2/7/2014 -- J. Plunky Branch was a 2015 Honoree of the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program celebrating the achievements of African-Americans in Virginia history.
1/25/2015 -- Tin Pan Restaurant and Listening Room is opening this spring at 8982 Quioccasin Road in the Quioccasin Station Shopping Center near Regency Square Mall. The 5,000 square foot space seats 160 and has a dedicated 250-space parking lot, plus additional parking around the building. The full-service dining room features "creative" American food and craft cocktails, with a cabaret style listening room scheduled to begin in March. They have already booked Ben Sollee, Becca Stevens, Richard Shindell, Willie Nile, Iris DeMent, and Tom Paxton. Lisa Harrison, who ran Harrison Music in the same shopping center for 15 years, is one of the partners. Shannon Loy is director of public relations at 447-8189.
Quaker Steak and Lube has closed, no doubt done in by people not knowing if it's a restaurant or a gas station, and the very ordinary bar food. But it was a biker haven and had a bad habit of requiring some bands to play one or more free audition shows before getting a paid gig, which most did not get.
12/13/2014 -- Tin Can Fish Band has posted a video Christmas card.
Clay Spokes Duo every Monday, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.
Dave Shiftlet & Friends play acoustic every Tuesday night, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe, followed by an open mic hosted by Dalton Dash.
Brock Butler Acoustic is Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.
Harrison Deane is the every Thursday 4-7 p.m. entertainment at Cary Street Cafe.
The Deems plays Thursdays at 10 p.m. at Cary Street Cafe.
Latin funk band Hot Sweet Like plays the Tobacco Company every Friday from 5-7:30 p.m.
There is a Richmond Music Journal group page on Facebook where you all can join and post your own photos and gigs. There's many photos posted there that I've taken over the years or people gave to me. I don't "friend" musicians I only know through the Journal on my regular Facebook page because that's for the life I'm living now, but feel free to remember old times on the group page, and don't feel insulted if I don't friend you. Unless we spent a lot of time together at some point, I probably will not. But you can follow me on Twitter all you want: www.twitter.com/MarianeMatera, although you will be bored. I don't talk about music there.
The Richmond Music Journal is owned and operated by Mariane Matera since November 1993. The print version of the Journal, a monthly newspaper, was published from November 1993 to Spring 2005. Copyright Gypsy Publishing 1993.