Some of the better shows you can catch this week in RVA. As always, check out the complete music calendar for these shows and more.
Wed. June 20 – Los Campesinos at the National
The seven piece indie pop band Los Campesinos has been delivering fun, offbeat rock in the Wales music community for years before bringing it
over to the States. It’s a lot of fun to listen to. I highly recommend one of their earlier tracks “You! Me! Dancing!”
Wed. June 20 – Two-Man Gentlemen Band at Balliceaux
The Two Man Gentlemen Band brings an old-time vaudevillian swing and jazz that’s full of huge amounts of energy and enthusiasm. Expect a whole lot of dancing and swinging at this show.
Thurs. June 21 – Toad the Wet Sprocket at Short Pump Town Center
Remember the angst of the early 90s? Toad the Wet Sprocket was at the center of all that with their biggest hit “All I Want.” Now reunited,
the band is playing a free show to kick of the Short Pump Summer Concert Series.
Fri. June 22 – Alabama Shakes at Friday Cheers
Alabama Shakes have been taking on the world lately with a stellar new album, gaining huge exposure and selling out shows left and right.
Their fiery blues rock and Southern soul has drawn comparisons to the Black Keys, the Drive-By Truckers and the Detroit Cobras. This will be
the last chance you will be able to see this group for so cheap.
Sat. June 23 – The Young Dubliners and The Fighting Jamesons at the National
Celtic rock will explode at the National when both the Young Dubliners and the Fighting Jamesons take the stage. Both bands have an aggressive and energetic style and songs reminiscent of drunken good times. There will be a lot of fist pumping and headbanging.
Sat. June 23 – Andrew Leahey and the Homestead at the Camel
Andrew Leahey’s a Richmond native and members of his band the Homestead were recruited from other Virginia-based bands including the
Trillions, Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade and David Shultz and the Skyline. He’s played here a couple of times this year and every show
has been bigger and better than the one before it.
Andrew Cothern is a self-proclaimed music freak, although he prefers the term “connoisseur” and writes about music daily in his blog RVAPlaylist. He loves discovering new music and will gladly make you a mixtape if you ask him. He may even make you two.