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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

Floyd Country Store

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

Monday 02/16/2015
Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag play 'The Skeleton Dance' at Martin's Downtown
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 12:17 pm

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."

Thursday 02/12/2015
Video - Brian Mesko & The Danktet, "One Thing Right," at Henry's Public House
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 3:18 pm

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.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Roanoke Valley-based The River Pilots release debut CD
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 2:57 pm

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.

Roanoke comedy troupe sends up Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit with video
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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."

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm

1. Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag - So High - Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag

Monday 02/09/2015
Funky jazz man Brian Mesko previews song from an upcoming album
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 3:01 pm

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.

Snarky Puppy returning to Jefferson Center for June 17 Jazz Institute concert
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 1:41 pm

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).

Thursday 02/05/2015
Carolina Chocolate Drop member Rhiannon Giddens bringing her own show to Harvester
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:24 am

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.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 2:00 pm

1. Allen Thompson - The Purple Rose And The Black Balloon - Salvation In The Ground

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Late show at Jeff Center - Travelin' McCourys with Billy Nershi on March 26
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 2:35 pm

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.

Former Roanoker Allen Thompson signs music publishing deal
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm

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.

Chris Shepard sings about "The Worst Zoo In America"
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:59 am

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.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Twist your dials to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show and other Valley's Music Place content at

February live music in the valleys' nightspots
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 11:00 am

The Harvester

Monday 01/26/2015
The Broadcast plays "Every Step" at Martin's Downtown
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 11:00 am

Asheville, N.C., soul-rock burners The Broadcast returned to Martin's Downtown on Jan. 16 for a couple sets of incendiary performances.

Friday 01/23/2015
Coming to the Harvester - Oak Ridge Boys, Dr. John, Mark O'Connor, Keb' Mo' and even mo'
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 5:44 pm

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.

Throwback Roanoke band The Vikings saying goodbye to one of its own on Saturday
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 4:58 pm

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.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
The Park to host memorial benefit for The Vibe's DJ Big Dose on Friday
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 1:56 pm

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.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Listen live at 9 p.m. by turning your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show via

Weird Al Yankovic coming to Roanoke on June 14
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 1:04 pm

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."

Thursday 01/15/2015
Blue Ridge Music Festival books latest winner of "The Voice"
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 10:36 am

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.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Party in the Market Winter Series rolls on through March
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:39 pm

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.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Dickey Betts show at Harvester Performance Center has been postponed
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 10:42 am

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.

EventZone Cabin Fever Series entertainment lineup
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 10:00 am

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.

Monday 01/12/2015
Jamie Lynn Spears added to Blue Ridge Music Festival lineup
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 2:54 pm

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.

Berglund Center to bring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw on March 28
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 1:15 pm

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.

WROV-FM to celebrate its 26th birthday with rockers Saving Abel
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

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.

Thursday 01/08/2015
Ex-Roanoker Wayne Hancock II's group releases single "Temperature's Still Rising"
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:27 pm

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.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Ex-Botetourt County musician is on a Grammy Award-nominated CD
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 4:46 pm

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.

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 11:30 am

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

Monday 01/05/2015
Roanoke Food Tours bus will make trips to Harvester Performance Center
Posted: January 05, 2015 - 1:44 pm

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.

Tuesday 12/30/2014
FloydFest adds Grace Potter, Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit to 2015 lineup
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm

A couple of FloydFest favorites have been added to the bill for the festival's 14th version.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 11:45 am

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

Wednesday 12/24/2014
Road trip alert: Snowshoe scheduled Keller Williams, Infamous Stringdusters, Rusted Root
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

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.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
January live music in the valleys
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Parkway Brewing Co.

Monday 12/15/2014
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leon Russell to play Harvester on Feb. 7
Posted: December 15, 2014 - 2:30 am

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!

Friday 12/12/2014
Cyril Neville, Devon Allman to lead Royal Southern Brotherhood into the Lyric on March 18
Posted: December 12, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
FloydFest adds Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, Keller & the Keels and more to 2015 lineup
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

For its 14th version, FloydFest continues building an increasingly impressive lineup. The latest additions, announced today, include alt-country queen Emmylou Harris and bluegrass icon Peter Rowan.

Video - Hovering plays "Anywhere" at Billy's Barn
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

The Young Sinclairs are not afraid of a quality opening act. During two nights last weekend at Billy's Barn, the band welcomed Hovering on Friday night and woolens on Saturday.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Video - The Young Sinclairs Play "It's Real and It's the End" at Billy's Barn
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 1:24 pm

For the first time in a couple of years, The Young Sinclairs' classic lineup reunited to play a pair of shows.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 12:30 pm

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

A few fun facts about Henson!, which opens for Southern Culture on the Skids, Friday at Harvester
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 11:32 am

Southern Culture on the Skids returns to the Roanoke area for a Friday night gig at the Harvester Performance Center. We've written plenty about SCOTS, which features two members who grew up in Roanoke. For instance, this story. And this review.

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