lovely music at Christ Church, then Grits&Gravy at The Box

January 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments · By

Sorry we’ve been a bit slack on updating the sidebar calendar as of late, but here’s what going on tonight: two guys performing folky songs in a Church, and three guys spinning soul records in a noodle bar.

The show at Christ Episcopal Church which sounds really lovely. Even if you’re not familiar with the Church itself, local music fans will know it as the place whose Garage the Garage belongs to (though the entrance to Christ Church is actually a block and a half away, up around on High St.) Sam says: “We want to start having more shows in the church and I think a lot of people would really like this one. We’re trying really hard to get a good crowd at this show – the more successful it is, the more likely we’ll be able to host shows in Christ Church which is such a unique space in town for a rock show.” If you were able to make it the Mountain Man show back in November, you’ll remember how awesome that was.

The folks playing tonight are J. Irvin Dally, a fellow from LA whose music reminds me a lot of Red Hunter / Peter and the Wolf and also a little bit of Devandra Banhart (in the vox, maybe). Sounds like good stuff. Also on the bill is Sanders Bohlke, whose music I had never heard before today, but it’s totally just won me over.  I have to be honest with you here, I very rarely listen to music on somebody’s myspace page, because 1) streaming online music is tedious and unexciting, 2) the interface on MySpace is horrible and rarely works, and 3) I get sent like 20 links a day and don’t have the attention span to follow even half of them, especially since I do so little show-booking myself. But despite all that, I just checked out Sanders B’s myspace, and was totally hooked on his songs. Really gentle, understate low-fi production with memorable, low-key non-asshole songwriting. Sounds like the perfect thing for this venue. Sam say’s he’s a “local” but his page says he’s from Mississippi, so maybe “local” is  relative term, or maybe he’s got some Cville connections I’m ignorant of. Either way, it should be a good show. Starts at 8pm (show up on time to get a good pew) and it costs $5.

Later on, you can restore your karmic balance by following up an evening in a church with a night of drinking & dancing in a bar; swing by The Box for another installment of the Grits & Gravy Soul & Funk Party, the semi-regular dance music night hosted by Robin Tomlin and Colin Powell (both of WTJU). Robin & Colin were kind enough to ask me to sit in with them this evening, which I’ve only done once before; I’m pretty excited about it, and am busy preparing a set as we speak. We’re pretty much going to be trading off short sets all night, so come by whenever… starts at 10pm and runs straight until Last Call. It should be a lot of fun. I promise to play gritty, raw, and energetic soul stompers that will get your blood pumping, and Brother Breakdown & the Rum Cove ain’t no slouches neither. No cover!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jan 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    who did the poster for that church show? it’s totally killer.
    (Colin’s is good too)

  • 2 Andrew Cedermark // Jan 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Good posters all around! Word is that Sanders Bohlke just moved to Charlottesville from Oxford.