Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Late Night Pick: Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Blues/pedal steel guitar player Robert Randolph with his Family Band will be on Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35 PM on CBS. If you like blues guitar and you haven't seen this guy, you don't know what you're missing. Every time I've seen him live, my jaw drops to the floor. Truly an amazing guitarist.

This'll be the last blog until after Labor Day. Have a great week!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Umphrey's McGee, STS9, Jeff Sipe Trio, DJ Williams Projekt, Trongone Band, Silo Effect

Getting an early jump on the weekend since I'll be out of town the rest of the week.

Thursday, there is a big jam band show at Maymont. Umphrey's McGee (who put on a great show at The National earlier this year) and STS9 will be down there, in a beautiful setting for getting your groove on. Tix are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate and it's all General Admission. Kids under 10 are free. Gates will open at 5 and the music will start at 5:30. Each band will play one extended set. If you really want perfect sound, you can rent audiophile headphones for the show and get the pristine monitor mix pumped right into your head. The offer is only for up to 20 fans and costs $50 but includes downloads of the full show from both bands. If you are interested, go HERE. Here's Umphrey's live in Chicago 9 days ago:

Need something to do after the Umphrey's/STS9 show? Well jam band fans, there are two choices for you on Thursday night. Electronica band, The Silo Effect, will be headlining an Umphrey's/STS9 afterparty at The Camel. Doors will open at 9 and it's FREE to get in. If you like your jamming more blues/classic rock based, head to Cary St. Cafe for Trongone Band. That'll start around 10 and it's also FREE to get in. Trongone Band is promising special guests sitting in throughout the night.

If you are at home this weekend, Evntlive will be webcasting the North Coast Music Festival live from Chicago. You can watch that HERE. Show starts at 5 ET on Friday, 2:30 ET on Saturday and Sunday. Bands to be shown include Disco Biscuits, Passion Pit, Conspirator, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wu-Tang Clan, Lotus, and many others.

Here in Richmond, Friday night finds the jazzy Jeff Sipe Trio at the Capital Ale House. The show starts at 10 PM with doors opening at 9. Tix are $7 in advance, $10 day of show. Jeff has played drums with Steve Vai, Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, and many others. The Trio was recently added to the lineup at Lockn' Festival in Arrington VA where they will be doing a midnight set and probably jamming with everyone including what many are expecting as a reunion of the original Aquarium Rescue Unit with Col. Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring. Here's the Jeff Sipe Trio at the ATL Drum Collective on 8/17/13:

More jamming from DJ Williams Projekt over at The Camel on Friday night. This one should be pretty funky as it's the DJWP 70's party and The Southern Belles will also be on the bill. Dress up in your best 70's attire and you could win cash prizes and other free giveaways. No cover charge is listed but if there is one, it should be minimal, in the $7 - $10 range. Here's the Projekt doing the Curtis Mayfield classic "Move On Up", which, being a '70s tune, you'll probably hear on Friday night.

That'll do it. Have a great Labor Day weekend! Expect another early one next week as I will be off to the Lockn' Festival on Thursday and getting more excited every day.

Tony Jordan

Friday, August 23, 2013

Late Night Pick: Kitten

New wave influenced band Kitten will be on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly tonight on NBC at 1:35 AM. Kitten has a new EP ("Like a Stranger") coming out on August 27. You might dig Kitten if you like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M83, Berlin, The Cars, Missing Persons or The Motels.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Steve Earle, Pat Benatar, Benefit for Kris Krull, The Coathangers, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks

Outlaw country, alt-country, folk country, Americana, whatever you want to call him, he's a legend. Steve Earle will be at The National on Friday night. Steve will be playing with his band, the Dukes (& Duchesses) feat. Allison Moorer and The Mastersons. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $25.50 (prices here include the service charges) for GA Standing Platform,  Balcony Seating for $34.75 and Floor Reserved for $40. Here's Steve & The Dukes & Duchesses doing "Invisible" from Steve's latest album, "The Low Highway":

Saturday evening at Poe's Pub, there is a benefit for local musician Kris Krull. Kris is the drummer for Richmond Americana band The Atkinsons and he got badly injured when a second floor balcony railing broke and he fell. So all his friends are getting together to make a few bucks to help him out with his medical expenses. The show will start at 4 PM and go until they close the bar and there will be a $10 cover. There are a buncha bands playing so check out the poster above for the lineup.

