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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Cult Musical "The Rocky Horror Show" Returning to RTP stage

Fourteen performances only Oct. 5 through Oct. 22

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 1:37 PM

Time to do the time warp again, live and in person! The cult classic musical, "The Rocky Horror Show," is returning to the Richmond Triangle Players' stage on Oct. 5 for 14 performances only, as part of the theater group's 30th anniversary season.

Richard O’Brien’s "The Rocky Horror Show" will play a strictly limited run, according to a press release, opening Friday Oct. 7, at 8 p.m., following two low-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. The production will run just fourteen performances through Oct. 22.

RTP’s production, which takes place at the Robert B. Moss Theatre at 1300 Altamont Ave. in Scott’s Addition, is being directed by Chelsea Burke with music direction by Ben Shaver and choreography by Kate Belleman. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.

Per the press release: "Playing the central role of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter is Durron Marquis Tyre, who recently starred in RTP’s productions of 'Falsettos' and 'Sugar in Our Wounds'. Newlyweds Brad and Janet are played by August Hundley and Nora Ogunleye, with Frank’s attendants Riff Raff, Columbia and Magenta played by Elle Meerovich, Madison Cox and Kasey Britt. "Frank’s creation, Rocky Horror, is played by Wayne Parker, the mysterious Eddie (as well as Brad and Janet’s mentor Dr. Scott) by Travis Williams, and Jim Morgan (who played Frank ‘N’ Furter in RTP’s previous production) as the Narrator who holds the evening together. The Phantoms and Transylvanians are played by Mara Barrett, Robert Gallant, Rachel Garmon-Williams and DeVon Mosby."

Here's more information about the musical from the release:

The musical opened in 1973 in London and played for over seven years, winning critical and audience acclaim in the process. It is probably best-known for its film version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered in 1975 and became a midnight-show cult classic for multiple generations of movie-goers all over the globe. The Rocky Horror Show is also widely hailed to have been an influence on the countercultural and sexual liberation movements that followed on from the 1960s. It was one of the first musicals to depict fluid sexuality, during a time of division between generations and an old-world lack of acceptance towards gender variance. At the time of its release, it pushed boundaries and has become a cultural icon which promotes empowerment of self-creation and all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Safety note: "For the safety of the performers, our patrons, and the staff, masks are required to be worn inside the venue – completely covering the nose and mouth -- anytime you are not actively eating and drinking. Patrons are asked to please bring a mask that is comfortable enough to wear throughout the evening."

RVA East End Festival Announces Lineup of Performers

Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Henry Marsh Elementary School.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2022 at 12:34 PM

Organizers have announced the lineup for the annual, community-wide celebration of music and the arts, The RVA East End Festival, which is scheduled to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 9 p.m. at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N. 28th St. in Richmond.

The festival is free to attend with entertainment coming from local youth musicians, visual artists from Richmond Public Schools, and local professionals. Festival-goers can also enjoy 10 food trucks and about 20 vendors on-site.

“Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system,” said James “Saxsmo” Gates, festival co-chair, in the release.

This year's lineup includes:

Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band

Woodville, Fairfield, Redd, and Overby-Sheppard combined bands

Musicians from the Richmond Symphony

Mr. Chubby and Sugarfoot

James “Saxsmo” Gates

Dap Mallory Band

Johnny Lee Long Band

Tre Charles

Richmond Urban Dance

Artistry in Motion/Performing Arts Center

Decori and NXD

BlackLiq

Ban Caribe

Legacy Band

“We invite the entire Richmond region to join us on Sept. 24 for an exciting and inspirational event to support our amazing students in the East End,” said Rev. Marilyn Heckstall, festival co- chair, in a press release. “The festival kicks off at noon with a rousing intro by the RPS All City Marching Band followed by a spectacular lineup of some of the best national and local artists in the Richmond music scene.”

Donations to support the festival can be made online here. And to learn more about the RVA East End Festival, contact rvaeastendfest@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Stuff to do: Peaches at the National, RVA Outdoor Flea Market, 15th Latin Jazz and Salsa Fest at the Dell, and Crabs and Beer by the James.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 at 12:51 PM

Peaches and Kalifa at the National on Thursday, Aug. 25

What else is in the teaches of Peaches? Huh, what? Come to the National on Thursday night and find out when the boundary-pushing feminist musician, producer, and performance artist, Merill Nisker (aka Peaches), brings the circus to town for what surely will be a memorable performance with flashy dance moves, fried guitar and myriad costume changes. The Berlin-based, Canadian musician has collaborated with artists from Yoko Ono and Kim Gordon to Daft Punk and the Flaming Lips, and on this tour she’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her electro-rock classic, “Teaches of Peaches,” which barely contains her most recognizable song, “Fuck the Pain Away” (NPR said the album “shifted the window for sex in pop”). Pretty safe bet that this show will be the most theatrical, sex-positive thing happening in RVA on Thursday night. 7:30 p.m.

