Friday, June 22, 2012

Alabama Shakes, Hot Tuna, Three Sheets to the Wind, Southern Belles, Orion Music Fest webcast

Tonight, provided the thunderstorms hold off, Alabama Shakes will be at Friday Cheers. Show starts at 6:30 with opener Robert Ellis and it's only $5 to get in. Way back when the Cheers lineup was announced, this was the one I circled on my virtual calendar as the one to see. This band is up and rising, which is always the best time to see a band, with stories in the media and a huge buzz around them. Their contemporary, hard, Southern blues (think Allman Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, Janis Joplin, Gov't Mule) seems to be striking a chord. Here they are performing "Be Mine" at Bonnaroo a couple weeks ago. Don't miss this one.

Saturday and Sunday, there will be a webcast from Metallica's Orion Festival in Atlantic City. You will find it HERE.  It will start at 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, Metallica will perform "The Black Album" (the one with Enter Sandman) in it's entireity. Sunday, they'll do the album"Ride the Lightning" all the way through. Also on the webcast, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Best Coast, Eric Church, Arctic Monkeys and more. They don't have an official schedule up yet, so tune in tomorrow and they'll probably have one posted by then.

A bunch of old SF hippies bring their brand of psychedelic electric (yes, they are playing electric) blues to The National on Monday night. Hot Tuna (featuring Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane) will perform. Tix are $25 for reserved in the balcony and $20 for general admission on the floor. Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 8 with jam band guitar virtuoso, Steve Kimock (Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends), who will surely join the Tuna later. Hot Tuna's latest album "Steady As She Goes" was named to Jamband News' "Top 10 albums of 2011". Here's Hot Tuna back in 1970 doing "Hesitation Blues" acoustic:

Wednesday night, it's 80's for the Ladies night at Innsbrook with Yacht Rock cover bands Three Sheets to the Wind and Love Canon. Gates open at 6. Ladies and children 10 and under will get in free to general admission. For the guys, it's $5 for GA in advance, $10 at the gate. You can also get Platinum Seating for $25 that gets you Gold Circle seating and admission to the VIP tent for complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

Also on Wednesday, jam-groove band, Southern Belles will be at Cary St. Cafe starting at 10. It's FREE!

Have a great weekend! Pray to the weather gods to hold off on the thunderstorms until after Cheers tonight. See you down at Brown's Island!

Tony Jordan