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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]

The Bazaar

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.

Sunday 06/07/2015
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 10:00 am
Podcast with Shakey Graves

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.

Friday 06/05/2015
Posted: June 05, 2015 - 11:58 am
Coming to Martinsville's Rives Theatre - Bonerama, Victor Wainwright, Devon Allman

Having just completed a successful Rooster Walk festival in a new location, the braintrust behind that organization is preparing a nice set of summer shows in town, at the Rives Theatre.

Tuesday 06/02/2015
Posted: June 02, 2015 - 11:38 am
Coming to Elmwood Park - Morris Day and the Time, Cameo

It's going to get all hot and funky at Elmwood Park Amphitheater on Aug. 2. Stars of "Purple Rain," Morris Day and the Time, are headlining the venue.

Monday 06/01/2015
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Pokey LaFarge coming to Jefferson Center on Sept. 23

Retro-swinging Americana artist Pokey LaFarge, who recently released a great new album, is coming to Roanoke.

Friday 05/29/2015
Posted: May 29, 2015 - 8:00 am
Blue Ridge Music Center concerts to include Della Mae, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Steel Wheels, The Lee Boys

As summer approaches, a series of concerts off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax, is set to start on Saturday. The Amigos will headline a Saturday night show at the Blue Ridge Music Center, with The Barefoot Movement opening the show.

Wednesday 05/27/2015
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 10:39 am
Kopecky, Bonerama are part of Chateau Morrisette's summer event schedule

It's time for another summer of music, arts and wine culture along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Floyd County's Chateau Morrisette Winery has you covered.

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Posted: May 26, 2015 - 8:00 am
June 2015 live music in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Floyd nightspots [and elsewhere]

Martin's Downtown

Thursday 05/21/2015
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:00 am
Podcast with Magda Giannikou of Banda Magda

Magda Giannikou, a star of the Snarky Puppy "Family Dinner: Vol. 1" CD/DVD set from a couple years back, returns to Jefferson Center on Tuesday with her Banda Magda for a rehearsal hall show.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 1:46 pm
Festival in the Park full music [and other entertainment] schedule

First, a quick note. Festival in the Park director Skip Brown said that the event's official after parties are scheduled for Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, on Friday and Saturday. The latter after party is RIDE Solutions' Night Rider's Ball, featuring Pimps of Joytime, Cabinet and Ripejive. See Friday's Extra section or visit that day to get more information about the event and the funky Pimps' new album, "Jukestone Paradise."

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 5:10 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place

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

Sunday 05/17/2015
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 12:00 am
Rooster Walk 7 map and logistics

Visit or pick up a copy of Sunday's edition of The Roanoke Times to read more.

Friday 05/15/2015
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 2:27 pm
A few words on the death of B.B. King

Riley B. "B.B." King lived a rare life. He rose from abject Mississippi cotton fields sharecropper poverty to international acclaim in a life that lasted 89 years. It ended on Thursday. But with a trove of albums and recorded concerts, it will go on forever.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 5:16 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place

Move your dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke or guide your other devices to

Monday 05/11/2015
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 12:11 pm
Festival in the Park plans free live stream for Roanoke diaspora, revives scholarship program

When Festival in the Park goes live for the 46th time on May 22, the event will go live on its website, too.

Friday 05/08/2015
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 11:26 am
Concerts - Joe Bonamassa, Maddie and Tae in Roanoke; Keith Urban, The Band Perry at Greenbrier

So much going on, so let's break it all down right here.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 3:27 pm
Miranda Lambert, Beach Boys concerts lie on Berglund Center's horizon

One of country music's top acts and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band are scheduled to hit Roanoke in the coming months.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 11:36 am
Upcoming Harvester shows include Aaron Neville, Loudon Wainwright III, Rickie Lee Jones

Legacy acts, a nationally known comic and some returning bands are on the upcoming schedule at Harvester Performance Center.

Posted: May 05, 2015 - 10:00 am
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place

Twist your knob to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show on your electronic computing devices via

Friday 05/01/2015
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 2:57 pm
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rutledge added to July 4 TAP event at Elmwood

TAP Hope Revolution already had country music up-and-comers the Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion lined up for its July 4 hoedown at Elmwood Park. Today, TAP and Big Lick Entertainment announced that it added country legacy act Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a Roanoke-area group, Rutledge, to the bill.

Thursday 04/30/2015
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 1:21 pm
First Fridays 2015 schedule features local and regional acts for causes

First Fridays kicks off its 27th season this week, with local variety band Fuzzy Logic. Also on this summer's bill, On The Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute plays June 5. It's $5 to get in and $5 per cup of beer or wine.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 6:32 pm
Show review and video - Dave Rawlings Machine at Harvester Performance Center

For unsuspecting fans of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, a pop-up tour for their Dave Rawlings Machine project was a happy surprise.

Posted: April 29, 2015 - 11:08 am
Country power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton to play Greenbrier Classic

Maybe the country superstars who play together stay together? Who knows. Didn't work for George Jones and Tammy Wynette. But we digress before even finishing the lede!

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 5:04 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke, The Valley's Music Place

Tune in at 9 p.m. to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show via

Monday 04/27/2015
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 12:00 pm
May 2015 live music in Roanoke- and Blacksburg-area nightspots


Posted: April 27, 2015 - 12:45 am
More Top Tix fit for print but wouldn't fit in print - Michael Ray, Colorway, S I R S Y

Last week's Top Tickets was short on pages, so we had to trim some worthy listings. Wednesday will be a big day for a variety of music styles, including an already sold-out Keb' Mo' show at Harvester Performance Center.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 3:51 pm
Dave Rawlings Machine to pop up at Rocky Mount's Harvester on Monday

So, these are the days when acts surprise fans with shows. Jack White has just started announcing last-minute shows on an acoustic solo tour that will end his road life for a while. Dave Rawlings Machine might have a different agenda, but it's doing things the same way.

Saturday 04/25/2015
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 12:00 am
Kathy Griffin to bring funny business to Roanoke

Comedian Kathy Griffin turned her own obscurity into a vehicle to Hollywood stardom through six seasons of a Bravo reality show subtitled “My Life on the D-List.”

Friday 04/24/2015
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 12:34 am
Country music's Alan Jackson plays 25 years of crowd pleasers

An Alan Jackson concert is like a trip to a favorite family restaurant. You know what you're going to get, and most everyone leaves satisfied.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Top Tix that were fit for print but wouldn't fit in print

Sometimes there just isn't enough newsprint available to get in as many music listings as I would like to have on Top Tickets. Tomorrow's edition is one of them.

Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:55 pm
Girls Rock Roanoke! looking for camp volunteers

A camp for girls who want to rock out is set for July 6 at Community School. But the organization that puts the camp together, Girls Rock! Roanoke, needs some volunteers.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 4:18 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place

Twist your dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke or stream the show at

Sunday 04/19/2015
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:45 pm
Country up-and-comer Jana Kramer returning to Sidewinders on May 6

Way back in February 2013, Jana Kramer was the first act to play Sidewinders Steakhouse and Saloon's midweek acoustic concert series.

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

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.

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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