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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

Thursday 07/09/2015
Posted: July 09, 2015 - 1:21 pm
Concert update - Robert Randolph concert at Harvester postponed to Aug. 28

Sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph & The Family Band have postponed their Aug. 2 show. It was reset for Aug. 28.

Wednesday 07/08/2015
Posted: July 08, 2015 - 12:32 pm
Old Dominion, featuring two Botetourt County natives, debuts music video on CMT

Country music act Old Dominion continues its moves in Nashville, Tennessee, with a video release of the single "Break Up With Him," debuting today at

Posted: July 08, 2015 - 11:44 am
Salem Star-B-Q books Montgomery Gentry for Sept. 2 concert

Salem is bringing in a country music hitmaking duo to headline its annual Star-B-Q concert.

Tuesday 07/07/2015
Posted: July 07, 2015 - 5:48 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Catch the show over the airwaves at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place, or stream it at

Posted: July 07, 2015 - 12:00 am
Robert Earl Keen talks about working with Natalie Maines, Peter Rowan

Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen's latest album, "Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions," features some sterling special guests. Among them are once-and-future Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and bluegrass master Peter Rowan.

Monday 07/06/2015
Posted: July 06, 2015 - 11:11 am
Rest in peace, Thomas Wilson, Roanoke drummer and friend to many

UPDATE July 8, 2015: Musical friends and fans of Wilson will gather at the Coffee Pot, where Wilson laid down many a groove, at 1 p.m. Sunday for a memorial jam. P.A. and basic backline will be onstage, but you should bring an instrument if you want to jam.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
Posted: July 01, 2015 - 10:00 am
Dwight Yoakam, Old Crow Medicine Show set Elmwood Park dates

The live music scene at Elmwood Park Amphitheater just got a good bit more loaded.

Tuesday 06/30/2015
Posted: June 30, 2015 - 4:19 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM

Tune in to 101.5 The Valley's Music Place or stream the show at If you can't tune in and wonder why, read this, as the signal may soon reach you.

Friday 06/26/2015
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 9:00 am
Salem Fair music schedule


Thursday 06/25/2015
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Podcast with Joan Osborne, who plays the Harvester on Saturday

Twenty years after her smash hit, "One Of Us," singer and songwriter Joan Osborne is still a vital musical force. Her 2014 album, "Love and Hate," is proof.

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 12:14 pm
Podcast with Jamie McLean, who plays Martin's Downtown on Friday

Jamie McLean returns to Martin's Downtown on Friday night with his band, including a recent change at the drum throne. With Brian Griffin now a member of Brandi Carlile's touring band, McLean has enlisted his brother, Carter McLean, for his latest tour.

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 10:18 am
July 2015 live music in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Floyd nightspots [and elsewhere]

Gillie's Vegetarian Cuisine

Wednesday 06/24/2015
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 3:35 pm
Video - Naughty Professor plays 'Norman' at Martin's Downtown

New Orleans jazz-funksters Naughty Professor brought a ton of talent, energy and chops to a two-set show at Martin's Downtown on Tuesday night.

Tuesday 06/23/2015
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 3:21 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at Roanoke's 101.5 FM

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

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 12:00 am
Q&A with Naughty Professor drummer Sam Shahin

A super-bad jazz-funk act from New Orleans, Naughty Professor, hits Martin's Downtown tonight. If you like expressive, inventive, sometimes explosive and often improvisational music, I suggest that it is worth your $7 cover charge to check this out. The band has a new album, "Out On A Limb." Get show details at

Friday 06/19/2015
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 3:12 pm
Outlaw country pioneer Billy Joe Shaver talks about Waylon Jennings

Billy Joe Shaver, who performs on Sunday at Harvester Performance Center, is one of outlaw country music's pioneers. Here, he tells the story of how he was able to get Waylon Jennings to record the groundbreaking album "Honky Tonk Heroes."

Thursday 06/18/2015
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 12:13 am
Mellencamp fires up his crowd at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Nearly 40 years have passed since John Mellencamp started in the music business, and he still knows how to get a crowd stirred up.

Posted: June 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
Grahame Lesh, a son of the Dead, brings his own music to Roanoke tonight

For Grahame Lesh, touring with the Grateful Dead seems like "kind of a blur now." But not for the reason most people experience. Lesh, a son of the Dead's bassist, Phil, was just a little kid.

Tuesday 06/16/2015
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 12:02 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place

Twist your knobs to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke Valley, or stream the show via

Sunday 06/14/2015
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 11:08 pm
Concert review - 'Weird Al' and band bring prime parody to Roanoke

The godfather of pop song parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, knows how to make an entry.

Friday 06/12/2015
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 11:00 am
Video - Phantom Pop plays 'March Funk' at Martin's Downtown

Brooklyn, New York jazz-funk quintet Phantom Pop is mighty hot. The band, featuring a two-piece horn section and accomplished improvisers on bass, keys and drums, stopped at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill on Wednesday night for a free show.

Tuesday 06/09/2015
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 10:56 pm
Concert review - Shakey Graves plays well by his own rules

Before Shakey Graves' Tuesday night gig at Jefferson Center, he spent some time talking with some people he called "the bad-ass kids" of the venue's Music Lab.

Posted: June 09, 2015 - 1:08 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News 9 p.m. tonight at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place

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

Monday 06/08/2015
Posted: June 08, 2015 - 12:05 pm
Here's a quarter, call someone about the Travis Tritt gig in Salem

Travis Tritt, the country music star who was part of the Blue Ridge Music Festival bill a couple of years ago, is returning to Salem for a Nov. 5 concert at Salem Civic Center.

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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