"I want there to be a national jazz scene here," says Jared Stone, a member of Stone's Stew and co-owner of Fusion, a new Shockoe Slip restaurant and nightclub. He has big plans for the three-month-old place, and if the benefit concert he's been working on is any indication, Richmond may be a scene yet. Stone assembled some of the city's best known jazz and blues outfits to benefit the American Red Cross in a concert Saturday, Jan. 22. The Oregon Hill Funk All-Stars, the DJ Williams Projekt, Howard Curtis' Percussion Discussion, The John D'earth Band, Stone's Stew, Terry Garland and Susan Greenbaum will start kicking up some dust for the cause at 1 p.m. for a whole day and night of music. Not a bad way to start chasing down that national scene. Tickets are $15. 249-2338.
George Strait at the Richmond Coliseum
Twenty-four years and 25 platinum albums later, he's won practically every award the music world can come up with. So how does George Strait continue to impress the world? By releasing an album of 50 No. 1 hits. Yes, 50. More than any other in music history. Back in 1982, when big-hair bands roamed the land, Strait came out of south Texas with his first hit, "Fool Hearted Memory." Since then, country music has come to dominate the airwaves, both radio and television. Cowboy hats replaced the perm in many parts of the country, and for that, at least, "King George," as he's known to his fans, should be proud. He plays Thursday, Jan. 20, with openers Dierks Bentley and Amber Dotson at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50, available at 262-8100 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Abbey Road LIVE! at the Canal Club
You never know what's going to come out of Athens, Ga., that little college town with those big musical ideas. Members of the Fuzzy Sprouts and Cosmic Charlie bring to life one of The Beatles' epic albums, one the band never even played live, as it was released after they stopped touring. The Abbey Road LIVE! crew bring a lot of love to the project, and the music, it seems, loses little in the performance. The Fuzzy Sprouts were Athens favorites through the '90s, known for wild stunts, costumes and the legendary "naked party." A band with this sense of fun and tomfoolery is a perfect match for a helping of some of The Beatles' most famous material. The Canal Club will be an interesting place Jan. 22 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10. 643-2582.
Concertante at the W.E. Singleton Center
The six members of the chamber music ensemble Concertante apply their skills with the strings to works by the old masters as well as new voices. The members of Concertante themselves are young not the severe chamber-music veterans sawing away at the same old pieces. Which may help explain the popularity of both the group and the individual members; they are active soloists, some are teachers, and all are competitive and accomplished and use that energy to circulate the music into audiences that might think of chamber music as, well, stuffy. They perform works by Strauss, Schoenberg and Brahms Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25.
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