Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Weekend Picks: JJ Grey & Mofro, Church Hill Irish Festival, Mutemath, Cage the Elephant, Foals, Bluegrass Jam, Silversun Pickups, Butcher Brown, Big Payback

St. Patty's Day falls on a Thursday this year, which should be good enough to make it a big party night and there are a couple of big party shows on Thursday night.

Funk/soul/blues/rock band JJ Grey & Mofro will be at The National. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener David Ramirez.  You might dig JJ Grey & Mofro if you like Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Morrison, or Muddy Waters. Here's the latest single from the band, "Brave Lil' Fighter":

At The Camel, it's a St. Pat's Day Celebration with Butcher Brown and The Big Payback (James Brown tribute). This should get funky enough to make even the most Irish person dance like they are on Soul Train in 1975. Doors open at 8, music starts at 9, tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Butcher Brown has achieved international status. They were recently featured in the Japanese magazine, Music Magazine. Here they are in more local climes in C'ville last July:

The oldest (at least as far as I know) and still the best St. Pat's day festival in Richmond, The Church Hill Irish Festival is up on Church Hill (natch) on Saturday (10 AM to 7 PM) and Sunday (10 AM to 6 PM). The band schedule is posted above. There is a $5 donation to get in that benefits a bunch of great local causes. It takes place at 25th St and E Broad St. Lots of good music, good food, good beer & Irish coffee and a large kids' area for the wee lads & lasses to go on all those bouncies.

If you prefer bluegrass to Celtic, you can go to the 7th Annual Richmond Bluegrass Jam at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen on Saturday. 30 bands on 3 stages from noon to midnight. There is no charge but it is HIGHLY suggested that you give them a donation to The Fisher House, which helps military families. HERE is the band schedule.

Alternative/indie/pop rockers MUTEMATH are at The National on Monday night. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with openers Paper Route. They've been selling out or close to selling out many shows on this tour, they'll be playing the Neon Music Festival in El Paso this summer as well as opening for Twenty-One Pilots on their tour this summer. I would say things are looking up for this band! Here's "Used To" recorded live earlier on this tour:

Richmond Coliseum hosts Spring Fling 2016 with Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Bear Hands & Foals on Tuesday night. Make sure you get in early to see Foals as they may be the best of them all. Tix run from $29.50 to $39.50. Show starts at 7. Here's one from Cage and one from Foals.

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with REM doing "Country Feedback", It's time to fill out my bracket!

Tony Jordan