Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weekend Picks: Robert Earl Keen, Kevin Morby, Foxygen, DJ Williams Projekt, Bush League, Rattlemouth, Cash'd Out


Alternative/indie rock singer/songwriter Kevin Morby does a co-headlining gig with Waxahatchee and opener Mary Lattimore at Capital Ale House Downtown Thursday night. Tix are $18 advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 7. Mary Lattimore comes on at 8, Waxahatchee around 8:45 and Kevin after that. Both Waxahatchee and Kevin are playing full sets. Kevin is part of a project called Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album, which is inspired by the original Amazon Studios series The Man In The High Castle. The show takes place in 1962 so it is made up of covers of songs from in and around that time. Kevin does a cover of The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes For You". Kevin also recently played with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir at a show in CA. Here's Kevin in France in November playing his song "Harlem River":



Richmond blues band The Bush League is at The Tin Pan Thursday night. Tix are $10. Doors at 6, show at 8. No opener listed. Bush League is celebrating their 10th year together. They recently competed in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN representing the Central Virginia Blues Society in Charlottesville. This is the largest annual gathering of blues musicians in the world and it was the 5th time in 6 years they competed. 120 bands converged on Beale Street on February 1st & 2nd from all over the United States and countries as far away as Northern Ireland and Israel. This year, the band finished as semifinalists (for the second time) which translates into the Top 40 bands competing. Great job representing not just RVA, but all of VA! Here's their first set from night one of the Challenge.



World music RVA band Rattlemouth hits up Garden Grove Brewing on Friday night. The show will run 8 - 10:30 PM. FREE to get in. Here's a taste of them at Garden Grove in 2015:



RVA native DJ Williams comes back to RVA from LA for a show with his DJ Williams Projekt. The show is at Buddy's Place on Friday night. This is being billed as the St. Patrick's Get Down and though I don't think DJ will be venturing into Celtic rock, it will be a funky good time, as always. You never who's going to show up to play with the Projekt but they are always fabulous musicians. Here's the Project in 2014 with the lovely and talented Sam Reed on vocals for a cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy":




I don't usually do too much out of town shows but you've got two chances to see alt-country legend Robert Earl Keen this weekend. The first is Saturday night at the new The Groove Music Hall in Thornburg VA about 45 minutes north of RVA. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, no opener is listed. Tix range from $35 to $57/50. The second opportunity is at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Abe Wilson from Sons of Bill playing solo to open. Tix are $30 advance, $35 day of show. There is talk of a statue being erected in Bryan-College Station, TX, home to Texas A&M, to honor alumni and former roommates Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. Hope it happens. They are two of my favorite artists. HERE'S the story. Here's REK performing his most famous song, "Road Goes On Forever". This song was recorded by Joe Ely and The Highwaymen, a country music supergroup made up of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. And when those guys pick your song to play, you know it must be good.



The Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out is at Broadberry Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Red Light Rodeo opens. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Cash'd Out won six San Diego Music Awards for Best Tribute Band, and are the only tribute band endorsed by the official Johnny Cash web page, JohnnyCash.com. Here's Johnny Cash doing "Hurt":



Neo-psychedelic, indie/alternative, folk/pop/rock band Foxygen are at The National on Tuesday night. Tix are $15 advance, $18 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Gabriella Cohen. You might dig Foxygen if you like Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd or Flaming Lips, From their latest album, "Hang", here's Foxygen's "Upon a Hill":



That'll do it. I may see you at Robert Earl Keen in C'Ville or Foxygen. Here's some country rock from the late 70's. This is Pousette-Dart Band at Oakland Auditorium in 1979:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan