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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 1:03 pm
The Jayhawks, Del McCoury Band, The Black Lillies and more coming to Harvester

The Jayhawks, whose rock success in the 1990 and early 2000s included the great album "Hollywood Town Hall" and the creepy single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," are set for a dat...

Tuesday 02/02/2016
Posted: February 02, 2016 - 6:32 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

Tune your dials to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream this piece of entertainment at

Friday 01/29/2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 8:30 am
John Fullbright, Tony Furtado scheduled for shows at new venue, The Spot on Kirk

In mid-January, word emerged of The Spot on Kirk, a multi-purpose but music-heavy venue opening in the spot that once housed Kirk Avenue Music Hall.

Thursday 01/28/2016
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 5:04 pm
Hip-hop act Rae Sremmurd scheduled to play Radford U. on April 8

Ready to get your ears drummed? A rapping pair of brothers from Tupelo, Mississippi, is the main attraction for Radford University's spring concert.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 10:00 am
February 2016 live music in the Roanoke and New River Valley region

Here's what's up in venues across the valleys and (slightly) beyond ...

Tuesday 01/26/2016
Posted: January 26, 2016 - 6:46 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM Roanoke

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

Posted: January 26, 2016 - 3:37 pm
MerleFest on the Road, Earls of Leicester coming to Harvester in March

Rocky Mount venue Harvester Performance Center announced today that it has teamed up with MerleFest, the iconic North Carolina "traditional plus" festival that Doc Watson began to honor h...

Posted: January 26, 2016 - 2:58 pm
Shows coming very soon - Love Canon, Husky Burnette with Red Necromancer

... because sometimes I don't catch all of the happenings, and that makes me sad.

Wednesday 01/20/2016
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 3:36 pm
Harvester postpones three weekend shows due to weather concerns

Here are the first postponements of the impending snowpocalypse. They come from our Rocky Mount friends at Harvester Performance Center. 

Thursday 01/14/2016
Posted: January 14, 2016 - 4:41 pm
Jefferson Center announces a new hire, plus Bela Fleck & The Flecktones show

A month after losing the employee who booked its concerts, Jefferson Center has announced a new hire for that position.

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Posted: January 12, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Son of a ... Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are coming to FloydFest

Yet another hot act is on the bill for FloydFest 2016. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, who have torn up alternative radio with the uptempo soul shouter "S.O.B.," are the la...

Posted: January 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Tune in to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream the show via

Thursday 01/07/2016
Posted: January 07, 2016 - 10:59 am
Rooster Walk 8 to get funky, grassy with Lettuce, Sam Bush

Henry County's Memorial Day weekend fun time, Rooster Walk, has filled out its lineup, announcing acts that represent some of the very best in funk and acoustic music.

Tuesday 01/05/2016
Posted: January 05, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Harvester schedule Drive By Truckers and more for upcoming concerts

Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center keeps making moves. The latest addition is Drive-By Truckers, the quintessential modern Southern rock band, which will debut its show at the Harvester on ...

Posted: January 05, 2016 - 6:37 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

Listen on your transistor sets by turning the knob to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream the show internationally at

Tuesday 12/29/2015
Posted: December 29, 2015 - 9:41 am
FloydFest announces Warren Haynes, Selasee & The Fafa Family for 2016

The FloydFest bill keeps looking hotter. As the year winds down, the event has announced that Warren Haynes will be part of the 2016 lineup.

Posted: December 29, 2015 - 9:00 am
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

1. Jamie McLean Band - Hurricane - Time of My Life

Thursday 12/24/2015
Posted: December 24, 2015 - 8:30 am
January 2016 live music in the Roanoke and New River Valley region

London Underground

Tuesday 12/22/2015
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Local music releases for your holiday gifting consideration include Monte Gill, County Records box

Looking for last minute gifts for the holiday? Look no further.

Posted: December 22, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM WVMP

Tune in on your transistor set at 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or get it through your 0s and 1s via

Friday 12/11/2015
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 1:14 pm
Notes and thoughts from the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at Jefferson Center

For the first time, I went to a Tedeschi Trucks Band concert without a review assigned. I was there to gather a bit of color for a column we're running tomorrow on Jefferson Center artistic directo...

Thursday 12/10/2015
Posted: December 10, 2015 - 9:30 am
FloydFest adds Gregg Allman, Bloodkin and more to 2016 lineup

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman tops the list of the latest acts added to the lineup for FloydFest 2016.

Tuesday 12/08/2015
Posted: December 08, 2015 - 6:05 pm
Live at the Lyric Spring 2016 - Wanda Jackson, J.J. Grey, Robert Randolph

Public sales have begun at The Lyric Theatre, in Blacksburg, for its Spring 2016 Live at the Lyric shows. And three fine shows are in the offing.

Posted: December 08, 2015 - 5:58 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 WVMP-FM, Roanoke

Tune in to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area or stream worldwide via 

Friday 12/04/2015
Posted: December 04, 2015 - 12:52 pm
Catch some unconventional drumming downtown tonight at Dickens of a Christmas

Some of you know drummer Wes Crawford, based in Maryland these days but a former Virginia Tech guy who managed and performed with singer Jane Powell.

Wednesday 12/02/2015
Posted: December 02, 2015 - 2:13 pm
Podcast with Matt Walsh of The Low Counts

I'm trying a different way of doing these today. Stick with it and let me know what you think.

Tuesday 12/01/2015
Posted: December 01, 2015 - 1:27 pm
Southern Culture on the Skids to play New Year's Eve at Roanoke's Market Square

It's been a bit too long since Southern Culture on the Skids - two of whose members are Roanoke natives - have played the old home town. That will end on Dec. 31, as SCOTS rings in the New Year at ...

Posted: December 01, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM WVMP, Roanoke

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

Monday 11/30/2015
Posted: November 30, 2015 - 10:04 am
FloydFest adds Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams with More Than a Little, Femi Kuti to 2016 bill

It's an early Christmas gift from FloydFest, which this morning announced a dozen and a half acts to next year's lineup.

Monday 11/23/2015
Posted: November 23, 2015 - 1:26 pm
Rooster Walk announces early lineup, puts tickets on sale

Tad's taking a little time off, but this press release came in today and I thought we'd get the word out there for folks who want to jump on these tickets early.

Thursday 11/19/2015
Posted: November 19, 2015 - 12:32 pm
Todd Rundgren, Gregg Allman, Richard Thompson among acts scheduled to play Harvester next year

Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount, announced this morning some pretty big additions to its continually interesting live music schedule.

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Posted: November 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
December 2015 live music in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas

Bazaar Consignments

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Posted: November 17, 2015 - 5:24 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 WVMP-FM

Tune in tonight at 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area, or stream the show from anywhere at

Friday 11/13/2015
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 11:28 pm
Concert review - Valerie June, Anna & Elizabeth bring some escape from a troubling day

The mind wanted to wander on Friday night. So much utterly senseless violence in Paris, so many lives needlessly lost, so many feelings in the head and in the heart. It felt a little overwhelming.

Thursday 11/12/2015
Posted: November 12, 2015 - 7:31 am
Elton John returning to Roanoke for March 18 concert

Correction: The Doobie Brothers' 1974 concert at the Roanoke Civic Center (now Berglund Center) broke the venue's attendance record with 10,900 people. An earlier version of this article was incorr...

Tuesday 11/10/2015
Posted: November 10, 2015 - 1:27 pm
Grace Potter returning to Roanoke for a Jan. 20 concert

For years, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been playing shows in Southwest Virginia. This year, Potter went solo, with the album "Midnight" and a tour that included another stop at F...

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 WVMP-FM

Turn on your AM-FM console and tune it to 101.5 in the Roanoke area, or go all new-fangled on your internets at

Monday 11/09/2015
Posted: November 09, 2015 - 10:30 am
Jason Aldean tickets on sale Friday for Feb. 18 show at Berglund Center

Update 11/9/15: Berglund Center today announced that Jason Aldean will bring his "We Were Here" tour, with special guests Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses, to Roanoke on Feb. 18.

Monday 11/02/2015
Posted: November 02, 2015 - 11:34 am
Brantley Gilbert heading to Salem Civic Center on April 16, 2016

Bro country standard bearer Brantley Gilbert, who headlined Salem's Blue Ridge Music Festival in 2014, is returning to town, this time for a gig at Salem Civic Center.

Monday 10/26/2015
Posted: October 26, 2015 - 10:00 am
November 2015 live music in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas

Martin's Downtown

Saturday 10/24/2015
Posted: October 24, 2015 - 2:33 pm
MusicCast - Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, live at Jefferson Center Jazz Club

I'm just going to leave this here without much comment. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio's brilliance will speak for itself, if you'll listen.

Posted: October 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
CornerShot: Mandolin record denied

Nearly 500 people gathered in August at Galax’s Old Fiddlers Convention to break a record for mass mandolin picking. But in the end, officials at Guinness World Records declined to acknowledge the ...

Thursday 10/22/2015
Posted: October 22, 2015 - 2:48 pm
Floyd Country Store moves John Cowan date to Dec. 19

Concert update - John Cowan Band, originally scheduled to play Floyd Country Store on Dec. 12, will now play the venue on Dec. 19.

Tuesday 10/20/2015
Posted: October 20, 2015 - 5:27 pm
Podcast with soul-jazz giant Dr. Lonnie Smith, who plays Jefferson Center on Friday

Want some musical wisdom? Check out this podcast with Dr. Lonnie Smith, a master of the Hammond B3 organ. Smith leads his trio, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Terrion Gulley, to Jefferson...

Posted: October 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

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

Monday 10/19/2015
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 11:26 pm
Concert review - Willie Nelson looks and sounds just fine in Roanoke makeup date

Willie Nelson scared a bunch of us last week.

Thursday 10/15/2015
Posted: October 15, 2015 - 11:50 pm
Concert review - David Grisman and Sierra Hull show bluegrass music's past and future

Everyone is bound, in part, to the time and place where they grew up. Master mandolin man David Grisman grew up in New Jersey, with folklorist Ralph Rinzler for a neighbor. Rinzler sought out the l...

Tuesday 10/13/2015
Posted: October 13, 2015 - 5:36 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

1. The Black Lillies - Hard to Please - Hard To Please

Posted: October 13, 2015 - 11:59 am
Wilco announces tour, including a gig at Roanoke's Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

They apparently are not trying to break our hearts. Alt-rock groundbreaker Wilco has announced a stop in Roanoke.

Monday 10/12/2015
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 12:48 pm
From two years back, our podcast with Robbin Thompson, who died over the weekend

Robbin Thompson, who died on Saturday after a decades-long battle with a rare gastrointestinal cancer, was a big part of the Roanoke Valley's music scene in years past, even though he was a Richmon...

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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