If you get out of work early on Wednesday, head down to Hardywood. The Hardywood Give Bock Release starts at 4 PM. They've got a new Bock beer in honor of FeedMore and each beer sold benefits FeedMore's efforts to feed the hungry. Drink beer and fight hunger. Everything is right about that sentence. There will be live music from 5 - 8 PM with The J. Smith Jazz Trio playing jazz and Latin standards along with originals so that should be good for all ages. Bring Grandma along, buy her a beer and chill out with some jazz.
The Tin Pan brings NRBQ to town on Wednesday night. Show starts at 8 (no opener), tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Terry Adams of NRBQ just released an album with his arrangement of Thelonious Monk compositions titled, "Talk Thelonious". NRBQ backed him up along with some horns, so you may hear something from that at the show. Here's the band playing "Green Lights":
Wednesday night at Broadberry, Fear of Music: A Talking Heads Tribute will perform for your entertainment. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 8. Jordan Tarrant and Adam Eubank open the show. Fear of Music will probably do this song pretty straightforward but here's Postmodern Jukebox doing "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" in '40's swing style:
Over at Tobacco Company Wednesday, it's the 5th Annual Gravy Ball. The Shack Band will provide the entertainment. It's $10 to get in and it starts at 9:30 PM. Here's the band performing their Americana rock at Broadberry a couple months ago:
Want to work off dinner on Thanksgiving night? Head to The Camel for Goldrush and Lady God. Doors open at 9 and the show starts shortly thereafter. It's only $5 to get in but if you bring canned goods to donate to FeedMore Central VA Food Bank, you'll get $2 off of admission. Goldrush will make it an extra super special night as they'll do both an original set and a set of Beatles covers. Here's Goldrush live at Gallery 5 back in September:
And here's a Beatles song they kind of have to play on Thanksgiving, right?
Friday night it's an all-star bluegrass show at The National led by Keller Williams. He's calling the show Thanksforgrassgiving. The band will feature Travis Book (bass) and Chris Pandolfi (banjo)from the Infamous Stringdusters, Jason Carter (fiddle) from the Del McCoury band, Jay Starling (dobro) from Love Cannon, the one and only Larry Keel (guitar) and Keller on mandola. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Cabinet opening. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Keller is, of course, no stranger to the bluegrass community. Here he is with his Grateful Grass band (they play Grateful Dead songs bluegrass style) doing "Samson & Delilah":
Avers and Rikki Shay (former members of the Black Girls with a new sound and new name) are at The Camel to celebrate(?) Black Friday. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Rikki Shay. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and if you buy a pre-sale ticket you'll get a copy of the as-yet-to-be-released Avers EP. It will come out officially on 12/4. From the new EP, here's "Don't Wanna Lose You" which continues refining Avers psychedelic pop sound.
Saturday at Hardywood, Americana bands The Atkinsons and The Hot Seats will provide fine beer drinking music for you. The tasting room opens at 2 and the music gets underway at 5 PM. As always at Hardywood, it's free to get in. Here's The Atkinsons doing "Lyin' and Honesty" at Ashland Coffee & Tea a few months ago:
Speaking of Ashland Coffee & Tea, Susan Greenbaum and her band will perform their annual Holiday Show on Saturday night. Show starts at 8 (no opener) and tix are $16 in advance, $20 day of show. They'll play some of their originals and some holiday classics. Here's Susan's "You Are My Holiday" to get you in the mood:
A holiday show of a different sort, a Thanksgiving Throwdown, will go down at The Broadberry Saturday night with The Trongone Band. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with The Heavy Pets. The Trongone Band has been spending time in the studio so you just might hear some new stuff. They also got to open for Col. Bruce Hampton last week in Charleston. Here's a little sampler of Trongone Band at The Broadberry in September:
The National brings in the raucous rock n' roll of J. Roddy Walston and The Business Saturday night. Tix are $16 in advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with RVA's own Sleepwalkers. And, no, they don't dress anything like the poser above. This will be the band's last gig until 2016 as they are preparing a new album. Here they are performing "Heavy Bells":
Saturday at Balliceaux, it's a benefit for FeedMore with Lady God and DJ sets by Bob Nastanovich and Kenny & Tracy. It's $5 to get in and starts at 10:30 PM. Here's Lady God's set in September in Gainsville:
New blues-rocker Elle King, who is riding a big hit with "Ex's and Oh's" right now, is at The National on Monday. Tix are $18 in advance, $23 day of show. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 with Horse Thief. She'll be on "Dancing on the Stars" tonight (Tuesday) on ABC probably performing the big hit. And here she is playing the song in August:
That'll do it. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend! I'll see you out somewhere this weekend. Too much good music out there not to get out and about. I'll leave you with the Drive-By Truckers "Thanksgiving Filter":