Thursday, February 7, 2013

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