Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lotus, Pinback, Wale, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Nighthawks, The Atkinsons

St. Patty's Weekend! Dance a jig, wear green and party until you puke green beer. Much music this weekend.

Jamtronica band Lotus headlines two nights at The National on Friday and Saturday night. Tix are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, or you can buy a two day pass for $40. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 each night. Friday night, the opener is The Werks, Saturday night, Richmond's own Former Champions opens. Both shows are getting close to sold out so get your tix now. Here's Lotus doing "Kodiak" live at Red Rocks:



If you are more Mr. Natural than rave guy, head to the Capital Ale House on Friday night to see Larry Keel and Natural Bridge. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Last time they played at Capital Ale House they sold out so get your tix early. They recently played NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show with Asleep at the Wheel and others. The show will be broadcast on May 3. Here they are playing a few days ago at Jewish Mother in VA Beach:



Saturday, Shamrock the Block goes down in Shockoe Bottom around the Farmer's Market area. This has become a huge event with more than 30,000 attending last year. It'll run from noon to 6. It's free to attend, there will be food and beer to buy, and bands playing all day. Click HERE for the band lineup.

That night at the Canal Club, indie pop band Pinback will perform. Doors open at 8, tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. No opener is listed on the Facebook event page for this one, but you might want to check the Canal Club site later. The site is down as I type this. They'll be playing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on March 19. Here's their video for the fine song "Proceed to Memory" from their latest album, "Information Retrieved":



Sunday night, blues greats The Nighthawks will be at Lulu's. The show will start around 7 and it's $15 to get in. Here's a taste of their show in Rockville MD on 2/23:



Underground rapper Wale will be at The National on Sunday night. Tix are $32.50 in advance, $40 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. No opener is listed on The National's site. You might like Wale is you like Gorillaz, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Outkast, DJ Kool, or Chuck Brown. Here's Wale's "Street Runner" (language NSFW):



Over at Capital Ale House on St. Pat's Day, it's a full day of FREE music with Donnybrooks Band from 3 PM to 6 PM, then The Atkinsons from 7 PM to midnight with St. Andrews Legion Pipe & Drums making appearances throughout the day. The Atkinsons are an Americana band but they say they've got some Irish tunes ready for the show. Here's The Atkinsons playing at the 2012 Watermelon Fest:



The tenth best video of 2012 according to Paste Magazine is this sad little animated video from Wilco for "Sunloathe":



Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

Tony Jordan