Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Weekend Picks: Richmond Jazz Festival, Watermelon Festival, George Clinton & P-Funk, The Whigs, Seaway, Boy George, Fool's Errand, Bush League, Tauk

If you are looking for good beer and a relatively early night to start your weekend, head over to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Tasting room opens at 4 PM and there will be food courtesty of the Olio food cart. Music starts at 6 PM with Matt Conner and continues at 7 PM with Fool's Errand (they describe themselves as "dark in nature, folk-esque, a touch jazzy and a kiss of world flair. Maybe a lick of bluegrass as well."). I've seen Fool's Errand a few times now and they're a fun band in the vein of Mumford & Sons or Avett Brothers. Oh, and it's all FREE to get in.

If you're more wino than beer guy or gal, get thee to James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen on Friday night for blues with The Bush League. Things get under way at 6:30 PM on the patio. Food trucks Grapevine and Sideways Mobile will be there. It's $10 to get in and it will go until 9:30 PM. Bush League recently celebrated their 7th anniversary together.

At The Camel Friday night, indie rockers from Athens The Whigs, along with Glass Twin and Sideways Orange perform. The doors open at 8, it's $12 in advance and $14 at the door. The Whigs will be playing a bunch of shows with Social Distortion next month and the Whigs fall in that same vein of good hard rock n' roll with a touch of Americana to keep things honest. Here's The Whigs doing "Hit Me" in CA a few days ago:

Boy George of Culture Club fame will be at The Hat Factory Friday night doing a DJ set with Marc Vedo. This is only one of three stops they are doing in the US before it's back to Europe. Doors will open at 9 and it's $25 to get in. Boy George will be touring with Culture Club in December but if you want to see it and you aren't in the UK, you are out of luck. Here's a clip from their first comeback show in July:

The Richmond Jazz Festival is at Maymont Saturday and Sunday and features quite a lineup including Boz Scaggs, Cassandra Wilson, Boney James, Babyface Edmonds, Mary Mary, Plunky & Oneness, Cameo, Bill Frisell, Average White Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Earl Klugh, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley & the New JBs. Single day tix are $75. Doors open at 11 AM each day. I don't know if Cameo is jazz but "Word Up" always kicks ass, especially with LeVar Burton:

If you are hanging in the house on Saturday, you can get your smooth rock party on with a David Gray webcast on Yahoo Screen. Click HERE to go that when it starts at 10 PM ET.

Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM, it's the 31st annual Carytown Watermelon Fest. Lots of watermelon, a kids area, adult beverages available from the many bars in Carytown, and music. There will be 80 performers on the various stages throughout the day, but they provide neither a list of whose playing or at what times. So, it's hit or miss there.

On Sunday over at The Camel, pop punkers, or would that be punk poppers, Seaway will rock you until the end of the weekend with Stickup Kid, Candy Hearts (make sure you get in to see them), Driver Friendly, Centerfolds and Thanks. To fit all those bands in the doors will open at 6 and the show starts at 6:30. Seaway is out of Canada so of course they called their new album "Hoser" (those who remember the "Great White North" will know what they mean). Here's a 30 minute session Seaway did for Audiotree, eh.

Tuesday night at Broadberry, DJ Williams Projekt will do their jazz/funk thing with Tauk (who will be Lockn' Festival). Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Tauk at The Saint in Asbury Park earlier this month:

Finally, join Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk, Diaper Man, Dr. Funkenstein and the rest of the Grand Party of Funk on Wednesday night when George Clinton and P-Funk touch the Mothership down at Innsbrook. The Mothership, by the way, is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Amerian Histoy & Culture to anchor their "Musical Crossroads: exhibition. Gates open at 5, show starts around 6 with opener TBA. Tickets are at the usual ridiculous Gold Circle crap prices at Innsbrook (please stop, Innnsbrook!) this time with a special Gold Circle Dance Floor Pit for $50 that, from the seating chart, appears to be the equivalent of 6 seats wide and 3 seats deep. Really? The rest of the Gold Circle seats run at $50, $40 and $30 levels with GA going for $16.50. Here's some prime P-Funk from 1976 and that's right, it's the whole damn show:

That'll do it have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan