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Regional bluegrass figure Larry McPeak dies

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

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Friday 09/19/2014
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

Thursday 09/18/2014
Posted: September 18, 2014 - 3:47 pm
Video - The Heritage playing "Beneath My Skin" at Martin's

Late last Friday, after the Justin Townes Earle at show at Harvester, the night was still relatively young, and Roanoke was calling.

Posted: September 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: September 18, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music road trips

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 2:43 pm
Video - Justin Townes Earle and band play "Ain't Glad I'm Leavin'" at Harvester

Justin Townes Earle and his band passed through Rocky Mount last Friday, for a gig at Harvester Performance Center. A couple of hundred folks showed up for the concert.

Monday 09/15/2014
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Blue Ridge Music Festival expands, books Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line

Blue Ridge Music Festival’s first two years at Salem Football Stadium were so successful that the event has added a second day for 2015.

Sunday 09/14/2014
Posted: September 14, 2014 - 12:15 am
cutNscratch: Change is the constant in a live music scene

As Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center heats up, other venues cool down

Friday 09/12/2014
Posted: September 12, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 09/11/2014
Posted: September 11, 2014 - 11:45 pm
Newlywed songwriter Justin Townes Earle likes to wander

Justin Townes Earle plays Harvester Performance Center tonight

Posted: September 11, 2014 - 3:57 pm
Throwback 'Ladies Night Out' tour, with Dru Hill and more coming to Roanoke

Is it just me, or is Roanoke Civic Center booking new shows left and right lately?

Posted: September 11, 2014 - 12:30 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Posted: September 11, 2014 - 12:15 am
Kathy Mattea brings her 'Coal Journey' to Moss Arts

Country music star has turned her musical attention toward Americana

Posted: September 11, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets this weekend

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 11:53 am
John Mellencamp coming to Roanoke for June 2015 date at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Little pink performing arts theatres for you and me?

Monday 09/08/2014
Posted: September 08, 2014 - 12:07 pm
Video - Illbotz plays "Illbotz Rock the Spot and Go Crazy" at Martin's

Goof-rappers, nerdcore enthusiasts and wildmen Illbotz -- Stevie D, Big Perm and DJ Samson -- reunited on Saturday at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. The trio also celebrated 10 years since it formed the act.

Sunday 09/07/2014
Posted: September 07, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Asleep at the Wheel

Western swing music, a style of country jazz pioneered in the early 20th century, remains alive today. That is almost entirely because of the work of Asleep at the Wheel, a Texas group that has taken the genre around the planet.

Friday 09/05/2014
Posted: September 05, 2014 - 1:39 pm
Video - Low Low Chariot plays "Lighthouse" at Sidewinders

JD Sutphin, of Madrone, recently combined with Kelly Scott (guitar), Bryant Cass (drums) and Tom Dorathy (bass) for a side project, the Low Low Chariot.

Posted: September 05, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 09/04/2014
Posted: September 04, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: September 04, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day-trips

Wednesday 09/03/2014
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 11:31 pm
Concert review: Lyle Lovett and Large Band swing in a new Jefferson Center concert season

When a show bill reads "Lyle Lovett and His Large Band," that's what an audience gets. It's not just the lauded singer-songwriter Lovett up front, with hired hands playing gently behind him. Every player on stage gets deeply involved.

Posted: September 03, 2014 - 5:47 pm
Video - Eternal Summers plays "Millions" at Martin's Downtown

Eternal Summers, whose latest CD, "The Drop Beneath," has been a critical and fan success nationwide, headlined a triple-bill of Roanoke-based indie-rock bands on Friday night at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill.

Tuesday 09/02/2014
Posted: September 02, 2014 - 7:57 am
Video - Corey Hunley plays "The County Way" at Revive-All

A bunch of Roanoke music folks got together to present Revive-All, a benefit for the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, honoring Roanoke area musicians who have died. The event, Sunday at Awful Arthur's, Roanoke, raised at least $4,500, a great haul.

Friday 08/29/2014
Posted: August 29, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Live music listings for Blacksburg and beyond

Thursday 08/28/2014
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: August 28, 2014 - 12:15 am
Revive-All aims to help young musicians, honor musicians who have died

Fourth annual event changes name and focus

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 9:26 am
Dierks Bentley coming to Roanoke Nov. 21

Country music star Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” tour will stop at the Roanoke Civic Center for a concert on Nov. 21. Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the civic center box office and will also be available online at hometownbanktix.com and by ...