Neo-psychedelic band Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will do an early show Monday night at Strange Matter. It's an all ages show, it's $7 to get in, and the doors will open at 5 PM with the music starting at 6. Age of Asparagus (awesome name!) and one other band (TBA) will open. Here's Alex & the Freaks jammin' out their song "Never Goin' Back" in the bathroom. These guys don't have many videos and this about the best I could find.

Wednesday, rock n' roll diva Pat Benatar, husband Neil Giraldo and band come to Innsbrook to hit you with their best shot, or as my friends and I used to sing in 7th grade, "hit me with your wet snot". I know you will now sing it that way the next time you hear that. Tix are $20 for GA Lawn, $30 for Gold Circle Reserved and $40 for Gold Circle Preferred. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6 with opener TBA (hey, they're opening for Alex Bleeker, too) and Pat and the guys will come on between 7:15 and 7:45.

All female garage rock band The Coathangers will be at Strange Matter Wednesday night. It's $8 to get in, doors will open at 9 PM, and the show starts at 10 with openers Nervous Ticks, Gangland Buries Its Own,  and Heavy Midgets. The Coathangers were recording some new music earlier this month so they might have some new tunes to lay on ya. You might dig The Coathangers if you like The Donnas, The Slits, The Cars, or X. Here's The Coathangers singing "Derek's Song":

Here's 21 Problems Only Music Lovers Understand. I can totally relate to #2, #3, #8, #10, and #15.

Enjoy your weekend, people!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Robert Randolph

Pedal steel guitar player extraordinaire Robert Randolph will be on a repeat of Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check your local listings for exact time and day. Hopefully, Robert will play a tune or two on the show. If you are looking for a little road trip Labor Day weekend, Robert will be playing down at VA Beach as part of the American Music Festival along with Third Eye Blind, Barenaked Ladies, Smash Mouth, Fuel, Edgar Winter, Leon Russell, Leftover Salmon, Richmond's own Former Champions, Modern English, Carbon Leaf (another Richmond band), Three Dog Night, Ambrosia, War, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Late Night Pick: Valerie June

Americana singer/songwriter Valerie June is on Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35 PM on CBS. Her new album "Pushin' Against a Stone" just came out and it's getting excellent reviews so far. The Independent (UK) says about the album, "It's music that slips between the generic niches favoured by broadcasters; but isn't that exactly where the most interesting music comes from?"

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Late Night Pick: John Legend, John Legend webcast

Neo-soul man, John Legend, will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight on CBS at 11:35 PM. John will also do a one-hour show live from the Letterman studios at 8 PM ET tonight that you can watch HERE. If you missed the John Mayer webcast last night, that is still up on the Late Show web site so you can catch it at any time. For a funny, clean and revealing (very revealing) portrait of John Legend at home, check out this video from Funny or Die:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Late Night Pick: John Mayer, John Mayer webcast

On the only late night talk show that isn't in repeats this week, Late Show with David Letterman has John Mayer on the show tonight at 11:35 AM on CBS. John will also be doing an hour long live webcast from the Letterman studios tonight at 8 PM which you can watch HERE. There will also be a Live at Letterman webcast tomorrow night at the same time with John Legend. Beginning with these two shows, LIVE ON LETTERMAN fans will have access to new interactive features, including the ability to toggle between two camera angles, capture and share photos during the performances with “Share the Moment,” vote on the last song the artists will perform and play trivia games.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cracker, YARN, Dropkick Murphys, The Band Perry

Kind of a slow weekend as things wind down until after Labor Day. I think even the bands are trying to get a couple weeks vacation in.

Friday at Ashland Coffee & Tea, it's Cracker Acoustic with David Lowery & Johnny Hickman. Tix are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Show starts at 8. While I'm still waiting for Cracker and David's other band, Camper Van Beethoven, to do a proper electric show here in Richmond, this should be pretty damn good. David tells great stories so he'll be quite entertaining in between the great songs. And I'm sure they'll play all their classics. Eurotrash Girl, Get Off This, Happy Birthday to Me, Low, This Is Cracker Soul, Take Me Down to the Infirmary, Sick of Goodbyes, Let's Go for a Ride, Sweet Thistle Pie and many more. There aren't many tickets left for the show so get them soon. If they are sold out online, call Ashland Coffee & Tea directly. That's what they said on the site. Here's Cracker with "Teen Angst":

