Hamaganza 2005 has reached a milestone: 10 years of journalists with guitars and radio personalities in short skirts. Ten years of Dirtwoman. And this year's more of the same, supersized over two days for your porcine pleasure: Dec. 9 at Alley Katz at 9 p.m. and Dec. 10 at Poe's Pub at 9:30 p.m. Elliot in the Morning, Mark Holmberg and Diana Diehl from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alyssa from 102.1 the X, and full disclosure (or warning) Style Weekly Publisher Jim Wark and Photographer Scott Elmquist, plus a host of special guests warble through holiday favorites so that you may donate your hard-earned canned ham for the Central Virginia Food Bank. $7 or a canned ham.
New Riders of the Purple Sage at Cary Street Café
Don a warm tie-dyed turtleneck and, for once, be glad for those flashbacks, as 1969 invades your consciousness like a rug with amazing texture: psychedelic country-folk outfit NRPS has once again re-formed for a cross-country jaunt, coming to Richmond Dec. 12 at 8:30 p.m. These contemporaries of the Dead and The Eagles lost some members in the last few years, but founder David Nelson and Buddy Cage promise to bring back the times no one remembers. $20-$25. 353-7445.
Japanther at Gallery5
Brooklyn's heavy rock duo has succeeded in being hard-core on a Casio, making singing into a telephone look dangerous and has generally avoided a lot of labels except "caution." It's a dirty mix of loud voices and electronic noise boxes, but the band likes to play close to its audience (it had a show in a bathroom, for example), so it's also intimate. Japanther plays Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. with The Fantastic Wonderfuls and Food. $6. 644-0005.
Cyril Lance at Fusion
Gaining ground in the contested horizontal world of slide guitar, Lance is building a reputation as a bluesman with a finger on Americana and a foot out the door. His touring has earned him a lot of notice (as has his band, Outskirts of Infinity Collective Experience Arkestra) as he covers the many territories of blues rock. He plays Fusion Dec. 9 at 10 p.m. $8-$10. 249-2338.
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