Friday, May 25, 2012

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.