Friday, July 19, 2013

Kisses, Diamond Center, Farm Vegas, Doobies, Virginmarys, Ashland music fests

We begin the weekend with the return of Diamond Center who were off for a year making families and hopefully, making some new music too. They'll be at Balliceaux as part of the WRIR Commonwealth of Notions music festival that is spread throughout the city Thursday through Sunday. It'll be $5 to get in and it starts at 10:30 PM. Diamond Center play spooky, surfy, noise psychedelia and here's a taste with "SAMO""

If you want some upbeat, funky jam rock, check out Farm Vegas over at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 9:15 PM with Russell Lacy and there is no cover. This is their final show of the summer before they head up to the frozen tundra of Manitoba to rehearse, write new music, commune with nature, run naked with wolves and escape the heat. OK, I made that last part up, but this really is their last show of the summer so go get sweaty with them. Here they are playing at Dominion Riverrock in 2012:

A couple festivals on Saturday. Over at Ashland Coffee & Tea, they'll have CJ the DJ's Bluegrass Boogaloo to benefit CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation which assists kids with pediatric cancer. The show runs from noon until midnight. It's $20 to get in and your money goes to help a great cause. They've got two stages and here's the lineup:

Patio Stage
12:45     Wilkinson Family Band
2:00        Roger Reynolds & Co.  
3:15        Wilkinson Family Band
4:30        Rattlesnake Creek       
Main Stage        
12:00     Cary St. Ramblers    
1:15        River City Band                      
2:30        String’d Beings             
3:45        Randy Waller            
5:00        East Of Afton
6:15        The Taters
8:00        Mark Newton & Co.
10:00     Jam Sessions

Also in Ashland, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, they'll have the Summer Moon Music Festival which will go from noon until 9 PM. There will be COTU's fine beers, pit roasted barbecue, a fresh oyster bar and bands. Admission is FREE. Here's the band lineup:
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Curbside Collective
1:20 PM – 2:10 PM Oh! Cleary Sisters
2:40 PM – 3:30 PM Acoustic Couch
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM River Water
5:20 PM – 6:10 PM Ryan Hearn
6:40 PM – 7:30 PM Crump Experience

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Jahvaquarium

"Which Doobie you be?" - Perhaps the greatest line from the greatest episode of "What's Happening?" ever, where we all learned that it was bad to bootleg shows, you should never betray your friends, The Doobie Brothers, and that the bootleg would sound like crap anyway if you recorded them on a old handheld Sears tape recorder stuffed inside your trench coat. Hopefully, you won't make the same mistake Rerun made when The Doobie Brothers perform at Pocahontas State Park on Sunday night. Gates will open at 5, show starts around 6:30 with Lara Johnston and it should be a bit cooler. Tix are $50 for Gold Circle, GA is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Here they are doing "China Grove" in Lewiston, NY on July 9. With YouTube out now, what Rerun did seems so innocent.

If you like your music a little newer, go to Strange Matter on Sunday night to see Motive, Kisses, Herro Sugar, Those Manic Seas & Atom Eyes. Show starts at 7 and it's $7 to get in. The highlight here will be neo-disco/new wave pop band (maybe the music won't sound that much newer after all) Kisses. Here's Kisses with their latest single which I'm diggin', "Huddle":

Monday night at The National is XL102's Summer Meltdown with The Virginmarys, Conditions, The Unlikely Candidates, and American Fangs. The doors open at 6:30 and the fun gets under way at 7:30. Tix are $10 in advance, $12.50 day of show. Here's a little promo video for the tour:

And here they are doing "Dead Man's Shoes" which is a pretty rockin' tune. Great riff rock.

Tuesday night, you can watch a live concert webcast from anarchistic, insane, gypsy band Gogol Bordello. If you want to see massive amounts of energy and wine drinking, watch the show HERE at 9:45 PM EDT.

Wednesday night at Innsbrook,  Richmond boys Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett team up for a show. Gates open at 5, showtime is 6:30. No opener is listed but there may be one. Tix are $28 for Gold Circle Preferred, $23 for Gold Circle Reserved, and $13 for GA lawn. Here they are together last year doing the Jerry Butler classic, "He Will Break Your Heart":

Also Wednesday night, it's another Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) webcast from his TRI Studios, this one called Weir Unusual (intriguing...) with guests Shannon McNally and Cossbysweater (bonus points for that name). The webcast starts at 8:30 ET and you can watch it HERE.

Finally, we'll leave you with this video that Mike K. turned me on to. It's karaoke night at the Mos Eisley Spaceport Cantina and who should show up but Lando Calrissian. Watch for cameos by Patton Oswalt and Jason Schwartzman (RIP "Bored to Death", a funny funny show).

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan