Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weekend Picks: Avers, Butch Trucks, Frankie Cosmos, Tommy Stinson, Shooter Jennings, Rock & Roll Jubilee

Indie pop artist Frankie Cosmos comes to Strange Matter Thursday night. Doors open at 7, music starts at 8. It's $15 to get in. Warehouse & Big Baby open. The video for her new single, "Sinister", just came out Monday. Here it is:

I think RVA's Avers is about to break out big with the release of their new album, "Omega / Whatever". Their garage psychedelic pop will have you dancing one minute, spacing out the next, rocking your ass off shortly after that and then sometimes altogether. The LP Release Celebration Par-tay is Friday night at The Broadberry. Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Blank Range & Camp Howard. Avers will also be hanging out at Plan 9 Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 for a listening party for the new album, so now you have a lunch date. From the new album, this is "Vampire", filmed all around town. I saw them filming part of this down at Friday Cheers this year. In fact, I'm in the background at 3:48 and 3:52. I believe this is my music video debut. Look out Hollywood, here I come!

Tommy Stinson of The Replacements and Guns N' Roses (1998-2016) will be at Gallery5 Friday night. Tommy's new band is Cowboys In the Campfire featuring Frankie Lee & Chip Roberts. Tommy said of this tour, "We’re gonna be getting into all kinds of musical shenanigans in all sorts of places with as few instruments as necessary. We’ll be playing new songs, old songs, maybe even some make-em’-up-on-the-spot songs." Long Arms will open with a special acoustic set. Tix are $10 advance, $13 at the door. doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8. Here's Tommy on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (remember him?):

The Rock and Roll Jubilee will be playing a fun and unique event on Saturday night at Ashland Theater. How about a rock n' roll show and a movie? I'll let them describe it:
Journey back to 1959 to be a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast on WJKS radio… This best selling theatrical production has been selling out shows in theaters around Virginia and stars Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, George Garrett, Brian Sulser, Jim Wark and BJ Kocen. Featuring vintage equipment and period-style clothing, they play the music of the “Titans of Teen Town” — Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers.
We are pleased to present a portion of their best selling show in teenagers-from-outer-space conjunction with the 50’s science fiction classic, Teenagers from Outer Space. 
Released in 1959, the film tells the story of a young alien (David Love) who falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson). They then team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet. The invaders, who arrive in a flying saucer, carry deadly ray guns that turn Earth-people into skeletons. Oh no!!
We invite you to come in costume – appropriate dress for a 50’s sock hop or as the scariest alien invaders from 1959- win a pair of movie tickets for the best costume!!
The show starts at 7 PM and it's $15 to get in. Here's the band at Ashland Coffee & Tea last November:

Shooter Jennings and his outlaw country will be at Captial Ale House Downtown Tuesday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $35 - 40, no opener is listed. Here's Shooter in 2011:

Wednesday, Butch Trucks, drummer from the Allman Brother Band, brings his Freight Train Band to Capital Ale House downtown. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Expect them to play lots of Allman Brothers Band, which is not a bad thing. Here they are doing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" last week:

And be sure to tune into WRIR 97.3 FM on your radio or on the internets (wrir.org/listen) on Monday morning from 6 - 8 AM. I'll be hosting the Breakfast Blend show and playing some stuff I hope you'll like. We'll ponder summer and swimming and August.

That'll do it. Hope to see you at Avers and maybe Butch Trucks. I'll leave you with this trippy, new video from Ty Segall:

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan