Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Weekend Picks: Future Islands, RVA Music 5th Anniversary Show, Holydrug Couple, George Clinton & P-Funk, Live Art:Soul, Southern Belles

For some reason, I thought this would be a slow week, but it's jam packed with goodies.

Wednesday night, I'll be at the sold out St. Vincent show at The National. If tix do become available, they'll be $25. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8 with Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), whose solo albums get fine reviews of their own. I was wondering if the show would still be on when I saw the headlines the other day that Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) fell off a stack of speakers she was climbing the other night in Knoxville. But she was OK and the show will go on. Here's the band performing "Birth in Reverse" at Studio Q today:

If you can't get into St. Vincent, you can check out William Walter. He'll be rocking out lots of great covers right along the river at Conch Republic Rocketts Landing. He'll be on from 7 to 9:45 and there is no cover. Here's William and Gary Green on harmonica last year at Wintergreen Resort.

Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will be at Innsbrook on Thursday night. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6 with opener TBA. Tix are $20 (GA lawn), $29 (Gold Circle reserved), $39 (Gold Circle Preferred), $49 (Gold Circle Dance Floor Pit (standing)), and $79 (Gold Circle Platinum Seating). There was a great story on George in a recent Rolling Stone (the one with The Hulk on the cover) about he's cleaned up after years of crack addiction and continues to bring the Mothership to cities all over the world. Here they are doing "Get Low" on Later with Jools Holland in April this year and it's as funky as you'd expect:

I'll be over supporting another great local music blog, RVA Playlist, as they throw their 5th Anniversary Party at The Broadberry on Thursday night. Tix are $5 in advance, $10 at the door and the doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30 with Big Mama Shakes. Jonathan Vassar & The Badlands will be on at 8, Goldrush at 9 and No BS Brass Band at 10. There will be a raffle and there will be a special RVA Playlist Anniversary CD given out while supplies last. Here's Goldrush's "Your Won't Hear Me Crying":

Thursday night, Strange Matter is hosting heavy psychedelic rockers Ancient River, Lady God & Manzara. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in. You can listen to Ancient River's latest album, "Keeper of the Dawn" here:

There's more psych rock at Strange Matter Friday night with a band that Ancient River played with last month at the Milwaukee Psych Fest: The Holydrug Couple. Holydrug Couple comes to us from Chile and they are at the end of long tour in which they have driven over 10,000 miles! Generic, Tungs and Basmati will open the show. Doors open at 9 and it's $8 to get in. From their latest album "Moonlust", here's Holydrug Couple's "Dreamy", which describes their brand of psychedelia:

When all the lists came out around Dave Letterman's retirement and Dave's best of this and that, the band playing Friday Cheers this week was on lists for Best Musical Performance and Best Breakthrough Performance. Future Islands appeared on the Late Show in March of 2014. It was their network TV debut and it immediately shot them from the underground to buzz band overnight. The music is influenced by 80's electro-pop/new wave, but it's lead singer Samuel T. Herring's unique dancing and singing that makes this band so intriguing. He'll move from Morrissey-esque croons to Louis Armstrong purrs to almost metallic growls not just within a song, but sometimes within one line of a song. Future Islands headline Cheers this week with RVA band, White Laces, getting things under way at 6:30. It's $10 to get in. Here, Future Islands made another appearance on Letterman's show in April this year doing their latest single, "The Chase":

Over at Gallery 5, it's a First Friday exhibition with art and music. The art exhibitions are "Dating in the Afterlife" and "Think Inside the Box". You can read more about those on Facebook HERE. The music will be provided by Lady God, Julia Read and an0va. The event runs from 6 PM to midnight and it's FREE to get in. Here's Lady God's "Roll Tennessee":

Salsa band extraordinaire, Bio Ritmo, is at The Broadberry Friday. Butcher Brown and Miramar open. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Catch up with Bio Ritmo before they head off to their gig in Istanbul on 6/20. Yes, Istanbul, Turkey. Here's a blast from Bio Ritmo's past as they perform "Hermano" in Puerto Rico seven years ago:

Southern Belles are at The Camel Friday.. It was announced yesterday that Southern Belles will be part of the Rockn' to Lockn' Competition to win a spot on the big stage at Lockn' Festival this year. Hopefully the Belles can follow in the footsteps of fellow RVA rockers, People's Blues of Richmond, who won the spot last year. You can cheer on the Belles at Capital Ale House on 7/31 when they'll take on three other regional bands. Atlas Road Crew opens this show at The Camel. Doors open at 8. Tix are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. The Belles released their new single a few weeks ago. It's called "Getaway" and here it is:

No BS! Brass Band takes over Balliceaux Friday night with that horny funk. This is the last show at Balliceaux before they close for the summer. It'll start at 10:30, it's $8 to get in and No BS! should have some tunes from their new album for ya. Here's No BS' second set at Carnaval on the Mile this year:

Sunday, the Altria Theater presents Live Art:Soul. The concert is produced and directed by SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) and 200 students of the school will perform along with Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Rene Marie, Susan Greenbaum, Robbin Thompson, and more. Tix run $30 - $70 and it starts at 6 PM.

Dancehall reggae star Beenie Man & the Zagga Zow Band are at Canal Club Sunday night. Doors open at 10 PM and Future Fambo and CeeGee open. Tix are $25. Here's Beenie Man's "Back It Up":

Have a great weekend! I'll see you at St. Vincent, RVA Music's 5th Anniversary show and Future Islands. Hope to see you out there!

I'll leave you with Roxy Music's "Avalon" just because it's a great song:

Tony Jordan