Friday, April 27, 2012

Shadrock Music Festival, All-American Rejects, Toubab Krewe

Big weekend in Richmond as the outdoor music season really begins.  But first, on Friday, cowboy country/western swing group Riders in the Sky will be at the Powhatan Village Building in Powhatan.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 PM. For those of you that know your Pixar, these guys sing "Woody's Roundup" in Toy Story 2, but they are much more than that. Their fiddle player, Woody Paul, was just inducted into the National Fiddlers Hall of Fame. They've played over 6100 shows in the lifetime of the band which dates back to 1977. Here they are doing "Woody's Roundup". For those that don't know, the song is supposed to be the theme song for the fictional "Woody's Roundup" TV show from the 50s:


Also on Friday, West African music by way of North Carolina comes to us in the form of Toubab Krewe, who will be at Capital Ale House. Tix are $15, show starts at 10 PM with opener Tony Furtado.  Toubab Krewe is an American instrumental band which fuses the music of Mali with American musical styles (particularly those of the Southern United States). The group’s instrumentation includes kora (21-string harp-lute), kamelengoni (12-string harp-lute), soku (Malian horsehair fiddle), two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set, and African percussion. The group, which is based in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in early 2005 and has traveled to West Africa several times, working with local musicians.  Here you can watch Toubab Krewe's entire set (with lots of guests sitting in) from Jam Cruise 2010 (click HERE, sorry can't embed it).


On Friday, Grateful Dead cover band, King Solomon's Marbles, will be at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 PM and there is a $7 cover.

If you are at home on Friday night, you can check out the webcast of Jack White's concert. The webcast will be directed by actor Gary Oldman. It will start at 9 PM ET HERE.

On Saturday, Style Weekly's Shadrock Music Festival hits Brown's Island. Appearing at the fest will be De La Soul, alt-rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo, new bands Dum Dum Girls & Shabazz Palaces, reunited Richmond band Kepone, along with Kid Is Qual, Invisible Hand, Photosynthesizers, DJ Mass FX, and The Scorpio Brothers. It'll get under way with Photosynthesizers at 12:30 PM and go until 11 PM. Tickets are $35 and if you want to VIP that will cost you $100. Here's some old school De La Soul to get you in the mood:



If you are lucky (or unlucky depending on your point of view) you may see some of these people at the Shadrock Music Festival: http://www.happyplace.com/15610/the-worst-people-you-see-at-every-summer-music-festival.

On Saturday night at The National, electronica jam band EOTO will perform for your pleasure. Tix are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Kraddy. Here's the preview video for the tour along with a glimpse of their new Lotus Sculpture stage set:



Sunday night at Bandito's, punk rockers The Strap-Ons and the Eurotics will be at Bandito's. Show starts at 10. I don't think there is a cover. Here's The Strap-Ons at band practice in December doing "Wicca Chicka":



Also on Sunday, Bandito's 15th Anniversary Party that was supposed to be last Sunday got moved to this Sunday because of the rain last week. The fun starts at noon and runs until 6:30. It will be outdoors with bands The Milkstains, Chrome Daddy Disco and Bio Ritmo. There will be adult beverages for the adults and a moon bounce for the kiddies.

Tuesday at The National, emo-pop band The All-American Rejects will play. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7with opener A Rocket to the Moon. Here's All-American Rejects new video for "Kids in the Street":



One of my favorite sites, sci-fi/fantasy/science site io9.com is counting down their 100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To. Click HERE to start at 100 through 71.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan