Wednesday, June 18, 2014

St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Houndmouth, Jackass Flats benefit, Tweens, Lust for Youth, Jukebox the Ghost, Jake Bugg, Band of Horses, A Great Big World, Uncorked & Tapped

The weekend starts with Seattle indie rockers Band of Horses checking into The National for a show that starts at 8 (doors open at 7) with openers Susto. You might dig Band of Horses if you like Kings of Leon, The National, Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Neil Young, or R.E.M. Here's Band of Horses doing "For Annabelle" in Nashville last month:

At Strange Matter Thursday, Tweens will play their catchy garage punk pop for you, if you let them. It's $8 to get in, this is an 18+ show, doors open at 9, music starts at 10 with openers Big Air, Christi, and Cross Eyed. Here's a little number off of their self-titled debut album called "Forever":

Get to Friday Cheers early this week so you don't miss opener St. Paul & The Broken Bones. They'll start at 6:30. If you like some good ol' soul music, this band is for you. Don't be fooled. The lead singer, Paul Janeway, may look like your accountant but wait until you hear him sing with this swinging band. And they have a horn section, and I love a good horn section. Paste Magazine chose them as the #1 band to know at the just completed Bonnaroo festival. They won't disappoint. Here's their 20 minute set at KEXP in Seattle. You'll be hooked by the end of the first song.

They'll be followed by Americana band Houndmouth at 8. These guys (and gal) play it loose and fun with a little twang. Just to let you know where they are coming from they've been known to do covers of John Prine, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Funkadelic. So you'll get two kick-ass bands for just $5. What a bah-gahn! Here's Houndmouth's "Casino (Bad Things)"

At The Broadberry Friday night, it's a benefit concert for Robbie Wells with Americana/bluegrass band Jackass Flats, Farm Vegas (jam band rock and their first show in almost a year) and Southern Belles. Robbie Wells is a lifelong musician and the father of Corey & Jesse Wells, band members in Jackass Flats. Their dad is undergoing treatment for his second bout of prostate cancer and the funds raised at this show will go toward his medical bills. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Here's Jackass Flats back in March at Capital Ale House:

Friday night, The National has piano led pop/rock bands A Great Big World, Jukebox the Ghost & Greg Holden. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Make sure you get in early to see Jukebox the Ghost. Here's one from A Great Big World, "Say Something" which guests Christina Aguilara:

And here's a summery little number called "Somebody" from Jukebox the Ghost:

If you like beer and wine (and it you are reading this blog, I know you do) head to the Uncorked and Tapped Festival at the Bon Secours Washington Redsking Training Center, where you can drink way too much and puke on the field RGIII and Tom Brady will play on this year. OK, it's probably not that kind of party. But it is the kind of party with 5 VA wineries, 5 local breweries, 10 food carts, and samples of wine, beer and food pairing with your admission price ($15 in advance, $20 at the door). Slack Family Bluegrass Band will provide the music. It'll run from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Here's the band at Legend Brewery a couple weeks ago:

Get your 70's prog rock on with Kansas at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell Saturday night. Doors will open at 6 with opener tba. Tix are $45.50 in advance, $50 at the door for Lower Level Reserved and $21.50 in advance, $25 at the door for GA Balcony seating. In case you were wondering 3 of the 6 members from the original version of the band are with the current version (Phil Ehart on drums, Rich Williams on guitar, and Steve Walsh on keys and vocals). Here they are doing "Carry On Wayward Son" back in 1976:

He's only 20 but he's already had two acclaimed albums, been the latest in a long line of "New Dylan's", won "Best New Act" in Britain's Q Magazine Awards, and been nominated for a bunch of other awards in GB, including the coveted Mercury Prize for "Album of the Year" for "Jake Bugg". And in fact, Jake Bugg is his name and, in fact, he'll be at The National on Saturday night. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener The Silver Palms. Here's Jake doing his latest single "Messed Up Kids" at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Festival a few weeks ago in Glasgow:

Long running blues band, The Nighthawks, will be having a CD Release party for their new album "444" at Capital Ale House downtown on Sunday. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6, it's $15 to get in, $10 if you are a member of the River City Blues Society. Here's the band playing in Rockville MD on 5/25/14 and sounding great:

At Strange Matter Sunday, electronic indie pop band Lust for Youth will perform with openers Appetite, Lost Tribe and Daggering. Show starts at 9, it's $10 to get in and this is an 18+ show. Here's Lust for Youth's "Armida" from their album "International":

Tuesday night at Cary St. Cafe, Talking Heads tribute band Fear of Music will take the stage. But only after Richmond's newest tribute band, Diamone Heist, a tribute to Neil Diamond goes on at 10 PM.  It's FREE to get in. Here's Talking Heads doing "Love for Sale":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan