Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weekend Picks: Church Hill Irish Fest, Bring The Spring, Diamond Center, Young Widows, Ledisi, Trongone Band, Shack Band, Fear of Music

Post-punk noise rockers Young Widows headline a show at Strange Matter on Thursday night. It's $12 to get in, doors open at 8 and Shannon Wright and The Austerity Program start the show. You might dig Young Widows if you like Grinderman, The Jesus Lizard, or Melvins. Here's Young Widows latest video, "King Sol":

There's a Friday happy hour at Hardywood that will feature The Diamond Center's last show as an RVA band. They are off to Austin TX, a bright blue spot in red state. home of Austin City Limits, the City of the Violet Crown. I'm sure they'll be back to visit but who knows when so check them out now. Anyway you look at it, their unique brand of garage psychedelia and support of the local music and arts scene will be missed. The tasting room opens at 4 and Slideways Mobile Bistro food truck will be there to provide the vittles (see, I'm talking like a Texan to get Diamond Center ready for their move). Music starts at 5:30 with Father Sunflower and the Golden Rays (experimental psych folk). It will continue with Lobo Marino's tribal earth trance folk. Then, The Diamond Center to close the show and their time in Richmond with everything ending around 9. Yippie-ki-ay, motherf**kers. Here's Diamond Center at Hardywood on March 7. There's a lot of background noise at the start but the band soon drowns them out with swirling walls of sound:

There's Americana influenced alt-rock with The Shack Band at Broadberry on Friday night. Doors open at 8 and Common Wealth opens. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The Shack Band will be at Rooster Fest 7, a cool little festival in Martinsville VA May 21-24 that will feature Lake Street Dive, Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Yarn and more. Here's Shack Band at the Broadberry on 8/29 last year playing the title track from their latest album, "America":

Trongone Band is at The Camel Friday night. It's $7 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Philosophunk and Homemade Bread open. Trongone Band will be celebrating the release of their new EP. Here's Trongone Band performing "Good Talk" at Gypsy Sally's in DC on 2/27:

One of Richmond's favorite festivals, the 30th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival takes place this weekend (10 AM - 7 PM Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM Sunday) on 25th Street at Broad. A $5 donation at the gate benefits local charities. Two stages of live music, food, beer, Irish dancing, a great kids' area and lots of fun.

Bring The Spring! takes place at Sound of Music Recording Studio from noon to 4 Saturday. There will be a market featuring curated vintage and locally made handmade clothing, art, jewelry, records, books and more. Musical guests include Patrick Bates, Red Lewis & TheLetting Go and Ward Harrison. ZZQ will be on hand with meaty and vegetarian BBQ options. You'll also have a chance to support Girls Rock! RVA through their raffle. It's FREE to get in. Here's Patrick Bates performing "Fakers and Singers":

Fear of Music, Richmond's premier Talking Heads tribute band, performed the best show I've seen them do at The Broadberry last month. They are back at The Broadberry on Saturday night. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 and The Awesome Few will open. Fear of Music recommend this exercise program to prepare for Saturday's show: http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/9fqg

Sunday, grab your sexy lover and head to the Altria Theater for some smooth, jazz influenced R&B with Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James. Tix run from $47 - $67. Show starts at 7 PM. This tour has been selling out a lot of shows so if you want to go, get your tickets soon. Here's Ledisi on this morning's (3/17) Good Morning America. After a short interview, she performs "Rock With You" (not the Michael Jackson song):

It was announced on Monday that Little Feat will be playing this year's Lockn' Festival. Here's a classic Little Feat show from 1977 which opens with one of my favorite Feat songs, "Skin It Back":

Have a great weekend! See you at Church Hill Irish Festival!

Tony Jordan