Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Conspirator, Southern Belles,

If you are kicking around this afternoon (Friday) with nothin' to do or can get out of work early, People's Blues of Richmond will be playing the "End The War on Drugs" rally (I'm guessing for FREE) at Monroe Park at 5 PM. This may be some type of 420 celebration, which could add a certain haze to the rally. Here's PBR back in 2011 playing a benefit show at Cullen's Cove doing "Time of Need/Satisfied":



Friday night at The Republic and Wednesday night at Cary St. Cafe, check out Southern Belles with their country funk jam rock doing covers of The Band, Phish, Grateful Dead, and The Beatles among others. I've seen these guys a couple times over the last few weeks and they can really bring it. A lot of fun and bring your boogie shoes. And both shows are FREE. At the Friday night show, the band will play three sets including one set where they cover the Grateful Dead's epic album, "Workingman's Dead" in it's entirety. And they can pull it off.

No BS! Brass Band will be at The Camel on Friday night. No BS will be playing some new tunes from their upcoming album "RVA All Day". Cover is $7 and the show starts at 9 with the James River High School Jazz Band so get out their early and support the kids. Here's No BS! doing "Jackpot":



On Saturday, you can celebrate Mother Earth at the Richmond Earth Day Festival in the Manchester section of town. Lots of activities for the kids, beer and wine for adults, a Flood Wall climb and zip line, and of course some music. Here is the band lineup:

12:20 – 1 p.m. Rattlemouth
 1:15 – 2 p.m. Os Magrelos
 2:15 – 3 p.m. The Trillions
 3:15 – 4 p.m. Noah-O
 4:15 – 5 p.m. Against Grace
 5:15 – 6 p.m. Long Arms
 6:15 – 7 p.m. The Diamond Center

On Sunday, from noon to 6:30 PM, Bandito's Burrito Lounge will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary by partying outside in their parking lot with Milkstains, Chrome Daddy Disco and Bio Ritmo. The kids can enjoy a moon bounce while you enjoy a beer. 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones will bring their unique brand of music to U of R's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music for two shows on Sunday at 3 PM and 7:30 PM. Tix range from $10 to $36 depending on who you are. HERE is the article from Thursday's Times-Dispatch about Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. The band won another Grammy this year for Best Instrumental Composition for "Life in Eleven" from their latest album, "Rocket Science". Here is a selection from their show on April 10 at Rose State College in OK:




Sunday night, Conspirator featuring members of Disco Biscuits bring their electronic jam band sound to Kingdom. Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Show starts at 9 with no opener. Here's a big chunk of music from Conspirator from 10/1/2011 in Fort Lauderdale:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan