Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Weekend Picks: Rock to End Alzheimer's, Souper Bowl III, Mash Notes fundraiser, Cracker, The Naked & Famous, The Good Life, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charles Walker Band

The weekend starts on Thursday at The Tin Pan with the soul/funk of Charles Walker Band. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8, tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Their positive, upbeat and definitely danceable groove will definitely help you shake off any blues you've got. Here's the band performing "Damn" in June:

On Friday night, Gallery5 hosts a fundraiser for the pet project of WRIR DJ Paul Ivey, putting together a CD of new Richmond bands/musicians covering old Richmond bands/musicians. "Mash Notes vol. 1" will see a digital and physical release sometime in mid 2017. And for just $5 you get to see performances by four of the bands participating in the project. The doors open at 7 and the music starts at 8 with Get in the Car, Antiphons, Various Eggs and Julie Storey (of Doll Baby). Now check out this cool psychedelic video from Get in the Car, "Tamam Shud":

Over at The National Friday, alternative synth pop band The Naked And Famous pull into town for a show. Tix are $24.50 advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers xylo and Chain Gang of 1974 and make sure you get in early to see them too. TNAF are out on tour promoting their new album, "Simple Forms". From that album, here's the lyric video for "Last Forever":

It's Rock to End Alzheimer's at The Broadberry Friday. This event benefits the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and features four great bands: Big Mama Shakes, Brighter the Moon, Venus Guytrap, and 808. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8, tix are $10 and you can get VIP tix for $20. Here's Big Mama Shakes doing "Henhouse":

Bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers is at Modlin Center for the Arts Friday night. The show starts at 7:30 and no opener is listed. Tix range from $10 - $40 depending on your demographic, though for most of us adults, it will be $40. There aren't many tickets left for the show so don't sleep on it if you want to go. The Rangers will be playing at the big Americana festival at the Coachella site in April called Stagecoach. The band often collaborate with Steve Martin. Here's a very funny song and video they did together called "Jubilation Day":

Another benefit for another great cause on Saturday afternoon. Souper Bowl III features soup samples from 14 Richmond restaurants and music from four bands: Yesterday & Tomorrow, The Taters, Steve Bassett, and Indecision. All proceeds benefit Max's Positive Vibe Cafe food service training program for people with disabilities. Adults get in for a donation of $15, kids 12 & under $5. It will run from 12:30 to 4:30. Can't find a listing of which band is on when, but it's fine music whenever you go. Here's The Taters performing "I Put a Spell On You" at their recent Halloween show at Tin Pan:

Saturday night at The Broadberry, Cracker is back in town. Tix are $20 advance, $23 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, and there is no opener. Last time they were in town, the show sold out, so be aware if you are thinking of going. Here's Cracker on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show in 1993:

Indie rockers The Good Life are at Strange Matter Sunday night. Field Mouse & Jake Bellows open the show. Doors open at 8. Tix are $12 advance, $15 day of show. This is The Good Life:

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I may see you out somewhere. I may not. I just don't know. It was a great show with Drive-By Truckers last week at The National. Here's their latest video, "Surrender Under Protest":

Tony Jordan