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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Footlights

Some recently announced sidelights and one-offs.

Posted By on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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Just like with the movies, local theater rolls out a series of summer blockbusters every year. During the next several weeks, Quill Theatre will kick off the Richmond Shakespeare Festival with “Twelfth Night,” while several other companies prepare big boffo musicals, including Triangle Players’ “The Boy from Oz,” Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “Dreamgirls” and Firehouse Theatre’s “American Idiot.”

Before the cresting wave of rambunctious, warm-weather entertainment crashes, here are some sidelights and one-offs to mull over in the interim:

More than theater: On Wednesday, 5th Wall will unveil its 2016-’17 season plans, capping off the cavalcade of similar revelations that started with Virginia Rep back in March. To this observer, the most interesting aspect of this year’s highly anticipated announcements has been the proliferation of supplementary works offered in addition to the typical main-stage productions.

It could be argued that Firehouse was the first company to embrace the auxiliary material model with its ongoing Firehouse Fringe and Firehouse Studio series, grab bags of things as varied as poetry and burlesque. TheatreLab will extend its Cellar Series of short-run productions next season, and Richmond Triangle is joining the fray with its Sister Series of staged or concert readings that will run in conjunction with its five main-stage shows.

I’m not sure what the economic calculus is that goes into the development of these complementary offerings, but it seems like theater companies have determined that nature -- or maybe the admission-paying public -- abhors an empty stage.

Shakespeare tribute: There’s a lot of historical uncertainty about Shakespeare but there’s no dispute that he died in April 1616. Therefore, Bard-o-philes have latched onto 2016, the 400th anniversary of his passing, as something notable. Quill is joining a couple dozen partner organizations in presenting this summer’s Richmond Shakespeare Festival as part of the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, a statewide celebration of all things Shakespeare. For information on other events, check out the website at vashakespeare.org.

New conversations: The collaborative educational program, Spectrum, staged a show called “Queerosity: The Conversations No One Wants to Have” at Richmond Triangle Players last week. The production came up a little suddenly before the holiday weekend so a lot of folks, like me, missed it. But as the political continues to intersect with the personal because of legislation as in North Carolina, uncomfortable conversations are vital to inform the issues. Kudos to Triangle and TheatreLab for initiating and promoting Spectrum, which offers classes and workshops for LGBT high school students with a focus on creating new original theater pieces. Students can apply at the Spectrum website, spectrumva.com.

Running: No need to weep: Chamberlayne Actors Theatre’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell,” continues until June 4.

On deck: The aforementioned “Twelfth Night” from Quill opens June 2 at Agecroft Hall.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Roots, Herbie Hancock, Morris Day and the Time Among Richmond Jazz Fest Artists

Lineup for Aug. 11 through 14 festival announced today.

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Herbie Hancock
  • Herbie Hancock

The Richmond Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for its seventh year. This year’s festival is August 11-14, with performances taking place at the historic Hippodrome Theater, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 100-acre estate of Maymont will serve as the final destination of the festival.

This year boasts one of the most impressive lineups to date including: jazz legend Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks and Esperanza Spalding. Other notable artists will include Vanessa Williams, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Grace Kelly, Arrested Development, Morris Day and the Time, plus many other acts.

According to a press release: Tickets are on sale now: Admission is free to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Jazz Café at VMFA on Thursday, August 11th. Tickets will be $30 for “Homegrown at the Hipp” at the Hippodrome Theater on Friday, August 12th. Single-day passes for August 13th and 14th at Maymont are $85. Weekend passes are $160 in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the gates, but are subject to increase. Go to www.jazzatmaymont.com for the latest updates and additional ticket information.

The full festival schedule is as follows:

Official 2016 Richmond Jazz Festival Schedule: *All acts subject to change

Thursday, August 11

VMFA | 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Jazz Café

Free admission

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220

Hardywood Food Truck Rally

Free admission

Friday, August 12

Hippodrome Theater | 528 N 2nd Street, Richmond, VA 23219

“Homegrown at the Hipp”

$30 admission

Saturday, August 13

Maymont | 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Doors open at 11am | Performances begin at Noon

$85 single day admission /$160 weekend admission

Herbie Hancock

Wyclef Jean

Esperanza Spalding

Vanessa Williams

Ramsey Lewis

Loston Harris

Diane Schuur

Stephanie Mills

Buckwheat Zydeco

Arrested Development

Lucky Chops

Tome Browne & Jean Carne

BADBADNOTGOOD

Sunday, August 14

Maymont | 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Doors open at 11am | Performances begin at Noon

$85 single day admission /$160 weekend admission

The Roots

Al Jarreau

Michael Franks

Morris Day and The Time

Freddy Cole

Sonny Fortune

Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright

Tamia

Plunky & Oneness

Sasha Masakowski

Grace Kelly

Ramsey Lewis

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Interview: the Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping

New York activist to read at Fountain Bookstore on Thursday.

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 8:50 PM

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to break the spell.

If you’ve never heard of the Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, it’s perfectly understandable. Many of us lead busy lives.

We don’t have time to stage a mass exorcism of Victoria’s Secret cash registers, sing songs such as “Monsanto is the Devil” between cars in traffic jams in the Holland Tunnel or join a cellphone opera.

Rather we stare endlessly at our cellphones, self-promoting and sharing photos of our lives as they happen instead of living in the moment, always remaining glued to our endless stream of handheld information, society’s new TV before it goes into under-the-skin implant form.

That we happily embrace our technological chains in the guise of convenience, more options and knowledge is what the Rev. Billy would decry as the great Orwellian irony at the heart of our fundamentalist consumer culture.

For the past 15 years, the Rev. Billy has been attempting to jolt us from our trance with his televangelist-styled antics and gospel musical performance. Based in New York, the Reverend is the de facto leader of a radical Earth-centered community with 50 performing members who live together and travel the world singing and preaching anti-consumerist gospel. By his count, Billy has been arrested 70 times, many of those coming during Occupy Wall Street.

His Stop Shopping gospel choir has opened for Neil Young on the aging rocker’s anti-Monsanto tour, as well as appeared “in 20 or 30 documentaries,” most famously in Morgan Spurlock’s “What Would Jesus Buy?”

The Rev. will be making his first stop in Richmond this Thursday evening which will involve a solo reading at Fountain Bookstore from his new book, “Earth Wants You” – a hodgepodge of “expressive trespassing, science fiction, singing activism, non-god Bible-like stories with Earth replacing the patriarch . . . to soul-shake us into conjuring a new story for ourselves.”

He laments that the Fiery Eagles of Justice, his backing band, did not get into his Chevy Malibu for the trip down this time. Instead, we talked to him during part of his ride down the ugly Northeast corridor of foul factories and pollutants.

Style Weekly: So Reverend, you just missed the opening of the big new Wegman’s here. It was a sight to behold. Millions of slack-jawed faces, eyes wide open for the Second Coming, slowly pushing carts into the promised land of grocery nirvana.

Reverend: That, brother Brent, is where the Rev. Billy gets arrested.

I didn’t get to read your book, but glancing through it, wouldn’t the sort of unchecked capitalism that America has been perfecting be your church’s true devil?

Consumerism is our devil. And militarism has now overlapped with consumerism. How we become less than citizens as a result of a bombardment by marketing. We consider that the fundamentalist church of our culture, with a very strict police system, a very narrow choreography in terms of our gestures, thoughts, our dreams.

We bring to people a way to improve lives through music and humor and joy. Facing down fundamentalism. Every one in our choir is in recovery from one fundamentalism or another: Hindu, Islam, Jews, Baptists, Catholics, I’m a recovering Dutch Calvinist from Holland, Michigan. Hallelujah!

We think consumerism is the great Orwellian fundamentalist church right now. We’ve got to break this hypnosis, we’re not responding to the earth’s crisis in a realistic way. We’ve had seven record months in a row. I could recite a litany of evidence [regarding global warming]. We think we should be on schedule to be radical Americans again right now – as we were with labor, civil rights, peace, women, gender, all the remarkable social revolutions. But we’re not doing it this time, we’re not rising up. And this time it’s deadly. ...

What do you think about the next generation of protesters?

I don’t know. Sometimes I feel younger people coming up are free to avail themselves of justice issues more quickly than previous generations. Other times, I don’t feel their presence so much. I’ve only been in a couple protests where millennials were there in force. One, there was like 10,000 people in New York City, this was regarding Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. The protest was instigated by revelations involving the NSA ... that invasion of privacy, of our First Amendment, that occasioned an enormous parade in New York City. These people were without suntans. They were 25 years old, the New York startup workers and people who work for digital companies. They were out in force ... sort of wonderfully languid and hip, but they were fierce in their belief. I ended up giving long sermons – they didn’t seem to know I was kind of a show. We walked through the heart of downtown Manhattan from Union Street and I preached at both ends.

But every generation has its own cultural architecture and each has special freedoms and special psychological limitations. Right now, all generations, all races, all genders, we all have to get together. We’re not doing that. We’re being kept in our demography, our marketing dish. Part of that is the privatizing of public space. Part of it is the digitizing of protest, which has had a terrible impact. As soon as protest is not physical, not sensuous, then you’re imprisoned in this world of [nongovernmental organizations] where all you have to do is click a petition and you’re done for the day. That’s had a stalling impact on any kind of realistic response to the Earth’s crisis.

A big part of it is the way our days are scheduled. Constantly commuting. Constantly disembodied. The causes of the Earth’s crisis are also the causes of our alienation from one another, our loneliness, our breakdown of community. Consumer society is both the cause and the effect.

You guys are a little similar to the Yes Men – using pranks to make people think.

We are always compared to them and Code Pink. ... Our 35-voice choir is an artistic endeavor. We’re a touring artistic company. We are trying to entertain, to design shock, make results, to break into that consumer age. But yes, Andy and Mike from the Yes Men are close friends. ... Something that has happened to us in recent years is that we’ve discovered that living together is at the heart of our work.

We’re in the five boroughs and Jersey and some of us have been together the whole time, a large number just within the last six or seven years. When you add in musicians, fellow travelers, the lawyers – we have a whole battery of long-suffering pro-bono lawyers – there’s an outer community of 100 and an inner community of 40 or 50.

We’ve fallen in love and out of love with each other, we’ve had babies, we’ve died and buried each other, we are a community – and a church that has retired the patriarch. We pray to life. We find that our belief, our faith, our politics, the courage that it takes to be in activism comes from this complicated warmth between us. ... I think Code Pink has that more.

And how do you pay for everything?

We’re supported by 1,300 small donors and a small number of wealthier people who give us more money. We’re a little like a miniature version of the Bernie campaign.

But our job is cultural, to break the consensual hypnosis of consumerism. ... I ran for mayor on Green Party ticket in 2009 against Mike Bloomberg, and the choir and I have introduced Ralph Nader back in the day. We sometimes have an emcee role.

I think we have moved into a kind of [do-it-yourself] spirituality, and doing so I think we become less easily understood by the people who surround politicians. The people that have supported us are people like Kurt Vonnegut, Joan Baez, Laurie Anderson, Neil Young, Darryl Hannah. ... When we go into the back aisle of a Wal-Mart or a J.P. Morgan Chase lobby, or a Monsanto lab and start singing or handing out info – we’re trespassers. We believe all social movements that have had success do this. So that’s a little different than politics.

Tell me about what you’re working on now?

Well, our early devils were Wal-Mart, Disney, Starbucks – but now we’re mostly opposing Monsanto, they kind of wrap up all of our devils, all the campaigns. They are a consumer sales company with Round-Up right on the big box shelves. Oh! And we just drove by an enormous Dow chemical plant. Monsanto is also a military company, the inventor of Agent Orange, they’re cruel to animals with bovine growth hormones, the herbicides and pesticides involved in genetic engineering of crops. ... Our current campaign that we’re putting most of our resources into, Brent, we’re trying to map all the glyphosate spray in the country [It's the main toxin in Round-Up]. We’ve filed [freedom of information} requests with jurisdictions all across the country and so far have done five cities.

That toxin has been linked to cancer, birth defects, endocrine destruction, autism and infertility. And they’re spraying this in our parks across the country despite the World Health Organization saying that it causes cancer in human beings.

The parks department is going broke and they’re chemicalizing their operations. They’re firing park workers so they replace manual labor with chemicals ... and it has to stop.

The Rev. Billy reads from his book “Earth Wants You” at Fountain Bookstore at 1312 E. Cary St. on Thursday, May 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For information: visit his website here.

Creative Couple Needs Help With Health Issues

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Charlene Vassar Hite and Dean Owen.
  • Charlene Vassar Hite and Dean Owen.

If you've been around the local music scene for any period of time, you probably know the one-and-only J. Dean Owen. If not, local reporter Mark Holmberg profiled him for Style a couple years ago, read about him here.

