NO Tea House show, Bread & Puppet Theater at Random Row

April 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments · By

{UPDATE: I’m not sure where the mix-up came from, but it looks like the Night Beats are NOT playing in Charlottesville tonight … which is too bad, as I had gotten excited about that show!  Let’s hoping they make it here some day.}

There’s a show at the Tea Bazaar tonight which sounds pretty promising; it’s another one that could be easily overlooked, so it’d be a shame for it to slip under everyone’s radar (see also: the Happy New Year and Last Year’s Men shows last week, both of which I am kicking myself for missing).

I don’t know much about this one in particular, but my buddy Blair — also known as the Garage Sale’s DJ B-Side and the fellow from SpeakerTree Records, i.e. a guy with good taste and a sharp ear for good rock music — makes a pretty compelling argument:

“I just wanted to let you know that a show coming up at the tea house this coming Wed – the 11th is going to be INSANE.  the band Night Beats is a garage / psychedelic band from Seattle and their debut S/T LP from last year (on Trouble in Mind records) was one of the best records from 2011, in my opinion.  Their music is dark and heavy (like The Monks or those Back from the Grave comps) and I have heard their live show is at the very top of the pile for current gigging garage bands – energetic and super tight.  I have never seen them live – this will be their first time coming through this area – but I am super psyched for the show. here is a link to their “single” from their album last year – it kills —  and and here is a link to a blog that raves about their live show and has some live video performances.”

He’s got me convinced!  I don’t know the cover charge or the start time, but I plan to be there (presumably it might be cheaper / later, since I think they’re the only band on the bill…)

There’s also a notable event at Random Row, the return of Bread & Puppet Theater. Bread & Puppet have been around since the 1960’s, and are still going strong, using large-scale puppet shows to bring their timeless message of responsible living and leftist politics to the world. They’ve been pretty heavily involved in the Occupy movement(s), so it’ll be interesting to see how that comes up in their current show (they’ve toured down here before, but not since the Occupy movement began) … that’s such a natural fit for them, it’s great to see that they’re still out there doing what they do, and I’m glad that The Bridge and Random Row have gotten together to bring them back to town.

That’s at Random Row Books tonight, they’ll be presenting “3 or 4 plays from the republic of cardboard,” the cover charge is $5-$8 (sliding scale, presumably) and it’s hard to find a start time listed anywhere online, but Ali says it’s at 7:30.

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  • 1 F/NF Records // Apr 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Is the Night Beats show really happening? Their facebook and the Snug Harbor’s website both say they are playing in Charlotte tonight and not in Charlottesville. Toss me an email if they are playing as I would attend.

  • 2 Jacob // Apr 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Saw the Night Beats up here the other night — way badass!

    I’m sorry, they’re playing in Charlotte tonight, not Charlottesville.