Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dr. Dog, Dar Williams, Wino, Xiu Xiu, Fang Island, Mickey Hart, Drive-By Truckers tix on sale, Steve Vai

Gonna try to do the next two weeks in this one since I will be in the Outer Banks next week, which means no blog next week. I just heard the collective "Awwwwwwww" go up around the Richmond area. Thanks, guys. You like me! You really like me!

We start on Thursday night with alternative pop rockers Dr. Dog at The National. Tix are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Cotton Jones. Here's Toby & Zach of Dr. Dog doing "Lonesome" at Pickathon 2012 whatever the hell that is:

Black Girls will be at Balliceaux Thursday night. Show starts at 10 and Madam Macadam will open. It's $5 to get in.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM for two Drive-By Truckers shows at The National on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Get 'em early because they usually sell out. Just saw that you can buy tix on a pre-sale site HERE if you don't want to wait until they go on sale on Ticketmaster on Friday. I just bought my pair for the 10/27 show! Can't wait! DBT! DBT! DBT!

Folk songstress Dar Williams will be at Capital Ale House downtown on Saturday night. Advance tix are $25, day of show they'll be $30. Show starts at 9 with an opener tba. Dar has a new album out called "In the Time of Gods" so I'm sure you'll hear some stuff off of that. Here's her video for "As Cool As I Am":

Sunday night, guitar wiz Steve Vai will be at The National. Tix are $35 reserved seat orchestra / $30 reserved balcony / $30 reserved balcony / $25 GA standing floor. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and Beverly McClellan will open. Here's Steve playing "Tender Surrender" at the TEC Awards 2012 which are no doubt awards for guitar wonks:

If you are more in the mood for underground heavy metal on Sunday night, Strange Matter has a bill that will kick your ass, headlined by Wino & Conny Ochs. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 9, music starts at 10 with openers Josh Small and Dorthia Cottrell. Here's Wino and Conny rocking out but acoustic-like. The video kicks in around 0:17.

Tuesday night at Gallery 5, experimental rock group Xiu Xiu will perform. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 7. Dead Fame and Ghost Lotion will open. You might dig Xiu Xiu if you like The Cure, Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective or Joy Division. Here's their video for "Born to Suffer":

Hard rockin' Fang Island will play Strange Matter on Wednesday, August 29. It's $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Adebisi Shank (nice shout out to "Oz" there) and Sports Bar. Here's Fang Island on a cable access show in Chicago the other night being interviewed by a puppet named Ratso and then playing a song and rocking out with some kids:

Friday, August 31, No BS! Brass Band will be at The Camel. It'll be $7 to get in. The show starts at 9 with The Compass Rose Orchestra. Here they are doing "Thriller" a couple weeks ago. The video is dark but the sound is good:

Also Friday, August 31, chill reggae singer/songwriter Trevor Hall will be at Capital Ale House downtown. Tix are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Show starts at 9 with Session Rockers. When not on the road, Trevor passionately spends his time in Allahabad, India working with the orphaned children of Yoga Vedanta Kutir. Over the past four years, Trevor has helped raise over $15,000 for these children by collecting donations from fans and friends at every tour stop. Here's Trevor's video for "Other Ways":

Finally, on Sunday, September 2, a show I'll be hitting at The National, Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead, brings his band to town for some groovealicious world music and tasty Dead treats. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. No opener because the Mickey Hart Band will play two full sets, bitches! Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Dave Schools, usually the bass player for Widespread Panic and a Richmond VA native, is playing bass in Mickey's band this tour. HERE is a short review of the show in Buffalo. Here's the band playing "Cut the Deck" in Denver in May:

Have a great weekend and week! I'll see you when I get back at the Mickey Hart Band show!

Tony Jordan