Saturday, it's no special brew release at Hardywood, but just good bands and an early start time (and finish) as usual. Music starts at 5 PM with Grass Panther, then The Invasion, and then headliner, The Young Sinclairs. The Invasion are the new RVA boogie woogie combo focusing on 60s psych and garage from the British Isles, featuring members of RPG, The Diamond Center, The Young Sinclairs, and Peace Beast. Young Sinclairs play psychedelic "harmonious analog pop tunes with unbridled rock excitement out of Roanoke". Here's Young Sinclairs' "Ceto's Return":
Some classic psychedelia at The National Saturday with The Machine: Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $20 for seated balcony tix. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and I do not believe there is an opener so don't be late. They were the first band in the world (so they say) to perform a track from the new Pink Floyd album, "Endless River", when they did "Louder Than Words" on 11/7. Here it is:
If you want to dance Saturday night, then get thee to Balliceaux for the disco funk of Black Girls. Show starts at 10 and it's $5. Here they are at The Broadberry in April:
More soul/funk at The Broadberry on Sunday with The Nth Power. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 and get there early for DJ Williams Projekt, and I'm sure DJ will step in the Nth Power before the night is done. The Nth Power is made up of drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body), vocalist/keyboardist Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band), guitarist Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, The Shift), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Creative Pandemonium), As you can see from the bands these guys have played with they certainly have a great pedigree. This song has a nice 70's jazz pop groove to it. It's "Thank You":
Monday night James Taylor is at Richmond Coliseum. Show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Tix are $67 - $87 which is a lot to pay for a nap. Sorry, never been a fan.
Much cheaper and much more interesting on Monday night is the show at Sound of Music Studios. Warren Hixson, Lady God and Beat Awfuls will be there and it's just $8. Things get underway at 8. Here's Warren Hixson bathed in fuzzy darkness doing their fuzzy pop rock at Gallery 5 a couple years ago:
Do you like yoga? Do you like the Grateful Dead? Then check out Grateful Groovinyasa at The Camel on Tuesday evening. The yoga class will be serenaded by Johnny & Andrew Trongone from The Trongone Band playing instrumental Grateful Dead tunes. And not only can you fell good in body and spirit, you can do good because it's a food drive. A portion of the proceeds will go to FeedMore. It's $15 to get in or $10 with 3+ food items for donation. It'll run from 6 PM - 7 PM. Until then, sit back and smoke 'em if you got 'em for the full 3+ hour 12/31/81 show from The Grateful Dead. And look! Jerry was just starting to get fat! And Joan Baez, Matthew Kelly and John Cippolina all sit in for few tunes.
Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve, is a pretty good night for music here in the RVA. The National has Celtic punk band from LA, Flogging Molly, ready to help you work on your Thanksgiving Day hangover. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30. The Mighty Stef and The Pasadena Band open. If you really like them, join their Salty Dog Cruise which sails around the Bahamas 3/13 - 16 (right before St. Patty's Day) and includes Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner and Mariachi El Bronx. Here's Flogging Molly playing Tivoli Amusement Park in Sweden this summer (some language NSFW):
The Broadberry has got Talking Heads tribute Fear Of Music along with Latino Ramones tribute Los Ramones.$8 in advance, $10 at door. Doors open at 8 PM, show starts around 9:30. Here's the promo video with lots of funny shots of presidents with turkeys:
And perhaps they'll play this one to fit the theme of the night:
Over at Capital Ale House downtown, it's Dave Mason's Traffic Jam. This is billed as a "sight and sound experience" where guitarist Dave Mason will play music and talk about his time in Traffic, his solo career and playing and hanging out with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. GA tix are $60, doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. No opener is listed. Here's Dave doing one of his hits on the Midnight Special in the 70's, "We Just Disagree":
You can bring in turkey day bluegrass style on Wednesday night at The Camel with Jackass Flats, The Green Boys and Sturgeon City. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Sturgeon City at Ashland Coffee & Tea in September:
To close things out, I just got into an early 80's pop new wave kick so here are a few videos of my faves starting with a commercial for my favorite K-Tel album, "Rock 80":
This is one of the greatest songs ever. And used to nice effect in the New Year's Eve '79 scene in "Boogie Nights".
I believe this one was introduced to me on K-Tel's "The Rock Album":
For the longest time I thought the line in this song "they don't write 'em like than anymore" was "Feels alright like Saturday morn". Which actually isn't a bad line.
One of the big early MTV videos and a damn fine song. Awesome leopard skin jumpsuit too.
Now the guy does Geico commercials. But he found Appolonia before Prince did in this one. Great beat.
And perhaps the biggest geek on early MTV, Donnie Iris. But I've always loved the vocals on this. The chorus sounds so lush.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!