Thursday, June 6, 2013

Charles Bradley, Passion Pit, Mary J Blige, Social Distortion, Darwin Deez, Atlas Genius, Andrew WK

We'll begin on Thursday night when party rocker and kids show host ("Destroy Build Destroy"), Andrew WK, plays Kingdom. Don't bring the kids to this one unless they are old enough to mosh. At least 5 years old. Tix are $15, doors open at 7 and openers are Strike the Chord and Burn and maybe some others too. Andrew will be "Armed only with a microphone, a keyboard and the will to survive". Here's Andrew doing "Get Ready to Die" last night (6/4) in Greensboro NC:

R&B/Soul (yes, that's with a capital S) diva Mary J. Blige will be at Richmond Coliseum Thursday night with Anthony Hamilton opening. Tix are $57 - $112, doors open at 7 and Jay Lamont will also be opening. Here's Mary's press blurb: "With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards® (plus a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige is only getting started. “I know who I am and what I can do. With each album, it’s just me continuing to grow,” claims Mary J. Blige in a pure, unadulterated and empowering voice. That has been Mary J. Blige’s calling card ever since her 1992 multi-platinum debut album, What’s the 411? And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter’s musical strong suit has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums. Blige’s 10th and most recent studio album, “My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1)” was released in November 2011 and is the sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic My Life." Here's Mary J's latest, "Don't Mind":

Thursday night, the 4 day live webcast of Warren Haynes' Mountain Jam Festival starts live from Hunter Mountain, NY. You can check it out HERE. Thursday starts at 8 PM ET with Rubblebucket and Primus (10 PM). Friday starts at 1 PM and will feature Avett Brothers (5:45 PM), and two sets from Widespread Panic (8 PM). Saturday starts at noon and features Michael Franti & Spearhead (3:30 PM), Gary Clark Jr. (5:15 PM, the future of blues guitar, don't miss him), the Lumineers (6:45 PM) and two sets from Gov't Mule (9 PM). Sunday, The Lone Bellow (who recently played Friday Cheers) kick things off at noon and Phil Lesh & Friends (featuring Warren, John Scofield, Joe Russo & Jeff Chimenti and probably Jackie Greene too since he plays at 4:30 PM) wrap things up with two sets starting at 6 PM. I know what I'll be doing when I'm home this weekend and that's watching this webcast. And, of course, Warren Haynes will probably play with every band.

Friday Cheers has the show I circled on my calendar the day they announced the schedule and that's with soul man, Charles Bradley. Charles struggled for years, making money as a James Brown tribute act and is finally getting his just due now that he's teamed up with a band of young bucks, similar to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (get well soon, Sharon!). This guy went to the SXSW conference this year and even with all the young bands there, he came out as the talk of the festival. I don't care if it rains (it keeps the party crowd down so we just get the music people and it's easier to get beer and Goatocado food), don't be a puss, put on your big boy or girl rain gear and go see this guy. If a thunderstorm cancels this one, I will personally kick Thor's ass. Charles will come on around 8, The Rootdowns start the show at 6:30 and it's just $10 to get in. Here he is performing "Love Bug Blues" at SXSW:

Over at The National Friday night, punk/indie rock icons, Social Distortion, will rock the place. Tix are $27.50 in advance, $32.50 day of show. Cheap Time and Dave Hause will open the show at 8 and doors open at 7. Here's "Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown" from their latest album, "Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes":

Wacky, indie, alternative singer/songwriter Darwin Deez is at Strange Matter on Saturday night. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. This is an early show with doors opening at 5 PM and openers are Crushed Out (FKA Boom Chick) and Herro Sugar. You might like Darwin if you like Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Napoleon Dynamite, Architecture in Helsinki, Phoenix, MGMT, Ra Ra Riot, or The Strokes. Here's his video for "You Can't Be My Girl". This is a great video!

The National (the band) has sold out The National (the venue) on Saturday night. I'm just lettin' you know in case some tickets open up or you win some or your friend says, "Hey, I've got an extra ticket for The National at the The National. You wanna go?" If tix open up, they'll be $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener People Get Ready. Here they are performing "Graceless" on "The Colbert Report":

Passion Pit (indie electronic pop)  will play two shows at The National (the venue), one on Sunday and one on Monday. Tix are $30 in advance, $35 day of show, doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with Cults opening both nights. The Monday show is sold out. Here's "Carried Away", another pretty cool video:

Over at Strange Matter on Sunday night, Ugly Radio Rebellion will play the music of Frank Zappa with original Zappa band member, Ike Willis. Black Sabbath tribute band Brown Sabbath will open the show. Doors open at 8 and it's $10 to get in. This video features none of these people but does feature Frank Zappa performing "Montana" from the just released on DVD "A Token of His Extreme" and I like it:

Indie electronic band Atlas Genius will be at Canal Club next Wednesday (6/12). Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 7 with opener Pacific Air and Haerts. Atlas Genius has been playing some pretty big clubs and festivals so it should be a treat, and perhaps the last time, you can catch them in a place the size of The Canal Club. Here they are performing on an "MTV Artist to Watch" show recently. The song is "Trojans":

Have a great weekend! See you at Friday Cheers!

Tony Jordan