Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Weekend Picks: Floetry, Big Something, Dinosaur Jr., 311, David Grisman, Ashley Monroe, Erin & The Wildfire, Gouda Mayhem, Richmond Roots Festival

Renowned mandolinist David Grisman, best known for his collaborations with Jerry Garcia and his self-proclaimed Dawg Music, brings his Sextet to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell Thursday night. Tix range from $30 - $40, doors open at 6 and Magnolia will open the show. Here they are last year at the FreshGrass Festival:

In Richmond, the reunited neo-soul duo Floetry will be at The National. Tix are $30 for GA, $35 for Reserved Balcony, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Janine & the Mixtape. This tour is their first together in 9 years. Here's their biggest hit, from 2002 it's "Say Yes":

There's a local music showcase at Strange Matter Thursday night. Gouda Mayhem, Camp Howard (formerly known as Nic Perea), Collin Thibodeauxx, The Wimps and Brian Dove (of Anitphon) are on the bill. It's only $5 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Here's Gouda Mayhem's "Innocents":

Friday night, new, up and coming, alt-country artist Ashley Monroe is at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell. Tix range from $16.50 to $35, doors open at 6:30 and Bethany Gates will open the show. Ashley has a new album, "The Blade" coming out July 24. You'll be able to stream it starting 7/16 on NPR for a few days HERE. Here's Ashley performing the title track at the Grand Ole Opry a few weeks ago:

And here's another one from Ashley, just because I really like it:

Jam band out of Burlington NC, Big Something, headlines the show at Broadberry Friday night. RVA's own Southern Belles open the show. Doors open at 8, Belles come on around 9, and it's $10 to get in. Big Something just played the All Good Festival along with their own festival, The BIG What? (the question mark is part of the festival name). Here's Big Something's 2nd set at Asheville Music Hall on 7/11. They open the set with Pink Floyd classic.

Saturday is the Richmond Roots Festival at Hardywood. I love the poster! That was designed by Katie McBride and posters and t-shirts will be available on Saturday. There will be Hardywood beers and food trucks out there. It's FREE and open to all ages. Things get underway at 2 PM with the Broad Street Ramblers, followed by Alison Self & the Lonesome Lows, Gypsy Roots, Andrew Alli & Last Night's Blues Band and the Judy Chops wrap things up with a set starting at 7:30. Here's Judy Chops singing about that ol' Devil Whiskey. That won't be available Saturday but minor daemon beer will be.

One of the bands that won the Rockn' for Lockn' contest last year and got to play on the big stage at Lockn', Erin and the Wildfire out of Charlottesville top the bill at The Camel. Caroline Spence and Colin & Caroline open the show. Doors open at 8 and it's only $5 to get in. Erin & the Wildfire will also be at Floyd Fest next week and they recently opened up for Leon Russell. Here they are playing "Here I Go":

Wednesday at Innsbrook, reggae/ska rockers 311 will perform with openers The Green. Gates open at 5, show starts at 6. Tix range from $20 (GA) to $99 (Gold Circle - Platinum) with price points in between. Believe it or not, 311 is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Here's 311's "Sand Dollars" from last year's album "Stereolithic":

Wednesday at The National, Dinosaur Jr. and RVA's own People's Blues of Richmond will rock the joint. Doors open at 7, PBR hits the stage at 8, tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Dinosaur Jr.'s new album, "IBetOnSky" will be out soon so you'll probably hear a few tracks from that. From way back in 1994, here's Dinosaur Jr.'s "Feel the Pain":

That'll do it. I'll see you at Floetry and maybe Big Something/Southern Belles. I'll leave you with the video for U2's "Song for Someone" starring Woody Harrellson:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan