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I am long due some family time in Tennessee, so that's where I will be this weekend, including today. That means I'm missing Hunter Hayes, who brings his tour to Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum tonight, with Danielle Bradbery and the red-hot Dan + Shay opening the show.

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Friday 04/18/2014
Posted: April 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Q&A with 'Voice' contestant (and Blacksburg grad) Josh Kaufman

In December 1990, a sophomore from Florida transferred to Blacksburg High School and was quickly recognized for his singing voice.

Thursday 04/17/2014
Posted: April 17, 2014 - 1:58 pm
Podcast with Gillian Welch

Last time that Gillian Welch played Jefferson Center, in 2011, she told the audience that a reviewer had recently written of her guitar work as "competent." Then she played a little of Mother Maybelle Carter's "Wildwood Flower"...

Posted: April 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week's best live music (April 17-23)

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Posted: April 16, 2014 - 7:45 pm
Kevin Costner swings by Texas Tavern before Roanoke show

At first glance, they didn’t recognize him. But after he sat down at one of the stools at Texas Tavern, longtime cook Randy Dodd said to the manager, Timmy Goff, “If that isn’t Kevin Costner, then that is his twin.”

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 4:49 pm
Podcast with Clare Dunn

Clare Dunn, an all-state jock from Okie stock, went from southeast Colorado to Texas to Nashville, Tenn. in search of music dreams.

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 4:16 pm
Podcast with After Jack

Franklin County-based After Jack is not quite a bluegrass band, and not quite an old-time band. With roots in the theater, it brings a bunch of different elements into play, not the least of which are close, three-part harmonies.

Tuesday 04/15/2014
Posted: April 15, 2014 - 12:10 am
Kevin Costner says Modern West is in no way a vanity project (with podcast)

In a career of ups and downs — mostly ups — actor, director and producer Kevin Costner can remember only one time he ever backed down from a career decision. It involved music.

Monday 04/14/2014
Posted: April 14, 2014 - 3:20 pm
Crosby, Stills & Nash coming to Roanoke Aug. 16

Classic rock legacy band Crosby, Stills & Nash is coming to Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre this summer.

Posted: April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am
Hunter Hayes heads to Roanoke Civic Center on April 18

It was inevitable that Hunter Hayes would be a headlining act.

Sunday 04/13/2014
Posted: April 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Improvisational jazz greats

Jazz music fans in the valley have two options this week from acts that are traveling light but delivering heavy doses of improvisation.

Saturday 04/12/2014
Posted: April 12, 2014 - 12:06 am
Luciana Souza’s presence is subtle, laid-back, magical

In recent years, audiences have come to expect histrionics of their singers. The more notes, the more flamboyant, the better.

Friday 04/11/2014
Posted: April 11, 2014 - 4:09 pm
Video - The Funk Cousins (no relation), "Dark Skin"

Roanoke's The Funk Cousins (no relation) are back together after a short split, and on April 4 performed their original song, "Dark Skin," at 16 West Marketplace. Good tune, with the usual classy and reserved vocal performance from Rhian...

Posted: April 11, 2014 - 1:28 pm
Podcast with Charlie Hunter

It's almost as fun talking with Charlie Hunter as it is hearing him play music. The seven-string guitar man -- two strings for bass and five strings for guitar -- can hold down the bottom end while playing chords, working melodies, even playing in...

Thursday 04/10/2014
Posted: April 10, 2014 - 12:15 am
Levi Lowrey kicks the tires of newly renovated Harvester in Rocky Mount

For decades, the building at 450 Frankin St., in Rocky Mount, served a lot of purposes. It was a hardware store and an International Harvester dealership, among other incarnations.

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 12:00 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week's best live music (April 10-16)

More Top Tickets: Live music listings for the New River Valley.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
Posted: April 08, 2014 - 3:49 pm
Nickel Creek returns to Roanoke on July 15

It must be the Roanoke Weiner Stand hot dogs and Texas Tavern Cheesy Westerns. Nickel Creek, whose Chris Thile has professed his love for those Big Lick delights, is returning to town on its first tour since 2007.

Posted: April 08, 2014 - 11:42 am
Podcast with Luciana Souza

Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Luciana Souza brings her quintet -- featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke and harmonica player Grégoire Maret -- to Jefferson Center on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Posted: April 08, 2014 - 12:15 am
Country, jazz and gospel: SWVA music lovers will be saying TGIF

Friday night is all about variety in Southwest Virginia — country music from Justin Moore at Salem Civic Center, jazz and pop from Luciana Souza at Jefferson Center, and funky “sacred steel” gospel music from The Lee Boys at Martinsville’s Rives T...

Monday 04/07/2014
Posted: April 07, 2014 - 9:45 am
More local food, beer potentially on tap for Lockn' 2014

Lockn’ Festival organizers hope to showcase more local food and beverage products at this year’s event and are providing a mechanism to help that happen.

Friday 04/04/2014
Posted: April 04, 2014 - 3:32 pm
On national acts, local openers and Elmwood

Roanoke announced on Thursday that it is bringing Sheryl Crow to the renovated Elmwood Park for a July 31 show. Today, a petition began circulating to book a local act to open the show. The act in question is a really good one -- The Young Sinclai...

Thursday 04/03/2014
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Sheryl Crow to play Elmwood Park in July

Sheryl Crow, who has moved into the country music world after years of pop music hits, is coming to Roanoke.

