Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weekend Picks: WRIR Party for the Rest of Us, Eric Krasno & Marcus King, Hiss Golden Messenger, Charlie Hunter, Black Marble, Atmosphere

The weekend kicks off Thursday at Broadberry with Eric Krasno Band and Marcus King Band. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $17 advance, $20 day of show. Eric Krasno is a veteran of funk-jam bands Soulive and Lettuce and is the go-to guy to sit in with just about everyone on the jam band scene. It'll be a funky good time. And get there early for the up and coming "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock" of The Marcus King Band. The 20 year old guitar player (Marcus King) is gaining fast acclaim on the jam band/blues scene and will probably be headlining on his own the next time he comes through town. And expect the two guitarists to play together at some point. Here's a little tour teaser from Eric and Marcus filmed on the beach at Gov't Mule's Island Exodus:

Friday is chock full o' music, but the highlight for me is the WRIR Party for the Rest of Us celebrating the 12th birthday of Richmond's independent radio station. I may be a bit biased because (full disclosure) I am a volunteer at the station. But this is a great lineup of music. Check it out:
People's Blues of Richmond
Yeni Nostalji 
Doll Baby 
Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective 
Satellite Syndicate 
Harry Partch Appreciation Society 
RVA Comedy Standup showcase
WRIR DJs spinning between sets
And you not only get all that but free birthday cake too! You get in for a $15 donation that supports WRIR. Doors open and the entertainment starts at 7 PM. It will run until midnight. Here's People's Blues of Richmond with "Quit or Die":

Friday evening, there is an early show at Strange Matter with electronic/alternative/indie/synth pop/new wave/rock band Black Marble. Doors open at 5. You. & Unmaker open. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's Black Marble doing "Frisk" live on 1/24:

Jazz-funk guitarist Charlie Hunter brings his trio to Capital Ale House Downtown Friday night. Tix are $22.50 advance, $25 at the door. Doors at 7, show at 8 and no opener is listed. Here's the press blurb for Charlie and the band:
Charlie Hunter really deserves his own category because he has had to actually invent guitars to match his vision. When the Berkeley-High-School graduate emerged on San Francisco stages in the 1990s using an 8-string guitar on which he simultaneously played bass, chords and leads, he seemed almost freakish, but that impression was quickly tempered by a profound musicality that brought him deep respect on the international scene.
Here's the trio on 12/30/16 opening for Snarky Puppy:

Singer/songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger is at Broadberry Friday. Tix are $16, doors at 8, show at 9 with opener Phil Cook. Hiss aka Michael Taylor will be hitting a few festivals this summer including BottleRock Napa Valley, Boston Calling, Pickathon, and Sloss Fest. Here they are playing for WYEP in Pittsburgh earlier today (1/31):

Clair Morgan does their monthly First Friday show at The Camel. Each one of these shows is a benefit and this one is for ART 180. Tix are $6 advance, $8 day of show. Doors at 8, show at 9. The Dawn Drapes, Glass Twin, and J Kramer open. Here's Clair Morgan's "How to Set Your Bed on Fire":

Afro-Zen All Stars kick off the Global Sound Series at the newly named The Mainline at Ashland Coffee and Tea. (If you're wondering what has changed along the name, check out this article from Style.) I saw Afro-Zen All Stars at the Broadberry last month when they opened for No BS! Brass Band and their sound is quite mesmerizing. Here's their press blurb:
Led by a driving horn section, the Afro-Zen Allstars present a powerful instrumental collection that evokes irresistible rhythms and dance-able grooves. From Ethiopia’s “Golden Age” of music (popularized by the Ethiopiques Series and groups such as Debo Band) to wedding music of Rajasthan or Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music of “revolutionary struggle,” Afro-Zen honors a heritage of positive music through the modern arrangements of its bandleader, George M. Lowe. As a lifelong student of international music, Lowe takes the listener to a place where the sound is both rare yet familiar.
Afro-Zen Allstars features the powerhouse lineup of Hector “Coco” Barez, percussion; Brian Cruse, Bass; John Lilley, Alto and Tenor Sax; George M. Lowe, Guitar; Scott Milstead, Drums; Chris Sclafani, Baritone Sax; Chris Vasi, Guitar; and Toby Whitaker, Trombone as well as a rotating cast of Richmond’s all-star musicians.
Tix are $8 advance, $10 at the door. The show will run from 8 to 10. No opener. Here they are performing at that show at The Broadberry:

Hip-hop duo Atmosphere is at The National Saturday night with Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill, and Last Word. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $20 advance, $25 day of show. From their latest album, "Fishing Blues", here's Atmosphere's "A Long Hello":

Indie popper Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz bubble up in Strange Matter Saturday. $12 cover. Doors open at 8. Radiator Hospital and Pinkwash open. Born in Alabama, Allison now resides in Philly, as do the rest of the bands on the bill (thus the Liberty Bell in the poster) which makes them all cool in my book, being a Philly boy myself. However, now Allison says she doesn't "Ever Wanna Leave California". OK, the weather is better there. But you can't get a good cheesesteak there.

That'll do it. I'll see you at the Eric Krasno show. Here's a pretty trippy song and video from a band called Moon Duo.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan