Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dominion Riverrock, Iron & Wine, The Features, O'Brother, Titus Andronicus

Another busy weekend and this one begins, as all good weekends do, on Thursday with the first Groovin' in the Garden concert of the summer. Iron & Wine will be at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with tickets at $30 for General Admission in advance, $35 at the gate. There were some $50 General Reserve Seats available but it looks like they are gone. Gates will open at 5:30 and the music starts around 6 with openers The Secret Sisters. Uncut Magazine just gave Iron & Wine's new album, "Ghost on Ghost" a 9 out of 10 review and called it "sublime" and the music should be even more sublime surrounded by the beautiful garden. Here's "Joy" from that album:



On Thursday at Strange Matter, you can trip balls with The Features, a psychedelic rock band out of Tennessee. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 9 and the show starts with openers Those Manic Seas and Heyrocco. You might like The Features if you like The Shins, The Jam, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, The Stooges or XTC. Here's The Features doing "This Disorder":




Over at Balliceaux on Thursday night, Black Girls will get you movin' and groovin'. Show starts at 10 and it's $5 to get in.

At Cary St. Cafe Thursday, check out the classic rock sounds of Trongone Band. Show starts at 10 and there is no cover. Here's the Trongone Band playing at Easter on Parade last month. A shout out to Paul Magill and Rockitz Richmond for providing lots of video of local bands over the years.

The big event this weekend is the Dominion Riverrock Festival down on Brown's Island Friday through Sunday. It's all FREE and it's a blast. The Mud Run, mountain biking, bouldering, kayaking, slacklining, and the kid's favorite, the Ultimate Air Dogs. It runs from 5 PM - 11 PM Friday, noon - 10:30 PM on Saturday and 11 AM - 5 PM on Sunday. Besides all the great adventure sports to watch, try, and participate in, there is incredible music with my highlight being the New Orleans blues/funk of Anders Osborne on Saturday at 7 PM. The other headliners are Soulive (soul jazz at 7:30 PM Friday), Lettuce (deep funk at 9:30 PM Friday),  and reggae giant Toots & The Maytals on Saturday at 9. There are some great local bands in there too. Here's the full schedule:

Friday, May 17
Time      Band
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm            DJ Mordecai
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm            Soulive
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm          Lettuce
Saturday, May 18
Time      Band
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm            The Trongone Band
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm            The New Belgians
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm            The Shack Band
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm            The Southern Belles
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm            Anders Osborne
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm          Toots & The Maytals
Sunday, May 19
Time      Band
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm            William Walter with Tucker Rogers
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm            Barrelhouse
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm            Photosynthesizers

And here is Anders Osborne doing "Greasy Money" and a Dead song you might recognize from the New Orleans Jazz Fest a couple weeks ago:


If you can't make it to Riverrock on Friday night, check out the webcast with alt-country king, Robert Earl Keen. It'll run from 7 PM - 9 PM ET and you can watch it HERE.

Space rock band O'Brother will be at Strange Matter Friday night. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Shy, Low and Comrades. O'Brother will be opening a bunch of shows for Alice In Chains this month. You might like O'Brother if you like Sigur Ros or Mogwai. Here's O'Brother performing the hypnotic "Ascension" live a couple years ago:



Southern Culture on the Skids bring their campy, honky tonk to Capital Ale House Friday. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, doors open at 9, show starts at 10 with openers Atomic Mosquitos.  Here's SCOTS doing "Camel Walk" with some audience participation and some incredibly white dancing from that balding guy in the white t-shirt:



DJ Logic, the jam band DJ who has performed with moe. and Bob Weir & Ratdog, will be at The Canal Club Friday.  Tix are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, the show will start at 10 PM with a "special guest". That doesn't really mean special, it just means they haven't found an opener yet. You'll dig DJ Logic if you like Medeski, Martin & Wood, Benevento Russo Duo, or other jam bands. He'll be part of an all-star band on the 2014 Jam Cruise with John Popper (Blues Traveler), George Porter Jr. (the Meters), Stanley Jordan and Adam Deitch. Here he is performing with the Everyone Orchestra in New Orleans on May 3rd including Richmond's own DJ Williams on guitar, Marco Benevento, Zach Deputy and others.


On Friday over at Balliceaux, No BS! Brass Band will be having a record release party for their new record "RVA All Day". It'll start at 10 PM and it's $5 to get in. Here's the title track where aliens invade RVA and the No BS! Brass Band comes to the rescue:


Over here in Lakeside on Saturday, it's Lakesidepalooza starting at noon in front of McCook's Grill. It's free  but proceeds from the beer and food and stuff will benefit Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad and Lakeside Youth Baseball. Lakesidepalooza will feature stuff for the kids, beer truck for the adults, food vendors and more along with the bands Rosie Soul & the Rock n Roll Cowboys, Mo DeBree, Bush League, Weeping Molly and Cha Cha's Cadillac. Here's Rosie Soul & The Rock n Roll Cowboys doing "Crimson Society":




NJ punkers Titus Andronicus are at Strange Matter on Saturday evening. This is an early show with doors opening at 5 PM, tix $12 in advance, $14 day of show, music starts at 6 and it'll over by 9. Openers are So-So Glos (NY garage punk) and The Ar-Kaics. Titus Andronicus and So-So Glos have played together often and been roommates in various combinations so expect some punk rock camaraderie. Here's a video for Titus' song, "In a Big City":



If mountain music is more your speed, check out the benefit for WRIR with Wayne Henderson & Helen White at Westover Baptist Church. It'll be Saturday with doors at 7, music starting at 8 PM. Tickets are $22  and proceeds support future WRIR live events. Here they are performing at Ashland Coffee & Tea a few months ago:



No BS! Brass Band will continue their RVA record release tour with a show at The Camel on Saturday night. Tix are $10 and the show starts around 9 PM with openers Brand New Life.

That is one packed weekend! Hope to see you out at Riverrock!

Tony Jordan