Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekend Picks: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Woods, John Mellencamp, Glass Animals, Stand of Oaks, Weird Al, Dead as Funk, People's Blues of Richmond

Weird Al starts off the weekend with a show at the Carpenter Theatre on Thursday night. Weird Al sold out because he's freakin' Weird Al! But if you are going, doors open at 6:30, show start at 7:30 and there is no opener or intermission. Just 2:15 of Weird Al. Because that's the way you want it. Weird Al and his band visited Jack White's Third Man Recording Studios and used the old Record Booth to record a short a cappella track. Check it out:

Over at Strange Matter, psychedelic indie low-fi folk rockers, Woods, take the stage Thursday night to headline a show also featuring openers Spider Bags and Black Water Gold. Doors open at 8 and it's $12 to get in. Here's Woods performing "Bend Beyond":

Brown's Island and Friday Cheers host indie folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff. I really like their singer Alynda Lee, who grew up in the Bronx but migrated to New Orleans at 17 and found her voice and her band there. Their laid back folk rock is going to sound right in place with a cool breeze blowing and the river flowing by. They'll be on at 8 PM but get in early for opener Joe Pug at 6:30. His pugnacious (sorry, couldn't resist) folk/Americana will appeal to fans of Dylan and John Prine, It'll be $10 to get in and $10 well spent. Let's do one from both bands. Here's Hurray playing at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio last month:

And here's Joe Pug with "Hymn #101":

If you want to rock after Cheers on Friday, head to Broadberry for the return of People's Blues of Richmond along with excellent opening acts Murphy's Kids and Major and the Monbacks. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $10 to get in. Here's PBR's full set from Lockn' Festival last year when they started the day on Friday:

Saturday, Hardywood  is tapping their Vinalia Urbana, "a Belgian-style strong golden ale, is aged for months in freshly emptied Sauvignon Blanc barrels. This maturation process lends some light vinous notes and a hint of oak that blend beautifully with the subtle fruit and light spicy character imparted by the Belgian yeast. Vinalia Urbana is delightfully dry and delicate on the palate with lingering white grape and stone fruit undertones. 9.0 % ABV". That gets tapped at 2 and it wouldn't be a keg party without some righteous music so Dave Watkins (minimalist Appalachian math rock live looping sound explosion) starts at 5 PM, Lady God (Bristling surf guitar, webby bass lines, and sneering dual vocals compose an oddly satisfying vintage rock n’ roll salad they call “Slink.”) start at 5:55. The Ar-Kaics (troglodyte teenbeat 60s-style punk) are on at 7:10. And finally, The Awesome Few bring it all home at 8 PM. Here's The Awesome Few at Hardywood in February:

Dreamy electronica band Glass Animals are at The National Saturday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Gilligan Moss opens. Here's Glass Animals' "Hazey":

John Mellencamp and Carlene Carter are at Altria Theater on Saturday night. Tix range from $39.50 - $118.50. Carlene will start the show off at 7:30 PM. Here's John in 2008 performing "Longest Days":

If you are a Grateful Dead fan, don't miss Dead as Funk at Broadberry Saturday night. The band features members of The Trongone Band, DJ Williams Projekt, Grateful Gospel, and Ron Halloway will be sitting in on sax. Tix are 8 in advance, $10 at the door and doors open at 8. Here's a little taste of what you're gonna get:

It's Flag Day on Sunday and what better way to celebrate than a show with indie/Americana/classic rock/folk/alternative band Strand of Oaks and openers and RVA favorites, Avers. OK, I don't really know what they have to do with Flag Day, but wear your red, white & blue anyway. America! The whole thing goes down at Strange Matter. Doors open at 9 and it's $10 to get in. We can bring this whole thing full circle. Strand of Oaks got to meet Weird Al at the Governor's Ball Festival in NYC last weekend and it was the greatest moment of their life. Strand of Oaks has been playing a bunch of festivals in Europe and America lately so they'll probably be really happy to play for a crowd that is just there to see them and not distracted by the funnel cake stand. Speaking of festivals, here is Strand of Oaks gig at the 2015 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona:

Hope to see you out at Cheers Friday night! I'll leave you with Funny or Die's "What Not to Ask Famous Musicians at The Governor's Ball Music Festival":