Pick: Butcher Brown at the Vagabond on Friday, July 21

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A Richmond "supergroup," Butcher Brown gets intimate this Friday at the Vagabond, a small venue that has been killing it lately.
  • A Richmond "supergroup," Butcher Brown gets intimate this Friday at the Vagabond, a small venue that has been killing it lately.

Things change. It once was an everyday thing for Butcher Brown to play RVA. Now, just back from a west coast tour, with drummer Corey Fonville relocated to Baltimore, a local gig is something of an event.

Their sound is at once retro and innovative, polished '70s soul and jazz/rock fusion updated with a hip-hop bite. It is as close as Richmond comes to a supergroup. The rhythm sections are the core. Fonville’s powerhouse drumming makes him a standout on the international jazz scene. Wunderkind keyboardist Devonne Harris is the ubiquitous genius of the local scene, playing with everyone in town and building a cult following with his DJ Harrison electronica. Harris’ longtime collaborator, bassist Andrew Randazzo, is a perfect complement. Playing on top are two of the best instrumentalists in town: veteran Marcus Tenney (NoBS! Brass, Tennison) and the youthful Morgan Burrs (Future Prospect).

There is a familiar saying that you don't know what you have until it's gone. It is possible for a band this loaded with talent to be around for a while, but the opportunity to see them in a venue as plush and intimate as the Vagabond may not be.

Butcher Brown plays Vagabond this Friday, July 21 at 10 p.m. Admission is $10. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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