Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friday Cheers lineup announced, Late Night Pick: Bob Mould

The Friday Cheers lineup was announced today. Being the soul man that I am, Charles Bradley and Karl Denson's Universe (featuring Richmond's own DJ Williams on guitar) are the highlights for me. It all looks good though and even the country act this year (Shovels & Rope and Hayes Carll) is worth seeing as they are more alt-country than pop country. We'll, of course, have more on each act during the week the appear. But here's the full lineup and press release:

(RICHMOND, VA) February 28, 2013 -- Venture Richmond's premier outdoor concert series, Friday Cheers, returns to Brown's Island on May 3, with a stellar line-up of bands you won't want to miss, at one of RVA’s most beautiful venues. Enjoy breakout bands, national acts and Richmond's hometown talent. Children 12 & under are free.

May 3 – Shovels & Rope and Hayes Carll, $5.
May 10 – The Lone Bellow and Radical Face, $5.
May 17-19 – Dominion Riverrock, featuring Soulive, Lettuce, Toots & the Maytals and Anders Osborne, FREE.
May 24– RVA Music Night featuring Richmond bands: No BS! Brass Band, Murphy’s Kids and Former Champions, $5.
May 31 – The Head and the Heart with Black Girls, $10.
June 7 – Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires with The Rootdowns, $10.
June 14 – Kishi Bashi and Lake Street Dive, $5.
June 21 – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with The Pimps of Joytime, $10.
June 28 – The Infamous Stringdusters, with James Justin & Co. $10.

Advance tickets for individual shows and season passes to Friday Cheers are available online at starting March 1st.

Season Passes cost $35 from March 1st – April 1st and $45 after.

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For more interviews with the bands, insider and behind- the-scenes info, and back stories on the artist, visit the Friday Cheers blog.

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Friday Cheers is produced and managed by Venture Richmond. Venture Richmond also produces Easter on Parade, RVA Fireworks on the James, the Second Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival, and is a co-producer, with Richmond Sportsbackers, of Dominion Riverrock.
Tonight's Late Night Pick is the great Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM. Also on the show is the lovely and talented (and Philly home girl) Tina Fey and the wonderful British actor, Bill Nighy. Bob's latest video for "Star Machine" is pretty funny, as he and his band participate in "Bring Your Kid to Work Day".

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Buskin & Batteau, DJ Williams Projekt

Thursday night at Ashland Coffee & Tea, Susan Greenbaum will perform a set and so will Buskin & Batteau. Here's the press blurb about them:
Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember. ”We’re not from the Cambridge, came-over-on-the-Mayflower first wave of folkies [ Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Eric Von Schmidt ],” says Buskin, “but we’d like to think we’ve stolen many of their licks.”  The Washington Post called their work “an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit.”  And while their humor runs the gamut from topical irony (“Second Homeless”) to terminal silliness (“Jews Don’t Camp”), it’s their unique combination of instrumental virtuosity (piano and violin, primarily, though both play other instruments as well), soaring vocal harmonies and unparalleled lyric-writing that prompts the standing ovations and rhapsodic reviews: “The most musically sophisticated act in folk” –The New York Times; “Acoustic Heaven” – The Boston Globe.  And with the help of uber-percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, they manage to kick the rhythm pretty hard for a couple of seasoned troubadors.  Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers –Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits — they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists — e.g., Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bette Midler; helping a diverse group of non-profits — Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall Camps, Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, among others; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and  Their new CD is being recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA, features some delightful guest appearances and should be completed, they hope, by Dec.
The show will start at 8 and tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Here's Buskin & Batteau doing "Jews Don't Camp":

Over at Balliceaux Thursday, No BS! Brass Band will perform. It starts at 10 and it's $3 to get in. They were on "RVA This Morning" on channel 6, well, this morning. Can't embed it so you gotta go to the link:

The Trongone Band (jammin' blues) will be at Cary St. Cafe on Thursday night. They'll start at 10 PM and there is no cover (FREE!). They'll also be at Tobacco Company on Friday night at 9:30 PM and, again, no cover! Here they are with guest DJ Williams on guitar doing the Bill Withers classic, "Use Me". This is audio only but soundboard and it's funky:

Speaking of DJ Williams, he'll be at Canal Club on Friday night with his band, DJ Williams Projekt. It's $5 to get in and the show starts at 9 with openers Grapefruit Fred, The Inflatables and DJ Phil Dice.

Friday night at The Camel, Southern Belles will hit the stage. Show will start at 9 with opener Moogatu. There may be a minimal cover charge. Here's the Belles doing "Fried Fish" at Cary St. Cafe about a year ago:

Saturday night, straight from New Orleans and ready to get down and get funky, it's the magnificent Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Capital Ale House. It's $15 to get in, doors open at 8, show starts at 9. They recently announced they'll be playing the Peach Mountain Festival at Montage Mountain, PA in August with Allman Bros. Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Black Crowes, and others. Here's the DDBB at Bonnaroo in 2002:

At The Camel on Saturday night, People's Blues of Richmond will rock your face off. It's $7 to get in and the show starts at 9 with Toy Soldiers (from Philly) and Toxic Moxie. Here's PBR at The National last September doing "Only Insane":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Late Night Pick: Gold Fields

Gold Fields is an up and coming band (they are one of MTV's Bands to Watch this year) from Australia who make 80's influenced dance pop ala Duran Duran. They just released an album called, "Black Sun" and they'll be gettin' that 80's groove on (wear your neon colors) tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 PM on ABC.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Late Night Pick: Japandroids

Still riding high from their album, "Celebration Rock", which ended up on a lot of "2012 Best of" lists, Japandroids (who are neither Japanese nor androids, at least as far as I can tell. I suppose they could be very sophisticated androids who are programmed to ROCK!) will be on Conan tonight on TBS at 11 PM, then repeated at 1 AM. Japandroids do catchy, punky, garage rock and I have been quite fond of this song lately. I'm a sucker for any band that can rock and get some good "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh"'s in.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mary Gauthier, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Queers, The Shack Band, King Solomon's Marbles

It's jam band wars tonight! Bluesy jammers The Shack Band, Trongone Band and Pseudo Blue hit The Camel tonight. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9:30 and it's $7 to get in. This is The Shack Band's only local performance this month. Here's The Shack Band playing "Cafe Diem" on 2/15/13:

Over at Cary St. Cafe tonight, Grateful Dead tribute band, King Solomon's Marbles, will groove ya starting at 10 PM. It's $7 to get in. You can listen to their show from 1/25/13 at Cary St. Cafe HERE.

Tuesday night at Ashland Coffee & Tea, Americana singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier will take the stage at 8 PM. Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Mary has a new album, "Live at Blue Rock", out. Mary has just started a world tour that will take her all over the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. Here she is doing "Cigartette Machine" from the new album:

If you're looking for something a little louder, check out the pop-punk party at The Camel on Wednesday night with The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Masked Intruder. Doors will open at 7, show starts at 8, it's $12 in advance, $14 at the door and The Camel advises that you buy in advance as they are likely to sell out. Here's Teenage Bottlerocket with "Skate or Die" (some language NSFW):

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Late Night Pick: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Old and young guns combine for a blues como that's getting great reviews with Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite and their new album, "Get Up!". They'll be on Tavis Smiley tonight talking about their collaboration and hopefully playing some music too. Tavis Smiley is on PBS at various times depending upon where you are so check your local listings. Here's Ben & Charlie doing "I'm In I'm Out and I'm Gone":

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Late Night Pick: ZZ Ward

That's ZZ Ward, not ZZ Top, thank you. ZZ Ward is a new R&B/neo-soul singer/songwriter out of Oregon and she'll be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight at 1:35 AM on NBC. She'll be playing some of the big music fests this summer including Sasquatch and Firefly (in Dover, DE). You might dig ZZ if you like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Joss Stone, Adele or Christina Aguilera.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Late Night Pick: Lisa Loeb

Tonight, Lisa Loeb, who burst onto the scene in the early 90's with "Stay" and had been making consistently good music since, will be on Conan on TBS at 11 PM and then repeated at 1 AM. And she's still cute too! She's got a new album out called "No Fairy Tale" which includes two collaborations with Tegan & Sara.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Late Night Pick: Divine Fits

Indie rock "supergroup" (made up of member of Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks) Divine Fits will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight at 1:35 AM. They'll be hitting some of the major summer fests (Sasquatch, Coachella, Governor's Ball). Here's the video for their latest "single" (should we even call them singles anymore?), "My Love Is Real":

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Late Night Pick: Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks & The Sound City Players

