Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weekend Picks: Carbon Leaf's Ragtime Carnival, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Stone Soul Picnic, Broad Appetit, Diarrhea Planet, Gretchen Peters, Head & The Heart, Lucius, Foxy Shazam

Another big summer weekend for music. On Friday & Saturday at Pocohontas State Park, local boys Carbon Leaf throw their Ragtime Carnival festival. Gates open at 4 PM on Friday and 11:30 AM on Saturday. General Admission without camping will run you $28.50 for each day with a 2 day ticket available for $45. If you want to camp, 1 day GA is $47.50, 2 day GA is $65. You can check out the lineup above and check out the schedule HERE. Note that every band except Carbon Leaf is only playing one day, so if you want to see someone in particular make sure you check the schedule. Here's Carbon Leaf doing "The Boxer" live and acoustic:

Friday Cheers has boisterous roots rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business headlining this week. They'll come on around 8 and opener Kopecky Family Band (folk/pop) will start at 6:30. Below is the video for their latest single "Same Days" but if you have a chance, check out the web site for the song HERE for a unique viewing experience:

 A rocking band with a crappy name (pun intended), Diarrhea Planet, is at Strange Matter Friday. Doors open at 9 and it's $8 to get in. Heavy Midgets, Teen Death, and Oxidants open. Here's a video that's weird and disturbing and that's why I love it along with the fact that the song is catchy as hell. "Babyhead" from Diarrhea Planet:

Over at The Camel Friday night, it's our local but internationally renowned salsa band, Bio Ritmo. Show will start at 10 PM, tix are $10, $7 if you are a student. Goldrush will open. Here's Bio Ritmo's latest, "La Via" from their album "Puerta Del Sur". The video features a number of RVA locations, including one of my favorite restaurants, Kuba Kuba.

On Saturday, the Stone Soul Picnic goes down at Richmond International Raceway Amphitheater with rap and R&B stars from the aughts and the 90's. Tickets range from $50 to $65. The show gets underway at noon. You can check out the lineup above including headliners Keyshia Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, and 50 Cent (who had one of the worst first ball throws in major league history this week). Here's Keyshia Cole's "Heaven Sent". I like the still they've chosen below for the video. Yowza!

At Hardywood Craft Brewery Saturday, it's gonna rock with Richmond classic bands RPG, Kepone and Diamond Center. The food trucks will be out, there will be great beer and the show starts at 6 PM sharp. Here's RPG with "Lose It":

Ashland Coffee & Tea has twice-Grammy nominated, CMA Song of the Year winner (for "Independence Day") artist, Gretchen Peters. Here's the press blurb on Gretchen: "She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her latest album, Hello Cruel World, described by NPR’s All Things Considered as “the album of her career”, appeared in numerous Best of 2012 lists including No Depression, and Performing Songwriter. Of her music, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music – the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” The show starts at 8 and it's $15 in advance, $20 of show. Gretchen will also be doing an afternoon songwriting workshop. For info on that, click HERE. Here's Gretchen doing "Saint Francis":

Sunday, the annual food event Broad Appetit takes place on W Broad St between Henry and Adams from 11 AM to 6 PM. The best restaurants in town bust out $3 plates so you can sample to your hearts content with VA wine and beer to drink and music too. Check out the web site there for the music schedule.

Monday & Tuesday night, The Head & The Heart take over The National with Lucius opening. Get there early to see Lucius because they are quite good. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 both nights.Tix are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. The Head & The Heart is really on the rise. Their headlining show at Red Rocks in CO in August is almost sold out. They are playing Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Bumpershoot and Austin City Limits Fest so they may be outgrowing The National soon. Here's their cool animated video for "Summertime" just in time for Summer time.

Over the top. Maniacal. Boisterous. Campy. Playful. All could describe the fun rock n' roll of Foxy Shazam. Horns, Queen-like vocals, piano, classic rock guitar solos, they throw it all in the mix. They'll be at Canal Club on Tuesday night. Doors open at 7, tix are $15, Larry and His Flask open. You can download their latest album, "Gonzo", for FREE HERE. From 2012, here's "I Like It" and I do:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan