Thursday, February 28, 2013

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 WPKN.org.  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: http://wtvr.com/2013/02/27/virginia-this-morning-no-bs-brass-band/.

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