RVA Outdoor Flea Market at Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center on Saturday, Aug. 27

Vendor spaces are sold out, but on Saturday there should 70 outdoor vendors and 100 indoor vendors at this RVA outdoor flea market featuring antiques, collectibles, toys, jewelry, arts and crafts, spring and home décor, clothes and more. It's being hosted by Odd Balls Antiques and Claire’s Antiques at Merchant’s Walk, located at 7580 W. Broad St. in Henrico. The sidewalk sale starts at 8 a.m. Admission is free, but remember to bring cash for vendors. Also, pets are welcome, and there will be fresh popped kettle corn, fresh lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs, fried Oreos, chicken tenders, cheese fries and the like. Runs until 3 p.m

Salsa legend Herman Olivera headlines the 15 annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell.
  • Salsa legend Herman Olivera headlines the 15 annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell.

15th Annual Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival at Dogwood Dell amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 27

A day of highly danceable music headlined by the legendary Herman Olivera, a Puerto Rican “sonero” from Newark, NJ who started out leading the salsa group, Conjunto Libre, and later performed with Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, and performed lead vocals for the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra. He’s won two Grammys, been nominated for four, and performed on over 45 albums. The day also includes Rafael Ortiz and Su Tumbao Urbano All Stars, Kevin Davis, Mike Davidson and the Latin Jazz Messengers, and special guest Beverly Perez. With DJs Rudy Rivera, RVA Bachata, William Estramera Stop the Madness. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking. To donate or for more info, visit here: https://oasisbroadcastingnetwork.com.

Third annual Crabs and Beer by the James at Brown’s Island on Saturday, Aug. 27

It’s a final, big summer blowout and all-you-can-eat crab fest by the river with headline performances by some all-star Richmond area performers, including the jazz-funk fusion of Butcher Brown and reggae from Mighty Joshua and soul from Legacy Band VA. Others spinning on the bill include DJ Joe Fu, Sir RJ, DJ Drake, DJ MG and more. Rain or shine, lawn chairs are allowed. Tickets range from $10 to $750 (wow, that’s quite a range) and are available here. Runs from noon to 7 p.m. For more info, visit crabsandbeerbythejames.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Library of Virginia, Can Can Opening Cafe

Will be open weekdays in the downtown lobby of the Library.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 2:02 PM

Going to the downtown library just got more swanky, y'all.

The Library of Virginia recently announced a partnership with popular Carytown restaurant Can Can Brasserie to open a Parisian-style bistro and bakery in the lobby of the Library on Monday, Sept. 19.

"We are thrilled to help bring one of the city's best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond," said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation, in a press release. "Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year."

Hours of operation are as follows: Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. The breakfast items will include: "fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day."

Kincaid, co-owner of Can Can, noted in the release that, post-COVID, people have been asking about their morning coffee service.

“Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting," he said in the release. "Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we're happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

The release notes that limited free parking for Can Can Café will be available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

For more information on the café, visit www.cancanrva.com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Richmond Folk Festival Announces More Artists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2022 at 11:07 AM

The Richmond Folk Festival, which returns Oct. 7-9 for its 18th anniversary, is one of the largest parties of the year. The free, three-day event often draws 200,000 people over the weekend to the downtown riverfront.

Today they announced ten more artists for this year's fest, eight of which have never been featured before at the festival.

“While each year the Richmond Folk Festival provides a new artistic program, this year—the event’s 18th—promises to really stand out as a feast for the senses,” said Blaine Waide, associate director for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, in a release. “Whether featuring a longstanding local institution like the Art of Noise for the first time or numerous artistic traditions that are new to the festival—polyphonic singing from Epirus, Mauritanian griots, the haunting sounds of Bentonia blues, and many more—the 2022 festival will amaze and captivate audiences.”

