Friday, January 17, 2014

Weekly Picks: Black Girls, Jackass Flats, Bio Ritmo, Trongone Band

Had a great time at the Blackberry Smoke / Delta Saints show Wednesday night at The National. If you like old-school Southern Rock, you'll definitely want to check out Blackberry Smoke. Their brand of Southern Rock tends toward the country-er side of things and you'll hear elements of Dickie Betts, Allman Brothers (they threw in a snippet of "Midnight Rider" much to the crowd's delight), Outlaws, Tom Petty, Black Crowes and The Band (they closed with funky cover of "Don't Do It"). The Delta Saints out of Nashville really won over a skeptical crowd with their brand of blues rock. They converted the whole crowd, who was hootin' and hollerin' by the end of their set. Hope they come back to Richmond on their own after they finish this 4 month tour with Blackberry Smoke.

Not a very busy week musically. Friday is the hopping night. We'll start with salsa band Bio Ritmo at The Camel with James Brown tribute, The Big Payback, opening. Get your dancin' shoes on for this show. Doors open at 9, Big Payback comes on at 10, Bio Ritmo at 11:30. Bio Ritmo will have some new music for you at the show. Here they are doing "Carnaval" with footage from when they toured the Republic of Georgia.

At the Capital Ale House Friday, classic rock cover band, Trongone Band, plays with CBDB opening. Show gets underway at 10 PM and it's FREE. Trongone Band will hit the stage around 11.

At Balliceaux, glam/pop/soul band Black Girls perform. It's $5 to get in and the show starts at 10 with Borrowed Beams of Light. Black Girls will be shooting a video in town this weekend and are looking for extras.The shoot will be Saturday morning from 11 AM until 1 PM. If you are interested in joining them, message them on their Facebook page.

Saturday night, get your bluegrass on with Jackass Flats. They'll be at The Camel with Tarrant opening. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9. $7 cover charge.

That's it for this week. Here's 33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories from one of my favorite sites, Mental Floss. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan