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Friday 08/28/2015
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
Martin's Downtown 10th anniversary party - Jason Martin talks about the bands

It's a decade of live music and food at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. The venue celebrates it on Saturday

Thursday 08/27/2015
Posted: August 27, 2015 - 11:28 am
September 2015 live music schedule in Roanoke and New River Valley areas


Wednesday 08/26/2015
Posted: August 26, 2015 - 1:02 pm
Dr Pepper Park postpones Hump Day Hops event after shooting deaths of television news crew

A week ago, WDBJ-7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were at Dr Pepper Park, doing a preview of that venue's Wing Fest. Today, venue officials are postponing an event there as they mourn the shooting deaths of Parker and Ward.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Posted: August 25, 2015 - 4:35 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

Tune in tonight at 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream the show via

Posted: August 25, 2015 - 1:06 pm
Kenny Rogers announces a Dec. 16 Christmas show at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Every gambler knows that the secret to survival is ... wait a minute. Let's remove that earworm for a moment and focus on some concert news.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Posted: August 20, 2015 - 10:05 pm
Concert review - Joan Jett blasts hits and new music at Elmwood

Joan Jett is only four months into her era as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, but she still has something to prove.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 3:02 pm
New music alert - Justina Shandler, Aside Oceans

There are so many places to stream new music. Recently, a couple of acts with local roots have reached out to me about new stuff on their pages. Both of them are worth checking out.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 5:43 pm
New shuttle service will take people from SML, Roanoke to Harvester Performance Center

A Glade Hill auto body repair business is shuttling audiences to shows at Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Posted: August 18, 2015 - 5:50 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM

Tune in at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place in the Roanoke area, or stream the show at

Saturday 08/15/2015
Posted: August 15, 2015 - 12:15 am
2015 Old Time Fiddlers Convention winners


Posted: August 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
Web extra: Bill Maher quotes we couldn't fit in print

Print space is limited. Web space is not, so much. Sometimes, that's fine. Many interview subjects have nothing to say. Comic and HBO talk show host Bill Maher, who plays Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on Aug. 22, is not one of those subjects.

Friday 08/14/2015
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 10:43 am
Miranda Lambert bringing all-female lineup to Berglund Center

Country music star Miranda Lambert will bring her “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” tour to the Berglund Center this fall, with three other country artists, Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole, on the all-female bill.

Wednesday 08/12/2015
Posted: August 12, 2015 - 10:49 am
New Martinsville event, Brewster Walk, to feature Chris Duarte, Wild Ponies

Martinsville music and arts festival Rooster Walk's organizers are up to something new. They announced this week the inaugural Brewster Walk for uptown. Blues rock blaster Chris Duarte, former Martinsvillians Doug and Telisha Williams' band, Wild Ponies, and Junto are on the Oct. 10 bill.

Posted: August 12, 2015 - 7:00 am
Concert news - Eternal Summers to play Jefferson Center

Roanoke's best known indie-rock export, Eternal Summers, promised something big for its hometown fans. And it has delivered.

Tuesday 08/11/2015
Posted: August 11, 2015 - 11:19 pm
Audio - A conversation with Ry Cooder

First world problems, high class issues, whatever cliche you want to use. I have one. One of my musical heroes, Ry Cooder, is coming to Harvester Performance Center on Aug. 20, to play with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White in what promises to be a unique, rootsy performance by some of the most honest musicians to come out of the American scene.

Posted: August 11, 2015 - 6:21 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

Tune in to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream us at

Monday 08/10/2015
Posted: August 10, 2015 - 1:19 pm
Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust set for Nov. 8 at Salem Civic Center

You want hard rock in your civic center auditoriums? Salem is giving you some. The city announced a triple bill set for Nov. 8 at Salem Civic Center.

Friday 08/07/2015
Posted: August 07, 2015 - 4:27 pm
Check out Illbotz [not quite] new track, 'Woop-De-Doo'

Illbotz is back! At least, the nerdcore rap duo has a new single. And it's fun, as Illbotz tracks are, typically. 

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 1:57 pm
Floyd Country Store to welcome Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Hot Rize, Frank Vignola, John Cowan

With their purchase of Floyd Country Store, Dylan Locke and Heather Krantz have kept important things in place. Where they have changed things is where they shine brightly. A variety of musical acts that vary to one degree or another from the old-time mountain music tradition that reigns at the store on Friday nights.

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 12:24 pm
Dig into some music at the Taubman

Roanoke's Taubman Museum of Art has been doing music since it first opened the doors, and continues bringing in quality local and regional performers. Here's what the joint has on tap through early December. Music, tapas and beer, people.

Thursday 08/06/2015
Posted: August 06, 2015 - 2:43 pm
Galax group breaks mandolin record

Flat Pickin’ Fridays takes place at the Daleville Town Center on Aug. 14. The date was incorrect in Thursday’s Extra. The Community Stage at Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out festival on Friday and Saturday will feature a variety of performances, from clogging to belly dancing. The nature of the performances was incorrect in Thursday’s Extra.

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Posted: August 05, 2015 - 11:42 am
Look Homeward, The Midatlantic take top spots in FloydFest On the Rise contest

FloydFest 14 is now officially in the books, with the announcement of the annual event's fan-voted On the Rise contest winners. As often happens, a couple of North Carolina acts impressed the patrons, big time.

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 2:49 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Tune in live to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show at

Monday 08/03/2015
Posted: August 03, 2015 - 10:59 am
A throwback R&B/funk Sunday brings the people together at Elmwood

Once upon a time at The Roanoke Times, during a management regime far, far away, a boss floated an idea to write about how segregated a city Roanoke is. It was a complicated topic, and one that didn’t go beyond the talking stage, for reasons I’ll probably never know.

Friday 07/31/2015
Posted: July 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Avett Brothers announce Virginia Tech show

The Avett Brothers will return to Virginia Tech on Sept. 11, the university announced Friday.

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 9:15 am
August 2015 live music schedule in Roanoke and New River Valley area nightspots


Tuesday 07/28/2015
Posted: July 28, 2015 - 2:47 pm
Lake Street Dive to play Jefferson Center

The beginning of fall will see a New England invasion in Roanoke with the band Lake Street Dive. On Oct. 3, the soul, R&B and jazz quartet will take the stage at the Jefferson Center. 

Sunday 07/26/2015
Posted: July 26, 2015 - 8:10 pm
FloydFest review - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell close the main stage on Sunday

FloydFest video - Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas play 'The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band'

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 4:12 pm
FloydFest video - Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas play 'The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band'

The Ferrum Folklife Porch at FloydFest is the first thing that most people see when they come past the festival's front entrance. Stellar shows have happened there — Rev. Frank Newsome is one that comes to mind right off, and Gary Clark Jr. with Cheick Hamala Diabate is another.

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Saturday night FloydFest pix - Drive-by Truckers, Trampled by Turtles, Grace Potter

While I was just too tired from a sprained knee and a day on the river to make real sense of late Saturday, the indefatigable Ty Brady, master surveyor, was shooting photos of the main stage action. He got some real beauts.

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 11:07 am
Sunday morning winding down at FloydFest

It was 10:40 a.m. by my laptop when I began this entry.

Saturday 07/25/2015
Posted: July 25, 2015 - 7:04 pm
Live music and fire-building pics from FloydFest Saturday

While I was on the Little River, floating and chilling, Ty Brady was wandering the grounds at FloydFest, taking pix, as he does. Because he rocks. Here are some.

Posted: July 25, 2015 - 5:51 pm
FloydFest fans still like to get away from it all

As music began to pour from speakers at FloydFest on Saturday, people with kayaks and inner tubes splashed into the nearby Little River.

Posted: July 25, 2015 - 1:50 am
Music is building steam on the mountain at FloydFest

It’s Saturday morning on the FloydFest site, and the Friday/Saturday closing sets are happening – Trigger Hippy on the Hill Holler stage, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne at the beer garden and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at the Speakeasy.