Here they are:

79rs Gang (New Orleans Black Masking Carnival music)

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Andre Thierry (zydeco)

Richmond, California

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Art of Noise (deejaying)

Richmond, Virginia

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Felipe Hostins (Brazilian forró)

Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil, by way of New York

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Gene Tagaban (Guuy Yaau) (Tlingit storyteller, musician, and dancer)

Ruston, Washington

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Isokratisses (polyphonic singing from Epirus)

Deropoli and Politsani, Albania

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Jesse Daniel (honky-tonk country)

San Marcos, Texas

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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (Bentonia blues)

Bentonia, Mississippi

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Nani Noam Vazana (Ladino traditional song)

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritanian griot)

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Monday, August 15, 2022

PICK: Elizabeth Wise and Her Guys at Shockoe Sessions Live, Tuesday, Aug. 16

CD release for "Reckless Sophistication" to be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2022 at 10:54 AM

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Elizabeth Wise is an authentic 21st century blues troubadour.

For over a decade, she’s traveled the world, from Memphis to New Zealand as a solo act, playing covers and classics in festivals, bars, and living rooms.

Her new CD, “Reckless Sophistication,” expands on the one-person charisma in the best way possible, backing her with an all-star RVA band, including pianists Daniel Clarke and Carlos Chafin, bassists Rusty Farmer and Brian Cruise, drummer Scott Milstead, and the killer horn section of trumpeter Bob Miller, trombonist and arranger Toby Whittaker, and saxman J.C. Kuhl.

The production is both restrained and satisfying, providing a varied sonic accompaniment to a set of songs finding individual paths into the archetypical blues themes of romantic longing, anger, disappointment, resignation, and hope.

Wise’s guitar, fittingly, is the first among equals in the overall mix. The Shockoe Sessions Live event at Hardywood features both sides of her talent with an opening set of just Wise and her guitar and a second set with the full band.

Elizabeth Wise and her guys perform for Shockoe Sessions Live, at the Richmond Pizza Kitchen and Taproom at Hardywood Brewery, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6-9 p.m. RSVP via Facebook.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Richmond Symphony Announces Bold Lineup for Fall '22

Includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the music of Danny Elfman and Brahms X Radiohead

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 3:34 PM

The Richmond Symphony is getting creative this fall and just announced its upcoming schedule, which can be viewed online here.

And you can see that the Symphony is looking to attract a mix of younger audiences and the old school faithful. October, in particular, looks like an amazing month.

Among the highlights: Cello great Yo-Yo Ma (Oct.4), Steve Hackman's Brahms X Radiohead (Sept. 24), various performances at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, high octane violinist Jennifer Koh playing Tchaikovsky (Oct. 22) and the Music of Danny Elfman from the Films of Tim Burton (Oct. 29).

Here's a more complete list with details that were released as part of a press release:

Community Concert at Pocahontas State Park, Sat., Sep 10 at 8 p.m.

Take in the sounds of the Richmond Symphony while surrounded by the beauty of Pocahontas State Park. Gates open one hour before show time. Admission is free. Parking fee required at all times.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth - Sat, Sep 17 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Sep 18 at 3 p.m. at Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Tchaikovsky poured his soul into symphonies that would express his anguish and passions as no music had ever dared to. Valentina Peleggi begins the new season with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. William Grant Still’s stirring Festive Overture opens the concert, followed by Dvorak’s opulent "Te Deum" with the Richmond Symphony Chorus. All this, plus a new work by the acclaimed young American Canadian composer Zachary Wadsworth.

Music at Hardywood - Thu, Sep 22 at 6:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Steve Hackman’s Brahms X Radiohead - Sat, Sep 24 at 8 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Take Radiohead’s "Ok Computer" and the First Symphony of Brahms. Orchestra and vocalists present this fusion of masterworks by two pivotal voices, both played simultaneously. Brahms brings out the romance in Radiohead. Radiohead brings out Brahms’s sonic power.

Yo-Yo Ma - Tue, Oct 4 at 7:30 p.m. Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

“He, more than any other cellist, has distilled cello playing to its essence.” So says the L.A. Herald Examiner. Yo-Yo Ma plays Elgar's cello concerto with the Richmond Symphony.

