Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Picks: Robert Cray, John Hiatt, Gordon Lightfoot, Fireworks, Old 97's, Tommy Stinson, Avers, PBR, No BS! Brass Band, Big Payback

All weekend long, you can watch the Pitchfork Festival online live from Chicago IL. Find out what all the hipsters at are diggning with live performances from Beck, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Giorgio Moroder, Tune-Yards, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Sharon Van Etten, Neneh Cherry, Speedy Ortiz and many others. Go to to check it out starting on Friday at 4:30 PM ET, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM ET.

Lots of music locally this weekend. Punk poppers Fireworks will be at The Camel on Friday for a show that includes Young Statues, Better Off, Another Treehouse Acquaintance, and Centerfolds. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30, $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Here's Fireworks with "Detroit":

People's Blues of Richmond hit up The Broadberry again on Friday night. It's $8 in advance, $10 at the door, doors open at 8 and Consider the Source opens. PBR comes on at 10. They'll be heading up to NYC for a couple shows in August, stretching out that fan base. Here they are doing "Born to Die" the last time they played The Broadberry:

All weekend long, WRIR puts on the Commonwealth of Notions:Volume 4 in venues all over town. Here's a little video about the festival.

On Friday night, check out Avers, Sundials, Lightfields, Hot Dolphin, and Clair Morgan at Strange Matter. Show starts at 8:30, doors open at 7:30 and it's just $5 to get in. You can check out the rest of the shows on the poster up there. Avers don't have a lot of video out there but here's some short clips from their show at Friday Cheers on 5/30 so you can get a taste of their psychedelic garage pop sound. You can spot me in the crowd at one point but you have to look fast.

Free music at Plan 9 in Carytown Saturday afternoon. Chris Schlarb and TLVS will perform there with TLVS on at 12:45 and Chris on at 1:30. Here's the little press blurb:
Chris Schlarb (on the Asthmatic Kitty record label) is a musician, composer and producer based in Long Beach, California. His newest album, Making The Saint, was recorded alone inside a 140-year old Gold Rush cabin in the San Bernardino mountains. With no collaborations or distractions, Making The Saint contains the most intimate music of his career. SPIN Magazine calls the album, “Gorgeously meditative… Chris Schlarb is a wizard with the guitar. Making the Saint has an inclusive, panoramic feel…” The New York Times calls his playing, “Immersive… meticulous and controlled.”
Here's his cool animated video for the song "Great Receiver":

The big National Beer Expo sponsored by Capital Ale House is here in Richmond all weekend.The big events are at the Convention Center but a special after hours gig goes on at Capital Ale House downtown staring at 6 on Saturday evening. Food is included in the ticket. They'll be tapping special beers every 1/2 hour on the 1/2 hour and James Brown tribute band, The Big Payback will help you get your groove on. You have to get your tickets in advance on the Beer Expo ticket site which is HERE.

No BS! Brass Band will kick it over at Balliceaux Saturday night.Show starts at 10 and it's $10 to get in. No BS! just played the Lowdown Hudson Blues Fest in NYC with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Robert Cray, John Hiatt and Lake Street Dive among others. Here they are showing their RVA pride in New Haven CT in June:

Folk legend Gordon Lightfoot is at the Carpenter Theatre on Sunday night. Tix are $49 to $64. Show starts at 8 and get there on time. The show is billed as "An Evening With Gordon Lightfoot" which usually implies no opener and a nice long show with your headliner. Here he is in 1974 doing "Sundown":

Alt-country band Old 97's come to The National on Tuesday night. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Tommy Stinson. Rolling Stone magazine picked the Old 97's latest album, "Most Messed Up" as one of the best albums of 2014 so far. Here's a tune from that album with a title I can dig, "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On":

Wednesday night at Innsbrook Pavilion, the aforementioned Robert Cray & John Hiatt will be in town for your listening pleasure. Tickets run from $15 for GA lawn to $99 for Gold Circle-Platinum (gold or platinum, Innsbrook Pavilion, pick one) with $35 & $55 Gold Circle price points in there too. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6. Here's one from Robert Cray, filmed just a couple days ago:

And here's one from John Hiatt for an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien back in '94:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan