Thursday, May 31, 2012

Late Night Pick: Dr. Dog

Tonight, check out psychedelic indie rock band, Dr. Dog, on Conan on TBS at 11 PM or 1 AM. Here's Dr. Dog's new video for "Lonesome":

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

City & Colour, David Bazan, The Wailers, ZZ Top, Gretchen Wilson, 3 Doors Down, Carbon Leaf, Black Girls, DJ Williams Projekt,

Lots to do this weekend starting with Thursday night's Groovin' in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens with hometown boys Carbon Leaf. Gates open at 5:30, music will start around 6 with a guest TBA. Tix are all General Admission, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. Here's Carbon Leaf a few days ago out at Massanutten doing a summer song called "Xray":

Over at The National on Thursday night, City and Colour, the solo acoustic project of Dallas Green, not the ex-Phillies World Series winning manager, but the singer-guitarist for the band Alexisonfire. Tix are $25. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Dan Romano and David Bazan. Make sure to get there early to see David Bazan, front man for Pedro the Lion and a man Paste Magazine called one of the "100 Best Living Songwriters". BTW, if you would like to host David Bazan in your home on 9/4/12, he is looking for someone to host a show in their living room. Check out his web site for details and be sure to invite me!
Here's City and Colour doing "The Girl". Oh wait. That doesn't sound good. This is City and Colour performing his song "The Girl":

On Friday night, blues great Delbert McClinton will scheduled to be at Powhatan Courthouse. Not because he is in trouble but because he'll be performing as part of the Powhatan Live concert series. However, according to Delbert's web site, the show has been postponed until August 4th due to weather concerns.

Here's an indoor show for Friday night so you won't have to worry about the weather. Black Girls will be at The Camel. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 with opener Dr. Millionaire (Isaiah & Hovey). It's $6 to get in. Here's Black Girls performing "Low" at Strange Matter in March 2011:

If you want a show to take the kids too, go to Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday morning at 11 AM to see folk singer Ellis Paul do a special kids show. Tix are $5 for kids, $7 for adults. Here is what the Ashland Coffee & Tea site said about the show: "Ashland Coffee & Tea is proud to present an afternoon Children’s Show with acclaimed Folk singer, Ellis Paul. The Dragonfly Races is Ellis’ 14th album marks his debut into the family/children’s genre. Written in true to form Ellis Paul style of compelling and witty story telling; each song will bring both parents and children into a picture that Ellis paints with each lyric. To make the CD even more special, Ellis has married his drawing and painting skills with his music; all the artwork is done by Ellis. The songs and artwork are clearly meant to be enjoyed by children as well as adults and promises to be a significant addition to the genre of family music. The album is produced by Flynn (producer of American Jukebox Fables) and is joined vocally by other folk favorites, Antje Duvekot, Vance Gilbert and rhythmically by Billy Jonas. Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum artists Aerosmith. Since launching from Boston, Ellis has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies. He averages 150 shows a year and travels across America and Europe."  Here's Ellis performing the title track from the "Dragonfly Races" album:

Out at Innsbrook on Saturday you'll find the Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Fest. It'll run from noon to 6 and there will be, um, mostly beer, wine and food. It's $10 for a walk around ticket, $25 for a sampling package (30 beer sampling tickets), and $35 for a VIP ticket which gets you extra stuff.

On Saturday down at Brown's Island, the Mothership will land at the 8th Annual Stone Soul Picnic. The Mothership, of course, referring to George Clinton & P-Funk. There will be a bunch of other R&B acts too including Boyz II Men, Ruben Studdard and others. It'll run from noon to 8:30 and it's $30 to get in. Here's some classic P-funk performing "Flash Light" in Houston in '78:

Saturday night, The Original Wailers will spark up at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Antero. Tix are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Here's Bob Marley and the Wailers live in Santa Barbara in '79, full show!

