First and foremost, is the occasion of The Hot Seats playing at Balliceaux. I’ve seen The Hot Seats many times over the last 8 or 9 years, although full-band local performances are rare these days. The Hot Seats are playing with the Two Man Gentlemen Band, another live act that I’ve seen multiple times. Usually this would be a no-brainer, but…
|The Green Boys
Over at The Camel, The Green Boys are playing on the same night. The Camel is one of my favorite live venues and hangouts, and I’ve only seen The Green Boys a couple times so far. Making this an even more enticing option, the traditional Irish band Kind Stranger is playing at the Camel that evening from 6 to 8pm as part of Beers and Banjos; a great lead in to The Green Boys (Elby Brass is also on the bill). Some of the rotating members of Kind Stranger play in the local Irish session(s), so I’d like to support them.
|The Bumper Jacksons
Balliceaux and The Camel are both in Richmond, about a 20 minute drive away. On a much more local basis, the DC/Baltimore-based band The Bumper Jacksons will be at Ashland Coffee and Tea this Friday – a place that I can walk to (and stumble home from). The Bumper Jacksons play trad jazz, ragtime and pre-war country...pretty much the same kind of audience draw as The Hot Seats and The Green Boys. I’ve never seen The Bumper Jacksons live, but I’ve been wanting to for a while, and I actually had this show on my calendar first before I knew about these other events on 6/28.
It’ll be a tough choice.