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.
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.
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.
It was 10:40 a.m. by my laptop when I began this entry.
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.
As music began to pour from speakers at FloydFest on Saturday, people with kayaks and inner tubes splashed into the nearby Little River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ladder climb was easy. The walk onto a small platform was no big deal.
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.
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.
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.
Rising Americana music master Jason Isbell is returning to Roanoke, this time to a larger venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tune in to 101.5 FM in Roanoke or stream the show at 1015tvmp.com.
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn play Elmwood Park on Tuesday, in a double bill with Punch Brothers. Read more about it at music.roanoke.com.
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 music.roanoke.com.
Sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph & The Family Band have postponed their Aug. 2 show. It was reset for Aug. 28.
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 CMT.com.
Salem is bringing in a country music hitmaking duo to headline its annual Star-B-Q concert.
Catch the show over the airwaves at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place, or stream it at 1015tvmp.com.
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.
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.
The live music scene at Elmwood Park Amphitheater just got a good bit more loaded.
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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.
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.
Tune in to 101.5 FM in Roanoke or stream the show at 1015tvmp.com.
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 music.roanoke.com.
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."
Nearly 40 years have passed since John Mellencamp started in the music business, and he still knows how to get a crowd stirred up.
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.
Twist your knobs to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke Valley, or stream the show via 1015tvmp.com.
The godfather of pop song parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, knows how to make an entry.
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.
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.
Tune in your radio dial to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show anywhere via 1015tvmp.com.
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.
When we finally caught up with Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, the rising Americana musician was in a bit of a cluster. His tour manager had blown town to be with his mother, who was in the hospital (she's ok), and Rose-Garcia was left with such unusual-to-him tasks as helping park the bus at his band's gig in Detroit.
Claudine Dudley, 85, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Casey Steven Jones, 55, of Elliston, passed away July 24, 2015. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Grace Assembly of God, Catawba, Va. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.
The old gospel man, Donald Scott Byrd, 82, of Salem, went up the Hallelujah Turnpike to the Hallelujah Square and checked in the Hotel Hallelujah. Each room is filled with The Holy Spirit and the angels singing.
Mildred Johnson Maynard, 93, of Wytheville, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. She was born May 13, 1922, in Wythe County, daughter of the late Melvin Reece Johnson and Gaye Crockett Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Jack" Maynard; son, Wallace Wampler; brother, Robert Eddystone Johnson; sister, Floella J. Mercer.