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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.

Tuesday 08/18/2015
Posted: August 18, 2015 - 5:50 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM

Tune in at 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place in the Roanoke area, or stream the show at

Saturday 08/15/2015
Posted: August 15, 2015 - 12:15 am
2015 Old Time Fiddlers Convention winners


Posted: August 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
Web extra: Bill Maher quotes we couldn't fit in print

Print space is limited. Web space is not, so much. Sometimes, that's fine. Many interview subjects have nothing to say. Comic and HBO talk show host Bill Maher, who plays Berglund Performing Arts T...

Friday 08/14/2015
Posted: August 14, 2015 - 10:43 am
Miranda Lambert bringing all-female lineup to Berglund Center

Country music star Miranda Lambert will bring her “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” tour to the Berglund Center this fall, with three other country artists, Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn and Courtney Co...

Wednesday 08/12/2015
Posted: August 12, 2015 - 10:49 am
New Martinsville event, Brewster Walk, to feature Chris Duarte, Wild Ponies

Martinsville music and arts festival Rooster Walk's organizers are up to something new. They announced this week the inaugural Brewster Walk for uptown. Blues rock blaster Chris Duarte, former Mart...

Posted: August 12, 2015 - 7:00 am
Concert news - Eternal Summers to play Jefferson Center

Roanoke's best known indie-rock export, Eternal Summers, promised something big for its hometown fans. And it has delivered.

Tuesday 08/11/2015
Posted: August 11, 2015 - 11:19 pm
Audio - A conversation with Ry Cooder

First world problems, high class issues, whatever cliche you want to use. I have one. One of my musical heroes, Ry Cooder, is coming to Harvester Performance Center on Aug. 20, to play with Ricky S...

Posted: August 11, 2015 - 6:21 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM Roanoke

Tune in to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream us at

Monday 08/10/2015
Posted: August 10, 2015 - 1:19 pm
Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust set for Nov. 8 at Salem Civic Center

You want hard rock in your civic center auditoriums? Salem is giving you some. The city announced a triple bill set for Nov. 8 at Salem Civic Center.

Friday 08/07/2015
Posted: August 07, 2015 - 4:27 pm
Check out Illbotz [not quite] new track, 'Woop-De-Doo'

Illbotz is back! At least, the nerdcore rap duo has a new single. And it's fun, as Illbotz tracks are, typically. 

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 1:57 pm
Floyd Country Store to welcome Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Hot Rize, Frank Vignola, John Cowan

With their purchase of Floyd Country Store, Dylan Locke and Heather Krantz have kept important things in place. Where they have changed things is where they shine brightly. A variety of musical act...

Posted: August 07, 2015 - 12:24 pm
Dig into some music at the Taubman

Roanoke's Taubman Museum of Art has been doing music since it first opened the doors, and continues bringing in quality local and regional performers. Here's what the joint has on tap through early...

Thursday 08/06/2015
Posted: August 06, 2015 - 2:43 pm
Galax group breaks mandolin record

Flat Pickin’ Fridays takes place at the Daleville Town Center on Aug. 14. The date was incorrect in Thursday’s Extra. The Community Stage at Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out festival on Friday and Saturda...

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Posted: August 05, 2015 - 11:42 am
Look Homeward, The Midatlantic take top spots in FloydFest On the Rise contest

FloydFest 14 is now officially in the books, with the announcement of the annual event's fan-voted On the Rise contest winners. As often happens, a couple of North Carolina acts impressed the patro...

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Posted: August 04, 2015 - 2:49 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 FM, Roanoke

Tune in live to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show at

Monday 08/03/2015
Posted: August 03, 2015 - 10:59 am
A throwback R&B/funk Sunday brings the people together at Elmwood

Once upon a time at The Roanoke Times, during a management regime far, far away, a boss floated an idea to write about how segregated a city Roanoke is. It was a complicated topic, and one that did...

Friday 07/31/2015
Posted: July 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Avett Brothers announce Virginia Tech show

The Avett Brothers will return to Virginia Tech on Sept. 11, the university announced Friday.

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 9:15 am
August 2015 live music schedule in Roanoke and New River Valley area nightspots


Tuesday 07/28/2015
Posted: July 28, 2015 - 2:47 pm
Lake Street Dive to play Jefferson Center

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. 

Sunday 07/26/2015
Posted: July 26, 2015 - 8:10 pm
FloydFest review - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell close the main stage on Sunday

FloydFest video - Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas play 'The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band'

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 4:12 pm
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 ...

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 12:20 pm
Saturday night FloydFest pix - Drive-by Truckers, Trampled by Turtles, Grace Potter

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...

Posted: July 26, 2015 - 11:07 am
Sunday morning winding down at FloydFest

It was 10:40 a.m. by my laptop when I began this entry.

Saturday 07/25/2015
Posted: July 25, 2015 - 7:04 pm
Live music and fire-building pics from FloydFest Saturday

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.

Posted: July 25, 2015 - 5:51 pm
FloydFest fans still like to get away from it all

As music began to pour from speakers at FloydFest on Saturday, people with kayaks and inner tubes splashed into the nearby Little River.

Posted: July 25, 2015 - 1:50 am
Music is building steam on the mountain at FloydFest

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 Nick...

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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