It's a decade of live music and food at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. The venue celebrates it on Saturday.
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.
Tune in tonight at 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream the show via 1015tvmp.com.
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.
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.
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 bandcamp.com pages. Both of them are worth checking out.
A Glade Hill auto body repair business is shuttling audiences to shows at Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center.
Tune in at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place in the Roanoke area, or stream the show at 1015tvmp.com.
OLD TIME FIDDLE
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.
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.
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.
Roanoke's best known indie-rock export, Eternal Summers, promised something big for its hometown fans. And it has delivered.
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.
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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.
Illbotz is back! At least, the nerdcore rap duo has a new single. And it's fun, as Illbotz tracks are, typically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Avett Brothers will return to Virginia Tech on Sept. 11, the university announced Friday.
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.
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.
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.
It was 10:40 a.m. by my laptop when I began this entry.
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.
As music began to pour from speakers at FloydFest on Saturday, people with kayaks and inner tubes splashed into the nearby Little River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ladder climb was easy. The walk onto a small platform was no big deal.
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.
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.
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.
Rising Americana music master Jason Isbell is returning to Roanoke, this time to a larger venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn play Elmwood Park on Tuesday, in a double bill with Punch Brothers. Read more about it at music.roanoke.com.
James Walter (Jimmy) Hopkins, 85, of Stuart, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 . Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Moody Funeral Home, Stuart .
Charles Delton Reynolds, born December 12, 1938 to the late Walter L. and Mary N. Reynolds departed this life on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 while residing in Detroit, Michigan.
JoAnn Frances Isom Burnette, 79, of Galax, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Vaughan-Guynn Chapel.
Kindness. Compassion. Understanding. Burley Carson Semones, 70, of Roanoke, left behind a healthy dose of each on every person he encountered before going to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was surrounded by his family.Carson was a living example of God's love for others. Throughout his life he was a father figure and mentor to many and an inspiration to all those who knew him. Never one to give up, he survived cancer for 15 years, despite a two year prognosis. During this precious time he met all of his six grandchildren. Of all his many accomplishments, being a loving father and grandpa were two of his finest.Born in a three-room house in Hillsville, in 1945, Carson grew up rich in nothing but the love of his family and his faith. He accepted Christ as a teenager and in later years went on to be a pillar of the churches where he worshiped, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and serving as a Deacon, among other roles. He cherished attending church, worshiping God and participating in fellowship at a weekly men's prayer breakfast. He was most recently a member at Bonsack Baptist Church.From the start of his education in a one-room school house, he went on to graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Roanoke Technical Institute in 1965, and quickly launched his career in engineering at Kollmorgen Industrial Drives in Radford. It was there that he would spend the next 35 years honing his skills in design, development and management, becoming a senior executive of the company, and later, an independent consultant. After retirement he launched MTM Consulting where he continued to share his knowledge of motors, engineering and business management with clients around the world.Carson was an avid car enthusiast and NASCAR fan. On any given Sunday afternoon, he could be found cheering on his favorite drivers. He also enjoyed collecting pocketknives, a hobby cultivated by his grandfather who spent countless hours "whittling" pieces of wood with Carson when he was a young boy. Carson even owned a retail store in the New River Valley specializing in pocketknives and cutlery.Carson recalled, at age 10, overhearing his grandfather as he watched him as a young boy working in the field on the family farm. He said of Carson, "That boy knows how to work." Whether he was in the office, helping his family or ministering to those in need, those words continued to ring true. And for those who work so hard, as he did, there also must be a time of rest. "Well done, good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21) Rest well.His legacy lives on through his beloved wife, Linda Semones; his daughter, Michelle Semones Lehman and her husband David Lehman; and his stepson, Kevin Seagle and his wife Jessica Yeager. Most importantly, his adoring grandchildren, Caroline, Elsie and Vivienne Lehman and Emma, Jack and Lily Seagle, will continue to follow his example of kindness, love towards others and service to God.Carson cherished his favorite uncle Curtis Glenn Coulson and his wife Patsy, his sister Sue Semones Banks and her husband Leonard Banks, his sister Burline Semones Mitchell and her husband Larry Mitchell, and his brother John Semones and his wife Debbie Semones, as well as all their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Burley and Ruth Semones of Hillsville. He will be dearly, dearly missed. A celebration of Carson's life will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015. Visitation will take place at 1 p.m. at Bonsack Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who would like may donate to the Bonsack Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in Carson's memory.