Jennifer Koh Plays Tchaikovsky - Sat, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. and Sun, Oct 23 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Grammy award winner and Tchaikovsky competition winner Jennifer Koh, says The Strad, is “risk-taking, high-octane player. A scorching talent that should on no account be missed…” Experience her astonishing artistry in Tchaikovsky’s blazing Violin Concerto. The Block by composer, artist and activist Carlos Simon is a musical portrait of the buildings lining one Harlem street. And the 150th birthday of the English master Ralph Vaughan Williams is marked with a performance of the turbulent Sixth Symphony of 1948, his reaction to the last World War.

The Music of Danny Elfman from the films of Tim Burton - Sat, Oct 29, 8 p.m. @ Altria Theater

Danny Elfman’s spine-tingling scores for films of Tim Burton as performed by the Richmond Symphony, and just in time for Halloween! "Batman," "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and more as classic scenes are projected above the orchestra on a giant screen.

Family Concert - Sunday Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at St Christopher's School. Around the World - an international music adventure

"Romeo & Juliet" - Sat, Nov 12 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

This is one of the most beloved, most passionate Piano Concertos in the entire repertoire. Alexandra Dariescu plays Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto. “Her fingers seem to be floating over the keys,” raved the Houston Chronicle. “She took total command.” Valentina Peleggi conducts Prokofiev’s intoxicating, impassioned Romeo and Juliet, plus Preludio sinfonico by the 18-year-old Giacomo Puccini, music that would wait a century to be discovered!

Music at Hardywood - Thu, Nov 17 at 6:30 p.m. @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Let it Snow! - Sat, Nov 26 at 8 p.m. and Sun, Nov 27 at 3 p.m. @ Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

It’s Richmond’s favorite holiday music tradition – back again on Thanksgiving weekend by popular demand! Celebrate the season with family and friends with your Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Carols, classics, and sparkling holiday favorites!

Holiday Brass! Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7.30pm at St Christopher's School and Sunday Dec. 4 at 3pm at Randolph-Macon College

Deck the halls – with Holiday Brass! A shimmering celebration of holiday hits for the whole family, and right in your neighborhood!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

VMFA Announces New Board of Trustees President

And she's the first Native American board president in the museum's history.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 4:00 AM

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) recently announced the election of Lynette L. Allston to the role of president of the museum’s board of trustees. In the 86-year history of the institution, Allston is the first Native American to hold this position and, according to a press release, the first Native American board chair of a top 10 U.S. comprehensive art museum.

Allston serves as the current Chief and Chair Emeritus of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, "one of 11 tribes officially recognized by the Commonwealth."

“We are tremendously delighted to have Lynette serving as our president of the board of trustees,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA’s director and CEO. “Through her many accolades in Virginia’s diverse Native American community, Lynette will be not only a great leader, but will help ensure that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a museum that embraces all visitors.”

The release also noted that Allston has served on the VMFA board of trustees since 2017 as a member of several committees, and in 2021 she advised the external affairs committee to develop VMFA’s land acknowledgement, installed in November of that year.

“I am excited and honored to be elected as the president of the board of trustees,” said Allston, who graduated from Duke University with a degree in history and certification in secondary education. “The [VMFA] tells the story of people and their cultures through art, and it is my hope to continue to offer guidance about Virginia’s and the country’s rich cultural heritage.”

Per the bio information: Allston spent her formative years on her family’s farm in Drewryville, Va. After two decades of business ownership and civic engagement in Columbia, SC., she retired to her family farm. Allston also is a co-author of the book, "DoTraTung," about the history and culture of the Nottoway Indians, in addition to serving a the president of the board of Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, Va., one of VMFA’s 24 art museum partners across the state.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

WEEKEND PICKS: Afro-Zen All Stars at Hardywood, "Plunky" Branch at Dogwood Dell, and Over the James Fest on Brown’s Island feat. Avail and more

UPDATE: The Friday shows have been rescheduled due to bad weather.

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 9:00 AM

UPDATE, Friday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Due to the nasty storms out there, two of our weekend picks have been rescheduled: Tonight's show at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery by Afro-Zen Allstars has been pushed back to Wednesday, Sept. 7. Also the Plunky Branch show at Dogwood Dell will now take place on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Richmond summers are famous for two things: high humidity and dueling concerts scheduled on the same night.

This Friday, Afro-jazz icon James "Plunky" Branch, playing Dogwood Dell with his band, faces off against the Afro-Zen Allstars at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

The concert from the 75-year-old Branch is a continuation of a tradition more than 40 years old. A founder of the Richmond jazz society and longtime stalwart of the local scene, Branch’s pioneering early output has been receiving long-overdue international appreciation in recent years. While his appearances have been anything but rare in recent years --during the COVID era he played inspiring, upbeat concerts nightly for his locked-down neighbors (see below) --it's always a treat to see him with his full band on a conventional stage.

