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