Roanoke Times: Music


Alan Jackson scheduled for return to Roanoke on April 24

Classic country music standard bearer Alan Jackson, celebrating a quarter-century in the music business, has announced a date at Berglund Center Coliseum for April 25, according to Jackson's website.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 4:58 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place

Tune in to 101.5 FM, in the Roanoke area, or stream the show everywhere via

Posted: October 21, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Tommy Castro Band

For many keyboard players, the Hammond organ and Leslie cabinet are the apex of hot gear. Many blues, rock and jazz styles are steeped in the sounds they create.

Monday 10/20/2014
Posted: October 20, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Todd Snider

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Todd Snider has a lot to celebrate these days.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Posted: October 19, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Gregory Porter

The 2014 Grammy winner for best jazz vocal album has plenty of gospel soul sprinkled in, as well.

Saturday 10/18/2014
Posted: October 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Shawn Colvin

It’s been a long time since folk-pop singer Shawn Colvin played in Southwest Virginia.

Friday 10/17/2014
Posted: October 17, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 10/16/2014
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 12:43 pm
Video - Dom Flemons plays "Cindy Gal" at the Harvester

When it comes to the old-time music vibes, Dom Flemons is more than a wonderful performer. He is a real student.

Posted: October 16, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: October 16, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day-trips

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 1:53 pm
Video - Sonny Knight & the Lakers get down at Martin's Oktoberfest

Sonny Knight is a 66-year-old veteran of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, soul and funk scene. And good grief, the man and his band, the Lakers, can bring it.  They don't stop when the songs are over. Instead, in that great show band tradition, they bu...

Posted: October 15, 2014 - 11:46 am
Roots music master, re-imaginer Joe Craven hitting music labs at Jefferson Center, Floyd

There is carving your niche, then there is carving a tree full of niches. Musician Joe Craven is the latter.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Posted: October 14, 2014 - 2:27 pm
Video - Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays "Trouble with the Truth" at Martin's Oktoberfest

The weather didn't much care whether people wanted to see and hear live bands outdoors last weekend. But it stayed mostly dry on Friday and Saturday for Martin's Oktoberfest, an event featuring local, regional and national acts.

Monday 10/13/2014
Posted: October 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm
Old Crow Medicine Show coming to Virginia Tech on Nov. 12

Old Crow Medicine Show, whose most recent CD, "Remedy," has re-established the band's momentum, is coming to Virginia Tech.

Posted: October 13, 2014 - 12:15 am
Frankie Ballard, Will Hoge & Bryson Jennings added to Blue Ridge Music Festival lineup

Next year's Blue Ridge Music Festival was already loaded — Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Dustin Lynch, Charlie Daniels Band, Clare Dunn.

Posted: October 13, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Dom Flemons

When multi-instrumentalist and singer Dom Flemons left Carolina Chocolate Drops, he had a lot of ideas that he still hadn’t used.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Posted: October 11, 2014 - 12:15 am
New CD shares beautiful music from a beautiful marriage

Nostalgia, a young couple in love, and beautiful music.

Posted: October 11, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Chance the Rapper

Virginia Tech is developing a knack for bringing in some of the best young rappers in the business. This time last year, Kendrick Lamar headlined at the university’s Burruss Hall auditorium, touring behind his commercially and critically successfu...

Friday 10/10/2014
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 2:15 pm
9-day, 19-county music festival planned along Crooked Road

Franklin County will host one of the stops on the musical celebration.

Posted: October 10, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 10/09/2014
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Concert review: Robert Cray shows he’s a man of many styles

Gabe Morales opens the show

Posted: October 09, 2014 - 11:29 am
Fleetwood Mac to play in March at Charlottesville arena

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Fleetwood Mac saw its greatest commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s, but with its classic lineup back together, it is having a whale of a time on the road.

Posted: October 09, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: October 09, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Posted: October 08, 2014 - 2:17 pm
Girls Rock Roanoke to host concert, drum seminar Oct. 31 at City Market Building

Girls Rock Roanoke and Hollins University have scheduled a couple of cool music -- and drum-centric -- events for the end of October and first of November.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
Posted: October 07, 2014 - 12:15 am
Banjo player circles back to bluegrass

Noam Pikelny, of Punch Brothers, plays Harvester Performance Center on Friday with fiddler Stuart Duncan

Posted: October 07, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Pajama Jam

In the country music world, Sugarland has been a mighty big deal. But these days, the duo is on hiatus, which brings one-half of Sugarland to Roanoke on Friday.

Monday 10/06/2014
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 3:10 pm
Wanda Jackson's Lyric Theatre show postponed indefinitely due to illness

Wanda Jackson, the "Queen of Rock and Roll" who has enjoyed a recent career resurgence, has taken ill after a trip to Europe and is cancelling all shows for the forseeable future.

Posted: October 06, 2014 - 9:30 am
Video - Cassadee Pope, "Everybody Sings," live at Sidewinders

"The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope hit Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon on Thursday night, for the venue's concert series.

Sunday 10/05/2014
Posted: October 05, 2014 - 5:59 pm
RSO masterfully opens Masterworks season

The Roanoke Symphony, conducted by David Stewart Wiley, on Sunday opened the 2014-15 Masterworks season for an audience of about 1,200 at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre.

Friday 10/03/2014
Posted: October 03, 2014 - 2:19 pm
Music lab hip-hop project seeking teens to produce, perform

The Music Lab at Jefferson Center is seeking kids ages 14 to 18 to participate in a program that explores hip-hop music through production and performance.

Posted: October 03, 2014 - 12:13 pm
Oak Barrel Blues to get a little bluesier on Saturday

On Thursday's Top Tickets page, we wrote of the Oak Barrel Blues Festival that it was a blues fest in name only. Sure, Hoppie Vaughan is on-hand, but he and his Ministers of Soul are more of what their name implies, a soul band, than a straight-up...

Posted: October 03, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 10/02/2014
Posted: October 02, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets


Posted: October 02, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day-trips

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 3:06 pm
Fantasia cancels show in Roanoke; singer Lyfe Jennings booked on that date

The short saga of "American Idol" winner Fantasia's concert in Roanoke is over. There will be no concert.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Posted: September 30, 2014 - 4:32 pm
Video - The Wood Brothers play 'Who the Devil' at Jefferson Center

I was not one to review The Wood Brothers' show at Jefferson Center on Friday, as detailed in this column. So I went as a fan and friend — bought tickets and everything.

Posted: September 30, 2014 - 11:02 am
ZZ Top picks new date for postponed Roanoke stop

March 25 is the new date for ZZ Top's appearance at the newly rechristened Berglund Performing Arts Theatre. The band had to postpone an Oct. 22 concert here, along with the rest of its 2014 road schedule, after bassist Dusty Hill fell on his tour...

Friday 09/26/2014
Posted: September 26, 2014 - 1:13 pm
Video - Cowan, McFee & Friends play "This River" at Rives Theatre, Martinsville

John Cowan, touring behind his new CD, "Sixty," stopped at Martinsville's Rives Theatre with his Doobie Brothers bandmate John McFee and other world-class musicians on Thursday.

Posted: September 26, 2014 - 12:32 pm
Video - Cowan, McFee & Friends, featuring Rory Hoffman, "Avalon"

Two things of note here. I finally got to Martinsville's Rives Theatre, and man, it's awesome. Great little day trip destination for great music, and I highly suggest you check it out.

Posted: September 26, 2014 - 11:46 am
Top Nashville songwriters playing Campbell Avenue antique shop on Saturday

Roanoke antique store-owner Mickey Nelson has a passion for singing and songwriting. He does both of them well on his own, but he also has some good connections to Nashville, Tennessee artists. And occasionally, he brings them to Roanoke to perfor...

Posted: September 26, 2014 - 12:30 am
Out & About: Malika Tirolien

There was a lot happening at Jefferson Center on a Friday night in March 2013. The venue’s Shaftman Hall hosted international jazz-funk act Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner,” a CD/DVD project that included a Grammy Award-winning performance from Lala...

Posted: September 26, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond


Thursday 09/25/2014
Posted: September 25, 2014 - 2:21 pm
ZZ Top's Roanoke date postponed after bassist falls

ZZ Top, which was scheduled to play Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (formerly Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre) on Oct. 22 has postponed that show and all other 2014 tour dates after bassist Dusty Hill fell and injured his hip.

Posted: September 25, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke and beyond

Posted: September 25, 2014 - 12:00 am
Newgrass pioneer John Cowan: 'Sixty' is the new awesome

Singer and bassist John Cowan celebrates a milestone birthday with a top level band and a trip to Martinsville's Rives Theatre tonight

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Posted: September 23, 2014 - 12:15 am
Wood Brother's Oliver has evolved as a performer

The Wood Brothers' Oliver Wood didn't set out to be a frontman/singer

Posted: September 23, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Scythian

The opening show in this season’s Live at the Lyric series fuses several international genres into what it calls “immigrant rock.”

Friday 09/19/2014
Posted: September 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Regional bluegrass figure Larry McPeak dies

Larry McPeak, a bassist and tenor singer, helped form the McPeak Brothers and the VW Boys

Posted: September 19, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

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