Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend Picks: Earth Day Festivals, Nellie McKay, Widespread Panic, TR3, London Souls, Jason Marsalis, The Congress, Hackensaw Boys

Dave Matthews writing partner and occasional member of the Dave Matthews Band, guitarist Tim Reynolds, is at Capital Ale House Thursday night with his band TR3. Doors open at 8, the TBD opener comes on at 8:45 and TR3 starts at 9:30. It's $20 to get in. TR3 recently stopped by Relix magazine and laid down "All Over the Place":

Avers does their first headlining show in Richmond since they kicked ass at SXSW. I saw them open for Tune-Yards and they've got some tasty new tunes for you. In fact, they are mixing those tunes now for a new album. Producer/Engineer Peter Katis, who has worked with The National and Interpol, is helping them out. Avers will be at Strange Matter Thursday night. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Las Rosas and Hot Dolphin open. Here's Avers performing live at WAMU in DC. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

The Camel will host alternative, indie, power blues, neo-psychedelic band The London Souls Thursday. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Doors open at 8 and RVA's own Trongone Band opens. This will be the second show of the door for the Souls so they'll be nice and fresh. The London Souls recently played on NPR's World Cafe and you can stream the performance HERE. And here's a couple tunes they did down at SXSW:

The Marsalis family is practically living in Richmond right now. Wynton was here with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last Saturday. Wynton's youngest brother, Jason and his Vibes Quartet, will be at Capital Ale House for two shows on Friday. Admission for either show is $35 (premium) or $30 (GA). The first show has doors opening at 6:30 and the show starting at 7. The second show doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9. Here's the band at the Louisiana Music Factory in December 2014:

Hackensaw Boys do the bluegrass thing at The Broadberry on Friday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 and Sturgeon City opens. Hackensaw Boys are heading out for two week tour of the Netherlands, Denmark & Belgium at the end of the month. Who knew that they dug bluegrass there? Here's the band a few years ago at WNRN in C'ville:

Mekong Express & the Get Fresh Horns are at Cary St. Cafe Friday. It's FREE to get in and the show starts at 10. Here's the band gettin' all funkay at The Answer Brewpub in January:

Dueling Earth Day celebrations on Saturday. The RVA Earth Day in Manchester looks like the better of the two musically. Here's the band lineup:
5:30 Flight of Salt
And of course, there will be booths, brews, food trucks, kid's stuff and more. It goes from noon to 7 on Hull St. just across the river.

Earth Day Richmond does have the better poster. That one runs from 11 AM to 5 PM at Great Shiplock Park. There will be live music from Silly Bus, Andrew Alli and Last Night's Blues Band and The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown. They'll also have activities, local food and drink, and stuff for the kids.

The talented, smart and witty Nellie McKay comes to Tin Pan Sunday night. Show starts at 7 and it's $25 for a ticket. To quote her bio, "You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.

Her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook—part cabaret, part sparkly pop. But beneath the charming melodic surface is a wit that cuts, and a sharply tuned social conscience."

Her new album, "My Weekly Reader", finds her paying homage to the music of the 60's. Here she covers Country Joe & the Fish's "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" with visuals courtesy of the Joshua Light Show:

Widespread Panic is in town at the Altria Theater on Monday night. Tix are $49.50, The show starts at 8 and there's no opener because Panic will do their usual two sets of music. If you are going to the show, be sure to bring some canned goods for Panic's Fans for Food food drive. Widespread always throw in some choice covers during their shows. Here they are doing Neil Young's "Mr. Soul" in LA last month:

The Congress plays a Panic after party at The Camel Monday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tarrant will open the show. Doors open at 8. Tarrant comes on at 9. This show will be a couple days after The Congress open up for Tedeschi Trucks Band at Blue Ridge Bowl on the Lockn' Festival site and a couple weeks before they head out opening for Lake Street Dive. Not bad company. Here's The Congress live in Tahoe last summer:

Finally, a great night of RVA rock and soul at The Broadberry on Tuesday (4/21). DJ Williams Projekt will be joined by Andrew Trongone of Trongone Band to headline a show that also features People's Blues of Richmond and Monophonics (OK, these guys come from SF). Expect a lot of mixing and matching of band members at this show. Doors open at 8. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's DJ Williams Projekt full show at The Broadberry in June last year:

And this is just a really awesome video. Have a great weekend! See you at RVA Earth Day!

Tony Jordan