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Tuesday 05/05/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 2:22 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Friday 04/17/2015
Friday at the Down by Downtown Festival
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 1:27 pm

MarchFourth! Marching Band at Elmwood Park Amphitheater. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday 04/16/2015
Podcast with J.O. Diggz
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

Rapper/singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist J.O. Diggz celebrates the internet release of his CD, "Live.Love.Lust" on Saturday at Billy's, in Roanoke.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Video - Jeremy Rhodes and Ben Hite play 'Pile of Bones' at Fork in the Market
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Jeremy Rhodes is a drummer and a guitarist and a singer and a harmonica player, but he's not trying to be a one-man band. Instead, keyboardist Ben Hite helps him color up his music, as he did on Sunday at Fork in the Market.

Dr Pepper adds its name to soon-to-open Roanoke amphitheater; Ashley Monroe to perform
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

The outdoor event and entertainment complex under construction off South Jefferson Street has a name — Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 5:16 pm

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

Video - The Funky Knuckles at Martin's Downtown
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Dallas, Texas, band The Funky Knuckles is just an astounding live act that also makes great records. The act hit Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill last Friday, April 10, in a show co-presented by Martin's and Jefferson Center.

Hey rich people, Earth, Wind & Fire is coming to The Greenbrier's new tennis stadium
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Don't get me wrong. I love Earth, Wind & Fire. Great funk, soul and R&B band. "Shining Star." "After The Love Is Gone." "Boogie Wonderland." "Sing A Song." Awesome.

Dickey Betts, citing brother's death, cancels show at Harvester
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:58 pm

For the second time, rock and blues guitarist Dickey Betts is bowing out of a scheduled date at Harvester Performance Center.

Friday 04/10/2015
Rooster Walk adds Donna the Buffalo, People's Blues of Richmond and more to lineup
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm

As Rooster Walk 7 moves closer to its Memorial Day weekend start in a new location, it continues to add acts to the bill.

FloydFest looking for local bands to compete in May at The Phoenix
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 2:30 pm

As new Roanoke music spot The Phoenix prepares to host a second round of FloydFest battles of the bands, organizers have made changes aimed at making next month's version more valleys-centric.

Farm to Table market looking for solo, duo acts for Saturday gigs
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 10:27 am

A local farmers market is doing Saturday music, and organizers are looking for acts to play it.

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Video - Rhiannon Giddens plays 'Spanish Mary' at Harvester Performance Center
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Typically, a Carolina Chocolate Drops show has so many moving parts that it is difficult to focus on just one person. But it was always obvious that singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has a world class voice.

Natalie Merchant concert at Jefferson Center cancelled due to illness
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Natalie Merchant technically sold out two shows in Roanoke. She literally will play none.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 4:01 pm

1. Pokey LaFarge - Underground - Something In the Water

Thursday 04/02/2015
Video - Miles Tackett & The Three Times play 'Out in the Canyon' at Martin's Downtown
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Another quality show at midweek in Roanoke. Another small crowd. I get it. Maybe it's time to just recognize the fact that people can be kind of lame around here.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
April 2015 live music at nightspots in the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley and beyond
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 12:15 am

Sunday night Jazz at Henry's Public House

Tuesday 03/31/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 4:38 pm

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

Funky good news - Cory Henry, The Nth Power to hit Jeff Center on June 3
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:00 am

One of the greatest young keyboard players on the scene, Cory Henry, returns to Jefferson Center on June 3, this time as frontman of his act, The Funk Apostles.

Monday 03/30/2015
Bill Maher scheduled for Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 11:44 am

Bill Maher, a comedian and talk show host whose political incorrectness has gotten him fired yet made his career a success, will be in Roanoke for an Aug. 22 date.

Friday 03/27/2015
Video - Kelly Gravely funking it up with Jeff Sipe Trio at Martin's
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Thursday night was another one of those nights in Roanoke. A great band came to town, and very few people bothered to show up and hear it. It's kind of embarrassing sometimes.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Concert review: ZZ Top brings decades of blues-rock to Roanoke
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 11:12 pm

Three songs into a Wednesday night set at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons reminded the audience of the band's history.

#wbw podcast with Jeff Sipe, who returns to Martin's Downtown on Thursday
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 11:40 am

#wbw = wayback Wednesday, because it's not #tbt or #fbf, but I've got a callback. In this case, it's one of my drumming heroes, Jeff Sipe, aka Apt. Q-258.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Tune in at 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream via

Friday 03/20/2015
TAP Hope Revolution books Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion for July 4 Elmwood concert
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Rising country music acts including one with Botetourt County roots are scheduled to play the inaugural TAP Hope Revolution concert on July 4 at Elwood Park's amphitheater.

Video - Ripejive plays "Afrofunk" at Martin's
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Roanoke got a rare and nice visit from instrumental soul, funk and world music outfit Ripejive on Thursday night. The Blacksburg-based band hit Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill for two stanky sets of grooving originals and choice covers.

Yonder Mountain String Band, Mountain Heart, Particle added to Rooster Walk lineup
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 11:49 am

Rooster Walk's first year in its new location promises what is likely it's most exciting lineup to date.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Video - Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott get theirs at the Lyric
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 4:38 pm

In twin displays of technique combined with groove, Royal Southern Brotherhood members Charlie Wooton (bass) and Yonrico Scott (drums) got into about 10 minutes of dazzling stuff on Wednesday night at Blacksburg's Lyric Theatre.

Video - Royal Southern Brotherhood, "Moonlight Over the Mississippi," Lyric Theatre
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Just in case you aren't aware, the youngest Neville Brother, Cyril, aka "The Uptown Ruler," can sing his backside off.

Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks at Harvester cancelled - Hicks has been diagnosed with cancer
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Some sad news to report in the concert update world. Dan Hicks, longtime leader of wacky jazzy combo Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, has been diagnosed with liver cancer, according to a news release from Harvester Performance Center, where he was scheduled to play on March 29.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Jefferson Center's upcoming shows include Fatoumata Diawara, The Funky Knuckles, Banda Magda
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 4:19 pm

A couple of things have changed, and shows have been added at Jefferson Center over the past few weeks. Seems like a good idea to revisit happenings at the venue.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Lime Kiln summer 2015 lineup includes Chatham County Line, Steep Canyon Rangers
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 4:45 pm

A rejuvenated Lime Kiln Theater, returning for its second season since reopening, has announced its summer 2015 lineup, and it is heavy on bluegrass.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 4:22 pm

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

Monday 03/16/2015
Shakey Graves coming to Jefferson Center on June 9
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Shakey Graves, one of the most intriguing roots music artists to come down the pike in quite a while, is headed for Roanoke.

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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