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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...

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 11:42 pm
Concert review - Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bring classics to life

When Wynton Marsalis was barely a teenager, his father took him to meet the great jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. After the introduction, Gillespie handed the young Marsalis his horn, which had a s...

Posted: October 08, 2015 - 12:30 am
With Wynton Marsalis's return to Roanoke, some thoughts on artist engagement

People in this town of fewer than 100,000 have the potential for rarely available musical learning experiences. Many of them come courtesy of Jefferson Center, which since taking on the old Downtow...

Wednesday 10/07/2015
Posted: October 07, 2015 - 1:27 pm
Rives Theatre schedule includes Mandolin Orange, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan

In this corner of the world, we're always happy to see the Rives Theatre, in Martinsville, continue on with an high quality live music schedule in that economically disadvantaged city.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 4:38 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 VMP

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

Monday 10/05/2015
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 12:07 am
Concert review - Lambert brings out the hits, and Patty Loveless, too

When Miranda Lambert's publicity apparatus released information about the country star's "Pink Guitars and Roadside Bars" tour, it didn't mention that Lambert would be bringing along a ringer.

Friday 10/02/2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 12:03 pm
Roanoke's Gary Reid celebrates major bluegrass music award - and his birthday

Maybe you have seen Gary Reid lately in costume as bluegrass music pioneer Carter Stanley, in Reid's one-man show about the late performer.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 3:48 pm
Harvester, Bootleggers teaming up for 'dinner theatre' shows in Rocky Mount

David Wilcox and Underhill Rose are the first acts on board for Harvester Performance Center's series, Harvester Dinner Theater & The Cafe. The cafe in question is Bootleggers, the Harveste...

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Posted: September 29, 2015 - 3:01 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 VMP

Twist your knob to 101.5 FM in the Roanoke area or stream at 1015tvmp.

Friday 09/25/2015
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 11:10 pm
Sharon Jones fights cancer with the power of music, dance

Cancer would not appear to have much of a chance against Sharon Jones, even if it keeps coming for her.

Posted: September 25, 2015 - 12:15 am
October 2015 live music in Roanoke and New River Valley area nightspots

Coffee Pot

Wednesday 09/23/2015
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 11:47 pm
Concert review - Pokey LaFarge and his band show power and throwback style

In the Pokey LaFarge song "Central Time," the performer sings of people in the midwest "working hard as ever."

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 11:30 am
Lexington venue looking for original acts for its writers in the round show

The Palms Restaurant, in Lexington, has a cool weekly event for original singer/songwriters. It is hoping you have the stuff to be a part of it.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Posted: September 22, 2015 - 6:13 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 VMP

Tune in to 1015 VMP in Roanoke or stream the hour (and more hours) at

Wednesday 09/16/2015
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 12:28 pm
CMT On Tour sets return to Salem, with Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett headlining

UPDATED 12:46 p.m. Sept. 16: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Tuesday 09/15/2015
Posted: September 15, 2015 - 3:49 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 VMP

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

Friday 09/11/2015
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 2:23 pm
Throwback hip-hop fun - Kid N Play added to Henry Street Festival bill

O-la, o-la, ayy! Big fun is coming to Elmwood Park on Sept. 19. Henry Street Heritage Festival organizers have just added Kid N Play to the bill.

Thursday 09/10/2015
Posted: September 10, 2015 - 12:44 am
Concert review - Dwight Yoakam and band update the wayback machine

Dwight Yoakam lyric from 1986: "I wanna thank you girl for teaching me brand new ways to be cruel."

Wednesday 09/09/2015
Posted: September 09, 2015 - 11:49 pm
Storm damages festival grounds at Lockn', forcing organizers to cancel Thursday sets

A thunderstorm with high winds has made a mess of things at Lockn', where organizers have had to delay opening the venue's campgrounds and have canceled all Thursday performances, according to a ne...

Tuesday 09/08/2015
Posted: September 08, 2015 - 10:34 am
Dwight Yoakam digs into the feelings, history behind a song

The first song on Dwight Yoakam's latest album has a harmonic flourish that immediately says "Beach Boys."

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Posted: September 02, 2015 - 11:59 pm
Concert review - Eternal Summers brings locally grown rock to Jefferson Center

Roanoke has a small but powerful independent rock scene. Typically, it centers on Bazaar Consignments, the Brandon Avenue shop that sells records, clothes, art and random cool items.

Tuesday 09/01/2015
Posted: September 01, 2015 - 1:48 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Tune in to Roanoke's 101.5 FM the Valley's Music Place at 9 p.m. or stream the show at

Friday 08/28/2015
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
Martin's Downtown 10th anniversary party - Jason Martin talks about the bands

It's a decade of live music and food at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. The venue celebrates it on Saturday. 

Thursday 08/27/2015
Posted: August 27, 2015 - 11:28 am
September 2015 live music schedule in Roanoke and New River Valley areas

Here's what's happening in the nightspots

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Posted: August 26, 2015 - 1:02 pm
Dr Pepper Park postpones Hump Day Hops event after shooting deaths of television news crew

A week ago, WDBJ-7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were at Dr Pepper Park, doing a preview of that venue's Wing Fest. Today, venue officials are postponing an event there as they ...

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Posted: August 25, 2015 - 4:35 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

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

Posted: August 25, 2015 - 1:06 pm
Kenny Rogers announces a Dec. 16 Christmas show at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Every gambler knows that the secret to survival is ... wait a minute. Let's remove that earworm for a moment and focus on some concert news.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Posted: August 20, 2015 - 10:05 pm
Concert review - Joan Jett blasts hits and new music at Elmwood

Joan Jett is only four months into her era as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, but she still has something to prove.

Posted: August 20, 2015 - 3:02 pm
New music alert - Justina Shandler, Aside Oceans

There are so many places to stream new music. Recently, a couple of acts with local roots have reached out to me about new stuff on their pages. Both of them are worth checking out.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 5:43 pm
New shuttle service will take people from SML, Roanoke to Harvester Performance Center

A Glade Hill auto body repair business is shuttling audiences to shows at Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center.

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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