Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekend Picks: Earth, Wind & Fire, Ian Anderson, Hogtober, Oystoberfest, Touch a Truck, 2nd Street Festival, Southern Belles (x3), Trongone Band

If you're a child of the 80's or just wish you were, check out The Legwarmers - The Ultimate 80's Experience at The National on Friday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it's $16 to get in. Here's a little sampler of their show. Bust out your skinny tie.

Jam band The Southern Belles will be at The Camel Friday. Fletcher's Grove from Morgantown WV will open the show. Southern Belles recently toured Colorado, WV, KY, KS, St. Louis, & Cincinnati so they are so happy to be back they are playing the Camel Friday, two shows in RVA Saturday (more on those in a second) and a show in DC Saturday night. Doors will open at 8, it's $7 to get in. Here's the Belles in Carbondale CO a couple weeks ago doing a couple originals:

Not a music event, but a lot of fun if you have kids that like big trucks, Touch a Truck will be at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Tix are $5 per person and the money goes to the Junior League of Richmond, There will be lots of construction vehicles, tractor trailers, emergency responder vehicles and even an Army helicoper for the kids to climb in and on and blow the horns.

In Jackson Ward, the 2nd Street Festival goes down on Saturday from 11:30 AM to 7 PM and on Sunday from noon to 6 PM. Lots of music, kids activities, food, beverages and fun. You can click the link there to see the full music lineup but the headliner is 80's funk band Midnight Star on Saturday at 5:45. I couldn't decide between "Freak-a-zoid" and "No Parking on the Dance Floor" so let's do them both.

Up on Libby Hill Park Saturday, it's Hogtober or the festival formerly known as High on the Hog. This will run from noon to 7 with lots of BBQ and other food and beer, though it is family friendly. This is one of the events Southern Belles, the hardest working band in Richmond, will play on Saturday. It's FREE to get in. Here's the full band lineup:

  • 12:00 - Southern Belles
  • 1:20 - The Dimmer Twins (Horsehead acoustic)
  • 2:00 - Love Canon (80's hits done bluegrass style)
  • 3:35 - Flight of Salt (Americana rock)
  • 5:20 - The Hit List (80's' & 90's covers)
Here's Flight of Salt in C'ville about a year ago. I believe this was captured on the bar's' security cam (just kidding):

Another fall Richmond festival and another appearance by the Southern Belles (when do they sleep?) at Oystoberfest at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Ginter Park. That goes from noon to 6 PM and features oysters, brats, beer, bands, and a kids zone, where you can leave your kids while you enjoy the oysters, brats, beers and bands (OK, maybe you shouldn't leave them there). It's FREE to get in (though they do suggest a $2 donation). Here's the band lineup:

  • 12:30 - East of Afton
  • 1:30 - Mills Family Band
  • 2:30 - Starlighter
  • 3:30 - Southern Belles
  • 4:30 - The Jimmy Catlett Group
Here't the Jimmy Catlett Group at The National a few years ago:

The Trongone Band brings their jammy covers and originals to Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday night. I caught them at the Italian Fest last weekend and they put on a great show as always, with a standout version of the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie". The show gets underway at 8, it's $5 in advance, $10 day of show. Here's the band doing the Ween song (also covered by Phish) "Roses Are Free":

Sunday, classic rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull comes to The National to do a Best of Jethro Tull show. All proceeds from the show are going to support veteran, first responders and to raise awareness of the global threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). There are a number of special events and offers going on surrounding the show to support The Global Campaign against IEDs. Click the link HERE to check them out. And check out this classic Tull from 1977:

Wednesday night at Innsbrook it's Earth, Wind & Fire. Gates open 5, show starts at 6. I do not see an opening band listed, but if there is one, don't hold it against me. The Gold Circle (meh!) seats are all sold out for this one so it's GA for you. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. EWF has a new Christmas album out called "Holiday"with Christmas classics and a couple original songs. But since it's October, let's hope they stick to the hits Wednesday night. No need for Winter Wonderland (will they do that like "Boogie Wonderland"?) in October.

That's it. See you somewhere this weekend!

Tony Jordan