Martinsville-area festival Rooster Walk has added to its upcoming seventh version a real buzz act, Lake Street Dive. That hip, jazzy, funky quartet builds on a lineup that already included Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids and Yarn.
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Jefferson Center is getting into the Elmwood Park business. The venue announced today that it has scheduled a double-bill of Punch Brothers and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn for July 14 at the park's amphitheater.
There is a world of soul music that never made the top of the charts, that you'll rarely if ever hear on oldies radio. It's not so much a question of quality as of luck and timing.
Jerry Douglas led an awesome Flatt & Scruggs-picking band at Harvester Performance Center on Thursday night.
Texas Tavern food seems to put traveling musicians in a good mood when they hit Roanoke.
This year's Festival in the Park musical lineup is out, and it features national and regional acts with local ties.
1. Southern Culture on the Skids with Fred Schneider - Party At My Trouse - Party At My Trouse 7-Inch
The sixth annual Down By Downtown festival has announced its musical headliners. Big Head Todd and the Monsters will play a Saturday, April 18, show at Elmwood Park Amphitheater. The night before, MarchFourth! Marching Band will headline at Elmwood in a free April 17 show.
Read more and get show details at http://bit.ly/1A19PMt.
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Singer/songwriter and hot jazz aficionado Tom Maxwell is responsible for the song "Hell," a calypso jaunt through aspects of an afterlife featuring "serious strife."
Even before Brian Mesko moved to Roanoke from Lynchburg, he was making an impact on the Big Lick music scene with acts such as the Rootdowns, The Nicholson Brothers and more.
Former Savannah Shoulders singer/songwriter Zach Wiley and Blue 5 Restaurant's talent booker Robert Natt have combined for a new, folkish Americana band called The River Pilots.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up with the hit of the season, "Uptown Funk." In Weird Al Yankovic-style, Roanoke troupe Big Lick Conspiracy and its musical mastermind, Bryan "Harvest Blaque" Hancock, answered it with their own spoof, "Awkward In The Club."
1. Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag - So High - Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag
If you're into the jazz, blues and rock scenes in Roanoke, you've probably come across Brian Mesko by now. Mesko, who teaches at the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, plays for the Root Downs, The Nicholson Brothers, Melissa & the Growlers (featuring his wife, singer Melissa Mesko) and his own Brian Mesko Trio and/or Quartet.
Last time eclectic jazz giant Snarky Puppy came to Roanoke, it made music that earned the band a Grammy Award — one that even Kanye West would appreciate (we think, but who knows; he's so into trolling, it's impossible to discern his true thoughts).
String band favorite the Carolina Chocolate Drops is no stranger to Rocky Mount, having played Harvester Performance Center last year. Now the band's Rhiannon Giddens, on the cusp of releasing a buzzed-about solo project, is scheduled to hit the Harvester.
1. Allen Thompson - The Purple Rose And The Black Balloon - Salvation In The Ground
Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize is a well-anticipated bluegrass double-feature set for March 26 at Jefferson Center. But the show is already sold out. The venue has a bonus offer for later that night, though.
Northside High and Radford University grad Allen Thompson’s music career in Nashville, Tennessee, has taken a new turn. Thompson has signed a publishing deal with London, U.K.-based Southern Crossroads Music.
Roanoke Valley-based Chris Shepard has been a busy songwriter lately, thanks to plenty of source material, though we suspect none of it makes him particularly happy.
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As it has since it started business last year, Harvester Performance Center is aggressively booking live music. The venue has announced several acts that have recently played Roanoke's Jefferson Center.
Lane Craig, a founding member of the old Roanoke folk-rock band The Vikings, died on Jan. 15. On Saturday afternoon, the remaining band members and fans will gather at the act's old haunt, The Coffee Pot, to remember Craig and his wife, Helen Craig.
The Park Dance Club has scheduled an event to pay homage to Christopher "DJ Big Dose" Thorne, who was killed Friday in a car crash while on vacation in Panama.
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He ate "My Bologna." He "Lost on Jeopardy." He was "Fat." He had a "Polka Face" and was guilty of "Word Crimes." And always, he "Smells Like Nirvana."
Craig Wayne Boyd, who just nabbed the win on Season 7 of NBC's reality TV singing competition "The Voice," has been booked to perform at the 2015 Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Stadium.
Here is the remaining schedule for Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s Party in the Market. All shows start at 5:30 p.m. at the City Market Building's Charter Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door, free to 3-younger.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern, scheduled to play Harvester Performance Center on Thursday, have postponed the show due to an illness in Betts' family, according to the venue.
Winter time is hard on us, as you've noticed, and with it comes EventZone's annual Cabin Fever Series. The series' five concerts, scheduled for late January through late March, will happen at Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon.
It's been quite a while since the Roanoke Valley has hosted a singing Spears. Onetime pop queen and notorious head shaver Britney appeared at Roanoke Civic Center about 15 years ago, when she was still a girl but not yet a woman.
Lately, country music fans got wind of Joe Diffie as a part of Jason Aldean's hit song, "1994." Now Diffie and a couple of other country hitmakers from the 1990s will be visiting Berglund Performing Arts Theatre for a March 28 concert.
It was only 26 years ago or so that WROV was just a baby, struggling in swaddling clothes to deliver rock to the fine folks of the Roanoke Valley.
It's been a few years since Wayne "Range Da Messenga" Hancock II left Roanoke, where he led a soulhop collective called Duality, best known for putting on extremely entertaining and freewheeling open mic poetry nights. Hancock headed for Philadelphia, looking to expand his musical horizons. He's been up to a lot since then, and the latest is something else.
It's nothing but good vibes whenever Debrissa McKinney in involved. The onetime Botetourt County resident, a singer and saxophonist, has performed and recorded with outstanding acts including Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, George Clinton and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
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From the *It's About Time Someone Did This* category: The owners of the Roanoke Food Tours business are using their shuttle bus to take listeners to Rocky Mount for selected concerts at Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount.
A couple of FloydFest favorites have been added to the bill for the festival's 14th version.
Closing 2014 with a mish-mash of stuff I liked over the past little while. Turn your knob to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show at 1015tvmp.com.
Snowshoe isn't about skiing only. The West Virginia winter haven has got an ambitious music schedule, too. It kicks off with band-on-the-rise Big Something and finishes with a homegrown music festival.
So, this is the last thing I'm doing on the Friday before my vacation. The announcement isn't official until Monday. But because of the internet, I can set this to go live on Monday morning. Virtual magick!
Here is an apt name for a jamming blues-rock outfit full of top players — The Royal Southern Brotherhood. The band, which features Cyril Neville (of The Neville Brothers) and Devon Allman (a son of Gregg Allman) hits Blacksburg's Lyric Theatre on March 18.
Stella B. Kirtley, 91, of Roanoke, Va., died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Services will be private. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.
Rhonda Anne (Nana) Rigney, 49, of Rocky Mount, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at John M. Oakey and Son, in Salem, 540-389-5441.
Roger Lee Hart was born in Bland, Va. on March 6, 1949. He went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2015, after battling cancer since August.
Rudolph Jackson (Jack) Sheppard, 73, of Dublin, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel, Blacksburg, Va., 540-552-3211.