Can Dave Grohl do anything wrong? From Nirvana to Foo Fighters to backing up rock legends and now directing the highly acclaimed documentary, "Sound City", about the LA studio about the golden age of digital rock and roll where many a classic album was recorded. Tonight, Dave and his band (made up largely of Food Fighters) The Sound City Players will perform with Stevie Nicks on Late Show with David Letterman on CBS at 11:35 AM. I'm hoping they do "Gold Dust Woman" which was one of three songs they played last night at the "Sound City Celebration" concert which also featured John Fogerty, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Rick Springfield (yes, that Rick Springfield), Lee Ving of Fear and others. You can read about that show in the Rolling Stone review HERE. And here is the trailer for the "Sound City" movie:

Dark Star Orchestra, Sons of Bill, K-Holes, EOTO, Lonely Teardrops, Vinnie Caruana

Looks like the winter blahs are over as the music scene gets real busy this weekend.

For those looking for a little Valentine's Happy Hour, head to Conch Republic out at Rocketts Landing for Southern Belles. They'll be playing from 4 to 7 so bring your honey or go solo and dance while you watch the sunset over the skyline. No cover charge.

Jam band fans, that may also serve as your pre-party before you head to The National to see the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra. Doors will open at 7, show starts at 8 and tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The band is known for recreating the setlist and the sound (though not the exact musical notes) from particular Grateful Dead shows and if they don't do the classic 2/14/70 Fillmore East show, well that would just be crazy. Here's DSO doing "Eyes of the World" at their show at First Ave. in Minnesota on 1/30/13:

WRIR will be celebrating love gone bad at their Black Valentine's Day Party at Cous Cous. Admission is free, the show starts at 10 PM, and the bands (Jake Mayday, Hot Dolphin and The Snowy Owls) will play nothing but songs about love gone wrong.

Over at Balliceaux, it's the return of Black Girls in what I believe is their first show in Richmond of the new year. The show will start at 11 and it's $5 to get in. They may have some tunes to play from a new album they've been working on.

Another Happy Hour show to hit on Friday, this time with blues band, Bush League, at the Capital Ale House downtown. Festivities start at 5 PM and it's FREE to get in. Here's the Bush League jamming with their friends from the band, The UnXpected, at The Canal Club on 1/12/13:

You can stick around at the Capital Ale House after Bush League and catch Charlottesville Americana band, Sons of Bill. It'll be $15 to see them, the doors will open at 9:30 and the show starts at 10. These guys are starting to make a name for themselves with their new album, "Sirens". Here's the song "Virginia Calling" from that album:

At the Tobacco Company on Friday night, People's Blues of Richmond will take the stage around 9 PM for a FREE show. After this show, they'll start a tour of the NE which will take them to Baltimore, DC, WV, NYC, Philly, Lancaster, then back home to Richmond on 3/2 at The Camel. Here they are with Shack Band covering one of my favorite Stones songs, "Ventilator Blues" a few weeks ago in WV:

If you are in a salsa mood on Friday night, and I don't meant the condiment, shake your ass down to Lulu's for Bio Ritmo. Ignore the poster, doors will open at 8:30, first set starts at 9 and second set starts at 11 and it's $8 to get in. Here's the band doing "Carnaval":

At McCook's Grill in Lakeside, honky tonk country band, Five & Dimers, will be on starting at 8 PM.

On Saturday, jamtronica band EOTO will be at The National. It's an all ages event, the doors will open at 8 and that's when the show starts. Openers are Crizzly, Reinhold, Groove Status, and Mammals. EOTO's shows are 100% improvised. Here's some live video and an interview with EOTO from last year's Electric Forest fest:

If improvised electronica is not your thang, head to Strange Matter for the exact opposite, garage punk performed by NY band, K-Holes. They'll be headlining a show which includes Call of the Wild, Nervous Ticks (great name!), and Big No. It's $8 to get in. Here's their song "Rats":

Sunday night, go to Bandito's for the swingin' garage rock of the Lonely Teardrops and The Sacred Teachers. Show starts at 10 PM. I don't think there is a cover charge but if there is, it's minimal.  Here's Lonely Teardrops playing ""Never 'Til Now":

It's an acoustic show at The Camel on Tuesday night featuring the Acoustic Basement Tour with dudes from punk bands taking it down a notch, at least volume-wise. Geoff Rickly from Thursday, Vinnie Caruana from Movielife, A Loss for Words, Koji, and Brian Marquis will start at 6:30 PM. Here's Vinnie doing "To Be Dead and In Love":