Where Branch has deep connections to music with mostly West African roots, Afro-Zen’s foundation is the Ethiopian popular music born in mid-20th century Addis Ababa. The emphasis is on sinuous, hypnotic melodies in a minor/pentatonic mode; it's danceable music that is at once familiar and exotic. Of special note: This Hardywood appearance marks the 100th show for the group. Leader George M. Lowe tells Style the band is still in “celebrating-the-new-CD mode” (that would be “The Buzz and the Bells").

Of course, there is no wrong decision here. The choice likely depends on whether you prefer the soulful, charismatic playing and vocals of Branch and company or the tight, ensemble modal jams of the Afro-Zen Allstars, factoring in weather and your fondness for craft beer consumption. [Maybe you can even manage to see some of both with the right parking luck.]

The Afro-Zen AllStars play Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Richmond Taproom on Friday, Aug. 5 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. James "Plunky" Branch and company play at the Dogwood Dell on Friday, Aug. 5 starting at 8 p.m. Both events are free.

Plunky Branch and his band during on of his porch concerts in 2000. - PETER MCELHINNEY
  • Peter McElhinney
  • Plunky Branch and his band during on of his porch concerts in 2000.

Looking for an outdoor rager in the sweltering heat?

Well, it won’t get much better than this massive Saturday fest at Brown's Island, when the Over the James festival brings hordes of punk rock fans to be baptized by the riverside.

On the stacked bill: Richmond punk legends Avail headline, along with Quicksand (NYC), Cave In (Mass.), Ceremony (Ca.), Screaming Females (Jersey), and relatively new RVA punk band, Terminal Bliss, featuring members of local faves City of Caterpillar and Pg. 99.

Avail is widely known as one of the most beloved punk bands of the ‘90s, but local shows are rare these days, so this one will be sure to bring out the hometown faithful for their favorite blue collar anthems led by hard-working frontman Tim Barry, profiled over a decade ago by Style Weekly. The name of the festival, Over the James, is a reference to one of the band’s most beloved albums. This one will get sweaty, no doubt about it. Drink yo' wah-wah.

The Over the James Festival takes place Saturday, Aug. 6 at Brown’s Island with doors at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $34.99 to $44.99. Show is rain or shine. Draft beer and canned cocktails available.

Friday, July 29, 2022

PICK: Tuxedo Cats and the Ar-Kaics with Shawnis and the Shimmers, plus the Barbed Wires

Saturday, July 30 at Black Iris Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2022 at 12:27 PM

Tired of the humidity? Tired of getting COVID? Tired of Richmond’s crappy drivers straddling the center of a double yellow line? Tired of being tired in general? Then perhaps you, my friend, need a good ‘ole fashioned, primitive rock show to bash your brains out. When it comes to scuzzed-out garage rock, we trust the folks from Dig! Records in Leesburg to deliver the goods. This Saturday, they’ve got a full bill of fun at Black Iris that includes the debut of the Barbed Wires, whose Richmond punk pedigree includes Strike Anywhere, Sick Bags, Pink Razors, as well as locals Shawnis & The Shimmers, delivering raw, lo-fi bangers like “Bad Ass Bitch” and “Beer Jacket.”

The headliners tonight include New Yawk City’s Tuxedo Cats, featuring members of Apache, the Tough Shits and Dancer (as well as Human Being Lawnmower artiste Avi Spivak) who should be blasting their “odes to fast living” for the leopard-print faithful. They are joining the Ar-Kaics on the occasion of their debut release for Reminder Records (also based out of NY, and "until now an excellent 70s punk and power pop reissue label," according to a friend in the know). Finally, the Ar-Kaics are no stranger to Richmond stages, having released a rockin’ live album (“Live in the Shit”) recorded in Richmond at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2020. This is a band that once described itself as "troglodyte Teenbeat '60s-style punk." We can dig it. Bassist Tim Abondello tells us that the Ar-Kaics recently finished tracking a new album “after considerable delays, false starts and unforeseen failures during the last three years…Now to celebrate, and test drive some of this new material in the wild, we’re putting together a quick run of shows — our first since the tail end of 2021 — in DC and Richmond, this Friday and Saturday.” Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the show. Black Iris Gallery is located at 321 W Broad St.

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