One of America’s most badass septuagenarians, Wanda Jackson, performs at The Jefferson tonight. I feel like there is a sizable sect of rockabilly fans in Charlottesville who are probably super excited that the queen of said genre will make an appearance in our quiet little town. This tour is in support of her recent Third Man/Nonesuch Records debut The Party Ain’t Over, a covers album produced by Jack White. I hope I’m singing the same tune when I’m 74. I don’t know much about the opening act, Heath Haynes and the Hi Dollars but it appears they fit the gritty country/rockabilly motif. Doors open at 7PM, tickets are $20 unless preordered, and music should start around 8PM. You won’t want to miss it if you can afford it.
If Wanda’s going to break your bank, you can still hear good music at the Tea House for a lesser charge. Your friends, The Infinite Jets, will see to it that you have a good time. I guess they have been a band for almost a year now? Time flies! They’re joined by Girl Choir, another newly formed local band. They’re right around the six month mark of their existence if I recall correctly. I am embarrassed to say I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet but I’ve heard very good things about them and the dudes in the band seem kind of tough, which bodes well. Out-of-Towners Deleted Scenes round out the bill. They’re from DC and Wikipedia says they sound like Modest Mouse and Talking Heads. Things start around 7:30PM and will cost you $7.
On another note, thank Squeezeus, amen ahmen. Those dudes killed it last night! I was amused by frequent utterances of “I didn’t know this was a Squeeze song!” and reimagined that scene from Reality Bites with myself as Winona Ryder. Word on the street is some other dudes around town are putting together a Smiths cover band. We can only hope for a double bill in the future.