Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weekend Picks: The Hotelier, Hardywood 4th of July Celebration, Dismal Swamp Lords, No BS! Brass Band, Bio Ritmo, Southern Belles

July 4th weekend! Wave that flag! Wave it wide and high!

Friday kicks off with an early show at Strange Matter with punk/pop/emo band The Hotelier, out of Worcester MA. Tix are $12 advance, $14 day of show. Told Slant and Bellows open the show. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6 and it'll all be over by 9 so you can rest up for the rest of the weekend. Here's The Hotelier's "Piano Player":

If you don't want to head home early on Friday night, you've got a couple more choices.

No BS! Brass Band will be at Vagabond. That's the restaurant right next to The National. The doors open at 9:00, show starts at 10 and it's $10 to get in. No BS just got back from Canada where they were scoping out places to live in case Trump wins. Just kidding! They were up there playing the Ottawa Jazz Fest. Here they are at Audiotree in February 2015:

Also on Friday, jam band The Southern Belles begin their last few months of First Fridays at The Camel with a show featuring openers The Slank. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's the Belles at the Jefferson Theatre in C'ville a few months ago:

Fine slide-guitar driven swamp/punk/blues/American rock n' roll band Dismal Swamp Lords inaugurate music at Buskey Cider. Buskey recently opened up in Scott's Addition (2910 W Lehigh St). The music gets underway at 4 PM. It's FREE to get in. In honor of the holiday, you can try a flight of Red, White & Blue Cider and they'll be celebrating all weekend long. Here's a little introduction to the Lords:

Over at The Broadberry, salsa band Bio Ritmo will be sure to get you moving Saturday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and no opener is listed. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. This will be Bio Ritmo's only show in Richmond this summer and what better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than with the melting pot of sounds and band members that this band represents. Here's the band a few years ago playing in NYC:

On the 4th of July, it's bands, beer, food trucks and fireworks (courtesy of being near The Diamond) at Hardywood. Five, count 'em, five bands get underway at 3 PM with Mikrowaves (American rock n' roll), KINGS (R&B/Soul/Funk), Andrew Leahy & The Homestead (Guitar-fueled Americana), Rikki Shay (pop/soul/rock), and finally Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute). It's FREE to get in. You can bring the kids too. I hope FMF play this one.

That'll do it. I'll see you at Buskey Cider on Saturday and Hardywood on July 4th. I'll leave you with this one because it got stuck in my head today and I listened to it about 10 times in a row at work today and I just listened to it five more times. The harmony vocals are like cotton candy for my ears (with Emmylou Harris helping out on backing vocals) and the bright colors of the video scream summer fun.

Oh, and this.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Tony Jordan