People’s Blues Of Richmond w/ The Red Petals

Grass For That Ass Presents

People’s Blues Of Richmond w/ The Red Petals

Thu, October 5, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

OVER 21 = $5 Before 8 PM / $10 Between 8 PM and 9 PM / $15 After 9 PM /// UNDER 21 = $15 All Night

This event is 16 and over

People’s Blues Of Richmond
People’s Blues Of Richmond
People's Blues Of Richmond
Tim Beavers II – vocals, guitar, Top Hat Matthew Volkes – bass guitar, vocals, Lord of The Low End Nekoro Williams -- drum set, vocals, Rum & Coke
People's Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they've signed with Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC's Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN' & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr.
Their new album (out June 10) was recorded in Richmond by Ricky Olson at The Ward, and is named after the band’s intense new one-minute and 35 second hit of proggy psych-punk, ”Quit or Die." As People's Blues pounds into the first chorus, singer Tim Beavers II howls, "Compromise is suicide when your choice is quit or die!" The song explores the hardships of addiction, from eviction notices to regrettable drug deals. Quit or Die is filled with thought-provoking lyrics as the band sonically claws through the speakers like some mutant beast. The songs "Richmond City Hangover Blues" and "The House on Oregon Hill" are shout-outs to their filthy/beautiful hometown, while "The March" and "I Understand" both exemplify the band's love of life on tour and all the insanity that comes with it, and "I Love You" and "Just Tears" express the futility and anguish of love gone awry. The moods shifts from dark and brooding to manic and frenzied as if the record itself was suffering from borderline personality disorder.
People's Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van. They've
been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step. After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”
The band is currently working on a "Quit or Die" music video before continuing to take audiences by storm with their unbelievable live shows, which often include smashed guitars, blazing light shows and brilliant projections from Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band back in Richmond).
The Red Petals
The Red Petals
JC McKim knew he had found something special when he wandered into a guitar shop in London – a bright red hollow body guitar from the 1960s. It was unique but simple, classic but with a new feel, bright but slightly tarnished. It was with these qualities in mind that JC started The Red Petals, a highly-anticipated blues trio based out of Boulder, CO.

Comprised of exports from Colorado’s rich electric scene, the band’s three members share something in common: The music comes first. Complimenting JC’s raw and technical guitar work is Austin Pacharz (Cold River City), a bassist that’s always aiming for the pocket, and Matt Lowber (Slanted Jack, Na’an Stop), who has a musical approach to the drums and love for the groove. For all three musicians it is a welcomed return to American roots music, and an opportunity for innovation.

The Red Petals draw influence from across the Blues spectrum, from the original bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to contemporary groups like the John Mayer Trio, and bands like White Denim, who push the envelope of Blues music. Taking from and building on the foundations that have been laid before them, The Red Petals promise to make their own unique contribution to the genre.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/