Thursday, September 6, 2012

Zammuto, Kendrick Lamar, Perpetual Groove, Ana Egge, Sons of Bill, White Hills, Del McCoury Band

Fall is here and the busy music weekends begin. This one starts on Thursday with jam band Perpetual Groove at The National. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Tauk.

Thursday at The Camel, experimental techno artist Zammuto will perform. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30 with opener Marionette. Here's Zammuto performing "The Shape of Things To Come" in NYC in April:

Also on Thursday night, People's Blues Of Richmond will play at The Republic. The show will start at 10 and it's FREE. The band is threatening to play all Neil Diamond tunes. You'll have to attend to see if they are putting us on or not. If they play "Sweet Caroline", feel free to throw things at them. OK, don't do that. OK, maybe just throw soft things at them. Here's most of their set from Garage Mahal in Mechanicsville in July. Do not fear their shirtlessness and man-boobs:

Friday night, Americana singer-songwriter Ana Egge and her band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Show starts at 8 with opener Parlor Soldiers. Here's the little press blurb about Ana from the AC&T web site: "Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour Ana Egge isn’t your run-of-the-mill alternative-country singer. Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions, Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure with a rocker attitude. Ana’s newest album, Bad Blood was released August 23, 2011 via Ammal records. The 12-song set was produced by Steve Earle and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Bad Blood was mixed and mastered by Ray Kennedy (Earle and Kennedy’s production partnership includes the Grammy winning Lucinda Williams album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, the Ron Sexsmith favorite Blue Boy, and many more. Steve Earle stated, “Ana Egge’s songs are low and lonesome, big square-stare noir ballads which she plays on a guitar she built with her own two hands and sings like she’s telling us her deepest, darkest secrets.” Here's Ana's video for her song "Hole In Your Halo":

Friday night at The Camel, Black Girls will boogie down. It's $6 to get in. Start time is 9 PM with opener Dr. Millionaire.

Saturday night finds a big rap show at The National with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Tix are $31 in advance, $36 at the door. Doors open at 8 and show starts at 9. Kendrick is getting big, collaborating with fan Lady Gaga on a tune that will be out soon, and hanging out with Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Dr. Dre. Here is Kendrick's latest, "Swimming Pools (Drank)":

Americana/roots rock band from Charlottesville, Sons of Bill, will be at the Capital Ale House downtown on Saturday night. Tix are $10. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Carl Anderson. If you want to check out Sons of Bill's recent 4 song Daytrotter session (including a REM cover), click HERE.  Here's Sons of Bill's new song "Siren Song":

On Saturday night at Strange Matter, check out space rock band White Hills. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors are gonna open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Caves Caverns, Odonis Odonis, and James Wallace & the Naked Light. Be sure to get in early to see buzz band Odonis Odonis. Here's Odonis Odonis doing "New World":

And here is White Hills' latest, "I Write a Thousand Letters":

White Hills - I Write a Thousand Letters from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Local jam band, Former Champions, will be at The Camel on Saturday night. It's $7 to get in. Show starts at 9 PM with opener Funk Art. Here's Former Champions performing "16th Hour" at The Camel in December of last year:

On Saturday night at Cary St. Cafe, Americana band The Atkinsons will play starting at 9:30 with opener Eric Hunter and the Distractions. Cover charge, if any, should be minimal.

Bluegrass great Del McCoury and his band come to the Modlin Center of the Arts at University of Richmond on Sunday night. Tix range from $10 to $38 depending on your demographic. Get in early to see opener Chatham County Line who start the show at 7:30. Here's the press blurb from the Modlin site: "For 50 years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. A direct musical descendant of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and armed with a musical open-mindedness, McCoury has parlayed the traditional sounds of the genre to a much broader audience by way of unconventional collaborations including Phish and country rocker Steve Earle, among others. The Del McCoury Band has won 31 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and a Grammy® for Best Bluegrass Album." Here they are doing my favorite Richard Thompson song, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning":

If you are old enough to remember when MTV actually played music and actually mattered, HERE are the 36 greatest MTV Video Music Awards performances. They are still having the VMAs which is interesting because I think MTV maybe plays videos for about 2 hours a day now, if that.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan