Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekend Picks: Grant-Lee Phillips, Marcia Ball, Moon Taxi, Yonder Mountain String Band

If you want to catch a show this weekend before Snowmageddon '16 hits, and you've got some cash, head to The Tin Pan on Thursday night for New Orleans boogie-woogie piano player, Marcia Ball. I've seen Marcia a few times and she always puts on a fun show. Get a table near the wall so you can get up and dance. If you go, get there early if you want to get in. The Tin Pan web site says tickets will be available at the door but the advance tickets sold out. You may want to call The Tin Pan before heading over if you want to be sure. Show starts at 8, there is no opener and tix are $50. If you miss Marcia here, you can always head down to the New Orleans Jazz Fest this year and see her on the last day of the festival. Soooooo many good bands at this festival this year. Here's Marcia playing at the Kessler Theater in Dallas in December:



I'm going to keep the two Friday and Saturday listings short because I'm assuming that most of these shows will be postponed due to the impending snowy doom. The State Police are telling people not to drive and to stay home so do check the conditions and, of course, check with the venues before heading out.

Friday - Broadberry, Fear of Music: A Talking Heads Tribute with The Slank opening. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Saturday - Broadberry, People's Blues of Richmond with Atlas Road Crew opening. Doors at 8, show at 9, tix $10 advance, $15 at door.

Saturday - Carpenter Theatre, Jackson Browne. This is billed as "An Evening With Jackson Browne" which usually means no opener. This show is Sold Out, but if they have it, you might find some tickets if people bag out, and if they postpone it, you might find some tickets for the new date if people get refunds. Doors open at 7, show at 8.

You may have caught Moon Taxi at Friday Cheers last summer. Now, they'll be at The National on Tuesday night. Described as an indie alternative progressive jam band, when I saw them at Cheers, I just thought they wrote some catchy, upbeat songs and they didn't seem to jam too much at Cheers. Maybe they stretch out more when they have a longer time to play. Find out on Tuesday. I'm sure they'll play lots of stuff from their new album, Daybreaker, too. They'll also be at Coachella this year, where they'll kinda, sorta be opening for Guns n' Roses. OK, they are playing on the same day. But that counts, right? Tix are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with now RVA band, The Congress. Here's Moon Taxi performing the reggae influenced "Who's To Say?" a month ago in Birmingham AL:



Next Wednesday (1/27), Americana/jam band, Yonder Mountain String Band, take the stage at The National. Tix are $25, no opener is listed, doors open at 7, show starts at 8. YMSB has been recording some new music so maybe they'll bust some of that out for ya. YMSB recently posted some free downloads of covers from our recent dear departed classic rockers Glenn Frey (Life in the Fast Lane) and David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust). Here's some of that "Life in the Fast Lane":



Ashland Coffee & Tea hosts singer-songwriters Grant-Lee Phillips and Steve Poltz on Wednesday (1/27). Show starts at 8, tix are $15 advance, $18 day of show. Rolling Stone recently listed Grant-Lee Phillips' upcoming album, "The Narrows", as one of the most anticipated country albums of 2016.  Here he is performing "Loaded Gun" which will be on that album:



That'll do it! Have a great weekend! Stay warm and safe, but get out and play in the snow a little.

In honor of Glenn Frey, here's a favorite of mine from his solo career, from those Miami Vice days, this is "Smuggler's Blues":

Glenn Frey - Smuggler`s Blues Video (1985) from MTVClassic1 on Vimeo.

Tony Jordan