The Richmond Jazz Society presents Robert "Bobby" Bohannon
The R.J.S. knows that jazz is something that is fairly complex and easily misunderstood, from the psychedelic work of Miles Davis to the sterilized musical offerings of elevators. So the R.J.S. hosts the Guest Educators Series to get people acquainted with the many faces of jazz. They bring saxophonist Robert "Bobby" Bohannon and his 12-piece band, Divine Essence, to the Wyndham Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. with the Richmond Boys Choir Octet to give people a lesson in where jazz is going (elevators need not attend). Tickets are $7. For more information, call 643-1972.
The Richmond Roots Revival at Poe's Pub
When the musical carnival rolls into Poe's Pub, starring Heath Haynes and the Crying Shames, the Atkinsons and Boondock, people will gather around and remember their roots. Where New Orleans has its blues floating over the Mississippi River, Richmond has its roots twanging along the James. In other words, the strange brew of bluegrass, rock and something like gospel is implicitly a Virginia creation, and these three groups are carrying the banner that reflects us as a state like a musical dogwood. Get in touch with who we were, are and will be at Poe's Pub, Thursday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Visit www.poespub.com for details.
Cabaret Shows at Comedy Alley
There's a lot of holiday spirit in Richmond this time of year, but as mentioned earlier, this is the time when people go a little crazy, what with all the lights and carols and all. If you're looking for something other than the many versions of Handel's "Messiah" floating around out there, check out Comedy Alley. They're playing host to a trio of cabaret shows that will jazz up those holiday favorites that might be getting a little winded from overexposure. On Friday, Dec. 10, Amanda McClish and Friends put their spin on things at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Liz Marks Holiday Cabaret, playing weekly, is a guaranteed fix for the holiday blues at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. And on Tuesday, Dec. 14, the Richmond Ensemble Theater presents jazz musician Lanaux Hailey at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information, call Comedy Alley at 266-9377.
The Hackensaw Boys at Alley Katz
These sons of Virginia stole their sounds from the farmlands of American roots, from the hollows of the Appalachian string sound and from the screaming streets of big-city punk. They carried the music all over, and when they gave it back, it was scrambled up into something that is very American, but exclusively Hackensaw. The six gather up onstage as if they've got a big secret and then they share it and share it and share it, and before you know it, all the sounds of America are tumbling out of these six small Virginia boys. See the results of their thievery at Alley Katz on Thursday, Dec. 9, with the Wrinkleneck Mules at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10. Visit www.alleykatzrva.com for more
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