Thursday, February 14, 2013

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