Thursday, August 6, 2015

Weekend Picks: Richmond Jazz Festival, The Shack Up, Brandon Flowers, Rich Robinson, Fool's Errand, Best Behavior

Gypsy folk band, Fool's Errand, is at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream in Forest Hill Friday evening. They'll play from 8 - 10:30 PM and it's FREE to get in. Here's the band doing "A Paper Face":

The Shack Up, The Shack Band's mini festival, goes down on Friday and Saturday at the Broadberry and The Camel. Broadberry will even have an outdoor stage during the day on Saturday. The music will be of your Americana and jam band type and there are lots of great bands playin' throughout the weekend such as Rockn' to Lockn' winner Southern Belles (congratulations!), Trongone Band, Butcher Brown, Shack Band (of course), Jackass Flats, Big Payback, Love Canon and more. You can check out the schedule on the poster above or look at the Facebook page for more info. You can pay to get into the individual shows for about $10 - $15 each; get a day pass for one of the days for $20 (advance), $25 (day of); or get a weekend pass for $35. Here's the preview video for the festival. Some language NSFW:

More festivals this weekend with the Richmond Jazz Festival taking over Maymont Saturday and Sunday. There a some FREE events Thursday evening at the VA Museum of Fine Arts and Hardywood. Friday night, there is an event for $30 at the Hippodrome. Check the web site there for those. But the main gig on Saturday and Sunday is $85 to get in daily. Gates open at 11 AM each day. The lineup on Saturday includes Richmond's own Sam Reed, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Rebirth Brass Band, David Sanborn, Pat Martino, New Edition and more. Sunday's lineup features Butcher Brown, Pat Martino, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Joshua Redman, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Ms. Lauryn Hill and others. If you go on Saturday, be sure to catch acclaimed newcomer, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, at 4:30 on the West Rock Stage. Here's Kamasi with his eight piece band performing at KCRW last month:

Saturday at Hardywood, just in time for Carytown Watermelon Fest, they'll debut their Watermelon Gose which "is tart, with added salt, which accentuates the watermelon flavor and aroma." That gets tapped at 2 when the party begins. Music starts at 5:00 with J. Flax & The Heart Attacks (surf rock out of DC), Peace Beast (dreamy psych pop), Lady God (out of RVA playing rock n' roll), and Best Behavior (out of NYC, surf-garage rock) will close the night. Food trucks will be there all day too, if'n you get hungry! Here's Best Behavior's latest single, "Star Signs":

Rich Robinson, guitarist from The Black Crowes, does a solo acoustic gig at Tin Pan Saturday night. Tix are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Show starts at 8 and there is no opener. With the Black Crowes not defunct, for reals this time, Rich is out doing his own thing, releasing his third solo album, The Ceaseless Sight. Rich will do songs from his solo albums, and cover some Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, and traditional folk blues classics. Here's Rich doing "One Road Hill" a few nights ago in Indy.

Tuesday at The National, lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, does his solo thing. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $25. Here's Brandon latest single"I Can Change".

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with some vintage Bowie.

Tony Jordan