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0Wednesday, Jan. 28
Danger Live Snakes.
Trongone Shack Band. 10 p.m. Free. Cary Street Cafe.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Afro Zen All Stars
. Balliceauz. 9:30 p.m. Free.
The Deems. Cary Street Cafe. Rock funk reggae. 10 p.m. Free.

Friday, Jan. 30
The Illbillys.
Rumbleseat. 8 p.m.

No Richmond. Balliceaux. 10:30 p.m. Free.

The Hot Seats. Ashland Coffee and Tea. $15. 8 p.m.
Aztec. Tobacco Company. 9 p.m. Indie rock.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Dance Candy.
Tobacco Company. 9 p.m. F&B funk, pop.
Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade, Eric Hunter and the Distractions, Sarah White and the Pearls. Capital Ale House. 4 p.m.
Meade Skelton and the Meadow Street Band
. Aunt Sarah's Pancake House. 6-8 p.m. 9010 Brook Road.
Body Talk. Balliceaux. 10:30 p.m. Free.

Benefit for Destiny Estes. Featuring The Sunshowers, Cymantics, Channel Lounge, Crucial Elements, Jon Barnes, and more. Cary Street Cafe. Noon-6 p.m. $10.

The Hot Seats Trio. Triple Crossing Brewery. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Tobacco Company. Jazz funk pop. 5-8 p.m. Country grass jam folk punk bluegrass.

Friday, Feb. 6
King Solomon's Marbles
. Cary Street Cafe. 10 p.m. Free.

The Illbillys. Keagans. 9 p.m.

Broken Monday. Tobacco Company. 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7
Tin Can Fish Band.
Rare Old Times Irish Pub. 8-11 p.m. Free.

Sunday, Feb. 8
Black History Month Celebration Concert
. Rasaan Hakiem Bourke on organ. River Road Baptist Church. 3 p.m. Free.

Friday, Feb. 13

Blue Line Highway. Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream. 8-10:30 p.m.

The Illbillys. Short Pump Pour House. 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20
Tin Can Fish Band
. Keagan's. 9 p.m.

Wrinkle Neck Mules. The Broadberry. 8 p.m. $12.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Tin Can Fish Band.
Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream. 8-10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22
Blue Line Highway.
Strangeways Brewing. 2-5 p.m. Free.

Friday, March 6
Tin Can Fish Band.
Legend Brewing. 8-11 p.m. Free.

For clubs that have shows almost every night such as Ashland Coffee and Tea, Cary Street Cafe, The National, Balliceaux, and others, check their websites for more information. We usually list only from individual bands that still send their listings in to us.
Appomattox Small Boat Harbor
1604 Fine Street, Prince George Co. Home of the Harbor Blast Concert Series in the summer.
Ashland Coffee and Tea
100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 798-1702
3166 W. Cary Street, 355-9330

Brew American Gastropub
36525 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
Buffalo Wild Wings
1090 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, 553-9998
Canal Club
1545 E. Cary Street, 63-2582
Capital Ale House, downtown
623 E. Main Street, 822-3072
Cary Street Cafe
2631 W. Cary Street, 353-7445

Center of the Universe Brewing
11293 Air Park Road, 368-0299
Commercial Taphouse
111 N. Robinson St.

Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream
3600 Forest Hill Avenue, 231-2030
Gus' Bar and Grill
2701 W. Broad Street, 612-9275

Hardywood Brewery
2408 Ownby Lane

Isley Brewing Company
1715 Summit Avenue
JJ's Grille
10298 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 755-6229

2251 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen, 360-9240 (Short Pump)
Legend Brewing Company
321, W. 7th Street, 232-8871

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4100 Knolls Point Drive, Goochland. 314-4380

4800 Forest Hill Avenue, 233-1781

Rare Old Times
10602 Patterson Avenue, 750-1346
Poe's Pub
2706 E. Main Street, 648-2120

Pour House
3438 Pump Road, Henrico, 364-9083
Rumble Seat Grill
12912 Plaza Drive (beyond Short Pump), 784-2737
Shady Grove Coffeehouse
Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road, Glen Allen, 355-2461
Sine Irish Pub
1327 E. Cary Street, 649-7767
Williamsburg Road between Laburnum Ave. and Masonic Lane

Strangeways Brewing
2277 Dabney Road, 303-4336
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street, 353-4901
The National
E. Broad at 7th
Tobacco Company
1201 E. Cary Street, 782-9555
29 Bollingbrook St., Olde Town Petersburg


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.

1/17/2015 -- Cary Street Cafe celebrates its 20th year on Feb. 6. Smartmouth Brewery in Norfolk is brewing a special beer for the occasion, which will be on tap beginning at 4 p.m. The hoppy brown ale is called "Going Down the Road Feeling Brown." King Solomon's Marbles, one of the senior Grateful Dead cover bands on the East Coast, will give a free show at 10 p.m.

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.

The digital download of the Christmas Project by Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band is available here. His original holiday song "Turn Your Tube On" is on YouTube.

Meade Skelton's EP "Coffee Shop Country" is available for download. It's $1 a song, for $5 for the whole album.

Martini's Bubble Bar has closed.

10/25/14 -- Kickstarter backers helped Samson Trinh surpass his goal with 113 percent funded for a Christmas project album and TV special. The Upper East End Big Band receives $9,200 after deductions from Kickstarter and Amazon, which they intend to spend on recording, mixing, mastering, and paying 26 musicians. They now need to reach a Stretch Goal to purchase song rights, photography, filming, album artwork, and t-shirts.

Every Week

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.

plays pop, jazz and funk every Thursday fro 5-8 p.m. at the Tobacco Company.

Latin funk band Hot Sweet Like plays the Tobacco Company every Friday from 5-7:30 p.m.

E-String Al and E Rock Acoustic play Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. at Cary Street Cafe.

Old-Time Jam with Tripp and Jenny Johnson is every Sunday, 3-5 p.m., at Cary Street Cafe.


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:, although you will be bored. I don't talk about music there.

The complete 11 years of print copies of the
Richmond Music Journal are available on microfilm at the State Library of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University library for your researching pleasure.


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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.

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