Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend Picks: Yonder Mountain String Band, Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Goldrush & Godzilla, 3 Sheets to the Wind, Susan Greenbaum, Fear of Music

The Simpsons marathon has begun.

I've been watching since 5:45 now and this may be the greatest event in the history of mankind. I may try not to sleep this weekend. FXX. All day. All night. For the next 12 days. Soon it will be all yellow.

Onto this weekend's events. I may tear myself away from FXX for a while to see if the sun still shines and to drink beer other than Duff.

Perhaps I can go back to a time before the Simpsons. A time when men rocked from yachts, with copious chest hair and gold chains, and amazingly thick and luxourious facial hair. Perhaps those days of yesteryear would be best brought back by a band called Three Sheets to the Wind, the greatest (and to my knowledge, only) yacht rock tribute band in Richmond's history. They'll be at The National on Friday night. Doors will open at 7 and the show starts at 8. No opener. TSTW doesn't need an opener. And it's only $10 for tix in advance, $15 at the door. Here they are doing a Hall & Oates classic:

Like giant monsters? Me too. At the Science Museum of Virginia Friday evening, they combine kaiju and rock music for a showing of the ninth film in the Godzilla series, "Destroy All Monsters" with live music from Richmond's own Goldrush. Hopefully they are learning a cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla". It's $5 to get in. Show starts at 8. Here's Goldrush performing the first song ever played at The Broadberry.

Saturday, it's the Richmond Bluegrass Festival at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Things get underway at 2 PM and will run until approximately 9 PM. It don't cost nothin' and it's open to all ages. Food trucks will be there with food. Hardywood will be there with beer. Bands will start with Sturgeon City at 2, then River City Band, Green Boys, Long Branch Ramblers and the Hot Seats close it out starting at 7:30. Here's the Hot Seats on the mean streets of Warrenton last week:

Susan Greenbaum and her band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday night. It's $12 at the door and the show will start at 8. If you want to pre-party with Susan, she'll also be at The Sefton Coffee Co. at 28 N. 8th St Friday at 4 PM. Here she is a few months ago at AC&T doing "When Will You Learn?":

Still watching the Simpsons.

Tuesday night at Capital Ale House downtown, the River City Blues Society presents "The Golden State-Lone Star Revue" with Anson Funderburg and Little Charlie Baty with Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors.Tix are $15 but you must get your tickets throught the River City Blues web site at These guys have won or been nominated for a bunch of Grammys and WC Handy (Blues Music) awards between them. Here they are performing "I'm Gonna Ruin You" at BB King's in NYC a couple days ago:

Richmond's own Talking Heads tribute band, Fear of Music, will be at Cary Street Cafe on Tuesday night. Things go down at 10 PM and it's FREE to get in. Here's the Talking Heads doing "Big Business/I Zimbra":

Wednesday night, Yonder Mountain String Band bring their bluegrassy jam band musical stylings to The National. Tix are $25, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Henhouse Prowlers. If you can't make it to the show, you can catch a live stream of their show the next night in NC at 8 PM right HERE. Here's the YMSB covering an Ozzy tune. Wait. What?

Have a great weekend! Watch lots of Simpsons.

Tony Jordan