Friday 07/24/2015
Posted: July 24, 2015 - 10:34 pm
Video - At FloydFest, a drum circle on the main field

One of the beauty parts of FloydFest is that there is always something worth hearing and seeing somewhere at some time. Walking toward the main stage earlier today to catch the tail end of Shovels and Rope, I caught a drum circle happening. As I walked away from the Lord Huron set more than an hour ago, cats were still banging drums. And I'll bet they'll be at it when I head back for the Brandi Carlile set.

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 6:38 pm
Photos from FloydFest Friday

While I was hanging around the Children's Universe to get a story on how kids get to play at FloydFest, my boy Ty Brady was wandering around, getting pix of bicycle master Jeff Lenosky, Keller Williams and Shovels and Rope.

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 4:17 pm
On being really freaky at FloydFest

It’s not uncommon for each of us to think at times that we stand out in the worst, weirdest ways. I’d bet it has something to do with evolution, a way to make us self-conscious in a self-protective way.

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 12:59 am
A batch of pix from FloydFest Thursday

Yes, time flies, and that means that it's already 1 a.m. Friday at FloydFest. Here are some nice shots from Ty Brady, encompassing several stages and shows from Thursday.

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
FloydFest goers fly high during trapeze sessions

The ladder climb was easy. The walk onto a small platform was no big deal.

Thursday 07/23/2015
Posted: July 23, 2015 - 5:02 pm
FloydFest on Thursday - before the music started

Music at FloydFest on Thursday didn't start till about 4 p.m. There was plenty to do before then, as patrons settled in. Photographer Ty Brady depicted some of it in these photos.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
Posted: July 22, 2015 - 1:11 pm
What to look for, listen to at FloydFest

I am pretty horrible at counting years in relation to things I've done. So I really don't know how many FloydFests I've attended. All I can say is not all of them, but a lot.

Saturday 07/18/2015
Posted: July 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
What's up for the rest of the summer at Elmwood Park Amphitheater

I have a column in today's Extra section about Elmwood Park's growth as a music venue. In that column, I promised a list of details on all the rest of the shows coming up there.

Friday 07/17/2015
Posted: July 17, 2015 - 11:22 am
Jason Isbell to play Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on Nov. 20

Rising Americana music master Jason Isbell is returning to Roanoke, this time to a larger venue.

Posted: July 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
Web bonus with Tinsley Ellis, who headlines Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival on Saturday

Tinsley Ellis, who plays Elmwood Park on Saturday, has put in his decades of blues work. The 57-year-old was inspired as a teenager by B.B. King, who played a teen matinee in Ellis' South Florida home town.

Thursday 07/16/2015
Posted: July 16, 2015 - 12:15 am
Notes and info on Jefferson Center 2015-2016 series acts

Every year about this time, I sit down with Jefferson Center artistic director Dylan Locke to discuss what's coming up at the venue. This time out, I asked him to describe a theme to me. His theme, to sum it up in a word, is trust.

Wednesday 07/15/2015
Posted: July 15, 2015 - 6:13 pm
Friendship Retirement Community to host concert series

It's one thing to visit a retirement home, to share good cheer with the elderly and maybe learn a thing or two. But it's another thing to go to a retirement home to rock out.

Posted: July 15, 2015 - 3:13 pm
Montano's free summer concerts feature Hoppie Vaughan, Jane Powell, Josh Schilling

This slipped past me last month but is of note if you're into quality blues, jazz and soul. Montano's, which is the valley's consistent home for small band jazz shows, is doing a summer concert series. It's free, and the muffuletta's are tasty.

Tuesday 07/14/2015
Posted: July 14, 2015 - 5:10 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Tune in to 101.5 FM in Roanoke or stream the show at

Saturday 07/11/2015
Posted: July 11, 2015 - 12:00 am
Q&A with Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn play Elmwood Park on Tuesday, in a double bill with Punch Brothers. Read more about it at

Friday 07/10/2015
Posted: July 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
Q&A with Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish headlines Sedalia Blues Festival, on Saturday. Read our story with Fish and get more info on the festival and its accompanying blues competition at

Tad Dickens
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  • Music reporter Tad Dickens enjoys pickin' and grinnin' and drummin', and he likes to write about music, too. He'll post plenty about local, regional and national music, but it won't be any fun at all if you don't jump in and have your say. So do it!
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