On Sunday on the 100 - 300 blocks of W Broad St, the Broad Appetit festival takes place with a whole bunch of great food. It'll run from 11 AM to 6 PM. 60 of Richmond's best chefs create $3 mini-dishes for you to savor. There will be some bands playing but really you go for the food.

On Sunday night at the Carpenter Theatre, SPARC will present Live Art which will feature some of Virginia's finest musicians including Robbin Thompson, Steve Bassett, Susan Greenbaum and others performing with student performers. Tickets start at $35 and proceeds benefit SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community).

DJ Williams Projekt will celebrate their 9th Anniversary at The Camel on Sunday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $7. There will be a ton of special guests and friend of DWP.

Finally, on Tuesday night at Innsbrook, the boys with the beards come to town. ZZ Top bring their Gang of Outlaws tour to town. Tix are $21.50 in advance, $25 at the gate, children 10 and under are free. Gates open at 6 and openers are 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson. Before you go to the show that night, be sure to check out Texicali, a four track digital collection from ZZ Top that offers the first new studio recordings from “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” in nine years. The four new songs, available from iTunes and all digital retail outlets, offer a preview of the group’s full-length album, as yet untitled, that will be released on American Recordings late this summer or early fall. Those purchasing the four songs will benefit from a pro-rated discount on the purchase of the full album when it is released. will be previewing new music through an audio stream for one day only, Monday, June 4. I bet you'll hear some of those songs on Tuesday night. Here's some classic ZZ Top from 1980, "Jesus Just Left Chicago", before they wore the sunglasses all the time.:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

RIP Doc Waston & Ween, Late Night Pick: Kendrick Lamar, Tennis, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr.

Americana guitar master Doc Watson passed away yesterday at the age of 89. HERE is the full obit.

Also, the weird and eclectic (in a delightful way) rock band, Ween, are apparently done. Click HERE for the story. Here's one of my favorite Ween songs, "Mutilated Lips" from their psychedelic album, "The Mollusk". I always liked this version from the short-lived MTV show "Oddsville" because of the random assortment of dancers:

Tonight's Late Night Pick is another repeat of an all-music episode of Last Call with Carson Daly featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar, pop rockers Tennis, singer/songwriter Kimbra and blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Last Call is on NBC at 1:35 AM.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Late Night Pick: Schoolboy Q, Cults, Ed Sheerhan

It looks like all the late night shows are in repeats this week. I guess they all take a week off for the Memorial Day holiday. But there is a full show of music on the Last Call with Carson Daly repeat featuring rapper Schoolboy Q, alt-pop duo Cults, Americana artists Wheeler Brothers, and pop/folk/hip-hop artist Ed Sheeran. Last Call is on NBC at 1:35 AM.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Lambchop

Tonight, catch alt-country group, Lambchop, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35 AM. Bill Hader and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will also be on the show. Lambchop dedicated their latest album, "Mr M.", to the late great singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt (shouldn't it have been called "Mr. C"?) and the album is getting great reviews.

RVA Music Night at Cheers, Shockoe Bottom Jazz Fest, Rocketts Red Glare

Memorial Day weekend and if you aren't out eating hot dogs and hamburgers, there is some music to see.

Friday Cheers on Brown's Island does their now annual Memorial Day weekend RVA Music Night. It'll start at 6, run until 9:30 and it's only $5 to get in. The bands are Three Sheets to the Wind, The Trillion and Photosynthesizers. Here's the dirt on each band, courtesy of Venture Richmond:

"Three Sheets to the Wind, America's No. 1 Tribute to Yacht Rock, covers smooth radio hits from 1976 to 1984. Underestimate their yachting-themed stage attire at your own risk. One thing is for certain — their tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek devotion to the AM gold era is no joke. The music is given a faithful and thorough interpretation, and Richmond audiences have been packing venues all over the city to hear the band's send-ups of so-terrible-they're-incredibly-cool artists like Toto, Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, and Steely Dan. Are they serious? Are they kidding? Who cares? We're all singing along. (They also won "Best Richmond Cover Band" in the 2012 Style Weekly Best of Richmond poll.)

The Trillions are an RVA-based power pop band who formed a couple years ago and have been making a big impression on the Richmond music scene during their time together. Featuring former members of previous RVA power-poppers Prabir And The Substitutes and The Awesome Few, these guys have plenty of experience at constructing well-crafted pop songs

Exploding on to the music scene in 2008, Photosynthesizers have continued to infiltrate the ear drums of many while opening for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Augustana, Flobots, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Trina, Digable Planets, Van Hunt, Nappy Roots and many others. As winners of the Style Weekly's "2012 and 2011 RVA Best Hip Hop Group/Artist Award," these rockin' beat-boxers hold their own amidst ever-evolving genres of Indie Rock, Alternative Hip Hop, Electro-Pop. Afro-Punk and Soul. Their high energy shows composed of hard hitting punk-pop beats and thought-provoking content highlight their unique style as artists and performers."

Of the three bands, The Trillions have the most recent video so here's their song "You Gotta Be Kidding Me":

Later on Friday night, Grateful Dead cover band King Solomon's Marbles will be at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 and it's $7 to get in.

On Sunday, down at the 17th Street Farmer's Market, the first Shockoe Bottom Jazz Fest goes down. It'll run from 11 AM to 6:30 PM and feature DJ Williams Projekt, The Big Payback, Scott Frock and the Killin, Stony Brook Moonshine and others. It'll be FREE too. Here's DJ Williams Projekt at Cafe Diem on 12/27/11:

Somewhat music related and pretty cool is the Rocketts Red Glare festival at Rockett's Landing on Sunday night. Colin Healy will play at 5:30 and then Kings of Swing at 6:30. The Nina & Pinta, replicas of Columbus' ships will be on view and open for touring. Wine, craft beer and desserts will be on sale. Fireworks at 9.

Next Wednesday night, we share the love, blogger to blogger, as the RVA Playlist blog celebrates their second anniversary with a FREE show at The Camel. Doors open at 8, the show starts at 9 PM sharp. Against Grace, Dead Fame and Marionette will be performing for the birthday bash. Here's Against Grace on Earth Day here in Richmond:

Also on Wednesday, groovealicious jam band Southern Belles will be at Cary St. Cafe. They'll start at 10 PM and it's FREE. Here's Southern Belles with a "Long Distance" jam:

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Take a second to remember those that gave their lives so we can have free speech, listen to rock n' roll, watch fireworks and be with our families.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Yonder Mountain String Band, St. Vincent, Late Night Pick: Stone Gossard and Shawn Smith

Tonight, newgrass group Yonder Mountain String Band will wander to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a show. This is part of the Groovin' in the Garden series. Gate opens at 5:30, show starts at 6. Children under 10 are free. Adults have to pay some price, probably around $20 but oddly since they removed the show from the "purchase tickets" area on the Groovin' web site, I can't tell you how much. Zach Deputy is opening the show and he's pretty good so get there early and check him out. Here's YMSB with Warren Haynes at Mountain Jam 2010:

Also, tonight at The National, St. Vincent and Shearwater will play. St. Vincent is neither a saint (though she may be very nice) nor named Vincent but is the pseudonym for Annie Clark (formerly of Polyphonic Spree) and her usually elegant, but sometimes flat-our rockin', pop music. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Shearwater. Tix are $18 at the door. Here's a little mini-documentary on St. Vincent from Pitchfork along with some live footage.

Tonight's Late Night Pick is Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard playing with Shawn Smith tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35 AM on NBC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Flying Lotus, Band of Skulls, Gregg Allman

Both electronica musician Flying Lotus and Brit rockers Band of Skulls will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight at 1:35 AM on NBC.

