Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weekend Picks: Robbin Thompson Tribute, Son Little, Doug Tuttle, Firefall, Hail! Cassius Neptune, Goldrush Does Beach Boys, KINGS

Neo-garage psychedelicist Doug Tuttle is at Strange Matter on Wednesday night. It's $8 to get in. Doors open at 9. Benjamin Shepherd, Samantha Pearl and Moonlight Beachclub open. You might dig Doug if you like his old band, Mmoss, Moby Grape, Neil Young or The Byrds. Here's Doug in 2015:

Classic smooth country rockers Firefall are at The Tin Pan Thursday night. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8. Tix are $50 advance, $55 at the door. You may know their big hits "Just Remember I Love You" and "You Are the Woman". Here's "Mexico":

Goldrush does the Beach Boys (that sounds kind of dirty) at Savory Grain on Friday night. It's free to get in and there will be drink specials too! Goldrush will do a set of original tunes and then Beach Boys for the rest of the night. Early reports say they won't be playing "Kokomo" which I am thankful for. I had a bad retail job when I got out of college and that was the first song on one of the three video tapes we had to play. It's a bad song that brings up bad memories. And the Beach Boys have so many fantastic songs. Like this one. And hopefully Goldrush will have the matching outfits with the pants pulled up above their belly buttons:

Over at Cary St. Cafe Friday night, Hail! Cassius Neptune, out of Ashland, NC, will headline with Butcher Brown opening, a great double bill. It's $8 to get in and starts at 10 PM. Here's HCN's preview video for the tour:

Sunday at The National, there is a tribute concert to the late Robbin Thompson featuring the Robbin Thompson Band and special guest artists and friends. Doors open at 2, show starts at 3. Tix are $25 - $45. And in case you are wondering, friend of Robbin and band mate in Steel Mill, Bruce Springsteen, doesn't have a concert Sunday, but may be between Rochester NY (where he plays Saturday) and St. Paul, MN (where he plays on Monday). So it's possible. Even if Bruce doesn't show, it will be a great and moving show with lots of the fantastic artists that Robbin touched over the years. Here's the Robbin Thompson Band in 1981 in Hampton:

Strange Matter features soul/R&B/blues man, Son Little, on Sunday night. Some of you may have caught him at Friday Cheers last year. Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 8 and Future Prospect and Ritual Magick open. Son will be opening for Leon Bridges in March. He'll also be at the Sasquatch Music Festival in May and the Mountain Jam Festival in June. Here's a 12 minute session Son did when he was in France.

Bandito's has another FREE Sunday night show with soul/jazz band KINGS and Lady God. Things get under way with doors at 9 PM and show at 10. Here's KINGS at Balliceaux in November:

That'll do it. I'll see you out somewhere this weekend.  I'll leave you with a song I love from the 90's, "6 Underground" from Sneaker Pimps:

Tony Jordan