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!