Roanoke Times: Music


Video - The Fritz burning at Martin's Downtown

It starts like Thelonius Monk at a church piano, then gets into a soul-and-roll groove that features some killer vocals from keyboardist Jamar Woods. Within about 3:30, a mad-hot break develops between drummer Michael Tillis and percussionist Mike Evans.

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Friday 10/31/2014
Posted: October 31, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tix for the New River Valley Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2014

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 10/30/2014
Posted: October 30, 2014 - 1:22 pm
Video - Parmalee plays Day Drinkin' at Sidewinders

There is bro country, and there is literally bro country. Parmalee is both. It definitely follows the bro country laundry list method of lyrics writing, with trucks, brews, good times and whatnot in the mix for many songs.

Posted: October 30, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: October 30, 2014 - 12:15 am
All Hallow's Grass: Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band, Larry Keel Experience to play Jefferson Center Halloween Party

Posted: October 30, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day-trips

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Posted: October 28, 2014 - 4:25 pm
Winter Jam returns to Roanoke, with Skillet headlining

Winter Jam, a Christianpalooza of sorts, is returning to Roanoke for the first time since 2011.

Posted: October 28, 2014 - 2:10 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place

Tune in at 9 p.m. in the Roanoke area to 101.5 FM, or stream the show at

Posted: October 28, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Parmalee

CORRECTION: Parmalee drummer Scott Thomas returned fire after he was shot in a 2010 attempted robbery, killing one man and wounding another. The band member returning fire was misidentified in a story today about Parmalee’s scheduled Wednesday nig...

Monday 10/27/2014
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 6:07 pm
Remember Kirk Avenue Music Hall? Nora Jane Struthers will revive it for a night

As we have written recently, Kirk Avenue Music Hall is no more. But the building at 22 Kirk Ave. is still available for live music.

Posted: October 27, 2014 - 4:46 pm
Activist singer-songwriter David Rovics plays 16 West Marketplace tonight

Here's some late developing (late to me, anyway) news of a concert for a cause, or causes.

Posted: October 27, 2014 - 10:58 am
Road trip alert - Barter's January Jams schedules Mavis Staples, Greensky Bluegrass, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Jill Andrews, Dom Flemons and more

Tickets are on sale now for the third go-round of Barter Theatre's January Jams series. And the lineup is as diverse and intriguing as usual.

Posted: October 27, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Sam Bush

A newgrass pioneer who has become one of bluegrass music’s most beloved figures is coming to Rocky Mount.

Saturday 10/25/2014
Posted: October 25, 2014 - 1:17 pm
Concert review - Gregory Porter name-checks masters, shows his own jazz mastery

At first glance, Gregory Porter doesn't look like he would be a jazz singer. The hulking Porter, a former college linebacker in a funky winter cap, might be mistaken for a nightspot bouncer instead.

Posted: October 25, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Spirited

CORRECTION: The duo Spirited is scheduled to perform its show, “567: go tell it from the Mount,” on Sunday at  Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, in Vinton. The date was incorrect in a story on Saturday.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 11:59 am
Lockn’ may add two-day country music festival to its lineup

After reviewing the success of the second year of Lockn’ Festival, organizers already are planning for next year and hoping to add a second, two-day music event that would take place in mid-August.

Posted: October 23, 2014 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day-trips

Posted: October 23, 2014 - 12:00 am
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival set for Saturday

“Real Roots” is the theme for the 41st annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Saturday at Ferrum College.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 4:42 pm
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.

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.

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