Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weekend Picks: WRIR Black Valentine's Party, Ruthie Foster, No BS! Brass Band, Full Moon Fever, Instant Karma


It's happy hour goodness at Hardywood on Friday night especially if you like Tom Petty. Full Moon Fever, the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, will be there along with openers, Imaginary Boys (Cure tribute). The taproom opens at 4:30 and the music starts at 6. Don't cost nothin' to get in. Here's TP doing "You Don't Know How It Feels":



More tribute bands when Instant Karma (Beatles/John Lennon) are at Cary St. Cafe from 2 - 6 Saturday afternoon. Here's The Beatles visiting Penny Lane. On horses.



Blues/folk/gospel artist Ruthie Foster is at The Tin Pan on Saturday night. Ruthie is out supporting her new album, "Joy Comes Back" which comes out March 24. Ruthie was nominated for Grammies in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for Best Blues Album and Ruthie has been recognized by organizations such as the Austin Music Awards (2007, 2008 and 2013 Best Female Vocalist), Blues Music Awards (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Living Blues Awards (2010 Critics' Poll Winner and 2011 nominee for Blues Female Artist of the Year). Doors open at 6, show starts at 8, tix are $30 advance, $35 at the door. Here's one of her performances on this year's Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise:



No BS! Brass Band will perform an early show (doors at 6, music at 7 and 2 sets from No BS) on Sunday night. They are calling it the No BS Brass Valentine's Dinner Theatre. Dinner is not included with the price but you can always get your own from the menu at Capital Ale House Downtown and of course partake from their fine selection of beer. Tix are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Let's step back 3.5 years to No BS' performance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert:




On Tuesday, February 14, WRIR FM 97.3 presents its 11th annual Black Valentine’s Day Party. Gotta broken heart again? Happy loving couples ain’t no friend of yours? Feel like love stinks? Then this is the party for you!  Happy people who enjoy great music while in the company of the brokenhearted are also welcome!

Three great performers, Mikrowaves, Dorthia Cottrell (of Windhand), and Paul Ivey, will perform songs about love gone terribly wrong.  These are songs that speak to love unrequited, betrayal, despair and hearts torn asunder… the horrible emotions that make you feel miserable but oh so alive. Your favorite WRIR DJs will be on hand to spin songs of romantic woe between sets.

This year’s party will also features the Black Valentine’s Day live Date Auction, with proceeds benefiting WRIR!  Each winning bidder will walk away with an eligible date and a dinner for two at one of Richmond’s finest restaurants.  And should romance bloom, don’t blame us when it all comes crashing down in a fiery wreck.  You should have seen that coming.

For the past eleven years, the romantically downtrodden have found solace at the Black Valentine’s Day Party.  Well-adjusted people in happy, committed relationships are also welcome, but the rest of us would appreciate it if you’d turn the joy down a notch.  We’re trying to enjoy our heartache over here.

The musical misery gets underway at 8:00 pm sharp at Gallery 5. 200 W Marshall St., Richmond, VA.  Admission is free, but you must be 18 or older to attend, and any donations at the door will benefit Gallery 5.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Here's the Mikrowaves last July 4 at Hardywood (that was a fun and interesting night) performing Dodge Diplomat:



That'll do it! Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Hardywood Friday night and the WRIR Black Valentine's Party. I'll leave you with this one dedicated to Betsy DeVos:



Tony Jordan