Alright, I'm tired. I'll see you out somewhere this weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Late Night Pick: Robert DeLong

Tonight on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 11:35 PM), check out Robert DeLong. Robert blends electronica and singer/songwriter elements to create his music. Robert was tapped as a "2013 Artist to Watch" by MTV (do they still care about music?). Robert's debut album "Just Movement" came out on 2/5 as is getting pretty good reviews. You can stream it HERE. He's also going to be hitting some of the big festivals this summer including Coachella and Sasquatch and Governor's Ball.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Late Night Pick: Little Big Town

Looks like country week so far on late night. Tonight watch Little Big Town on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS at 11:35 PM. Their latest album "Tornado" finds them moving ever so slightly away from their pop country sound and shows more of the influence of the Southern California sound of the 70's like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. They'll be playing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest this year and they just won their first Grammy the other night for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Pontoon".

Monday, February 11, 2013

Late Night Pick: Gary Allan

Neo-traditionalist country musician, Gary Allan, will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC. Neo-traditionalist means country without all the gloss and production that a lot of the top 40 pop country has. Though for old school country it sure is popular as his latest album, Set You Free, is #1 on the country charts for the second week in a row and he recently sold out a show at the historici Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in 10 minutes.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Late Night Pick: Night Beds

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC, watch the new band Night Beds. They recorded their recently released debut album, "Country Sleep", in a house once owned by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Their music is a mix of indie folk and old school Americana.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Late Night Pick: Jeffrey Osborne & George Duke

Tavis Smiley has jazz/R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne on his show tonight on PBS (check local listings or Tavis' web site for times). Jeffrey has a new album of standards out ("A Time For Love") and musicians helping out include Christian McBride and Chaka Khan. Playing keyboards on the album and producing is George Duke who will also be on the show tonight. Mr. Duke has had a pretty good career of his own, with solo work and working in bands with Al Jarreau, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Jean Luc-Ponty, Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderly, and producing many other artists. I think Tavis will have a lot to talk about with these two along with hearing some great music.

Zappa Plays Zappa, Bio Ritmo, Toro Y Moi, Kung Fu, Ramona Falls, Corey Harris, Former Champions

Thursday night at The National, Zappa Plays Zappa brings the music of two Zappas to Richmond. Dweezil will preform some of Frank's songs with his band and maybe throw in a few originals of his own. Dweezil had put together a crackerjack band that bring Frank's music alive in a live setting where it is best and they manage to put their own spin on it too. Dweezil is a fantastic guitar player who learned from his dad, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and is constantly pushing himself and learning more. You may even see Dweezil play with Frank as they use video and audio from a live performance by Frank so he "plays" with the band. It could come across as cheesy but they don't overdo it and it's pretty well done. I'll be going to this one so let me know if you're going. Doors will open at 7, show starts at 8 (hopefully they are on rock & roll time and start a little later because I'll be rushing to get there by 8). Tix are $20 for GA on the floor, $25 for reserved in the balcony, and $49 for VIP reserved in the balcony which includes a soundcheck party and show poster. Here's the band doing my kids' favorite Zappa song (no kidding, it's on one of the mix CDs we make together and we always sing it when we eat muffins), "Muffin Man" from 2/5/13:

If your tastes run a little less, well, weird, Sixpence None the Richer will be at The Canal Club on Thursday night. Tix are $16.50 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 and the show will open with The Dave Tinney Band. Their big hit was "Kiss Me" back in '99 and you'll like them if you like The La's, Crowded House, Matchbox 20, Meredith Brooks, The Sundays, The Cranberries, 10,000 Maniacs, Cowboy Junkies, Beach Boys, or Todd Rundgren. Here they are doing The La's "There She Goes" on Letterman back in '99:

Friday night at The Camel, Bio Ritmo (salsa) will help Quatro Na Bossa (bossa nova & samba jazz) celebrate their CD release. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Quatro Na Bossa will come on around 9 and Bio Ritmo will come on around 11. Here's Bio Ritmo performing in France in 2011:

Local jamtronica band Former Champions will be at Cary St. Cafe on Friday night. Show starts at 10 and it's $5 to get in. You can download a free album from them HERE. You can also catch the band at Cary St. Cafe on Tuesday night at 10 PM with no cover that night. And here is the band's full set from when they played Cary St. Cafe on 11/13/12:

Indie electronica artist Toro Y Moi will be at The National Saturday. Tix are $15, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Wild Belle and Dog Bite. Toro Y Moi will be at the big Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge, WA in May. Here's a short interview and the song "High Living (Yours Truly)" from Toro:

Over at The Camel on Saturday, Kung Fu will play with People's Blues of Richmond opening. It's $10 to get in and the doors open at 9 with the show starting at 10. Kung Fu play a funk-jazz fusion which should get you movin'.  Here's Kung Fu playing at the Bear Creek festival last year:

If you want to rock out, classic Southern style, on Saturday night, head to Capital Ale House to see Skydog, the Allman Brothers tribute band. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $7 in advance, $10 day of show. Here's the band doing "Statesboro Blues":

Electro-acoustic-indie-pop band Ramona Falls will be at The Camel on Sunday. It's $10 to get in. Doors will open at 8, show starts at 8:30 with openers Houdin the Mystic and Absent Center. Here's Ramona Falls performing "Spore":

Monday night, blues guitarist Corey Harris will do a benefit at the Byrd Theatre for the Fulton Memorial Park. The park will commemorate the Fulton neighborhood of Richmond which was destroyed in a "misbegotten urban renewal effort" in the 70's. For more on the Fulton neighborhood and the park, read the article from last Friday's Richmond Times-Dispatch HERE. The show will start at $7 and tix are $15, $5 for students. Here's Corey performing "Fulton Blues", the song he wrote about the Fulton section:

This is the 8th best video of the year 2012, at least according to Paste Magazine. It's Rufus Wainwright's (looking a little crazed and occasionally cross-dressed) "Out of the Game" and it stars Helena Bonham Cartern as a sexy librarian.

Have a great weekend! See you at Zappa Plays Zappa!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Late Night Pick: Damien Jurado

Alternative singer-songwriter Damien Jurado is on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight on NBC at 1:35 AM. I've been digging this bluesy, psychedelic track from Mr. Jurado lately. It's called "Nothing Is The News" from his latest album, "Maraqopa":

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dominion Riverrock bands announced, Late Night Pick: Jimmy Cliff

Dominion Riverrock announced the bands performing at this year's event today. On Friday, 5/17, DJ Mordecai kicks things off at 6 PM and then you get your headliners Soulive (7:30) and Lettuce (9:30), two funky bands which should get everyone moving.

Saturday, bands start at 1:00 with The Trongone Band, 2:30 with The New Belgians, The Shack Band at 4:00, The Southern Belles at 5:30. The headliners begin at 7:00 with great New Orleans blues-rocker Anders Osborne and then reggae great Toots and the Maytals at 9:00. Mark your calendars and don't miss two nights of great, free music.

Check out Americana singer/songwriter Tift Merritt on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight at 1:35 AM on NBC. Tift recently joined singer Andrew Bird to do a couple songs for a Billboard Magazine Tastemakers @ Sunrise session. You can check out the whole thing HERE. Here's one song from the session, "Give It Away" (not the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same name!).

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scott H Biram, Flogging Mollys, Southern Belles, Jackass Flats

The Southern Belles and their funkified Americana groove continue their monthly First Friday residency at The Camel on Friday. It's $7 to get in, doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9:30 with Jackass Flats and a set of all acoustic bluegrass. The bands will be getting together for a set of their favorite Gram Parsons tunes, which should be a treat. Here's Southern Belles at The Camel back in September doing "All Night":

Monday night, gutbucket hardass bluesman, Scott H Biram will be at The Camel. Tix are $12, doors open at  8, show starts at 9 with openers Black Eyed Vermilion and Whiskey Dick. Here's a short interview with Scott and then he performs at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis:

Celtic punkers (from LA) Flogging Molly will be at The National on Wednesday night. Tix are $26 in advance, $29 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 with openers Skinny Lister and Dave Hause. Flogging Molly has been compared to The Pogues, Black 47, Dropkick Murphys, and are influenced by bands as diverse as Johnny Cash, Motorhead, Social Distortion, The Chieftains, The Clash, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Here's Flogging Molly singing "Drunken Lullabies", my favorite kind:

The 7th best video of 2012 according to Paste Magazine is this one from The David Wax Museum called "Harder Before It Get Easier" in which the duo gets all crazy with the face and body paint.

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Have a great weekend! Go Niners!

Tony Jordan