Back again with another edition of Joe’s Music Picks. March has brought good things musically to the people of Hooville. Highlights include not only Tea Leaf Green, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, but also the upcoming Galactic concert. Spring is upon us, let the music warm our hearts. Music brings all the people together, it brings “we over me”.
Looking ahead, April is going to be solid.
04/11: Toubab Krewe* or Trans Am, Zombi, and Psychic Paramount`
04/19: Robert Randolph & The Family Band^
04/22: Acid Mothers Temple`
04/26: Rose Hill Drive`
04/28: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band#
* Starr Hill
` Satellite Ballroom
^ Charlottesville Pavilion
# Outback Lodge
Grudge Match of the month is Toubab Krewe vs Trans Am. I’m still not sure which I will goto, new age indy craziness or good old hippy get down. I dig the psychic electronic sound of indy and am more or less just discovering it. Major props to Satellite for delivering the goods. On the other hand, I haven’t ever caught Toubab and would love to see them take Starr Hill down. Acid Mothers Temple is a must see. Touring from Japan, AMT shows America how psychedelic rock is done.
Will Satellite continue bringing the goods and top the big guy on the hill’s lame top 40 replays or will Starr Hill wake up and deliver some quality music over the rehashed RIAA quick bucks? I hope so because competition is good. If not for that you get the same old garbage. Starr Hill used to deliver in spades twice a week, now we are lucky to get the phatty goodness twice a month. All things equal though, Coran does bring the love through the Pavilion and perhaps the Jefferson will reopen as a premere midsize venue, however only time will tell.
Did I miss anything? Let me know.
It is a miracle people! The great original in slam grass Leftover Salmon is back for some festivals this year. Playing at both High Sierra Music Festival and All Good 2007, these guys are looking to jam for us all. Here are the dates:
High Sierra Music Festival
July 7 – 8, 2007
All Good Music Festival
July 15, 2007
A little sentimental touch… I haven’t seen Leftover since I went to my very first music concert back in 1996, Charlotte, NC for Widespread Panic. Leftover opened and played during the set break for the Spread. Quite a gap I have had; not seeing them in over 10 years! Anyway, perhaps this will motivate me to hit the Sierras for once. Why not travel all the way across the county to see them once, only to travel back across the country to see them again?
Please remember Larry Keel is coming to Starr Hill this Thursday and you can see some more kickin’ slam grass.
Charlottesville is finally livening up for some jams. Satellite Ballroom has a little love coming, and Starr Hill awakens from a weaker winter season.-
3/10 – Guano Boys @ Satellite
3/20 – Tea Leaf Green (Opening:William Walter & Co.)
3/22 – Larry Keel & The Natural Bridge
3/28 – Galactic (rescheduled from 2/11)
3/31 – Hackensaw Boys
Starr Hill has lined up four excellent bands in the final two weeks of March. Hopefully the venue can deliver some solid bands for the Spring but so far we have only a twinkle of the energy delivered in 2006. Looking forward, April is already highlighted by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra hailing from Brooklyn and Toubab Krewe from Asheville, NC.
On the Corner we always have the Wednesday Night Music Showcase at Orbits, which showcases bands from Charlottesville. You never know what guests might play, previously members of Parliament sat in during some Man Mountain Jr. Meanwhile, In April Satellite Ballroom will feature Acid Mothers Temple; a psychedelic rock band from Japan.