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