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.
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:
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!