Over at The Camel on Friday night, it's Americana/bluegrass band YARN with Tarrant opening. Doors open at 9 PM, show starts at 10. On The Camel site and on Facebook, I don't see any indication of a cover charge but if there is one it should be between $5 and $10. Here's Jim Lauderdale sitting in with YARN a few weeks ago at Floyd Fest:

Sunday night, you can get your Irish on with Dropkick Murphys at The National. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:30 with openers Swingin' Utters and BarRoom Heroes. Tix are $29. This is the Murphs (as I like to call them even if no one else does) with "The Boys Are Back" which is the kind of song people will get drunk and fight to on Sunday night.

Country band The Band Perry will be at Innsbrook on Wednesday night. Gates open at 5 PM, music starts at 6 PM with that fabled band TBA. Tix are $30 for GA lawn and it appears that all the Gold Circle tix are sold out. Here's the band, Perry, playing "Done" on a "Live on Letterman" webcast:

Here's The 20 Stages of Successfully Buying a Concert Ticket Online. And it's funny because it's true. Click HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Three Sheets to the Wind, Trongone Band, Late Night Pick: Justin Timberlake

At The Camel tonight (Thursday), pop/rock band A Great Big Pile of Leaves heads up a big show with five, count 'em, five bands. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30. It's $10 to get in. Opening the show will be Goldtooth, Sugar Glyder, Herro Sugar (I hope we don't get diabetes with all this sugar), and Sainthood Reps. The Grantland web site included AGBPOL's album, "You're Always On My Mind" on their list of The Forgotten Pop-Punk Records of Summer. Here's "Slumber Party" from the album:

Yacht rock cover band, Three Sheets to the Wind, will be at Tobacco Company tonight. Show goes from 9 PM until midnight and it's FREE. In their honor, here's some classic yacht rock from England Dan & John Ford Coley doing "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight":

If you want classic rock without the yacht, go see Trongone Band tonight at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 PM and it's FREE.

For the Late Night Pick, we'll go back to the repeat of Timberweek on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for Justin Timberlake at 12:35 AM on NBC.

Full weekend highlights later tonight.

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Budos Band, Late Night Pick: The National

It's an eclectic lineup tonight down at Pocahontas State Park from bands that draw on elements of reggae, ska, punk, pop, and rap when the Kickin' Up Dust tour hits with Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds. Per the Tribal Seeds Facebook page, gates open at 4, show starts around 5 with Tribal Seeds first. That is contrary to what it says on the tickets and on the Pocahontas Live site so be forewarned. General Admission is $35 at the gate and there is a $5 parking fee per car that goes to upkeep for the park. These bands all have a openly acknowledged taste for a certain green plant that is used for medicinal and recreational purposes so be prepared to be enveloped in clouds of smoke at the show and enjoy the contact high even if you aren't partaking yourself. Slightly Stoopid was featured on a webcast from Bob Weir's TRI Studios a couple years ago and Bob joined them for a couple tunes. Here they are doing Slightly Stoopid's "Ocean":

Tonight's Late Night Pick is The National, hot off their show at last weekend's Outside Lands Festival. They'll be on Conan tonight at 11 PM on TBS.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Late Night Pick: Justin Timberlake

No pick on Friday because I was slammed at work and no pick yesterday because I took my son to the Redskins training camp, which was underwhelming for both of us. But tonight, you can check out a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with that renaissance man for our times, Justin Timberlake. He can act, he can dance, he can sing, he can rap, he can discover nuclear fission (at least I hope he can) and tonight he'll be dancing and singing and doing some comedy with Jimmy Fallon. Justin will be on Jimmy Fallon all week as they repeat the Timberweek series of shows. Late Night is on NBC at 12:35 AM.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Outside Lands Festival video webcast all weekend

In the blog the other day, I told you about an Outside Lands Festival audio-only webcast. Well, Ustream.tv is webcasting video and audio all weekend from the festival taking place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The webcast is HERE. They've got feeds from two different stages so you get to take your pick. Here are some highlights. If you want to see the full schedule, go to the website and click the "Schedule" tab at the top.

All times below are Pacific time so I'm going to make you do math unless you are reading this on the West Coast.

