On the heels of its reunion shows, Ann Beretta is playing a "Farewell Richmond" show Aug. 22 at the Canal Club. The group is performing the entire "Bitter Tongues" album — it will also serve as the record release show for Landmines' debut full-length.
Even though classic rockabilly band the Dregs just dropped its "River City Rock and Roll" EP, members are already writing and recording their first full-length. Instead of the round robin of singers they have on the EP, the sassy vocals of Miss Kim will be featured on 90 percent of the new material. The Dregs are putting together a rock 'n' roll and rockabilly festival in the fall, but you can catch them live before that at Poe's Pub Sept. 5.
Although members of the Riot Before had to take time off to find a new guitarist (Jon Greeley) and finish up a new record, they still plan to be on the road again for more than 150 days this year. Recorded by Pedro Aida (Cracker, Sixer, Carbon Leaf), "Fists Buried in Pockets" will be released Sept. 9 at Empire, a show also featuring fellow punk rockers Friendly Fire.
Speaking of Pedro Aida, his new project Roslyn has also been recording at his Detached Sound Studios. Pedro has joined fellow singer-songwriter Brooks Cullum to capture your ears with melodious vocals and driving hooks. "Honestly, we're trying to do something bigger and better than we've both ever done before," he says. Their previous bands include River City High, Knucklehed, the Rulers and many more, so the expectations are high. Check www.myspace.com/roslynva for updates.
Conshafter plans an Oct. 3 release for "Bombs Away, Baby," its latest collection of pop-rock gems. For the album artwork, the band commissioned Grammy-nominated artist Jesse Ledoux, but even more impressive is that the group snagged Grammy-winner Brian "Big Bass" Gardner to master the new CD. Conshafter will showcase its new songs at both the First Annual Indiegrrl Conference and the 2008 M.E.A.N.Y. Fest in NYC.
Local guitar teacher, session player and Frippster-in-training (as in Robert), Anthony Curtis has big plans for his program, which brings music and poetry to Richmond city schools. Under the direction of Curtis, students interpret the works of poets such as Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman and put them to music, singing and performing various instruments to give them musical life. Praised by Mayor Doug Wilder and Richmond City Council members, the program needs supporters, volunteers and donors. More information is available at www.anthonycurtis.net. — Compiled by Mike Rutz of "Activate" on 97.3 and Jay Smack of "Studio B" on 102.1