Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekend Picks: Hamaganza, Skalidays, Carbon Leaf, Phantogram, Clair Morgan, No BS! Brass Band, Bush League, Blind & Dirty

This is a very busy weekend. Lots of local bands doing benefits and getting a last gig in before the holiday season. So you can rock out and do good at the same time.

You can do happy hour (or happy four hours) at Hardywood on Friday night starting at 4 PM. The music will start at 6 PM with Clair Morgan, Young Rapids (”..a spectacular rainbow of sound.. orchestration constantly diverts to new forks in the road..”-Spin (“Melt” premiere)) and Hot Reader (Richmond-based four-piece plying the psychic craft with audacious licks and a reverence for classic pop songwriting.). The show ends at 10 so you can still get home early and get some sleep for Christmas shopping the next day. The bands are collecting canned goods to be donated to FeedMore so bring some goodies with you especially since it's FREE to get in. USA TODAY named Clair Morgan's album "New Lions and The Not-Good Night" to their 50 best of 2016 list. Here's Clair Morgan's "How to Set Your Bed on Fire":

No BS! Brass Band is at Broadberry  Friday night collecting canned goods for FeedMore. Admission is $10 advance, $15 Day Of Show or $8 advance with canned goods, $10 Day Of Show with canned goods. The doors open at 8 and the music gets under way at 9 with Luray. They will also be releasing the NO BS! CREAM ALE brewed in collaboration with Three Notch'd Brewery, RVA Mag, The Broadberry, and No BS! For every beer poured, $1 will be donated to FEEDmore. So drink up and Uber or cab home. Here's No BS! at Plan 9 Records (a fine place to find a gift for your favorite music lover or music blogger):

Grateful Dead tribute band Blind and Dirty play Cary St. Cafe Friday night. $5 to get in and it starts at 10. This will be Blind and Dirty's last show of 2016 so if you're a fan, get out and catch it. Here they are performing "The Other One" last month in Williamsburg with Lamb of God's Mark Morton on guitar.

Carbon Leaf does their annual home for the holidays show at The National Saturday night. Tix are $17 advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with the Will Overman Band. Here's "The Friendship Song" which the kids, and those of you with kids, may know from the "Curious George 2" soundtrack:

The annual "Hamaganza" Benefit for The Food Bank"Feed More"!! Hams for the Hamless!!!" takes place at The Camel on Saturday night. Doors open at 8:30, the extravaganza (it's more than just a show) starts at 9:30. Featuring this years Host "Dirty" Dean Owen, T.V.'s Danny P., Local Heart Throb Corey Axt, The Dangerous Herschel Stratego, Noah Scalin and The League of Space Pirates, Atom Eve Eclipse,the very sexy Maximum Zero , Jonathon "The Juggler", The Hamaganza House Band, Donnie "Dirt Woman" Corker (of course),and many more. Admission is $10.00 or a Ham!! No Spam excepted!! ALL proceeds go to Feed More!! You never know what or who you will see at this event. A mix of music, bawdy comedy, local celebrities and quasi-celebrities and and other talents, it's always weird and often entertaining. And if you can't make it to "Star Wars: Rogue One" this weekend, League of Space Pirates is the next best thing.

The Broadberry hosts Skalidays with Murphy's Kids, Imaginary Sons, Space Koi, Signal Fire, and JACKMOVE. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30, $10 advance, $15 day of show. Proceeds from the show will benefit the James River Association. Here's Murphy's Kids:

Blues band The Bush League play their last gig of 2016 at Lakeside's Sonny's Bar & Grill on Saturday night. Show starts at 8:30. No cover charge is listed. Here's the band playing "Manish Boy" at The Camel in October:

Sunday, trip-hop alternative indie electronic dream-pop rock band Phantogram are at The National. Tix are $24.50 advance, $28 day of show, doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Foreign Air. Phantogram is out supporting their new album, "Three". Here's Phantogram playing in NYC recently:

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! Here's a new Christmas song from RVA's Natalie Prass and she's getting her dance groove on:

Tony Jordan