7:30 - CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers and rumors of a Daft Punk appearance (Nile plays on "Get Lucky")

2:50 PM - Lone Bellow
4:30 PM - excellent blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
7:50 PM - The Head & The Heart
8:25 PM - Nine Inch Nails (great show last week at Lollapalooza)
8:50 PM - Phoenix

2 PM - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
2:50 PM - Fishbone (where have these guys been? Can't wait to see this!)
3:30 PM - Camper Van Beethoven
3:50 PM - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
4:15 PM - Kurt Vile & The Violators
4:45 PM - Hall & Oates (not kidding!)
5:50 PM - Vampire Weekend
7:10 PM - Dawes
8:10 PM - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Late Night Pick: The Coup

Another Last Call with Carson Daly repeat tonight, this one with acclaimed underground leftist rap group, The Coup. Last Call is on at 1:35 AM on NBC. You might dig The Coup if you like Mos Def, The Roots, Public Enemy, N.W.A., The Last Poets, or Gil Scott-Heron.

Speedy Ortiz, Richmond Jazz Festival, Jimmy Eat World, Sound City Festival, Watermelon Festival, Bill Evans, Ana Egge

This looks like a pretty busy weekend with three festivals going on along with a number of other shows.

We start on Thursday night with The Ana Egge Band at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Tix are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Here's the press blurb about Ana: "Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour Ana Egge isn’t your run-of-the-mill alternative-country singer. Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions, Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure with a rocker attitude. Ana’s newest album, Bad Blood was released August 23, 2011 via Ammal records. The 12-song set was produced by Steve Earle and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Bad Blood was mixed and mastered by Ray Kennedy (Earle and Kennedy’s production partnership includes the Grammy winning Lucinda Williams album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, the Ron Sexsmith favorite Blue Boy, and many more. Steve Earle stated, “Ana Egge’s songs are low and lonesome, big square-stare noir ballads which she plays on a guitar she built with her own two hands and sings like she’s telling us her deepest, darkest secrets.”" Here's Ana and The Sentimentals doing "Motorcycle":

Over at Canal Club Thursday night, it looks like a pretty good rootsy, rockin' Americana show with Drivin' N' Cryin', Psychobilly Cadillac, and Road Kill Roy. Doors open at 7. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Here's some vintage DNC: "Turn it Up or Turn it Off":

The Outside Lands Festival is going on in San Francisco this weekend. While I haven't seen any word of a webcast with video, you can listen in live HERE. The schedule for the broadcast hasn't been announced yet but they are at least promising Dawes & Grizzly Bear. Also at the festival are Sir Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails (great show last weekend at Lollapalooza!), Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers (taking the place of D'Angelo last minute), The National, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Head & The Heart, Gary Clark Jr. and more. The festival gets underway at 3 PM ET on Friday and runs through Sunday.

For your happy hour pleasure on Friday, check out the Kings of Leon webcast live from London at 4 PM ET on YouTube HERE. Fred Armisen of SNL (formerly) and Portlandia will be directing. Here's Fred schooling the band in preparation for, well, in preparation for something....

Back here in Richmond, Jackass Flats will play some bluegrass/Americana for you over at The Camel on Friday night. The show will get underway around 10 with openers Jordan Tarrant, Russel Lacy, and Jared Pool. No cover charge is listed but if there is one, it will be minimal. Here's the band in 2011 at Camp Barefoot:

At Capital Ale House, get jazzy jammy with Bill Evans' Soulgrass featuring Danny Louis of Gov't Mule . Doors open at 9 PM, the show starts at 10 PM. Tix are $15. Bill Evans has won a few Grammys and played with Miles Davis (when Bill was just 22), Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby and many others. Soulgrass has a core group and then various guests sit in at each show. Here's the band playing with Jake Cinniger (from Umphrey's McGee) and John Medeski in NYC in March.

The Richmond Jazz Festival is at Maymont this weekend. It'll start at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $65 each day. The lineup this year features Jill Scott (she was great at the July 4 show in Philly with The Roots that was broadcast on VH1), Michael McDonald, The Wailers, Chick Corea, Dr. John, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Arturo Sandoval, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Susan Greenbaum and others. Here's Dr. John doing "Ice Age" featuring Jack White's favorite guitarist, Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. Dan also produced the Doctor's last album:

Down at Tredegar Iron Works Saturday and Sunday, it's the Sound City Festival. Gates open at 2:30, music starts at 3:30 each day. Tix are $30 each day and that includes 3 beer tickets and they are promising 50 different beers from good breweries so you won't have to drink Bud Light. Bands include The Breeders, El Vez (on Saturday) and Deerhunter, Those Darlins, Black Girls, and The Trillions (on Sunday) and others. Here's The Breeders doing "Saints" because summer is ready when you are. Love this song.

Jimmy Eat World brings their power pop to The National on Saturday night. Royal Bangs opens the show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Here's Jimmy Eat World's latest video, ""I Will Steal You Back":

Over at Strange Matter Saturday, it's a band that was influenced by The Breeders and other 90's indie rock, Speedy Ortiz. They've got a good buzz going on around them right now for their debut album, "Major Arcana". Doors open at 9, it's $8 to get in, and Sundials, Little Master and Springtime open. Here's Speedy playing today at Radio K. This is their song "MKVI":

At that fancy, new-fangled bowling alley, Uptown Alley, on Saturday, you will find People's Blues of Richmond playing their hard-ass, psychedelic blues and trying to pick up the spare. The show gets underway at 9:30 PM and there is a $5 cover. Big time web site Reverbnation chose PBR as one of their featured artists this week. Here's the pretty cool video for their song "Black Cat" from their new album, "Good Time Suicide":

On Sunday, it's watermelon time which means it's time for the Carytown Watermelon Festival in, you guessed it, Carytown. It starts at 10 AM, it goes until 6 PM. There will be watermelon, bands playing, watermelon, a kids zone with all kinds of crazy inflatables, watermelon, food, watermelon, adult beverages available in the Carytown bars, and more watermelon.

Daft Punk canceled their appearance on Colbert Report the other night because MTV screwed him over. But Colbert turned lemons into hilarious sweet lemonade with this video and the help of several celebrity friends and a former Secretary of State:

Have a great weekend! Hope you get lucky.

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Late Night Pick: Jake Bugg & Angel Haze

A repeat of an all-music showing of Last Call with Carson Daly tonight on NBC at 1:35 AM features new folk artist Jake Bugg and rapper Angel Haze. Since the show originally aired in March, Jake Bugg's profile has increased. You can currently hear his song "Lightning Bolt" in a new Gatorade commercial.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Late Night Pick: Daft Punk

The band behind the space helmets, the band currently vying for the song of the summer (I think it comes down to "Get Lucky" vs. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"), Daft Punk will be on The Colbert Report tonight at 11:30 PM on Comedy Central. One of the collaborators on Daft Punk's recent album, "Random Access Memories" was Paul Williams. Yes, "Rainbow Connection" Paul Williams. Here he talks about his work with Daft Punk. Paul is actually a pretty wise man, if you haven't heard from him lately, and he tells some good stories:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Late Night Pick: Tomahawk

One of Mike Patton's many projects since Faith No More broke up is on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight on NBC at 1:35 AM. The band is called Tomahawk and moves through the funky, experimental metal territory familiar to Faith No More fans. The band also features former members of bnads like Hank Williams III, Helmet and Mr. Bungle.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Late Night Pick: Jason Isbell

I think Jason was my late night pick ten days ago when this show originally aired, but I really like his new album, "Southeastern", so let's watch again, shall we? Jason Isbell is on Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35 PM on CBS. He used to be in the Drive-By Truckers. Now he makes really good solo albums.

Bruce Hornsby, Dark Star Orchestra, The Love Language, Beer Fest, Lollapalooza & Newport Jazz webcasts

The weekend starts right at 5 on Friday with two events. The first is Virginia Beer Live! taking place at the Richmond Coliseum. This is the official kickoff to Virginia Craft Beer Month (and I'm drinking one right now, Main Street Virginia Ale from Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland). This actually starts at 5:30 and costs run from $17 for designated driver tickets, to $27 for General Admission with samples, to $37 for Advanced Preferred Admission that gets you in early and a commemorative glass. There will be over 40 beers from 20 different VA breweries for sampling. Music will be provided by Brickwall Jackson, Psychobilly Cadillac, and The X Band.

Starting at 5 on Friday at Strange Matter, indie pop rockers The Love Language and Eternal Summers do an early show. The doors open at 5, show starts at 6. It's $8 in advance, $10 day of show. You'll probably dig these bands if you like Dr. Dog, Arcade Fire, Throwing Muses, and Best Coast. Here's The Love Languages latest video, "Calm Down". Sometimes it sucks to be an astronaut.

