Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Weekend Picks: Holy Holy, Gregg Allman, Beirut, The Congress, Full Moon Fever, Toxic Moxie, Venus Guytrap, Atta Girl

Get ready for some grrrrl power as three rock bands featuring strong women play Gallery5 Thursday night. Toxic Moxie, Venus Guytrap, and Atta Girl perform at this benefit for Elbow Room, "an inclusive collective aiming to create encouraging spaces for under/misrepresented individuals." Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and should run until around 11. It's $5 to get in. Here's Toxic Moxie in September:



Over at The National Thursday night, a Bowie tribute with guys who actually played with Bowie. Holy Holy is made up of Tony Visconti (who produced 14 Bowie albums, including his last, "Blackstar"), Woody Woodmansy (who played drums on four Bowie albums and toured with him) along with James Stevenson (The Cult, Gene Loves Jezebel Gen X) guitarist, Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Bob Geldof), vocalist, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), keyboardist Berenice Scott (Heaven 17), sax player Terry Edwards and backup vocalist Jessica Morgan. They were the house band last week for the David Bowie tribute shows at Carnegie Hall. They'll perform the album "The Man Who Sold the World" in its entirety and then do another set of Bowie classics. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets are $19.50 to $23 in advance and $25 day of show. Here they are at the Tower Theater in Philly a few nights ago, the venue where Bowie recorded his "David Live" album:




The Congress will be in session at The Broadberry on Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Poser. Tix are $12 advance, $15 day of show. If you are in Rochester NY on June 25, you can see The Congress along with Erykah Badu, Chick Corea, Grace Potter and Gregg Allman. Not bad company. Here's The Congress when they opened for Moon Taxi at The National on January 26 doing a great song called "Walls":




Tom Petty tribute band Full Moon Fever boogies into The Broadberry Saturday night. It's $8 advance, $10 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Patrick Bates. Full Moon Fever features members of Richmond bands Goldrush, Long Arms, Horsehead and other getting together to honor one of America's greatest rock n' rollers. I was just listening to the great version of this song TP & the Heartbreakers did at Lockn' a couple years ago. This is "Woman In Love" performed on Tom Snyder's show in 1981:



Gregg Allman plays at The National on Sunday night. There are very few tickets left so if you want to go and you didn't get them yet, don't wait on it. Tix run from $40 to $75. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Gabriel Kelley. Gregg has started his own festival, the Laid Back Festival, which will play five one day performances throughout the country this summer (Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, NYC, and Red Rocks, CO). There are different lineups for each show and bands include ZZ Top. Blackberry Smoke, Shovels & Rope, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Peter Frampton, Jason Isbell, America, and Marshall Tucker Band. Hopefully there will be lots of great collaborations like this one at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival last year when Taj Mahal sat in with Gregg's band for a fantastic version of "Statesboro Blues":



Folk/pop/indie rock band Beirut will be at The National Monday night. Tix are $23 advance, $26 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show stars at 7:30 and no opener is listed. You might dig Beirut if you like DeVotchKa, The Decemberists, The Smiths, David Byrne, or Calexico. Here they are performing "Fener" from their latest album "No No No":



That's it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with this smooth yacht rock from Little River Band, Be sure to ignore and turn off the stupid annotations:



Tony Jordan