It looks like one of those weekends where the stars are lining up and there's almost too much music to see. There are shows all over town this weekend with regional acts, rising locals (Lucy Dacus tho), symphony performance and elder statesmen. There's also a little film fest all weekend. It's a musical weekend in Richmond for sure:
At its core: Big Mama Shakes is synonymous with rock and roll. I don't mean that in the pretentious "I'm an artistic genius" kind of way that John Lennon or Robbie Robertson might have; I mean it in the most painfully fun and raucously raw way one can experience rock and roll.
If Shakespeare was alive to get the led out, he would've listened to Diarrhea Planet, Nashville's favorite six-piece rock and roll band. Outfitted with a drummer and bassist that barrel forth with the power of a thousand locomotives and a four guitar arsenal able to unleash a meticulous torrent of expertly crafted hooks, riffs and solos, DP take everything you knew you loved about rock, punk and pop, jack it up way past 11, and leave you catching your breath and massaging the kink in your neck from all that head banging. Over the past few years, Diarrhea Planet have packed basements, bars and clubs with enough power to cause a blackout at the Super Bowl (no one's said they weren't not responsible for this year's fiasco), honing their chops and fine-tuning the 13 indelible cuts that make up their second LP I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which will see release via Infinity Cat recordings.
Originally from Richmond, VA, The Flavor Project emerged on in 2013. Assembled by Gabriel Santamaria, the group represents a mutual respect for funk/soul music, hip hop, latin music, and food. Writing began with the bands vocalist (Buttafly Vazquez, Might Monde) and went on to the rest of the band as it grew into an 8-piece powerhouse.
6 p.m. The Broadberry
Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF), Feb 26-March 1, 2015 brings more than 120 international cutting edge films to RVA, plus industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia's Bowtie Movieland/Criterion, the Virginia Historical Society, and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as "one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States." It's a one-of-a-kind festival honoring some of the most singularly entertaining projects on the international film scene.
9 p.m. The Broadberry
Lucy Dacus has been making solo croons for some time, but has recently leveled up due to the help of her friends and backing band, transforming her sound from melancholy introspection to the smoldering indie rock plus southern grit stuff it is today. Same old hard-hitting lyrics, mostly just louder. It's like when grandma gets dentures, ya know? For fans of (we are fans of) Courtney Barnett, Angle Olsen, and Shakey Graves.
The Carpenter Center
WITH The Richmond Symphony Chorus, MUSSORGSKYA Night on Bald Mountain, BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 37, Orli Shaham, Piano Florence Robertson Givens Guest Artist, SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 54
The Tin Pan
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, OK who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.