shows this weekend; RIP random row

June 21st, 2013 · No Comments · By

Tonight (Friday):

Our monthly Grits N Gravy dance party at Rapture/R2. (See above)

Two Gallants with BRONCHO at the Southern. Two Gallants are a folk band that came out of the same scene as Conor Oberst and are signed to Saddle Creek records. Their latest album, The Bloom and the Blight, came out last September. The opening act, BRONCHO, is a garage punk band from Oklahoma, and I recommend their album Can’t Get Past The Lips.

Bluzonia at the Blue Moon Diner, Red Sammy and Tristan Throndyke at Magnolia, The Gladstones and Ali Marcus at the Cville Pavilion (part of Fridays after Five). The Garage show with Alpenglow and local artist Beako has unfortunately been cancelled, and I unfortunately can’t figure out how to delete it from the calendar.

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And Saturday.

You could be seeing LEATHal Matter and Gina Sobel & The Mighty Fire at the Southern, or Delta Rae, The Wild Feathers and Jillette Johnson at the Jefferson, or DJ XSV at Rapture/R2.

Photo from the Random Row Facebook page

But Random Row is having its last show ever on Saturday. The Morrow Azul Samba School, an Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble, will play with two Harrisonburg bands, Ears to the Ground Family and Money Can’t Be Eaten. The Charlottesville music scene is taking a bit hit with the loss of this venue. I remember sitting cross-legged on the floor there, just feet away from Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina. I was there for a student production of The Winter’s Tale, as well as shows by local groups from The Fire Tapes to Left & Right to The Smiffs on Valentine’s Day to Corsair and Borrowed Beams and Invisible Hand. James Ford’s article in The C-Ville, “Going Dark,” points out that as we lose more and more local businesses to hotel developers and big corporations, we lose outlets for activism like Random Row, and their support of local and traveling artists. So head out there tomorrow evening and bid farewell to one of our community’s most inclusive and unique spaces.

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