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Saturday 04/18/2015
Saturday at Down by Downtown Festival
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 9:00 am

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, with Monster Atlantic. Elmwood Park Amphitheater. 5:30 p.m. $22 advance; $25 day of show.,, Also - Riverbank Ramblers. 1 p.m. Free. Groova Scape. 11 a.m. Free. Brian & Melissa Mesko. 9 a.m. Free. Read more about Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Down by Downtown.

Friday 04/17/2015
Friday at the Down by Downtown Festival
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 1:27 pm

MarchFourth! Marching Band at Elmwood Park Amphitheater. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday 04/16/2015
Podcast with J.O. Diggz
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

Rapper/singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist J.O. Diggz celebrates the internet release of his CD, "Live.Love.Lust" on Saturday at Billy's, in Roanoke.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Video - Jeremy Rhodes and Ben Hite play 'Pile of Bones' at Fork in the Market
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Jeremy Rhodes is a drummer and a guitarist and a singer and a harmonica player, but he's not trying to be a one-man band. Instead, keyboardist Ben Hite helps him color up his music, as he did on Sunday at Fork in the Market.

Dr Pepper adds its name to soon-to-open Roanoke amphitheater; Ashley Monroe to perform
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

The outdoor event and entertainment complex under construction off South Jefferson Street has a name — Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Tune in to 101.5 FM in Roanoke on your radio dial or stream the show at

Video - The Funky Knuckles at Martin's Downtown
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Dallas, Texas, band The Funky Knuckles is just an astounding live act that also makes great records. The act hit Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill last Friday, April 10, in a show co-presented by Martin's and Jefferson Center.

Hey rich people, Earth, Wind & Fire is coming to The Greenbrier's new tennis stadium
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Don't get me wrong. I love Earth, Wind & Fire. Great funk, soul and R&B band. "Shining Star." "After The Love Is Gone." "Boogie Wonderland." "Sing A Song." Awesome.

Dickey Betts, citing brother's death, cancels show at Harvester
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:58 pm

For the second time, rock and blues guitarist Dickey Betts is bowing out of a scheduled date at Harvester Performance Center.

Friday 04/10/2015
Rooster Walk adds Donna the Buffalo, People's Blues of Richmond and more to lineup
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm

As Rooster Walk 7 moves closer to its Memorial Day weekend start in a new location, it continues to add acts to the bill.

FloydFest looking for local bands to compete in May at The Phoenix
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 2:30 pm

As new Roanoke music spot The Phoenix prepares to host a second round of FloydFest battles of the bands, organizers have made changes aimed at making next month's version more valleys-centric.

Farm to Table market looking for solo, duo acts for Saturday gigs
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 10:27 am

A local farmers market is doing Saturday music, and organizers are looking for acts to play it.

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Video - Rhiannon Giddens plays 'Spanish Mary' at Harvester Performance Center
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Typically, a Carolina Chocolate Drops show has so many moving parts that it is difficult to focus on just one person. But it was always obvious that singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has a world class voice.

Natalie Merchant concert at Jefferson Center cancelled due to illness
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Natalie Merchant technically sold out two shows in Roanoke. She literally will play none.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 4:01 pm

1. Pokey LaFarge - Underground - Something In the Water

Thursday 04/02/2015
Video - Miles Tackett & The Three Times play 'Out in the Canyon' at Martin's Downtown
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Another quality show at midweek in Roanoke. Another small crowd. I get it. Maybe it's time to just recognize the fact that people can be kind of lame around here.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
April 2015 live music at nightspots in the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley and beyond
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 12:15 am

Sunday night Jazz at Henry's Public House

Tuesday 03/31/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Tune your radio dial to 101.5 FM, Roanoke, or stream the show at

Funky good news - Cory Henry, The Nth Power to hit Jeff Center on June 3
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:00 am

One of the greatest young keyboard players on the scene, Cory Henry, returns to Jefferson Center on June 3, this time as frontman of his act, The Funk Apostles.

Monday 03/30/2015
Bill Maher scheduled for Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 11:44 am

Bill Maher, a comedian and talk show host whose political incorrectness has gotten him fired yet made his career a success, will be in Roanoke for an Aug. 22 date.

Friday 03/27/2015
Video - Kelly Gravely funking it up with Jeff Sipe Trio at Martin's
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Thursday night was another one of those nights in Roanoke. A great band came to town, and very few people bothered to show up and hear it. It's kind of embarrassing sometimes.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Concert review: ZZ Top brings decades of blues-rock to Roanoke
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 11:12 pm

Three songs into a Wednesday night set at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons reminded the audience of the band's history.

#wbw podcast with Jeff Sipe, who returns to Martin's Downtown on Thursday
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 11:40 am

#wbw = wayback Wednesday, because it's not #tbt or #fbf, but I've got a callback. In this case, it's one of my drumming heroes, Jeff Sipe, aka Apt. Q-258.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Tune in at 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream via

Friday 03/20/2015
TAP Hope Revolution books Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion for July 4 Elmwood concert
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Rising country music acts including one with Botetourt County roots are scheduled to play the inaugural TAP Hope Revolution concert on July 4 at Elwood Park's amphitheater.

Video - Ripejive plays "Afrofunk" at Martin's
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Roanoke got a rare and nice visit from instrumental soul, funk and world music outfit Ripejive on Thursday night. The Blacksburg-based band hit Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill for two stanky sets of grooving originals and choice covers.

Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Heart, Particle added to Rooster Walk lineup
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 11:49 am

Rooster Walk's first year in its new location promises what is likely it's most exciting lineup to date.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Video - Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott get theirs at the Lyric
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 4:38 pm

In twin displays of technique combined with groove, Royal Southern Brotherhood members Charlie Wooton (bass) and Yonrico Scott (drums) got into about 10 minutes of dazzling stuff on Wednesday night at Blacksburg's Lyric Theatre.

Video - Royal Southern Brotherhood, "Moonlight Over the Mississippi," Lyric Theatre
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Just in case you aren't aware, the youngest Neville Brother, Cyril, aka "The Uptown Ruler," can sing his backside off.

Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks at Harvester cancelled - Hicks has been diagnosed with cancer
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Some sad news to report in the concert update world. Dan Hicks, longtime leader of wacky jazzy combo Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, has been diagnosed with liver cancer, according to a news release from Harvester Performance Center, where he was scheduled to play on March 29.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Jefferson Center's upcoming shows include Fatoumata Diawara, The Funky Knuckles, Banda Magda
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 4:19 pm

A couple of things have changed, and shows have been added at Jefferson Center over the past few weeks. Seems like a good idea to revisit happenings at the venue.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Lime Kiln summer 2015 lineup includes Chatham County Line, Steep Canyon Rangers
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 4:45 pm

A rejuvenated Lime Kiln Theater, returning for its second season since reopening, has announced its summer 2015 lineup, and it is heavy on bluegrass.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Tune in your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show at

Monday 03/16/2015
Shakey Graves coming to Jefferson Center on June 9
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Shakey Graves, one of the most intriguing roots music artists to come down the pike in quite a while, is headed for Roanoke.

Friday 03/13/2015
Radford University books EDM acts Big Gigantic, Cherub for April 16
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Radford University's students events organization announced recently that it is bringing an electronic dance music show to campus on April 16.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Video - Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band play 'Stoner Hill' at Jefferson Center
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 9:15 am

There are drummers, and there are musicians. Don't get me wrong, fellow drummers — one can be a guitarist and not a musician, etc. So it's also true that our drumming brethren pounding out beats aren't always down with true musicality.

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 4:56 pm

1. The London Souls - When I'm With You - Here Come The Girls

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Rooster Walk adds Lake Street Dive to lineup
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 10:49 am

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.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 10:00 am

Tune in your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show beyond our signal's strength via

Monday 03/02/2015
Jefferson Center books Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn for Elmwood Park
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 5:15 am

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.

Friday 02/27/2015
Concert review - Soul show at Jefferson Center brings classic singers plus up-and-coming talent
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 11:28 pm

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.

The Earls of Leicester play 'Salty Dog Blues' at Harvester Performance Center (with video)
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Jerry Douglas led an awesome Flatt & Scruggs-picking band at Harvester Performance Center on Thursday night.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Concert review - Harry Connick Jr. brings a Big Easy party to Roanoke
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Texas Tavern food seems to put traveling musicians in a good mood when they hit Roanoke.

Festival in the Park 2015 lineup includes Johnny T., Tommy Castro, Scott Miller, Allen Thompson, 1964 the Tribute
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 3:27 pm

This year's Festival in the Park musical lineup is out, and it features national and regional acts with local ties.

Alan Jackson show in Roanoke changed to April 23
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 1:36 pm

If you were planning to see country music star Alan Jackson in concert at Berglund Center Coliseum, you need to check your calendar.

March 2015 live music listings in the Roanoke and New River valleys
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:30 am


Tuesday 02/24/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 5:16 pm

1. Southern Culture on the Skids with Fred Schneider - Party At My Trouse - Party At My Trouse 7-Inch

Down By Downtown festival to feature Big Head Todd and the Monsters, MarchFourth! Marching Band
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 11:23 am

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.

Sunday 02/22/2015
Podcast with Jerry Douglas, who plays Harvester on Thursday with Earls of Leicester
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Read more and get show details at

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Tune in on your FM dial to 101.5 FM, Roanoke. Stream the show through

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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