Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Weekend Picks: Ryan Adams, You Blew It!, Alex Dezen, Victor Wooten, Clair Morgan, Photosynthesizers, Skydog, Suggesting Rhythm, Long Strange Night

Jazz/funk/rock/bluegrass, oh, heck, he can play it all, bassist Victor Wooten is at The Broadberry on Thursday night. Most of you may know him as the bassist in Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. He's also a "5-time Grammy Winner, the only multiple winner of Bass Player Magazine’s reader’s poll (3 times), and was voted one of the top ten bassists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine." He'll be appearing at The Broadberry with his trio including Dennis Chambers and Bob Franceschini. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Tix are $25 advance, $30 at the door. As of noon on Wednesday, GA tickets for this show are SOLD OUT. VIP sections and table reservations are still available. Here's the trio playing at halftime of Knicks game last month:

Clair Morgan continues their First Friday residency at The Camel and they continue to give proceeds from these shows to charities, this time to Planned Parenthood. Tix are $6 advance, $8 at the door. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Doll Baby, Bad Magic & Blush Face. Clair Morgan recently announced that they'll be playing a concert with the Richmond Symphony on September 23 along with other RVA artists Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass, Bio Ritmo and Tim Barry. Should be quite the special show. However, they do a need a new video. I have to keep playing this one because it's the only one they've got.

Long Strange Night will have a long strange afternoon at Cary Street Cafe on Saturday. The Beatles, blues and Grateful Dead cover band will play from 2 - 6 PM if you want to shake it down on Saturday afternoon. Don't cost nothin' to get in. And the band will be doing a "very special and rare acoustic show". Here they are very un-acoustic a few weeks ago:

Emo/pop/alternative/indie rock band You Blew It! do an early show at Strange Matter Saturday evening. All Get Out and Free Throw open the show with doors opening at 5 PM. Show will end no later than 9 PM. Tix are $12 advance, $15 day of show. You Blew It! is out promoting their new album, "Abendrot". This is the new video "Arrowhead" from that album:

This is a good Saturday for those who want to take in some music and still get to bed early. There's a cool show at Hardywood with RVA bands Photosynthesizers (Indie Rock Alternative Hip-Hop/Soul), The Trillions ("...strikingly urgent, almost mathlike, pop punch..."-Style Weekly) , Spooky Cool (Rhapsodic pop bursting with disruptions of riff heavy psychoactive polyrhythmic rock) & Gull (one man psychedelic avant-garde percussionist) that starts at 5:30 and runs until 10. The taproom opens at 1 and they'll have a few food trucks there if you get the munchies. It's FREE to get in. From Photosynthesizers, here's "Best of the Class":

Celebrate the life of late, great Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks with Skydog: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band at The Broadberry Saturday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with no opener listed. Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's the band with "Ain't Wasting Time No More":

More jam band tribute bands Saturday night with Suggesting Rhythm doing the Grateful Dead thang at Canal Club. Doors at 8, music at 9, no opener listed. $8 advance, $10 at the door. Here's the band and people with hats on dancing:

The illustrious and prolific Ryan Adams is in town for two shows at The National Sunday and Monday night. Tix are $43 advance, $48 day of show, doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Phoebe Bridgers both nights. Ryan's 16th, and latest album, Prisoner is getting the usual great reviews. Here he is performing the title track, solo acoustic, on KCRW last week:

Alternative pop singer/songwriter Alex Dezen is at The Camel Sunday night. Mike Dunn and Ben Shepherd open the show at 8. Doors open at 7. It's $10 to get in. He's out promoting his album, "Alex Dezen II" and here's "Holding on to You (Holding on to Me)" from that:

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with this one from the Old 97's with Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia, Late Night with Seth Myers) filling in on drums and Jenna Fischer (The Office) as the interviewer.

Tony Jordan