Also, tonight Gregg Allman gets the full 1/2 hour on Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check your local listing for when that runs in your area. Gregg will talk about his new book, of course, "My Cross to Bear", and maybe do a couple acoustic numbers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: The Afghan Whigs

Acclaimed 90's rock band, The Afghan Whigs, are back together and they'll be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC. The Whigs will be hitting up festivals in Europe and America (Lollapalooza & Austin City Limits) but don't have any other dates in the US lined up so this may be one of the few chances to see them.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Late Night Pick: The Melvins

Tonight legendary grunge rockers, The Melvins will be on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35 AM on NBC. You can get a FREE download of their latest EP, "The Bulls & The Bees" by clicking HERE.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Late Night Pick: Beach House, Van Halen reunion over?

Tonight,check out indie pop band Beach House on the Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 PM on CBS.

Hope you caught the Van Halen tour early. They just canceled all their remaining gigs. Looks like the reunion may be over already. “A source with knowledge of the tour tells Rolling Stone that Van Halen's members "hate each other." Adds the source, "The band is arguing like mad. They are fighting."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

RIP Donna Summer; Late Night Pick: Paul Weller

Disco diva Donna Summer passed away today from cancer at the age of 63. Even during the days when I turned my back on disco, in the era when you had to choose between "Disco Sucks" and dance music, I always liked Donna Summer. Once I was once again accepting of disco and delved into the era again, her music always stood above much of the genre and I proudly own a copy of "On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2" on CD. I'll bust that out tonight and give Donna a dance but it won't be the last one. HERE is the obit from Rolling Stone.

Paul Weller of The Jam and The Style Council will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC.

RiverRock, Galactic, Justin Townes Earle, Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Donna the Buffalo, Jerry Joseph, Jonny Lang, Willie Nelson

NOTE: Corrected night of Dark Star Orchestra show from Friday to THURSDAY. Thanks to Michael W. for noting the mistake and letting me know about it!

Big weekend starts Thursday with some bluegrass and some old school jams.  Bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters kick off the Groovin' in the Garden series this year. The show will be at the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate and kids 10 and under are free. Gates open at 5:30 and the music begins at 6 with Steep Canyon Rangers who have recently been playing with Steve Martin, though Steve is not expected to be at the show. The Stringdusters will be at Bonnaroo this year. Here they are performing "I Wonder" and "Y2K" in Portland OR in April:

Also, Friday THURSDAY night, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will perform in what should be a beautiful setting at Pocahontas State Park Amphitheater in Chesterfield. Tix are $16.50 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. There will also be a $5 fee per car charged at the park entrance but that fee is going to the park so that's cool. Gates open at 6, show starts at 6:30 with two 90 minute sets from DSO. Here's DSO doing "Scarlet Begonias > Fire On the Mountain" with former Grateful Dead member Donna Jean Godchaux on vocals at the Gathering of the Vibes in 2011:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dominion Riverrock takes over Brown's Island for what is always a rockin' good time. There will be people mud runnin', dogs catchin' air and jumpin' in the water (my kids love this), freestyle BMXing, kayaking and rock climbing and, of course, great music. There are two stages this year and music will be going on the whole day, each day, Friday starting at 6:30, Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 PM. For the full schedule, click HERE. Headliner on Friday is great bluegrass with Keller Williams with the Travelin' McCourys coming on at 9 PM and going until 10:30. Headliners on Saturday will be Galactic (9 PM), bringin' the New Orleans funk and featuring Corey Glover of Living Colour on vocals, and JJ Grey and Mofro (r&b and roots rock n' roll at 7:30 PM). On Sunday, the festival closes with Allman Brothers tribute band, Skydog, starting at 4:00 PM. By the way, did I mention that the whole festival is FREE. Here's the first three songs of Galactic's set on April 18 in Nashville:

More bluesy, folksy jam bands at Kingdom on Friday night with Donna the Buffalo, Rattlemouth, and Men of Leisure. Show starts at 7 and it's $17 to get in. Here's the full set from Donna the Buffalo at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival near Miami earlier this year:

Also, Friday, roots rocker Jerry Joseph and the Jackmorons will be at Capital Ale House downtown. Show starts at 10 PM and there does not appear to be an opener. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. The band has a new live concert DVD out. Here's a track from that:

Also on Friday, NO BS Brass Band will be at The Camel with Paul Wilson opening. It's $7 to get in and the show starts at 9 PM. Here's No BS doing "2 the day":

If you are at home at all this weekend, you can check out the live stream of the Hangout Music Fest from Gulf Shores, AL HERE on MySpace. Yes, that MySpace. They are still around and trying to make a comeback, I guess. I'm not sure if this is video or just audio. But you can't argue with the bands on the webstream including Jack White, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee (coming to Groovin' in the Garden this summer), Dispatch, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead (coming to The National this summer), G. Love & Special Sauce, Dr. Dog, Dawes (coming to Friday Cheers this year), Alabama Shakes (also coming to Friday Cheers this year), Gary Clark Jr. and others. They had a schedule up earlier but it's not up now. Music starts at the festival at 12:30 PM ET on Friday, and 12:15 ET on Saturday and Sunday so check it out then.

Saturday, blues guitarist Jonnny Lang will be at The National. Tix are $35 reserved orchestra / $30 reserved balcony / $25 reserved balcony / $25 GA standing. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Michael Williams Band. Jonny has been in the studio working on a new CD so maybe you'll hear some new tunes on Saturday night. Here's Jonny and his band acoustic with "I Believe":

Willie Nelson plays his rescheduled (from May 9) show at Innsbrook on Sunday night. Gates open at 6 and music starts with a tba opener around 6:30. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate for GA and $45 for Gold Circle. Children under 10 are free. Here's Willie doing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain":

Tuesday night, Groovin' in the Garden continues with a great Americana triple bill of Justin Townes Earle, Tristen, & Todd Snider. The show is at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Gates open at 5:30, music starts around 6. Ticket prices are General Admission Lawn- $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free.  General Reserve Seating- $35 in advance. Here's Justin on Letterman in February performing "Look the Other Way":

Have a great weekend!  I'll see you at RiverRock, hopefully both nights and maybe some other places too.

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Late Night Pick: Gregg Allman, RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn

Tonight on Conan, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman will be on to shill his biography, "My Cross to Bear" filled with stories of the blues, drug use and sex with groupies and Cher. Good stuff. Not sure if he'll perform or just tell us cool stories about 70's rock hedonism. Either way, we win. Conan is on TBS at 11 PM and 1 AM.

You may know him as the bass player for the Blues Brothers. You may know him from Booker T & The MGs or as one of the creators of the Stax/Volt sound in the 60s and 70s. You may have seen him play with Eric Clapton, Neil Young or Bob Dylan. Any way you know him, he was one of the greatest, yet most understated, bass players ever. Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away Sunday morning at 70. HERE is the obit. And here is with Booker T and the MGs doing the classic "Green Onions":

Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Diamond Center, Black Girls, Southern Belles, Jonathan Vassar & Speckled Bird

Looks like all the musical action is tonight this week. I guess no one wants to go out on Saturday night and get too plastered and be all hungover for Mom on Sunday.

Friday Cheers tonight has Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tix are $5 and kids under 12 are free. Show starts at 6:30 with opener The Inflatables. Show ends around 9:30 so you can still get some sleep. Here's some info on the Drops that I cribbed from the Cheers email: "Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were "an end-to-end display of excellence... They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and '30s-string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz--and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting." Some "WOW" facts about the group:
•             Their song, "Daughters Lament" is on the Hunger Games movie soundtrack.
•             They won a Grammy Award in 2010 for the Best Traditional Folk Album
•             They played as the group "Stankofa Strings" at the 2005 National Folk Festival in RVA.
•             They have opened for both Bob Dylan and the Dave Matthews Band this year"

Here's Carolina Chocolate Drops doing the title cut from their new album, "Leaving Eden" live in an old church in New Orleans.

At Gallery 5 tonight, a showcase of local bands featuring Diamond Center (acoustic-ish), Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird, David Shultz (solo), and Hope for Agoldensummer (from Athens GA). Doors are at 7:30, show starts at 8 and it's $7 to get in. If you need more info on the show, go to the Facebook event page HERE. Here's Diamond Center playing electrically and psychedelically at Lamplighter Lounge in Memphis:

Southern Belles will bring their cover, jam band groovified honky-tonk selves to Cary St. Cafe tonight. Show starts at 10 and cover is $5. Here's the Belles doing "Fried Fish" at Cary St. Cafe in January:

Black Girls will be at Balliceaux with Harrison Colby and The Zenith Mountain Band opening. Show will start at 10:30 and it's $5 to get in. This will be Black Girls last show in Richmond until June.

For all you winos, oh sorry, oenophile, the Central VA Wine Fest takes place on Saturday from noon to 6 out at Innsbrook. It should be a beautiful day to get drunk, oh sorry, let your palate sample the fine wines of Virginia. Go and get a good bottle of wine for your mama. Some good wine, not that box of Franzia you got her last year. Tix are $20 online and $25 at the gate.

If you want something a little more kid oriented, Henrico County has KidFest going on at Deep Run Park on Saturday from 1 - 4 and that's free. There will be games, arts & crafts, and music from local teen bands (OK, that may not sell you on going).

That's it. Have a great weekend and to all you moms out there, Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: AWOLNation, NO BS! Brass Band, Jackson Browne

Get a sneak preview of alternative pop rockers AWOLNation, who will be at The National on Sunday night, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35 AM. Will Farrell will also be on so that should be a fun time.

NO BS! Brass Band will be at Balliceaux tonight at 10. That'll be FREE to get in, too.

Jackson Browne will be coming to the Carpenter Theatre on July 20 at 8 PM. Tix go on sale Friday May 11 at 10 AM. This will be Jackson Browne acoustic but he's good, plugged or unplugged. Sara Watkins will open. Tix are $70.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Willie Nelson show postponed, Late Night Pick: Mick Taylor

Tonight's Willie Nelson show at Innsbrook has been postponed until May 20th. Here is the word on the Innsbrook site: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Wednesday May 9 Willie Nelson concert has been postponed.  The new concert date is  Sunday May 20th, gates at 6pm. All tickets purchased for May 9th will be honored for the new date.  Refunds for ticket value can be obtained at the point of your ticket purchase." Probably better off because it's pouring rain right now and that may continue into the evening.

Tonight's Late Night Pick is once and possibly future (he may join the Stones for their 50th Anniversary tour) guitarist for the Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor. He is doing some gigs at a jazz club in NYC and will be stopping by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Of Monsters and Men

Spent some time on the road for work the last few days so no blog. Spent some time while driving on the road yesterday listening to the Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears' CD "Scandalous". It pretty much rocks in an old school R&B with bluesy grunge on top and killer horn section riffs kind of way, just like the show at Friday Cheers last week. I recommend it.

Tonight, check out Icelandic folkie pop band Of Monsters & Men on Late Night on Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, RVA Beer Fest, Papadosio, Spindrift, Willie Nelson, Megadeth, New Orleans Jazz Fest webcast

Lots going on this weekend so let's jump right in with the beginning of the Friday Cheers season and it starts in a groovalicious way with Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. These guys hail from Austin TX and bring the old school with a new twist blues, soul and R&B. Think Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and you're in the right ballpark. Their last album, "Scandalous" got rave reviews. Friday Cheers is, of course, on Brown's Island. It's $5 to get in, kids under 12 are free and it's a family friendly scene (I'll be bringing my 4 and 7 year old boys who love Friday Cheers, more for throwing rocks in the canal and watching the geese but they dig the music when I can get them to sit still for a few minutes), gates open at 6, show starts at 6:30 with openers, The Preservation.  Here's BJL & The HBs doing "Mustang Ranch". Listen to this song and tell me this ain't gonna be a fun show, cause if you do, you'll be lyin'. Hope you get your ham glazed tomorrow.

