Friday, April 26, 2013

English Beat, Tift Merritt, Blockhead, Hackensaw Boys, The Chelsea Clintons, Vampire Weekend webcast

It's a real busy weekend and that's a good thing. It wasn't too long ago when Richmond was lucky to get a national act coming through once every couple weeks. Now, we've got multiple national acts to choose from each week and a resurgent local music scene and I couldn't be happier.

On Friday night at The National, contemporary bluegrass band, The Hackensaw Boys will do two sets (no opener). Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $15. The Boys have a new album out called "For the Love of a Friend - Live in Kinderdijk (NL)". You can listen to it HERE. And here's their song "Dance Around":

At The Camel, Southern Belles bring their country, funky (cunky? funty?) jams Friday night. Show starts at 10 with opener Woodwork. It's $6 to get in. The Belles have been working on some new songs so we'll see what they've got on Friday night. Here's the Belles doing "Every Little Thing" at Rapture in C'ville last month:

Southern Belles have been know to play a Grateful Dead tune or two but if you want your Friday night to be all Dead, go to Cary St. Cafe for King Solomon's Marbles. The show starts at 10 and it's $7 to get in.

Saturday starts early and with good beer at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery as they throw a little party to debut their Bourbon Cru beer. The party starts at 2 as they tap the beer and have five food trucks set up so you can get a base as the beer is quite strong (10.2% ABV). At 5 PM, Black Girls will play for an hour, followed by The Trillions at 6 PM, followed by another Black Girls set at 7, followed by another Trillions set at 8. Between the two, you'll have a good time dancing to the power pop and quaffing some fine beverages. Here's Black Girls doing "So Sorry" at Balliceaux on Valentine's Day:

Over at Modlin Center at University of Richmond, you've got the intriguing duo of John Sebastian and David Grisman. Tickets range from $10 to $36 depending on your demographic and the show starts at 7:30. In case you don't know who they are, here is the press blurb for that one: "The musical history of John Sebastian and David Grisman dates back to their college days in the 1960s at New York University in the heyday of the Greenwich Village folk revival. The two made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band. After legendary solo careers – Sebastian as the lead singer of one of America’s most popular bands, the Lovin’ Spoonful and Grisman as the father of the acoustic music revolution with his genre-defying “Dawg music” – the pair have reunited to create “Satisfied,” a stunning collection of acoustic duets featuring traditional folk tunes, blues, instrumentals, and original songs." Couldn't find any good videos of them together so here's David performing "Shady Grove":

The wonderful singer-songwriter Tift Merritt will be at Capital Ale House on Saturday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Tara Mills and Yankee Dixie. Tix are $15. You'll dig Tift if you like Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Andrew Bird, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Susan Tedeschi. Here's Tift from "Last Call with Carson Daly" doing "Still Not Home":

Over at The National on Saturday night, it's 80's ska band, English Beat (only one original member left, Dave Wakeling). Tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers 808 and Craig Honeycutt. A lot of people had some nice things to say about Margaret Thatcher upon her death, but not Englishman Dave Wakeling, "The American perspective of Margaret Thatcher, certainly from a foreign policy point of view, was that she was a trusted ally — of Ronald Reagan’s in particular — and did a pretty good job at it. And there’s an argument there. But what most Americans didn’t see was the complete dismantling of towns and villages, of people’s lives being cut short and then cutting their own lives short because they thought, like the Sex Pistols said, that there was no future. That time signaled a breaking of the English spirit, where people who used to have each other’s back, and used to talk to strangers — Thatcher turned neighbors into competitors." Here's a song that's not about Margaret Thatcher, but Pete Townshend once told me it's about a blow job (not kidding, Pete really told me that):

Susan Greenbaum, our local folk poet, will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday night. Show will start at 8 and it's $12 to get in.

Funky, avant-hip-hop band, Photosynthesizers are at The Camel Saturday night. This will be the first in a series of 10 showcases called LISTEN in which the Photosynthesizers will showcase various art forms. This one is called "Light In Sound" and will feature "an explosive showcase in music". It's $5 to get in and the show starts at 9 with openers Lela Bizz and Anhayla. Here's Photosynthesizers from RVA TV Sessions:

Also on Saturday night, it's an electronica showcase at The Canal Club with The Polish Ambassador and Blockhead. Doors open at 10 and tix are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Check out Blockhead's Facebook link back there as he makes some really funny status updates such as this one, "Dumb thought of the day: There should be a senior citizen porn star named Reese Witheredpoon." And Blockhead makes some really cool, psychedelic videos like this one for "The Music Scene":

On Sunday, you can enjoy Trongone Band unplugged at Tobacco Company starting at 7 PM.

Vampire Weekend will webcast their show from the Tribeca Film Festival live on YouTube at 9 PM on Sunday right HERE. The amazing Steve Buscemi will be directing. Here's Steve handing out flyers for the show and delivering bowling tips. Buscemi is freakin' awesome!

And if you didn't see the Jimmy Kimmel video of the ridiculous hipsters at Coachella who told Jimmy's crew how much they loved non-existent bands, check it out. What a bunch of posers.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan