Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weekend Picks: Justin Townes Earle, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, The Congress, Trongone Band, Richmond Bluegrass Jam, Hardywood Carnaval

It was even cold in New Orleans for real Mardi Gras, but perhaps things will warm up and at least you'll be indoors for Hardywood's Carnaval on Friday night. This will be Mardi Gras Brazilian style, thus the Carnaval title. It's FREE to get in and all ages are welcome. Things get underway at 5:30 with Capoeira Resistencia Brazilian martial art dance. Then, hometown heroes Bio Ritmo bring the salsa and Dende (from NYC) will close things out with Afro-Brazilian funk. Here's a preview video of Dende:

Trongone Band bring the jam/classic rock, both covers and originals, to The Camel Friday night. It's $7 to get in, doors open at 9 and the show starts with openers Dead 27s from Charleston SC. Here's Trongone Band at The Camel last month with "Ain't It Funny":

Saturday, the 6th Annual Richmond Bluegrass Jam lands at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen. It will run from noon until midnight with 30 bands playing on 3 stages. You'll be able to eat at local food trucks and get beer but this is a family friendly event with activities for the kids. There is no charge at the door, but donations are suggested and encouraged as the money raised goes to the Richmond Fisher House, a home for military families to stay while their veterans and soldiers are in the VA medical center. The full band schedule is HERE. Jackass Flats will close out the evening at 10:20 PM. Here they are at Camp Barefoot last August:

Americana rock band, The Congress, who are much, much better than the US Congress, will perform at The Camel Saturday night. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Butcher Brown. The Congress will be supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band at the inaugural show at Blue Ridge Bowl on the Lockn' Festival site on April 18. Here's the Congress with "Ain't It Easy":

Country rock band Everwilde will be at Tobacco Company Saturday night. That starts at 9:30 and it don't cost nothin' to get in. They play originals and covers and here they are covering The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" at The Tobacco Company a year ago. The video isn't much to look at but the sound is pretty good.

Americana rock artist Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors are at The Broadberry Sunday night. Angaleena Presley opens the show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Drew's latest album, "Medicine", recently got into the top 30 on the Billboard charts. Here they go doing "Here We Go". Looks like they emptied out the costume store for this video.

Rootsy singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, will be at the Modlin Center for the Arts Camp Concert Hall Wednesday. The show starts at 7:30 with Gill Landry. Tix range from $10 to $28 depending on your demographic. After a brief bit of talking (36 seconds), here's Justin doing "Call Ya Momma":

Here's one from the guy who gave Justin his middle name and who was a mentor to Justin's dad, Steve. This is Townes Van Zandt doing his song "Pancho & Lefty", which was famously covered by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan