Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weekend Picks: Umphrey's McGee, Doyle Bramhall II, Be Bad Weekend, Poe's B'day Bash, Karen Jonas, Sammi Lanzetta's B'day Bash

A fairly busy weekend with bands starting to hit the road again after holiday break.

We'll start with two shows at The National from prog/jam band Umphrey's McGee. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Spafford opening on both Friday and Saturday. Tix are $27.50 but Saturday's show is SOLD OUT so hurry and buy those tix if you want to go Friday because they are running low too. If you miss 'em, get some Lockn' tickets because they'll be back there this year. Here they are on 1/14 in Atlanta:

Another multi-night show starts Friday night. This is one is Friday through Sunday at Strange Matter and it's the Be Bad Weekend 2017. If you are ready to rock hard, this is the show (shows?) for you. It's three days of celebrating women in punk and hardcore. And the ladies rock for a good cause. Proceeds go to Girls Rock RVA. Oh, and also to some of the out of town bands for gas money. Shows start at 7 each day and it's $8 advance, $10 at the door. You can get a discounted show price if you bring NEW picks, instrument cables, xlr cables, clip-on tuners, 9v batteries, drum sticks, and/or power strips!! Girls Rock! RVA needs NEW supplies, not used! There are different lineups all three days. To see whose playing, click that link or look at that poster up there.

Murphy's Kids bring their punk/reggae/ska to The Camel Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Eastern Standard Time and King Easy. It's $7 to get in. There will also be chances to win tickets for 2017 SuperNova International Ska Festival. Here's Murphy's Kids:

Like some literature with some rock n' roll sprinkled in? Head to Poe's Birthday Bash at The Poe Museum on Saturday. It'll be twelve hours (noon to midnight) of performances, music, film, tours, exhibits, fun, and games for the whole family, all for just $5 per person. You can check the link there for the full schedule. Bands are scheduled to play at:

Charming Disaster seem made for this event with songs like this one, "Ghost Story":

Sammi Lanzetta (of Venus Guytrap) celebrates her birthday with a show at Sound of Music Studios Saturday night. It's $7 to get in, doors open at 7, show starts at 8. It's BYOB (cans only please, no glass). Sammi's gonna play last because it's her birthday so she gets what she wants. Opening the show will be Big Baby & Pete Curry. Here's a song that is near and dear to my heart if anyone knows my love for Sudafed:

Suzie & the G-Tones are at Ashland Coffee & Tea Saturday night. Show starts at 8 (no opener) and it's $8 advance, $10 at the door. They've got a new album out, "Wine, Tears & Rain", that they'll be playing a bunch of stuff from along with some choice covers. And if you've seen the band before, you've never seen them like this, as they just became a five-piece, adding Scott Young on sax and keys. Here's "Battlegrounds" from their new album:

Fredericksburg based alt/trad-country singer Karen Jonas is at the new Steam Bell Beer Works on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5. Don't cost nothing to get in. Karen's 2016 album, "Country Songs", is starting to get noticed not just in the US, but worldwide. And check out the great guitar work of her collaborator, Tim Bray. Here's the title track from that new album.

Underground guitar hero Doyle Bramhall II is at Capital Ale House Downtown Wednesday. You may not have heard of him, but you've most definitely heard him. He was recruited at 18 by Jimmie Vaughan to play with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Then he joined Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, Chris Layton & Tommy Shannon. Then he joined Roger Waters' band. Next, he started a long time, ongoing collaboration with Eric Clapton in his bands and on his albums. He's also played with Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks, Elton John, Questlove, Gary Clark Jr., Erykah Badu, Gregg Allman, Robert Randolph, T-Bone Burnett, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dr. John and many others. Tix for the show are $22 advance, $27.50 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Future Stuff. Here's DBII in Chicago in November. If you are watching at work, skip ahead to ten seconds. The guy introducing them says a dirty word.

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with this one.

Tony Jordan