, March 16th, GWAR, Municipal Waste, Ghoul will play a special Cory Smoot memorial show at Richmond's National Theater, the proceeds from which shall be donated to the fund established for his wife Jaime and their unborn child. Just like the CD release party, there will be tons of raffles and special items available to show your love for an incredible musician and much-loved man who may have left us much too soon, but left behind a musical legacy that can never be silenced." Door open at 7, the show starts at 8 with openers Municipal Waste & Ghoul. Its $25 to get in.  Here is some recent GWAR. Remember its GWAR, its really NSFW or any other place. And if you're easily offended, please don't watch. Really, don't blame me if you watch this. You clicked it.

Local experimental rock band Marionette will be at Strange Matter on Friday night. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 with openers Canary Oh Canary and Ocean vs. Daughter (who are here all the way from the Czech Republic). Here's the video for Marionette's "Orchid":

Saturday night, Sir Elton John comes to Richmond Coliseum. There are still tickets available though it looks like it sold pretty well so they may not be great seats. Tickets are either $48 or $151 after all the ticket charges and fees are thrown in. The show starts at 8 and there does not appear to be an opener so get there on time. I really hope Elton comes out dressed as a leprechaun. Here's Elton on the Muppet Show doing "Crocodile Rock":

Also on Saturday, Shamrock the Block will be rocking Shockoe Bottom for St. Pat's Day. The event runs from noon until 6 PM. It looks like there will be summer-like weather and maybe even a thunderstorm but hopefully that holds off until after 6. There will be beer and bands of the local variety. Click HERE to see the band lineup. This event is FREE to attend, though you gotta pay for your beer and food of course. They do have a kids area so you can bring them along.

On Monday at The Camel, ska-punk band Bomb the Music Industry, along with Hold Tight, Close Talker (love the Seinfeld reference), and Amateur Thieves will perform. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and its $7 to get in. Here's Bomb the Music Industry's "Everybody That You Love":

The Childish Gambino/Danny Brown show that was scheduled for The National on Tuesday night has been rescheduled for July 29 because Childish fractured his foot at Saturday's show in Tampa.

Wednesday night at The National, The Head and The Heart will play for you. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door. Be sure you get there by 8 so you can support Richmond band, Black Girls, who have been on tour this month with TH&TH. Another Richmond connection is that former Prabir & The Substitutes drummer Tyler Williams is the drummer for TH&TH. Drew Grow & The Pastors Wives will play in between Black Girls and TH&TH. TH&TH are an Americana band are catching some buzz right now, playing at all of the big festivals and scoring some opening dates with Dave Matthews Band, The Shins, & Justin Townes Earle. Here's TH&TH doing an acoustic version of their song "Down in the Valley":

Local fave Susan Greenbaum will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Wednesday night. The show starts at 7 and its $5 to get in. Susan will also be at Positive Vibe Cafe on Friday night (3/16) from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

That's it! Have a great weekend! Drink lots of green beer! Don't let your cat eat a leprechaun!

Tony Jordan