The weekend starts Thursday with glam rock influenced Black Veil Brides at The National. Tix are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7 with openers Memphis May Fire and Ghost Town. Black Veil Brides will be jumping on the Vans Warped Tour this summer which is a great showcase for up and coming hard rock bands. Here's BVB's "Perfect Weapon" in all it's leathery glory:
At Emilio's on Thursday night, Adam & The Yew Banks and Goldrush party down with a show that's just $5 to get in and starts at 10. Here's Goldrush's entry for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, their song "If You Want Me":
A few anniversary shows on Friday night. The bar loved by hippies all over Richmond, Cary St. Cafe celebrates 20 years of bringing jam band music to the masses with their 20th anniversary show. The party starts at 4 when they tap a brew made especially for this event by Smartmouth Brewing, Going Down the Road Feeling Brown. E-String Al will play for happy hour (5 - 7:30) and a band whose various parts have been playing at Cary St. Cafe since the beginning, King Solomon's Marbles, will start at 10 playing good ol' Grateful Dead. A little mouse told me to get there early, say around 9, for a surprise opener. You may want to get there early anyway as this promises to be packed. And it's FREE to get in. Here's a special show the Grateful Dead did when they played in Egypt under the Great Pyramids:
At the Renaissance Ballroom on Friday night, it's WRIR's 10th Annual Birthday Party for the Rest of Us. The party starts at 7 PM and it's $15 to get in which goes to support the station. There will be live performances from Ann Beretta, Murphy's Kids, Ki:Theory, Sam Reed Syndicate, Huckiddy Puppet Show, Classical Revolution RVA, Dave Watkins Big Band w/Navi & Dumbwaiter, Square Dance w/The String Band For the Rest of Us, Bermuda Triangles, R.A.M.ifications a cappella group and WRIR DJs. Here's Ann Beretta playing in Sept. 2014 (fast forward to the 1:52 mark when the band starts) (some language NSFW):
Southern Belles bring their jam band selves to The Camel for their monthly First Friday show. Tix are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, doors open at 8 and Jauntee will open. In March, they'll head out on a tour that will take them to the big sky country of Colorado, Montana and Kansas. They are also working on their second album. The band was recently on CBS6's Virginia This Morning and here it is:
Sunday at The Broadberry, the power pop of Kevin Devine with openers Into It. Over It. and Laura Stevenson will be there. Kevin will be solo acoustic and not with the Goddamn Band (I'm not being mean, that's their name). It will still rock, but quietly. Here's Kevin's "Little Bulldozer":
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell will be at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell on Sunday night. Tix range from $21.50 - $75. Doors open at 6 and Barrelhouse will open. Here's Leon with late, great JJ Cale in the late 70's-early 80's (?).
Here's one just for kicks. Austin City Limits, the wonderful PBS music show, celebrated 40 years last year and here's Joe Ely leading an all-star cast through Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away":
Have a great weekend!