Thursday, March 1, 2012

Nelly Kate, Diamond Center, Satisfaction, Black Girls, People's Blues of Richmond, Julia Nunes, Titus Andronicus

Before we get to what's happening in town this week, Phish announced their summer tour today with two shows in VA, both in Portsmouth.  Great that there will be two shows, unfortunately, they are in the middle of the week (Tuesday & Wednesday, 6/19 & 20) which means I probably only be able to do one anyway.  I can't really miss three days of work (need a day to recover because I'm old now).  Also, at $60 a ticket and knowing that Richmond gets tons of bands in May & June when they hit us up in between weekend festival appearances, I want to save some $ for the bands I don't have to travel to see.  Here's the usual humorous tour announcement video featuring Fishman:

Phish Summer Tour 2012 Announcement from Phish on Vimeo.

Thursday night, at Strange Matter, it's a four band show that will have doors open at 9 and music start at 10.  It's $7 to get in.   The bands (in reverse order of appearance): Nelly Kate, Diamond Center, Softspot & The Pharmacy. The first 50 people in get a free download of Nelly Kate's new "ISH ISH" record since this is the record release party.  This is also Diamond Center's last Richmond show before they head out on a month long tour of the South, including a number of gigs at SXSW.  Here's a few songs and an interview with Nelly Kate courtesy of Raw Music EP:

Also Thursday night, Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones Experience tribute band will be at The National.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $12.50.  I don't usually do the tribute band thing, but I got some freebies for this one, so I'll be there.  No opener since the band will play two sets.  Here's their promo band and it looks like this could be fun.  And it will be a hell of a lot cheaper than seeing the real thing (if they tour again).

The CAA Basketball Championships will be happening this weekend here in Richmond at the Coliseum.  There will be bands and fun stuff playing in the courtyard next to the Coliseum and that is free to all.  I'll be down there Friday night for the games.  Here's the lineup for the bands:

Friday, March 2nd
5:00pm – 6:00pm - William Walter and Tucker Rodgers
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Beast Wellington

Saturday, March 3rd
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Release The Hounds
3:30pm – 5:00pm – Bush League
5:30pm – 6:30pm – DJ Mordecai Group
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Debo

Sunday, March 4th
Noon – 2:00pm – Physcobilly Cadillac

Monday, March 5th
5:30pm – 7:00pm - DJ Mordecai Group

A great show at The Camel on Friday night with local bands Black Girls, People's Blues of Richmond, and The Lawsuits.  The show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in.  This is the Black Girls last show in Richmond before they hit the road on a national tour opening for The Head and The Heart in the month of March, including a gig at The National on 3/21. Here's Black Girls video for "South Carolina":

On Sunday night, you can watch Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball live from NYC at  Click HERE. That starts at 7 PM.  A lot of great comedians, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons and more.  Here's the trailer:

A couple of shows on Tuesday of next week.  Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females will be getting all punky on your ass at Strange Matter. Diarrhea Planet (yes, that's really their name) will open.  This is an early all-ages show so you can bring your little sister. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.  Here's Titus Andronicus playing at's Brooklyn office last month:

Also on Tuesday, YouTube sensation singer/songwriter Julia Nunes will be at The Camel.  The show starts at 7:30 with openers The Manifestivus and The Kindling Kind.  Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Here's Julia's video for "Stay Awake":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan