Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Picks: Dwight Yoakam, Blues Traveler, Richmond Roots Fest, DJ Williams Farewell Show, No BS! Brass Band, Imaginary Sons

I'll be rockin' at Lockn' this weekend, but there is some good stuff in town too. FYI, follow WRIR's Twitter feed this weekend, especially on Friday. I'll be tweeting from Lockn'.

If you can't make the jam band heaven that is Lockn', you can get your jam band fix with Blues Traveler Wednesday at Innsbrook. The Wallflowers and Howie Day will open the show. Gates open at 5, music begins around 6. Tix range from $20 - $99. This show will be Blues Traveler harmonica player and lead singer John Popper's first show back after having surgery for collapsed disks in his neck. He says he is now "2 inches taller and lost 10 lbs." His voice came back on the 18th so he should be good to go for the show. Give him a big welcome back when he takes the stage. Here's one from way back in the day, "But Anyway":

Friday night, Imaginary Sons, Manzara, Shagwuf and The Wimps will rock The Camel. Doors at 8, show at 9, $8 advance, $10 day of show. Imaginary Sons will do a show at The Camel every fourth Friday of the month until the end of 2016. Here they are performing at last year's Gottafest in Milford VA:

The Richmond Roots Festival goes down at Hardywood on Saturday from 2 to 10 PM. The Roots Fest celebrates world and American roots music. It's FREE to get in. They'll have food trucks and yummy beer. Here's the lineup:
2:15 - Yeni Nostalji - Vintage Inspired Turkish Pop from Amerika
3:15 - Zion #5 Dub Squad - Crucial dub
4:15 - Andrew Alli and The Mainline - Reminiscent of traditional Mississippi and Chicago style blues and strikes a chord in everyone!
5:15 - Araya Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet - Merging R&B and jazz with traditional Ethiopian songcraft
6:30 - Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang - A potent mind meld of off-kilter polyrhythmic folk tunes and high-octane psychedelia
7:45 - Black Masala - an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy-punk and soul
DJ Graybeard [WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio] spins between sets!
Here's Black Masala performing "Oh No What Can I Do":

You can go from the brass of Black Masala to the brass of No BS! Brass Band at Broadberry on Saturday night. Tix are $15, doors at 8, show at 9. Night Idea will open. No BS said to get your tix in advance. They are expecting a sell out with the VCU kids back and wanting to get a No BS fix after being away all summer. Here they are performing in front of some place ancient in Sardinia this summer.

Dwight Yoakam and his oh so tight jeans will be at Maymont Sunday evening. Gates open at 5:30, show starts at 6:30. There is an opener TBA. Dwight comes on around 8. Tix are $35 GA, $65 reserved. Dwight's next album will be made of bluegrass reinventions of his biggest hits. Maybe he'll bust out some of those new interpretations Sunday night. Here he is last year on Guitar Center Sessions:

Monday night, it's your last chance to see DJ Williams, at least while he is a RVA resident, before he heads to LA to find fame and fortune. He does get to play Lockn' Fest on Saturday, opening up the day and me and my friends will be right up front. Monday he plays a slightly smaller venue at The Answer Brewpub. DJ will be jamming with a bunch of friends and it should be a fine send off. Hopefully, he won't forget us and will come back often. Show starts at 8 and it don't cost nothin' to get in. Here's DJ Williams Projekt doing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" earlier this summer.

Have a great weekend! I know I will. Here's a band I'm really excited to see at Lockn'. This is White Denim from their latest album, "Stiff":

Tony Jordan