The Jayhawks, whose rock success in the 1990 and early 2000s included the great album "Hollywood Town Hall" and the creepy single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," are set for a dat...
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In mid-January, word emerged of The Spot on Kirk, a multi-purpose but music-heavy venue opening in the spot that once housed Kirk Avenue Music Hall.
Ready to get your ears drummed? A rapping pair of brothers from Tupelo, Mississippi, is the main attraction for Radford University's spring concert.
Here's what's up in venues across the valleys and (slightly) beyond ...
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Rocky Mount venue Harvester Performance Center announced today that it has teamed up with MerleFest, the iconic North Carolina "traditional plus" festival that Doc Watson began to honor h...
... because sometimes I don't catch all of the happenings, and that makes me sad.
Here are the first postponements of the impending snowpocalypse. They come from our Rocky Mount friends at Harvester Performance Center.
A month after losing the employee who booked its concerts, Jefferson Center has announced a new hire for that position.
Yet another hot act is on the bill for FloydFest 2016. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, who have torn up alternative radio with the uptempo soul shouter "S.O.B.," are the la...
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Henry County's Memorial Day weekend fun time, Rooster Walk, has filled out its lineup, announcing acts that represent some of the very best in funk and acoustic music.
Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center keeps making moves. The latest addition is Drive-By Truckers, the quintessential modern Southern rock band, which will debut its show at the Harvester on ...
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The FloydFest bill keeps looking hotter. As the year winds down, the event has announced that Warren Haynes will be part of the 2016 lineup.
1. Jamie McLean Band - Hurricane - Time of My Life
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For the first time, I went to a Tedeschi Trucks Band concert without a review assigned. I was there to gather a bit of color for a column we're running tomorrow on Jefferson Center artistic directo...
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman tops the list of the latest acts added to the lineup for FloydFest 2016.
Public sales have begun at The Lyric Theatre, in Blacksburg, for its Spring 2016 Live at the Lyric shows. And three fine shows are in the offing.
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Some of you know drummer Wes Crawford, based in Maryland these days but a former Virginia Tech guy who managed and performed with singer Jane Powell.
I'm trying a different way of doing these today. Stick with it and let me know what you think.
It's been a bit too long since Southern Culture on the Skids - two of whose members are Roanoke natives - have played the old home town. That will end on Dec. 31, as SCOTS rings in the New Year at ...
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It's an early Christmas gift from FloydFest, which this morning announced a dozen and a half acts to next year's lineup.
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.
Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount, announced this morning some pretty big additions to its continually interesting live music schedule.
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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.
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...
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...
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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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Concert update - John Cowan Band, originally scheduled to play Floyd Country Store on Dec. 12, will now play the venue on Dec. 19.
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...
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Willie Nelson scared a bunch of us last week.
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...
1. The Black Lillies - Hard to Please - Hard To Please
They apparently are not trying to break our hearts. Alt-rock groundbreaker Wilco has announced a stop in Roanoke.
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...
Pearl Hughes Myers Drewry, of Roanoke, born May 15, 1920, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 after a brief illness. From an early childhood surrounded by loving parents and 10 siblings, through the end of her life, Pearl remained grateful to be surrounded by a large family.She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman Aubrey Drewry; her stepsons, Lyman Aubrey Drewry Jr., John Thomas Drewry, and Victor Randolph Drewry, as well as a grandson, James Aubrey (Jim) Drewry. Pearl is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Tom Steele, Linda Lundy, and Deborah and Kenny Cox; and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Drewry, Judy Drewry, and Anita Drewry. Pearl took comfort and joy in her many grandchildren, Thomas Drewry, Timothy Drewry, Jonathan Drewry, Andy Drewry, Dale Drewry, Trayce Coe, Alison Cowling, Greg Steele, Laura McKeage, Jessica Craig, and Whitney Lundy, as well as her 14 great grandchildren.Pearl graduated from Radford College (now Radford University), and worked as a teacher and extension agent with VA Cooperative Extension Service in Tazewell and Botetourt Counties. In addition to being a hardworking professional, Pearl was a talented homemaker, gracious hostess, volunteer at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and an active member of the Ruritan and Garden Clubs and Fincastle United Methodist Church. For much of her life, Pearl maintained her competitive streak for games, and loved spending time in her garden and walking the woods that surrounded her Fincastle home.Pearl's family expresses deep gratitude to the caregivers that brought her comfort in her final years, Vera Cobbs, Annette Nibblett, Darlene Dickerson, Breyarn Mattox, Amy Girty, and Tia Hunt, and to the stellar physicians that guided her to the age of 95 years- Dr. John Gaylord and Dr. Soheir Boshra.A funeral service honoring Pearl's life will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Fincastle United Methodist Church, 137 South Church Street, Fincastle with the Rev. Terry Mabrey officiating. A private burial will be at Godwin Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.Pearl's family suggests memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Fincastle United Methodist Church.On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Ethel Maxine Howell, 72, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, at her home in Radford. She was retired from Radford University Housekeeping Dept.She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Howell; parents, Leo and Audrea DeWitt; sister, Barbara McCready; and brothers, Robert, Ronald and Thomas DeWitt.Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Randy Hopkins of Hiwassee; sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Sandy Howell of Radford, Randy and Pat Howell of Radford, Carl and Tina Howell of Christiansburg, and Leo Howell of Radford; grandchildren, Kim and Jason Dunbar, Randall and Mandy Hopkins, Krista and Caedan Howell, Susan and Mike, and Bradie and Nicole Howell; brothers, Charles, George and Richard DeWitt, all of Maryland; sisters, Betty Sexton of Woodlawn, Mary DeWitt, Debbie Wissig, and Shirley Burkett, all of Maryland, Martha Harris of Indiana, and Nancy Best of Louisiana; and many other relatives and friends.The family would like to thank Intrepid Hospice nurses and Dr. Charles Judy for their care of Ethel.The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg.The Howell family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com
John Douglas Slusher, 78, of Shawsville died, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at VA Medical Center. He was born in Radford, on July 11, 1937, to the late Tempie and Algie Slusher.He was also preceded in death by his two wives, Emma Pauline Slusher and Vurden "Sissy" Slusher; daughter, Teresa Slusher; and grandson, Justin Ratcliffe; sisters, Edith Gearheart, Sibyl Stratton, Mozelle Chambers, Marie Viers; brother, Theron Slusher. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy D. Slusher (Fairlawn), Debbie and Perry Lowery (Christiansburg), Connie and Roger Jones (Christiansburg); sister, Barbara Neil Long (Fairlawn); 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 8, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Buckner officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr. S.W. Blacksburg, Va.
Betty Howerton Welch, of Salem, Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. "Miss Betty" was born in Roanoke on June 7, 1929, to the late Eugene E. and Rosamond Isabel Howerton.She spent her formative years during the depression and World War II growing up in Cloverdale, Va., and graduating from Troutville High School in 1947. She raised three children to adulthood in Roanoke before moving to the milder climate of South Carolina for health reasons. She loved that state's small town life and spent many years as a resident of Hartsville."Miss Betty" loved keeping a nice home and flower gardens as well as spending time with her rescue pet dogs "Lobo" and "Browndog." She was a people person and never met a stranger. Even in her last years as a resident of Richfield in Salem she spent time visiting other residents. She was proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and in particular of her time working at the Shriners Hospital for Children when she lived in Greenville, S.C.She was predeceased by her parents; loving older brother, Eugene E. Howerton Jr.; long-time companion, Henry "Buddy" Moreland; and former husband and friend, Thurman S. Turner.Surviving are her three children, Linda Blevins (Larry) and Thomas Turner (Karen) of Roanoke, and Wayne Turner (Janet) of Parkland, Fla.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.Special thanks to staffs of Richfield Care and Recovery and Gentle Shepard Hospice for their care.A Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Fair View Cemetery with Chaplain Gary Kingery officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.oakeys.com.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, Shriners Hospital for Children or to the Roanoke Valley SPCA.