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Posted: August 26, 2014 - 10:15 pm
Little Big Town comes to Salem Nov. 13

Grammy Award-winning country music foursome Little Big Town will perform at the Salem Civic Center on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The group of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet announced a 13-city tour on Monday that w...

Posted: August 26, 2014 - 12:15 am
Labor Day weekend festivals scheduled throughout region

Stuart, Floyd, Big Island and Max Meadows help usher in the unofficial end of summer

Sunday 08/24/2014
Posted: August 24, 2014 - 9:05 pm
Roanoke Symphony attracts crowd with John Williams music (with video)

It could be heard well beyond Jefferson Street. Wafting through downtown Roanoke on Sunday morning were familiar melodies that could immediately conjure up images of Darth Vader and E.T. to almost anyone who heard them.

Friday 08/22/2014
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 11:01 am
Video - The Mumbles play "Hot Music" at Martin's Downtown

It was a slow Wednesday at Martin's Downtown, but The Mumbles, passing through on tour behind new album "Syncopatience," came to play, as always.

Posted: August 22, 2014 - 12:15 am
NRV Tix: Live music in Blacksburg, Floyd, Radford and beyond

Music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 08/21/2014
Posted: August 21, 2014 - 1:07 pm
Video - Justina Shandler performing "The Things We Buy" at New York City's Rockwood Music Hall

I'm happy to post this follow-up to my column from Saturday about Community High School graduate Justina Shandler and her recent songwriting sucess.

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Posted: August 20, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: New Castle Bluegrass Festival

Established national and regional bluegrass acts are at the top of the bill for a brand new festival in New Castle, and a “battle of the bluegrass bands” is also scheduled.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Posted: August 19, 2014 - 11:37 pm
Podcast with The Mumbles

The Mumbles, touring behind new record, "Syncopatience," play Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill on Wednesday. Get details at www.roanoke.com/arts_and_entertai…24c1fc482188.html

Monday 08/18/2014
Posted: August 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Q&A with Jason Isbell, full transcription

Today, we have a Q&A with Jason Isbell, advancing his Tuesday show at Jefferson Center. There was limited room in the old deadwood version, so here is my transcript of the conversation. He's a very interesting guy, and this is well worth r...

Posted: August 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Jimmy Fortune in Covington

A longtime member of Country Music Hall of Fame band The Statler Brothers is coming to Covington.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Posted: August 17, 2014 - 10:45 pm
Jason Isbell talks singing, sobriety

Singer/songwriter brings his band to Jefferson Center on Tuesday

Posted: August 17, 2014 - 6:41 am
Concert review - Rock 'n' roll survivors Crosby Stills & Nash thrive in Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre

Correction: “Love the One You’re With” was the final song of Crosby Stills & Nash's second set on Saturday at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. The song’s place in the show was incorrect in a review of the concert.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Posted: August 16, 2014 - 12:15 am
Community High grad making moves in songwriting world

Justina Shandler, a year short of graduating at University of Miami, says her high school experiences led her to songwriting

Posted: August 16, 2014 - 12:15 am
Old Fiddlers Convention winners

OLD TIME FIDDLE

Friday 08/15/2014
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 2:36 pm
Video - Aside Oceans plays "Ghosts of Mississippi" at Martin's Downtown

A busy week of live music included Pulaski-based Aside Oceans, recently returned from a road trip that took them to gigs including the Whiskey A Go-Go, in Hollywood.

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

Music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 08/14/2014
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 2:45 pm
Video - Tab Benoit, a funny, funny man, at Harvester Performance Center

At this point, I guess I've seen Tab Benoit four times. Every time he plays, his Telecaster work is absolutely blistering, and his rhythm section is top shelf. That was no different on Wednesday night at Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount.

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Tuesday 08/12/2014
Posted: August 12, 2014 - 1:05 pm
Jefferson Center reschedules Natalie Merchant date; Robert Cray, Lyle Lovett shows sold out

Natalie Merchant, who had postponed her Oct. 25 Jefferson Center show, has rescheduled for April 10, 2015.

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