Big Mama Shakes continue their First Thursday residency at The Camel. It's $7 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30 with openers These Wild Plains and Colin & Caroline. Here's Big Mama performing "Places" live on the Audio Barre podcast a couple weeks ago.
Weird (and I mean that in a good way) experimental psychedelic electronica pop band Animal Collective is at The National Friday night. Tix are $24.50 advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Actress. From their 2007 album, "Strawberry Jam", this is "Peacebone":
RVA psychedelic band The Southern Belles play their penultimate First Friday show at The Camel Friday. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener The Groove Orient. Tix are $10 advance, $12 at the door. The Belles did a session at the Relix Magazine office last month. Here it is:
Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, Funky Monks, will be at Cary St. Cafe Friday night. Show starts at 10 and it's $5 to get in. Here's one of the Peppers greatest songs, "Californication":
More tributeness Saturday night at Vagabond as they celebrate their one year anniversary with David Bowie tribute band, Life on Mars. Show starts at 10, and it's $10 to get in. The band will do an acoustic set and an electric set so get there on time. Here's the original video for "Space Oddity" with a different arrangement than the version you know. It's also good to know Major Tom had some babes with him.
Dweezil Zappa is at The National on Sunday night. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 and no opener is listed. Tix are $25 for reserved balcony and $19.50 for GA floor in advance. All tix are $25 day of show. You may have heard about the terrible rift among the Zappa kids regarding Dweezil playing Frank's tunes and merchandising. Dweezil is appropriately calling this the "Dweezil Zappa plays whatever the F@%K he wants!" show, subtitled "The Cease & Desist Tour". I know Dweezil has been keeping Frank's music alive, playing it live for the past 11 years now and hopefully he'll never stop. HERE'S a blog Dweezil wrote when the tour was just about to start last month if you want to know more. Here's Dweezil and band back when they were allowed to call themselves Zappa Plays Zappa doing "Camarillo Brillo".
Party punk alt-rock band Sorority Noise is at Strange Matter Sunday night. Tix are $12 advance, $14 day of show. Doors open at 7 and Free Throw and Ratboys open. Here's the press blurb:
Indie quartet SORORITY NOISE was formed in 2013 by singer/guitarist Cameron Boucher, who also fronts New Hampshire-based screamo group Old Gray. Looking for an outlet for some of his newer material, he enlisted Old Gray drummer Charlie Singer, along with Prawn bassist Ryan McKenna and second guitarist Adam Ackerman, to form Sorority Noise in Hartford, Connecticut. After a handful of early releases, including a cassette EP and digital single, Boucher and his bandmates delivered their debut LP, Forgettable, in early 2014. Fusing bits of emo and pop-punk with melodic indie rock, the band eventually caught the attention of respected East Coast indie Top Shelf Records. Released in June of 2015, Joy Departed, their follow-up album -- and debut for Top Shelf -- took a more diverse and introspective approach. It was followed by a national tour with Motion City Soundtrack. 2016 saw both the release of a new Sorority Noise EP, It Kindly Stopped for Me, as well as the reissue of their debut album, Forgettable, via Broken World Media.Here's "Using":
DJ Williams is back in town to celebrate his 35th birthday with a Dirty Thirty...Five party at the Broadberry Sunday. Doors at 8, show at 9, no opener listed. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Here's DJ jamming at The Mint (wherever that is) earlier this month. Sweet horn section.
That'll do it. I'll see you at Funky Monks and maybe Dweezil Zappa. I'm running out of $ but Dweezil may be worth it. Speaking of Zappa, here's Frank doing "Yo Mama":
Have a great weekend!