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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.

Thursday 03/26/2015
April 2015 live music at nightspots in the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley and beyond
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Sunday night Jazz at Henry's Public House

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

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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.

Friday 03/13/2015
Radford University books EDM acts Big Gigantic, Cherub for April 16
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Radford University's students events organization announced recently that it is bringing an electronic dance music show to campus on April 16.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Video - Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band play 'Stoner Hill' at Jefferson Center
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 9:15 am

There are drummers, and there are musicians. Don't get me wrong, fellow drummers — one can be a guitarist and not a musician, etc. So it's also true that our drumming brethren pounding out beats aren't always down with true musicality.

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 4:56 pm

1. The London Souls - When I'm With You - Here Come The Girls

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Rooster Walk adds Lake Street Dive to lineup
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 10:49 am

Martinsville-area festival Rooster Walk has added to its upcoming seventh version a real buzz act, Lake Street Dive. That hip, jazzy, funky quartet builds on a lineup that already included Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids and Yarn.

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 10:00 am

Tune in your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show beyond our signal's strength via

Monday 03/02/2015
Jefferson Center books Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn for Elmwood Park
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 5:15 am

Jefferson Center is getting into the Elmwood Park business. The venue announced today that it has scheduled a double-bill of Punch Brothers and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn for July 14 at the park's amphitheater.

Friday 02/27/2015
Concert review - Soul show at Jefferson Center brings classic singers plus up-and-coming talent
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 11:28 pm

There is a world of soul music that never made the top of the charts, that you'll rarely if ever hear on oldies radio. It's not so much a question of quality as of luck and timing.

The Earls of Leicester play 'Salty Dog Blues' at Harvester Performance Center (with video)
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Jerry Douglas led an awesome Flatt & Scruggs-picking band at Harvester Performance Center on Thursday night.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Concert review - Harry Connick Jr. brings a Big Easy party to Roanoke
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Texas Tavern food seems to put traveling musicians in a good mood when they hit Roanoke.

Festival in the Park 2015 lineup includes Johnny T., Tommy Castro, Scott Miller, Allen Thompson, 1964 the Tribute
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 3:27 pm

This year's Festival in the Park musical lineup is out, and it features national and regional acts with local ties.

Alan Jackson show in Roanoke changed to April 23
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 1:36 pm

If you were planning to see country music star Alan Jackson in concert at Berglund Center Coliseum, you need to check your calendar.

March 2015 live music listings in the Roanoke and New River valleys
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:30 am


Tuesday 02/24/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 5:16 pm

1. Southern Culture on the Skids with Fred Schneider - Party At My Trouse - Party At My Trouse 7-Inch

Down By Downtown festival to feature Big Head Todd and the Monsters, MarchFourth! Marching Band
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 11:23 am

The sixth annual Down By Downtown festival has announced its musical headliners. Big Head Todd and the Monsters will play a Saturday, April 18, show at Elmwood Park Amphitheater. The night before, MarchFourth! Marching Band will headline at Elmwood in a free April 17 show.

Sunday 02/22/2015
Podcast with Jerry Douglas, who plays Harvester on Thursday with Earls of Leicester
Posted: February 22, 2015 - 12:45 pm

Read more and get show details at

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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Monday 02/16/2015
Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag play 'The Skeleton Dance' at Martin's Downtown
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Singer/songwriter and hot jazz aficionado Tom Maxwell is responsible for the song "Hell," a calypso jaunt through aspects of an afterlife featuring "serious strife."

Thursday 02/12/2015
Video - Brian Mesko & The Danktet, "One Thing Right," at Henry's Public House
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Even before Brian Mesko moved to Roanoke from Lynchburg, he was making an impact on the Big Lick music scene with acts such as the Rootdowns, The Nicholson Brothers and more.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Roanoke Valley-based The River Pilots release debut CD
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Former Savannah Shoulders singer/songwriter Zach Wiley and Blue 5 Restaurant's talent booker Robert Natt have combined for a new, folkish Americana band called The River Pilots.

Roanoke comedy troupe sends up Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit with video
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up with the hit of the season, "Uptown Funk." In Weird Al Yankovic-style, Roanoke troupe Big Lick Conspiracy and its musical mastermind, Bryan "Harvest Blaque" Hancock, answered it with their own spoof, "Awkward In The Club."

Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm

1. Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag - So High - Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag

Monday 02/09/2015
Funky jazz man Brian Mesko previews song from an upcoming album
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 3:01 pm

If you're into the jazz, blues and rock scenes in Roanoke, you've probably come across Brian Mesko by now. Mesko, who teaches at the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, plays for the Root Downs, The Nicholson Brothers, Melissa & the Growlers (featuring his wife, singer Melissa Mesko) and his own Brian Mesko Trio and/or Quartet.

Snarky Puppy returning to Jefferson Center for June 17 Jazz Institute concert
Posted: February 09, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Last time eclectic jazz giant Snarky Puppy came to Roanoke, it made music that earned the band a Grammy Award — one that even Kanye West would appreciate (we think, but who knows; he's so into trolling, it's impossible to discern his true thoughts).

Thursday 02/05/2015
Carolina Chocolate Drop member Rhiannon Giddens bringing her own show to Harvester
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:24 am

String band favorite the Carolina Chocolate Drops is no stranger to Rocky Mount, having played Harvester Performance Center last year. Now the band's Rhiannon Giddens, on the cusp of releasing a buzzed-about solo project, is scheduled to hit the Harvester.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: February 03, 2015 - 2:00 pm

1. Allen Thompson - The Purple Rose And The Black Balloon - Salvation In The Ground

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Late show at Jeff Center - Travelin' McCourys with Billy Nershi on March 26
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize is a well-anticipated bluegrass double-feature set for March 26 at Jefferson Center. But the show is already sold out. The venue has a bonus offer for later that night, though.

Former Roanoker Allen Thompson signs music publishing deal
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Northside High and Radford University grad Allen Thompson’s music career in Nashville, Tennessee, has taken a new turn. Thompson has signed a publishing deal with London, U.K.-based Southern Crossroads Music.

Chris Shepard sings about "The Worst Zoo In America"
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:59 am

Roanoke Valley-based Chris Shepard has been a busy songwriter lately, thanks to plenty of source material, though we suspect none of it makes him particularly happy.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Twist your dials to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show and other Valley's Music Place content at

February live music in the valleys' nightspots
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 11:00 am

The Harvester

Monday 01/26/2015
The Broadcast plays "Every Step" at Martin's Downtown
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 11:00 am

Asheville, N.C., soul-rock burners The Broadcast returned to Martin's Downtown on Jan. 16 for a couple sets of incendiary performances.

Friday 01/23/2015
Coming to the Harvester - Oak Ridge Boys, Dr. John, Mark O'Connor, Keb' Mo' and even mo'
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 5:44 pm

As it has since it started business last year, Harvester Performance Center is aggressively booking live music. The venue has announced several acts that have recently played Roanoke's Jefferson Center.

Throwback Roanoke band The Vikings saying goodbye to one of its own on Saturday
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Lane Craig, a founding member of the old Roanoke folk-rock band The Vikings, died on Jan. 15. On Saturday afternoon, the remaining band members and fans will gather at the act's old haunt, The Coffee Pot, to remember Craig and his wife, Helen Craig.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
The Park to host memorial benefit for The Vibe's DJ Big Dose on Friday
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 1:56 pm

The Park Dance Club has scheduled an event to pay homage to Christopher "DJ Big Dose" Thorne, who was killed Friday in a car crash while on vacation in Panama.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Listen live at 9 p.m. by turning your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show via

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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