Owen and longtime girlfriend Charlene Vassar Hite have had a rough year. She is suffering from breast cancer and he has had two heart attacks and was recently in intensive care, unable to breathe. This is the kind of thing, when disaster strikes a lovely creative couple who have brought so much joy to the local community, that online fundraising was made for: You can check out and donate to help them at this gofundme page.

Lana Gentry, one of the organizers of the campaign and a longtime friend of the couple's, says they have been struggling and that each being concerned for the other has added weight to their illness.

"Charlene is a very tender, caring and beautiful woman. We've been friends for more than 20 years," she tells Style. "They are really quite stressed as you can imagine and in a lot of emotional pain. I feel like they need a helping hand in a big way."

I've covered local music and arts scenes on the West Coast for years and here in Richmond (my hometown) and I've noticed that the moments that make me proudest of "the scene" are not when a band gets national praise or makes a killer album -- though that's great. Rather it's the sense of community that sparks alive when someone is in trouble and people pitch in a little, whatever they can, to help them out. That goes for Americans in general, too. We're at our best when we come through for others.

Now before I start sounding too hippiesh, here's Dean (as Iggy Plop) touching himself and guesting with Kepone for the Plan 9 celebration at Hardywood.

Footlights

The burning desire for the perfect prop.

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 2:00 AM

"As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" Tim Schwartz (Hecht)  in CAT Theatre's "Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell."
  • "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" Tim Schwartz (Hecht) in CAT Theatre's "Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell."

Props Passion

A passion for theater can manifest in any number of ways -- as a talent for making up fantastical stories or a tendency to spontaneously break out in song, for instance. A more unusual manifestation is a burning desire to recreate the perfect prop for a show no matter how wacky the requirements.

If a prop, theater shorthand for property, is unrealistic, it can break the suspension of disbelief that makes theater so immersive. Few people are as passionate about enhancing that true-to-life experience as Jim Scott, the props master for Chamberlayne Actors Theatre. For the nearly 10 years Scott has been working with the theater, he’s painstakingly fabricated countless props, from the mundane to the magnificent.

For the recently opened production “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell,” Scott was tasked with creating dozens of fake bananas and banana peels.

“I didn’t make them all,” Scott demurs. “Props assistant Lori Seman worked wonders making fake bananas out of homemade clay. All I did was make 71 fake banana peels.”

Constructed from yellow duct tape, vinyl fabric, black nylon cord, and brown paint, the faux peels were built to withstand more than a month’s worth of rehearsals and performances.

Like many who end up working backstage, Scott first gave theater a try as an actor. In 2005, a few years after retiring from working in state government, he was asked by a friend to appear in Neil Simon’s “Fools” at the Jewish Family Theatre. “She asked me to be the postman, a minor character,” Scott recalls. “In one scene I had to deliver an ‘urgent letter,’ so I made my first prop: a large, comical envelope. I learned that I was better at props than acting.”

In the years since, Scott’s intense interest in creating top-notch props inspired him to document his work in a series of informative how-to tutorials so others can benefit. One of the most comprehensive of these, “Making Props for Community Theatre,” details how to make everything from beer-can labels to a replica 19th-century phonograph complete with wax cylinders.

According to the old Irving Berlin classic, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” people who don’t get applause for their work are “secretly unhappy men.” Scott defies that ‘show people’ stereotype.

“For a props guy, it’s a great challenge to come up with whatever crazy item the playwright has written into the play,” he says. “Things like a bloody tongue that’s been bitten off or a jar containing a specimen of cancerous jawbone. When I watch a play, I pay a lot of attention to the props even though that might not be what’s important from the audience’s point of view. And of course, critics never mention the props.”

After talking with Scott, this is one critic who’ll start paying better attention. “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” runs through June 4.

By the way: “Margaret Mitchell” is a bit of a two-fer deal. In addition to the behind-the-scenes story of how the script for “Gone With the Wind” was developed, the play features a 90-second pantomime of the entire movie by Matt Hackman, playing movie producer David O. Selznick.

Running: The one-man show, “A Life Behind Bars,” continues at TheatreLab through May 27.

Times Dispatch Staffer Launches High-End Bib Line

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 1:00 AM

Director of Digital Sales for the Richmond Times Dispatch, Broderick Thomas got tired of wearing his food -- so he went into action.
  • Director of Digital Sales for the Richmond Times Dispatch, Broderick Thomas got tired of wearing his food -- so he went into action.

The lowly bib has gone high fashion.

Like scores of inventors before him, Broderick Thomas got creative out of necessity. The director of digital sales for the Richmond Times Dispatch had a bad habit of wearing elements of his lunch – a squirt of mustard, a dribble of salad dressing, an oily splotch of tartar sauce – to his afternoon meetings on his Brooks Brothers shirts.

“You see men all the time with napkins stuffed in the collar of their shirts because you don’t want to throw away an expensive shirt because you spilled some food or wine on it,” he says of coming up with BiziBibb, a lined garment protector with all the trappings of a fine men’s dress shirt: buttoned-down collar, five functioning shirt buttons and a luxurious white cotton fabric shirt front that Velcros around the neck during meals or while driving and eating. White was chosen because it’s the easiest color to rid of stains.

It took Thomas close to three years of cutting up old shirts and testing various liners to get from concept to today’s website launch. Currently, he has a provisional patent for BiziBibb which protects it as patent pending. His target market is business executives and upscale male dressers unwilling to risk a $200 shirt for the sake of some melted butter.

“I originally did it for me,” Thomas admits, recalling how he used to keep an extra shirt in his car for such emergencies. Now it’s all about the BiziBibb with its waterproof lining, professional appearance at the table and ability to be tossed in the washer.

A female version is in the works and Thomas is talking to a professional laundry service about offering the bibs to restaurants along with tablecloths and napkins. He also sees it as a natural for law firms.

“It looks discreet while you’re eating and it helps people save money on shirts,” he says. “Especially when they get sloppy at happy hour.”

Visit Bizibibb.com for more details.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Event Pick: Todd Marcus Quintet with Don Byron at the Camel - Sunday, May 22

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2016 at 1:45 PM

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The Todd Marcus Quintet has the potential to be one of the most eclectic and enjoyable straight jazz gigs of the year. The eclecticism comes from the instrumentation- clarinet and bass clarinet taking the place of the (modern) traditional saxes and horns. Any number of players follow legendary early '60s saxophonist Eric Dolphy in doubling on the bass clarinet. Few have focused on it with the exclusivity of Marcus. It’s hard to see why, the instrument has a deep, richly wooden that can articulate complex passages with supple athleticism. The band also features Don Byron, one of the modern masters of the (familiar) clarinet. Byron built his early reputation with a great series of klezmer projects. It the idea of a young black artist playing Jewish music flirted with high concept, it was totally redeemed by virtuosity and an obvious love of the music. Byron’s work also encompasses soul, gospel, and bebop/post-bop. But since Marcus’ recent work incorporates elements inspired by his Egyptian-American heritage (including “Blues from Tahir”) the teaming promises a new ethnic crossover.

It’s an early evening show. Doors open at 5 p.m., the show starts at 5:30. (Note: the food at the Camel is fine. And the beer list is extensive.)

Todd Marcus Quintet (featuring Don Byron) at the Camel on Broad Street on Sunday, May 22 .(Across from Lowes.) Tickets are $12 at the door.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Va. Beach Art Under Fire From Catholic League

Amidst national backlash, MOCA stands by "Rosie's Tea Party."

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM

"Rosie's Tea Party" by artist Mark Ryden depicts a little girl sawing at a ham that is inscribed with “Mystici Corporis Christi.”
  • "Rosie's Tea Party" by artist Mark Ryden depicts a little girl sawing at a ham that is inscribed with “Mystici Corporis Christi.”

A local controversy over a painting with religious imagery that’s going on display at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art has received national attention.

Late Wednesday, the museum stood by the exhibit.

The work, called “Rosie’s Tea Party,” was painted by Mark Ryden. It depicts a girl wearing a cross necklace and a First Communion dress, sitting at a table strewn with meat. The girl is sawing at a ham that is inscribed with “Mystici Corporis Christi,” Latin for “mystical body of Christ.” Rats are eyeing a piece of meat that has fallen to the floor. A bottle of wine with a label that appears to depict Jesus sits on the table. A rabbit is pouring what appears to be blood from a teapot.

This weekend, the Beach museum will open its biggest exhibition to date with work from Hi-Fructose, a California-based magazine. The publication, which is released quarterly, is marking its 10th anniversary by bringing some work to Virginia Beach. The touring exhibition will be on display until the end of the year.

On Tuesday, The Virginian-Pilot published an opinion piece by columnist Kerry Dougherty that reported that two members of the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission – Ben Loyola and Brian Kirwin – were offended by the painting. The commission contributes grant money to the museum. Loyola questioned whether the artwork should be subsidized with taxpayers’ money, and Kirwin told Dougherty that he would consider slashing future funding for the museum.

On Wednesday, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, wrote a letter to museum Director Debi Gray about the artwork. The organization is the largest Catholic civil rights organization in the U.S.

Donohue suggested the following in his letter:

“Why not substitute a young Muslim girl in a hijab, wearing a machete around her neck, cutting a piece of ham with the words, ‘Allahu Akbar’ inscribed on it. In place of Jesus in the wine bottle, display a picture of Muhammad. And yes, please keep the blood.

When Muslims complain, tell them that ‘Art is intended to be controversial,’ and ‘Someone ought to poke fun at those Muslims anyway.’ Please be sure to let me know the outcome.”

Dot Greene, museum spokeswoman, issued a statement Wednesday on the museum’s behalf that said the public can work with and learn from the art and artists in the Hi-Fructose exhibition. She said creating dialogue about contemporary art speaks to the museum’s mission, which is to stimulate critical thinking and dialogue throughout Hampton Roads. Greene also said the museum is working to develop a program to discuss art censorship.

“The works this institution exhibits may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, provoke and, at times, offend,” Greene said. “We defend the freedom to create content and exhibit such work anywhere in the world, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting, and experiencing such work is a constitutional right protected under the First Amendment.”

This article originally appeared in the Virginian-Pilot yesterday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Joe Walsh Added To Summer Innsbrook Line-Up

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Joe Walsh is the artist behind such FM staples as "Life's Been Good" and "Walk Away."
  • Joe Walsh is the artist behind such FM staples as "Life's Been Good" and "Walk Away."

Former Eagle Joe Walsh will be playing Innsbrook After Hours on July 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Cheaper early bird general admission tickets are available for one week only.

Here's more from the press release:

Richmond, VA- May 18, 2016 - Innsbrook After Hours, Central Virginia’s premier outdoor concert series, announced that Joe Walsh will perform as part of their 2016 concert series on July 21. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, May 25 with $15 low dough early bird general admission tickets available for one week only at www.innsbrookafterhours.com.

Walsh will be joined by his Barnstorm bandmate Joe Vitale on drums as well as Chad Cromwell, Waddy Wachtel on guitar, Larry Young on bass, Jimmy Wallace on keyboards and DJ Clayton Janes. Singers Leslie Fuller, Lois Mahalia, Windy Wagner and Rickey Washington will provide background vocals.

“I decided to round up great players that I’ve played with in the past, like Joe, Waddy, Chad and Ricky. These guys know my music and I’m very comfortable playing with them. I think this band is the best I’ve had in a long time. I didn’t feel that the One Hell of a Night Tour should be the end based on how we are all playing,” says Walsh.

Drawing from an extensive catalog of hits throughout his four-decade career, the set list will include “Rocky Mountain Way”, “Walk Away”, “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far”, “Funk 49”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “In The City”, “Over and Over”, “Life of Illusion”, “Turn To Stone”, “Ordinary Average Guy”, “Analog Man” and more.

Best known for his powerful guitar licks, Joe Walsh has entertained the masses and captivated his peers for more than three decades with such classics as “Funk #49,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “Ordinary Average Guy.” In 1969 Walsh found success with The James Gang, followed by a stint with Barnstorm, a trio he founded. In 1973 Joe released his first solo album, which proved him a legitimate solo act with a limitless career on the horizon. By 1975 he joined The Eagles, bringing a harder rock sound to the group with the acclaimed Hotel California, The Long Run and Eagles Live.

British Comedian Eddie Izzard Coming to Carpenter in July

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:20 AM

One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Eddie Izzard’s absurd and surreal comic narratives have earned him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.
  • One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Eddie Izzard’s absurd and surreal comic narratives have earned him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.

British comedian Eddie Izzard is performing his "Force Majeure" show at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond on Wednesday, July 18. Tickets range $48 to $58 and go on sale on May 20.

The New York Times described him thusly: “Sheer Comic Genius. His humor reflects the scattershot lunacy of Monty Python, but with flashes of Robin Williams’ manic energy and a sophisticated silliness that is entirely his own. He is the most brilliant stand-up comedian of his generation.”

By the end of this tour, he will have performed it in 49 of 50 states. This will be his first time in Virginia.

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