Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Weekend Picks: Shovels & Rope, Wild Nothing, STRFKR, Ill Nino. L.A. WITCH, 9th Annual Jonny Z fest, Big Payback, Future Prospect

Oh, what a busy weekend this looks to be. Hopefully, it will stop raining so we can enjoy it even more.


One-man alternative, indie, rock, pop, new wave, post-punk band, Wild Nothing, is at Broadberry on Thursday night. Tix are $15, doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Make sure you get there early to see opener Charlie Hilton. Here's two songs in one video from Wild Nothing. From their latest album, "Life of Pause", this is "To Know You" and "TV Queen":



As of 9:30 Wednesday night, it looks like the skies will clear right around 6 PM on Friday, just in time for this week's Friday Cheers. Americana/blues/rock duo Shovels & Rope are the headliners coming on around 8 PM. They were the opener at a Cheers show three years ago and they were excellent. The buzz was just starting on them then and they played to a larger than normal crowd for an opener. They totally delivered, leaving us all wanting more, so Cheers brought 'em back. Phil Cook will open the show at 6:30. Gates open at 6 and it's $10 to get in. Here's Shovels & Rope performing "O Be Joyful" in a cave:



Hardywood has it's own heavy psychedelic punk Happy Hour on Friday. It's FREE to get in. The tasting room opens at 4 PM and the music starts at 5:30 PM with punk fuzz band Bummers Eve. They'll be followed by The Harlequins (Experimental, psychedelic rock), Richmond's own Lady God, and then L.A. WITCH (Reverb-soaked punked out rock). Here's L.A. WITCH's "Kill My Baby Tonight":




There's tribute bands exploding all over the place Friday night. At The Broadberry, The Big Payback (tribute to James Brown) and Life on Mars (tribute to David Bowie). Maybe Life on Mars could borrow some of those horn players from Big Payback and do some tunes from the "Young Americans" album. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's some JB:



Over at The Camel Friday, it's a tribute to Prince with Future Prospect and special guests Viva La Hop. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $7 advance, $10 at the door. Future Prospect isn't really a tribute band, but they felt the need to celebrate the greatness that was Prince and everyone is down with that. Here's Prince at the 1991 MTV Video Awards with a song that was going through my head all today, "Gett Off". I believe this is the exact stage set Future Prospect will be using at The Camel Friday night:




Saturday, alt-psychedelic-pop band STRFKR, Com Truise and Fake Drugs take over The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. You might like STRFKR if you like MGMT, Fun., Phoenix, Chromeo, Goldfrapp, Flaming Lips, New Order, or ELO. Here's a 20 minute performance they did for KEXP recently:



Sunday afternoon, Hardywood hosts the 9th Annual Jonny Z fest to benefit ART 180 which supports creative programs for Richmond's youth. It'll run from noon to 6 and its FREE to get in. 10% of the sales from the beer and the arts and crafts from Bizarre Market will go to ART 180. Lots of stuff for the kids including a moon bounce and face painting. There will be a raffle too and food trucks to satisfy your hunger. Live music will run all day from:


Tuesday night, it's loud and in your face with metal bands Ill Nino, Bobaflex, Terror Universal, Saint Diablo, and Stellar Circuits. Be sure to get to The Canal Club when the doors open at 6 to catch all the bands. Tix are $18 advance, $20 day of show. Here's Ill Nino's 45 minute set at the Wacken Festival last year (language NSFW):



Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Cheers. I'll leave you with one more from Prince, where he absolutely kills the blues classic, "Motherless Child":



Tony Jordan