Thursday, July 26, 2012

Indigo Girls, Jim Lauderdale, Bruce Hornsby, Leftover Salmon, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dick Dale

The weekend starts Thursday night, as all good weekends do, with folk rockers Indigo Girls at Maymont. Gates open at 5:30, music begins around 6:30 with openers The Shadowboxers. General Admission lawn tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate and kids 10 and under get in free. General Reserve Seating tix are $45 in advance. Here's the Indigo Girls from their last album, "Beauty Queen Sister" with the song "Making Promises" that reminds me a bit of Paul Simon:



Folk/bluegrass great Jim Lauderdale will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night. Show starts at 8, tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Here's the press blurb on Mr. Lauderdale:
"Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first “Honors and Awards Show” held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years. He is among Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, “Pure Country.” Not content to just write hits for the stars, he’s toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.
Jim’s musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” (Dualtone). His next one came for his second “solo” bluegrass album, “The Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards! His first CD with Dr. Stanley, “I Feel Like Singing Today” ( Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled “Bluegrass”(Yep Roc) from 2006. His current release, “Patchwork River” (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter) is currently on the Americana radio charts."

Here's Jim doing "Whisper" in Asheville NC in June:



No BS! Brass Band will be at The Camel Friday night. Doors open at 9, cover charge is $7. Here's No BS! performing a couple weeks ago at Blue 5 in Roanoke:




Black Girls will be at Balliceaux on Friday night. The show will start at 10 PM and it's $5 to get in.

On the interwebs all weekend, you can check out one of the biggest EDM (that's electronic dance music) festivals in all the world on YouTube HERE. I believe that things will get underway each day at 1 PM our time if I did my math right. The times on the site are in Central European Summer Time. So get your glow sticks out and shut the curtains. Here's a little promo video which is pretty funny. This could be your backyard!



Black Girls better not party too much on Friday night because they'll have to get up early-ish on Saturday to play a FREE show at Hardywood Brewery on Saturday from 4 to 8. There will be two sets of Black Girls and some DJ spinning in between.

A real good show on Saturday evening out at Innsbrook. Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will be out there. Tix for General Admission are $16.50 in advance, $20 at the gate and kids 10 and under are free in GA. Tix for Gold Circle are $35 and kids 2 and under are free in the Gold Circle. Get there early because the opener is bluegrass band Leftover Salmon. Gates are gonna open at 5 PM and Leftover Salmon will start around 6:30.  I would expect some cross-pollination going on between the two bands. Bruce recently scored and recorded the soundtrack to Spike Lee's new movie, "Red Hook Summer" so you may some selections from that. Here's Bruce & The Noisemakers playing with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Ratdog, Furthur) and Branford Marsalis doing a rousing version of "Franklin's Tower" at the All Good Festival last weekend:



Sunday, get your cowboy hat on and head out to Innsbrook for Countryfest 2012 with Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie & The Blowfish), Colt Ford, Corey Smith and Cody Purvis. Perhaps Darius can change his name to Carius for the show. Gates open at 2, Cody comes on at 4, Corey at 5, Colt at 6:30, and Carius, er, Darius at 8. General Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Gold Circle can be bought in advance only and are $50 a piece.

On Wednesday night at Maymont, folk/bluegrass/Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show will perform with The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids opening. Gates will open at 5:30, music starts around 6:30. Tix are $34 in advance, $39 at the gate, kids 10 and under are free. Old Crow is getting a sizable audience. They sold out the next two nights after Maymont at the 9:30 Club in DC and also sold out their show in Central Park in NYC. Old Crow just released their new album, "Carry Me Back" a little over a week ago so I'm sure you'll hear several selections from that. I bet they'll play this one. This is "Carry Me Back to Virginia" performed on the balcony of the Ryman Auditorium:



As an added bonus, because I like them and I like this song, this is The Lumineers doing "Ho Hey":



Also, Wednesday night, surf music pioneer and god, Dick Dale, will be at Capital Ale House downtown. Advance tix are $25, day of show tix are $30. Show starts at 8. From the look of Dick's website, he hasn't updated it since 1997 but he doesn't care because he's Dick Fu**in' Dale! Here's Dick Dale and the Del-Tones in 1966 doing "The Watusi". This video is freaking awesome even with the numbers in the middle of the screen thanks to the hip announcer and the dancers and this is from the "Hollywood A Go-Go" TV show:



And I'm outta here! Have a great weekend.

Tony Jordan