After Cheers, you can head on over to The Camel and keep your groove goin' with Black Girls and The New Belgians. Doors open at 9 and show starts shortly thereafter. It's $6 to get in.

The RVA Beer Fest will go down indoors and outdoors at Gallery 5 Friday evening and all day Saturday with really good beers and really good bands. It's free on Friday night and $5 to get in on Saturday then you pay for tastings or full beers. Bands on Saturday include Black Girls, New Belgians, People's Blues of Richmond and more.

If you are at home at all this weekend, check out the New Orleans Jazz Fest on YouTube HERE.  They'll have highlights from last weekend and live performances from this weekend including Marcia Ball, Bruce Hornsby, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Glen Hansard, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bon Iver, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, Anders Osborne, Irma Thomas, My Morning Jacket, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Gomez, Janelle Monae, Galactic, Funky Meters, Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers, and acoustic Jimmy Buffett all in HD video and audio. It'll kick off at 3 PM ET Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's a preview:

Saturday night at The National, you've got jamtronica band Papadosio in town. It's $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Biodiesel. Here's Papadosio playing "Oracle Theme" live with some footage from their recent tour:

Monday night at Strange Matter, there will be an all-ages early psychedelic show to start your week in a trippy way. Spindrift (from LA), Strangers Family Band (from Orlando) and Peace Beast (offshoots of Richmond band Diamond Center) will play with doors opening at 5, show starting at 6 and it'll wrap up by 9 so you get home and come down before work the next day. It's $8 to get in. Here's a cool creepy video for Spindrift's "Drifter's Pass". The song kicks ass.:

Next Wednesday night, the reigning patriarch of Americana Country Music, Willie Nelson will be at Innsbrook. General Admission tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and Gold Circle tix can be had in advance for $45. Gates will open at 6 and the opener is Drake White.  Willie just turned 79 years old on May 1 so you can still wish him a Happy Birthday. In honor of his birthday, Pacific Biodiesel named a brand of biodiesel fuel after Willie, called "BioWillie Biodiesel". And you know you've made the big time when they name fuel after you. Here's Willie with Leon Russell doing "One For My Baby and One for the Road":

On the flip side of the music coin on Wednesday night, Megadeth with the insufferable Dave Mustaine will be at the National. Tix are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Scavenger's Daughter.

I'm outta here. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Roger Daltrey

Who frontman Roger Daltrey will be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight on ABC at 12:05 AM. As an added bonus, for me anyway, my dream girl, Scarlett Johansson will also be on. Rrrroowww! Roger is in LA to do some good deeds. He'll be visiting UCLA Hospital, where he launched the Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program last November. He'll talk about that tonight on the show and will hopefully sing too.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pontiak, Diamond Center, Late Night: Daryl Hall, Norah Jones webcast

It's a full-on neo-psychedelia show tonight at Strange Matter with Pontiak, Guardian Alien, Richmond's own Diamond Center and Caves Caverns. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10. It's $8 to get in.

Your late night pick is to watch Conan on TBS at 11 PM to see Daryl Hall.

Norah Jones will be on Late Show with David Letterman tonight and you can also catch her on a webcast from Dave's studio. The webcast starts at 8 PM and you can see it HERE.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Late Night Pick of the Night: Father John Misty

Tonight, check out new Americana singer-songwriter Father John Misty (real name J. Tillman, who was formerly with Fleet Foxes). He'll be on Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 PM on CBS. If you like Nick Drake, Ryan Adams, Harry Nilsson or Gram Parsons, you might dig this guy.