Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Picks: Marc Broussard, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Jackass Flats, Hard Day's Night, Fido Fest, Diggity Fest

Back to normal this week. The post-Lockn' depression is over and they've already got early-bird alumni tickets on sale for next year (Sept. 10 - 13). And so it begins again.

But in the here and now, the weekend begins with bluegrass from Jackass Flats at The Camel. The Northerners will open the show so this looks like a good one. Doors open at 8. It's $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Jackass Flats last year:



A couple festivals on Sunday, one for the dogs and one for the kids. RVA Fido Fest will be down at Brown's Island from 11 AM to 6 PM. It's $5 in advance, $10 at the door and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Richmond SPCA. Kids under 12 and dogs of all ages are FREE. There will be performances from the Olate Dogs, 2012 winners of America's Got Talent. Also, live music, stuff to do with your dog, stuff to buy for your dog, food for you and your dog, and beer and wine for you and your dog. Here's the Olate Dogs doing their thing:



For the kids, the Diggity Fest will be out at Westchester Commons where Midlothian Turmpike meets Rt. 288. It's FREE but all proceeds from the stuff you buy and from the Kid's Zone ($5) goes to support Connor''s Heroes, which supports families for children cancer patients and survivors. The Fest features a bunch of children's music acts including Richmond-based, nationally touring band, The Diggity Dudes. Here's the lineup:
12:15 - Hope Harris & the Cousins Jamboree
1:15 - Steven Courtney & the Suitcase Musicians
2:15 - The Diggity Dudes
3:20 - Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

4:20 - Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights

And here's the Diggity Dudes with a song about everyone's favorite gym day, the Presidential Physical Fitness Test:



It's a celebration of The Beatles' Hard Day's Night at The Byrd on Sunday. Hard Day's Night is one of the greatest rock n' roll movies of all time, capturing Beatlemania at it's height and The Beatles at their funniest. Here's all the details:
Pre-screening Happy Hour, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at the Portrait House, across the street from the Byrd. The movie starts at The Byrd at 6 p.m. The sound and picture have been newly restored for the movie’s 50th Anniversary this year. Admission is $7 at the box office. Before the day of the show advance tickets are available at Bygones Vintage Clothing and Steady Sounds for $5. The proceeds of the screening will benefit the Bijou Film Center and the Byrd Theatre Foundation’s “Journey to the Seats.” The film will play one time only. The after-party at the New York Deli starts at 8:15 p.m., where The Taters will play live; no cover charge. HERE's the Facebook page for the event. And here's the trailer:



Wednesday at Innsbrook, Americana based blues jam band Big Head Todd & The Monsters come to town. Tix run from $15 for GA Advanced ($20 at the door) up to $58 for super deluxe VIP or whatever the hell Innsbrook calls the tix in the first few rows. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6 with a band TBA. Here's the band doing the title song from their latest album, "Black Beehive", which was written about Amy Winehouse:



More blues at the Modlin Center for the Arts Wednesday night. with Marc Broussard. Tickets range from $10 to $36 depending on your demographic. Show starts at 7:30 with openers Mingo Fishtrap and Andy Suzuki. Here's the little press blurb: "In 2002, then 20-year-old Marc Broussard released his independently recorded debut album, Momentary Setback. Since then, he’s seen nothing but success with his mix of funk, blues, and passion entwined with distinct Southern roots. Having shared the stage with Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Gavin DeGraw, and the Dave Matthews Band, Broussard emanates a soulful, youthful, and inventive sound. Take a day out on the bayou with Broussard as he blazes up New Orleans flavor on his guitar, strumming chords of classic, southern melodies with fiery verse." Here's the title track from Marc's new album, "A Life Worth Living":



Wednesday night you are invited to Scott and Charlene's Wedding at Strange Matter. No, those aren't pending nuptials, that's the name of an indie pop band out of Australia. This is their first US tour.  It's $8 to get in, doors open at 9. Dead Fame, Colony and Bare Thoughts will open. Here's their video for "Jackie Boy" which is a tribute to "Rocky":



That'll do it. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan