Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekend Picks: Pokey LaFarge, Mynabirds, Grace Potter, Steep Canyon Rangers, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dismal Swamp Lords, League of Space Pirates

Americana/honky tonk/early jazz/Western//blues/country artist Pokey LaFarge is at Modlin Center for the Arts on the U of R campus Thursday night. Tix range from $9 - $18 depending on your demographic. The show starts at 7:30 and Escondido opens. Pokey got to play the Grand Ol' Opry last month for the first time. Here's the press blurb for Pokey:
Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that exemplifies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own.

After making a grassroots splash with his self-released debut album Marmalade and moonlighting as a mandolinist with the Hackensaw Boys, LaFarge continued to gain notoriety with his widely acclaimed longplayers Beat, Move, and Shake; Riverboat Soul; and Middle of Everywhere—the latter two were both named Best Americana Album by the Independent Music Awards—and the concert set Live In Holland.
And here's Pokey and the band playing "Wanna Be Your Man":

Royal Southern Brotherhood is at Tin Pan on Thursday night. Who the heck is Royal Southern Brotherhood? The band is led by vocalist/percussionist Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters) and includes guitarist Bart Walker, guitarist Tyron Vaughan (son of Jimmy Vaughan, nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughan), bassist Charlie Wooton, and drummer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Gregg Allman). Not a bad lineup! Show starts at 8 and tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Here they are at The Mint in LA in August. Turn this up loud!

If you are at home Thursday night, check out moe. on a webcast to benefit Teen Cancer America. You can pay what you want. Webcast starts at 8 PM HERE. Here's moe. at Mountain Jam this year:

Sunday night at the State Fair of Virginia, bluegrass/Americana band Steep Canyon Rangers will play amongst the racing pigs, fried snack foods, and carnival rides. The concert is included with your admission to the State Fair. The band starts at 7:30. The bands new album, "Radio", is number one on the Bluegrass Today charts. Here they are performing "Down That Road Again" on the back porch of the American Songwriter office in Nashville the other day:

The League of Space Pirates will take control of Fallout on Monday night. The League is a concept band with a sound inspired by 80's new wave. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $5 to get in. This is an album release party to celebrate the release of LSP's first album, "Precognitive Universe of Emergent Desire". There will also be performances from Melody Magpie, Zhora Nova, Bizarre Bryn and Iggy Plop and the Stooges. There will be giveaways to the first 20 people through the door and prizes for the best dressed space pirates. This should be a wild, performance art filled show. Here's the League's "Elegant Universe":

Alternative singer/songwriter/indie/folk/rock The Mynabirds are at Strange Matter on Monday. It's $10 to get in. Doors open at 9. Bad Bad Hats & Venus Guytrap open. Many on the shows on the tour have been selling out so get your tickets early or get there early. Mynabirds recently got to play at Capitol Studios and leader Laura Burhenn got to play Nat King Cole's piano. I don't think they'll have this many people on stage at Strange Matter on Monday.

Surf blues rockers Dismal Swamp Lords are at The Camel on Tuesday night. Doors open at 8. It's only $5 to get in. The Vacant Stairs and The Lucky Stiffs open the show. Will the Dismal Swamp Lords be the next band to break big out of Richmond? Who knows but they are getting some plays for their song "The Devil Does The Driving" on KXLU 88.9 FM in LA. You can listen to a couple tunes, including that one, HERE.

Wednesday night at Innsbrook, the lovely and talented Grace Potter will perform with Trampled By Turtles opening. I'm interested to see what people think of this show as Grace's new solo album is a bit poppier than her work with her band, but its nice to see her going where her muse takes her, The Nocturnals. Gates open at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM. Tix are $15 for GA Lawn, $39 for Gold Circle Reserved and $49 for Gold Circle Preferred. Grace recently sang the National Anthem before an NFL game. Unfortunately, it was for the New England Cheatriots, but we won't hold that against her. Here's one from her new album. This is "Biggest Fan":

Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with the best performance from Lockn' 2015. Here's the Mad Dogs and Englishman Joe Cocker Tribute led by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell and a whole bunch of guests.

But before that, this one goes out to everyone in Richmond for the UCI Road World Championships.

Tony Jordan