Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weekend Picks: Arlo Guthrie, Benefit for Jason & Liz Throckmorton, People's Blues of Richmond, John Kadlecik Band, DJ Williams Projekt, Mekong Xpress

People's Blues of Richmond will play their show that was postponed by snow last weekend on Thursday night and I can't think of a much better, or louder, way to start your weekend. That goes down at The Broadberry. Tix are $10 advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Jouwala Collective opening. They'll be touring in February out west to Colorado, San Francisco, Nevada, Nebraska, St. Louis and Chicago so come give them a good Richmond send off. Here's their full set on 3/5/15 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem when they opened for JJ Grey & Mofro.

Friday, Mekong Express will get funky at Cary Street Cafe. That gets underway at 10 and it's $7 to get in. Here they are playing "The Pushback".

Saturday afternoon, from noon to 7, there is a special Benefit for Jason & Liz Throckmorton. "Jason & Liz Throckmorton were involved in a terrible accident recently, they were both injured badly and Jason, unfortunately, lost his mother in the same accident. While they are recovering at home now, Jason will not be able to go back to work for quite some time and will need some financial assistance to help with his bills." The event takes place at Cary St. Cafe. This event was put together quickly so only one band, British Sterling, is confirmed. but I'm sure there will be some other fine music and it's a great cause, so stop by and contribute and have a beer or two.

Saturday and Sunday at Modlin Center for the Arts Alice Jepson Theatre, folk legend Arlo Guthrie brings his multimedia show, "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour" to the stage. "Curated with talented musical guests, an awe-inspiring light show, and previously unseen images from the Guthrie archive, this performance will spotlight the Thanksgiving events that transpired in 1965." Tickets range from $10 to $50 depending on who and what you are. The show starts at 7:30 PM both nights. Here's a clip of Arlo doing "The Motorcycle Song" from an earlier performance on this tour. It starts with a little claymation based on the song, Arlo talks for a moment and then Arlo and the band play the full song.

Over at The Broadberry Saturday, guitarist John Kadlecik brings his band to town. John was a founding member of Dark Star Orchestra and then was tapped to join Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead in Furthur. Tix are $15 advance, $17 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and no opener is listed. John still plays with the Dead guys every once in a while. He'll be joining Phil Lesh & Friends for two shows in Vegas in February. John doesn't just play Grateful Dead songs. He also plays songs from The Police, Bill Withers, Traffic, Jimmy Cliff, Dylan, some originals and here's one from Pink Floyd:

Tuesday night at The Broadberry, DJ Williams Projekt performs for your pleasure. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $8 to get in. No opener is listed. The band will playing at The Broadberry every Tuesday night in February with a different theme each night. This Tuesday in Funk Night and few get funkier than DWP! Here they are doing Band of Gypsys' "Power of Soul". Not sure if they'll do this on Funk Night or save this for Rock Night. Go both nights and find out.

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with a new song that sounds like old school funk with a twist from Bibio. It's not much of a video but I dig the song. This is "Feeling":

And I'll bring you a classic too. Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton doing Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right":

Tony Jordan