Southern Belles continue their First Friday residency at The Camel. Copper Into Steel will open the show at 9:30 with doors opening at 9. It's $7 to get in. The Belles are promising some new tunes for tomorrow. Here's they are playing "Jet Trails" at Cary St. Cafe on July 17.

Gallery 5 has a fun show for First Friday with Black Girls, The Trillions, Hypercolor and Punch Button. The show starts at 7 and it's FREE. Here's a taste of the Black Girls funkin' it up on Brown's Island at Cheers this year:

On the world wide web (I'm trying to bring that phrase back. I miss it.) this weekend, you can sit at home in your Angry Birds undies and watch the Lollapalooza webcast live from Chicago HERE. Here's the schedule. I'm not sure if the times are ET or CT. They don't say. But you're smart. I'm sure you'll figure it out.



5:30PM – ALT-J

If your musical choice tends to be jazzier more than alternative or just like more choices, the Interwebs provides you with the NPR Newport Jazz Fest webcast this weekend HERE on Saturday and Sunday. Here is the lineup:

Saturday, August 3
2:00 p.m.: Robert Glasper Experiment
3:00 p.m.: Bill Charlap Trio with Anat Cohen and Bob Wilber
3:40 p.m.: Terence Blanchard Quintet
4:20 p.m.: Mary Halvorson Quintet
4:40 p.m.: Rez Abbasi Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers
5:30 p.m.: Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band
5:55 p.m.: Marcus Miller

Sunday, August 4
11:00 a.m.: Gregory Porter
12:05 p.m.: Jon Batiste & Stay Human
12:40 p.m.: Joshua Redman Quartet
1:40 p.m.: Donny McCaslin Group
2:45 p.m.: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
3:45 p.m.: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
5:00 p.m.: Jim Hall Trio with Julian Lage

6:00 p.m.: Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock

If you are still in mood for more beer after Virginia Beer Live (and really, when am I not in the mood for more beer), go to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for the release party for their Virginia Blackberry Belgian style white ale. The tasting room opens at 2 PM and Richmond's favorite yacht rock cover band (they were voted Best Local Band by the readers of Richmond Magazine), Three Sheets to the Wind will start the music at 5:30 PM. Give yourself plenty of time for traffic though. The Redskins are holding Fan Appreciation Day at training camp on Saturday afternoon and they are expecting 25,000 people to go. Try and hit that sweet spot between when Skins fans are going to and leaving camp and you should be good to go. Here's their encore at Friday Cheers this year. Party! Caramba! Fiesta! Forever!

Get your tie-dye out and celebrate Jerry Garcia's birthday (it was yesterday, but close enough) with the nationally known Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, down at Pocahontas State Park Saturday night. Doors open at 5, the show starts at 6:30. DSO will play two sets of fat, vintage Dead. Tix are $16.50 in advance, $20 at the gate. You also get charged $5 to park which helps maintain the park, so that's cool. Here's DSO at Gathering of the Vibes last week doing St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > Drums > St. Stephen > Sugar Magnolia.

No BS! Brass Band is over at The Camel Saturday night. It's $7 to get in. Doors open at 9, the opener is Planet Hunting Methods. No BS! continues to conquer America as they were recently on Bob Edwards' show on SiriusXM. Here they are performing in New Haven CT last month:

On Tuesday night at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Railroad Earth will do a benefit show for Music For Massey. Tix are $35 in advance, $42.50 at the door for General Admission and $60 for General Reserve Seating. Doors open at 5:30 and Railroad Earth comes on around 6. Bruce has a new album coming out with Ricky Skaggs (August 20th) so perhaps Railroad Earth can sub for Ricky for the bluegrass flavor and provide a preview of the album. Here's Bruce doing his song (not the Grateful Dead's) "China Doll":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Late Night Pick: Palma Violets

British indie punk rock band Palma Violets are on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC at 11:35 PM. You might dig Palma Violets if you like The Clash, Iggy Pop, or The Strokes. Also of interest on the show: guest Ben Stein. You old people, like me, may remember that Jimmy got his TV start as the announcer/second banana on the MTV show, "Win Ben Stein's Money" in 1997.