Event Pick: People’s Blues of Richmond, No BS Brass, and Big Mama Shakes at the National 

Nov. 25

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Josh Meister

One of Richmond’s most accomplished live trios, People’s Blues of Richmond has been touring hard in recent years — and it’s paid off. Its gritty, bluesy guitar rock (think an off-kilter Black Keys) is known to venture into carnylike, gypsy tangents on certain numbers, adding unexpected time signatures and spontaneity to already chaotic shows. The band’s drummer, Nekoro Williams, is the son of Wailers’ percussionist Drummie Zeb. In recent years the group has shared the stage with people as varied as Modest Mouse, Tom Petty and Gogol Bordello. The showcase includes Richmond’s most successful crowd-moving party band, No BS Brass, and rising, crowd-pleasing rockers Big Mama Shakes. So, Friday, Nov. 25, at the National should be a high-energy night perfect for sweating off those extra Thanksgiving pounds. Tickets are $15 to $18 and the show is at 8 p.m. thenationalva.com.


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