Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weekend Picks Part 1: WRIR Party for the Rest of Us, Anderson East, Andrew Combs, Southern Belles, Camp Howard, Atlas Bloom, Bowie tribute Cancer Center benefit

I'm splitting the Weekend Picks blog into two parts this week because of a busy social schedule, which isn't a bad thing!

Thursday night at The Broadberry, up and coming singer-songwriters Anderson East & Andrew Combs will perform. Anderson's latest single "Learning" was recently featured in Apple's Best of the Week playlist. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's that soulful song "Learning" from Anderson:

Over at The Camel on Thursday, it's an alt-rock show with Camp Howard, Atlas Bloom, Worse Curses, and Collin Thibodeauxx. It's just $5 to get in, doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Atlas Bloom is out of the NYC area and here they are playing at Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken. This is the beginning of a Northeast tour for them, so make sure you get there early to give them a warm RVA welcome and get them on a good start.

Friday, you can support your local non-commercial radio station at the 11th Annual WRIR's Party for the Rest of Us. The fun gets underway at 7 PM at The Renaissance Ballroom at 107 W Broad St. For a $15 dollar donation to WRIR at the door, you'll get to experience Brunswick, Manzara, Lucy Dacus, The Cheats Movement Family Podcast feat. Gritty City Records, Afro-Zen AllStars, Christi, Silent Music Revival feat. Night Idea, RVA Noise Showcase feat. Coteires, Toner War and The New Loft, Half Bascule and stand-up comedy. Whew! Lucy Dacus was recently named one of the 10 Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone magazine so go the party, get to know her and support local radio too. Here's Lucy playing "Map on a Wall":

At The Broadberry Friday night, Life on Mars: A David Bowie Tribute will play and in honor of the late great Starman, the event is a fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $8 advance, $10 day of show. Boxwave will start the night off. There will also be a raffle and a costume contest so come dressed as your favorite version of Bowie. Here's David performing "Heroes":

The Southern Belles step into The Camel for their monthly First Fridays gig. Soul Mechanic will open the show at 9. Doors open at 8, tix are $7 advance, $10 at the door. The Belles will be at Camp Barefoot festival this year on August 18 - 20, which moves to Elkins WV. The Belles new drummer, Aaron Zarrow is aboard and he'll cover all the percussion from A to Z (see what I did there?). And let's keep the Bowie tributes coming. Here's the Belles at The Jefferson Theater in C'ville sandwiching Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things" with their own "Jet Trails":

We'll cover the rest of the weekend in part two on Thursday....

Tony Jordan