First Day of the Weather not-Sucking

March 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments · By

Spring has done been spranged; today’s forecasted high is 80°, and it’s already damn pleasant out. Luckily there’s a wealth of awesome events going on this evening (even as the weather will drop back down to 50°, firmly in jacket-wearing territory):

The big one tonight is that Mi Ami are coming to Charlottesville; Mi Ami is the newer band by two of the former member of Black Eyes, the DC-based, trangsgressively yelpy, aggro-feminist free-jazz post-hardcore Dischord band, whose music I highly recommend checking out, if you’re not already familiar with them. Anyhow two of them moved out to the bay area a few years back and formed Mi Ami, who were sort of more in the groovy, Gang of Four dance-punk-territory while still being yelpy and weird and great (this track in particular has been my springtime jam, as of late). However, they’ve undergone a pretty drastic change-up as of late; the bassist left the band, reducing them to a duo, and their new EP “Dolphins” has them moving squarely into electro/dance territory; it’s not that it’s bad (it’s not), it’s just that I can’t count the number of interesting bands who have made themselves un-interesting over the past few years by making conventional dance music instead of unconventional rock. Anyhow, I’m still super-excited about tonight; even as a duo they should put on a good show, and their new EP is only 4 songs so I’m betting some of the older stuff will find it’s way in there as well. The show was originally going to be at the Magnolia house, but has now been MOVED TO DUST, which I feel is a fine decision given the scope of the show, likely number of attendees, etc.  The openers include incredible local keyboard/art-punk powerhouse Nurse Beach, yet another Dylan Mulshine project called Teen Dreams, and I’ve just been told that Max Katz of Red Wizard / Miami Nites / USAisaMonster infamy is going to do her one-woman doom-metal thing tonight as well, which should make for an awesome show. Come check it out! If you’re relatively new to Cville, ask a friend where the DUST warehouse is.

There’s also another gig at Alhamraa, the the Moroccan restaurant where we had the Super Vacays / Hermit Thrushes show last week; tonight international surf-garage specialists Dzian! will be playing there, accompanied by the Fire in the Belly bellydancing troupe; the whole thing is now a Tsunami relief benefit, so it costs $8. Should start around 8:30, so maybe you can check that out on the early side and then head to DUST later on…

{UPDATE:  oooooh, and I forgot to add Grits&Gravy! last-minute addition, Colin & Robin will be doing the Grits & Gravy Soul & Funk Revue at The Box tonight from 10pm-2am, spinning all-vinyl 60’s & 70’s soul & funk classics; no cover, 21+. Should be a good pre-party / after-party thing tonight for whatever else y’all are doing…}

OR you could go to the Tea Bazaar and hear the Anatomy of Frank, the new band by Kyle of Astronomers / Uncle Jemima, whom I believe won the UVA Battle of the Bands two weeks ago; theyr’e playing with a band called Et Tu, Brute?, doors are at 8:30 and the cover is $5.

OR if you’re over on UVA Grounds tonight, there’s a show at the SERP house with University of Michigan, a new band featuring members of Caninos and Left and Right (I have heard them, they are good) as well as two acts I’m not familiar with: Robo Jamz and Jackpot, Tiger (whose name, I just realized, is a Spider-Man reference).  No idea what time it is, what the cover is, or if they’ll give you a hard time about not being a Fraternity Brother if you show up.

OR if you just want to get out of town altogether, you can head to the Library of Congress’ free state-of-the-art Movie Theater up in Culpeper, to catch a double-bill of two episodes of the fantastic 1960’s UK “spy-fi” TV series the Avengers, which has been a favorite of mine since childhood; it’s two episodes from the ’66-’67 years when the lovely Diana Rigg was Patrick MacNee’s co-star: The Cybernauts and Return of the Cybernauts, one B&W and one Color; if I’m not mistaken the second one is the one where the always-awesome Peter Cushing plays a mad scientist who tries to seduce Emma Peel (Peter Cushing is the guy who played Darth Vader’s boss in the first Star Wars; he was in all those old Hammer Horror films with Christopher Lee, and is uniformly a better actor than Christopher Lee as well). Those are at 7:30 PM and they’re free admittance (although they do take reservations). I had actually considered trying to head up there and watch these before coming back to town to see Mi Ami, but then it turned out I have to work this afternoon so it’s probably for the best that I’m not trying to do everything at once.

So… what are y’alls plans for the evening? Hope to see you out & about!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gary // Mar 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    10:30 JACKPOT, TIGER
    11:15 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    12:00 ROBO JAMZ
    12:30 DJ OLDE ENGLISH

    no cover, free booze, + no 1’s gonna give U a hard time

  • 2 Erky // Mar 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    when is DUST?

  • 3 James // Mar 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    no idea; historically, DUST shows have started as early as 8pm and as late as 1am. I’m planning to show up a little after 9, I guess.

  • 4 Jeff // Mar 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Wow. I had the same question as Erky. 9’s earlier than I would’ve guessed, but I really want to see NB, so I’ll take your word for it, Brother James.

  • 5 James // Mar 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    DANG i forgot to mention Grits&Gravy! just heard about that one yesterday so… adding it the post now

  • 6 James // Mar 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    yeah, nine IS a little on the early side, but it’s a 4-band bill where I really want to see the openers too, so… if I am for 9 i’ll probably actually arrive around 10.

  • 7 Sir Puffers // Mar 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I really wish that place would get its act together a bit and be more consistent.

  • 8 James // Mar 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Nurse Beach sounded like Black Eyes.
    Mi Ami sounded like dylan
    dylan sounded like Klaus Schulze
    Max Katz did a James Brown cover
    I have a hangover