Fighting Gravity Takes on ScienceRichmond-based ska band Fighting Gravity has always been popular among the college crowd. And it makes sense the band got started at Virginia Tech in the mid-'80s. Originally called Boy O Boy, Fighting Gravity released several albums on an independent label before signing with Mercury Records for 1998's "You and Everybody." It's since released two live albums, which should serve as adequate preparation for its show Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Science Museum of Virginia's Garner Pavilion. The concert is the first installment of the museum's Swingin' on the Tracks series. Local alternative rock band Copper Sails opens. Gates at 5:30 p.m. $12-$45. Call 794-6700 or visit swinginonthetracks.com.
Collective Soul at Innsbrook After HoursLed by scratchy voiced singer-songwriter Ed Roland, Collective Soul found fame with the single "Shine" from its debut album in 1994. The two albums that followed also proved commercially successful, prompting a "best of" in 2001. The group continued to produce music on its own label and released a seventh album Aug. 28. The five-piece alt-rockers will be joined by fellow grunge-era band Fuel (with a new lead singer) and Flyleaf at the Snagajob.com Pavilion Sept. 5 at 6 p.m., part of Miller Lite's Rock n' Racing concert series. $10-$15. Call 794-6700 or visit ticketstobuy.com. Olivia Beatty
Lipbone Redding at Capital Ale HouseLipbone Redding and the LipBone Orchestra is made up of exactly three people. There's Jeff Eyrich on bass and Rich Zukor on drums. Then there's Lipbone Redding, who plays the guitar, horns, keyboard, drums and bass. All but the guitar are what Redding calls "voicetrumentals" music made entirely with his mouth. The music is jazz in the purest sense easy, slow, refreshing and remarkable because that trumpet you're hearing is invisible, really just Redding flapping his lips. Just imagine if Louis Armstrong forgot his trumpet one day and had to improvise, and you'll get a good idea of what to expect. Lipbone and company play the Capital Ale House Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. Free. Call 780-2537 or visit capitalalehouse.com. Colby Rogers
Jim Florentine at Richmond Funny BoneEven if you don't know Jim Florentine by name, you might be familiar with his work. Though he's been a regular on the stand-up circuit for the last 11 years, Florentine is probably best known for his work on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" a show that pairs recorded prank celebrity phone calls with puppets. Florentine voiced "Special Ed," a mentally troubled teen with a penchant for annoying repetition. It should come as no surprise then that his comedy routine is also crude and brutally honest. Think of Florentine as a younger George Carlin with a Muppet fetish. The engagement runs Sept. 5-9. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a second show at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17. Call 521-8900 or visit richmondfunnybone.com.