Posted: April 03, 2014 - 12:15 am
International pickers coming to Radford University's guitar festival

This year, as usual, Radford University’s annual International Guitar Festival will live up to its name.

Posted: April 03, 2014 - 12:00 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week’s best live music (April 3-9)

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Wednesday 04/02/2014
Posted: April 02, 2014 - 2:01 pm
Yonder Mountain's Jeff Austin to hit The Lyric

Mandolinist Jeff Austin of jamgrass favorite Yonder Mountain String Band is bringing his own band to Blacksburg's Lyric Theatre on June 5.

Posted: April 02, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Hit The Road - Keith Urban, Vampire Weekend, Moe.

NEW!

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Posted: April 01, 2014 - 12:10 am
Out & About: Jazz concert benefits Virginia Western's free tuition program

Local high school students will share their musical talents this Saturday to benefit the Community College Access Program. The CCAP Jazz Honor Band includes high school musicians from across the Roanoke Valley, and for this inaugural performance t...

Monday 03/31/2014
Posted: March 31, 2014 - 11:40 pm
Concert review: Zakir Hussain dominates as maestro of drums

BLACKSBURG — Tabla master Zakir Hussain has repeated a big lesson from his youth: Indian drumming is just “one little dot” on the world’s musical painting.

Posted: March 31, 2014 - 1:34 pm
Gillian Welch returns to Jefferson Center April 23

It's been nearly three years since Gillian Welch and partner Dave Rawlings trod the Shaftman Hall boards at Jefferson Center. Last time, they came to play songs from Welch's 2011 disc, "The Harrow & The Harvest." The year before,...

Saturday 03/29/2014
Posted: March 29, 2014 - 12:15 am
Eternal Summers becomes seasoned

Apparently, Roanoke-based indie rock band Eternal Summers can deal with change.

Friday 03/28/2014
Posted: March 28, 2014 - 6:00 am
Restaurant review: Mediterranean food mixes with hookah vibe at She-Sha

Picture a college house party: furniture cobbled together from dorm castoffs and hand-me-downs, everything slightly sticky, a smoky haze to the air, ambient music and some funky art on the walls. That’s pretty much the vibe of She-Sha Cafe and Hoo...

Thursday 03/27/2014
Posted: March 27, 2014 - 12:45 am
Concert review: Jason Isbell brings formidable talent to Blacksburg

BLACKSBURG – Rock 'n’ roll music is often considered a wild game, best practiced while under the influence of something or other.

Posted: March 27, 2014 - 12:00 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week’s best live music (March 27-April 2)

More Top Tix -- in the New River Valley.

Tuesday 03/25/2014
Posted: March 25, 2014 - 12:15 am
Drumroll please: Legendary drummers coming to Virginia Tech (with podcast)

Two of the planet’s greatest drummers bonded over hot sauce. That’s right, pepper-laden, palate-blasting hot sauce transformed tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and jazz/funk/rock beast Steve Smith from one-off recording mates to fellow travelers.

Monday 03/24/2014
Posted: March 24, 2014 - 12:07 pm
Saturday recap - Omaha Diner and more

If you dig music, Saturday was a great day in the valleys. Rock the Blocks and the Crooked Road Festival were happening in Blacksburg, while Roanoke hosted a bunch of strong individual shows, including Omaha Diner at Jefferson Center's rehearsal h...

Posted: March 24, 2014 - 12:10 am
Out & About: Gloriana to play at Radford

Vocal harmonies will fill Radford University’s Dedmon Center on Thursday, when country music act Gloriana takes the stage.

Sunday 03/23/2014
Posted: March 23, 2014 - 12:10 am
Out & About: Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal was carrying an AK-47 on Sudanese killing fields before he was 10. After his rescue from the life of a child soldier, he began creating music and working to save other children from a war child’s fate.

Saturday 03/22/2014
Posted: March 22, 2014 - 12:30 am
Cut N Scratch: Medical bills shouldn’t cripple artists, families

So far, 2014 has been a cruel year for the Roanoke Valley music community.

Thursday 03/20/2014
Posted: March 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week’s best live music (March 20-26)

TONIGHT (THURSDAY)

Wednesday 03/19/2014
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 3:53 pm
More video from the Bernie Hairston tribute

By the way, organizers said early this morning that fans and friends of Hairston had donated at least $1,546 to help out his family. And the people who paid a suggested $20 donation got some really fun music in return. Here, I am posting Jordan Ha...

Posted: March 19, 2014 - 2:21 pm
Notes on Bernard Hairston Jr. benefit show

Tuesday night in Roanoke typically does not get more soulful than it did last night at Blue 5 Restaurant, where Cameron McLaughlin had quickly put a bunch of great players to jam in memory of the late, great Roanoke Valley bassist, Bernard Hairsto...

Tuesday 03/18/2014
Posted: March 18, 2014 - 12:15 am
Rock the Blocks keeps on rolling in Blacksburg

Thousands of young people pass through Blacksburg, mostly in four-year increments, getting a healthy side of music and arts with their Virginia Tech education before moving on.

Monday 03/17/2014
Posted: March 17, 2014 - 11:47 pm
Concert review: Roanoke Symphony captures community

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Stewart Wiley, continued to celebrate in grand style with a concert Monday night before a crowd of 1,600 people at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. Before the concert began, members from the V...

Posted: March 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm
Travis Tritt to play Blue Ridge Music Festival

Salem's latest edition of the Blue Ridge Music Festival has been heavy on the neo-country -- Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford et al. Today, the event announced that it has added a more traditional but still rocking act to the lineup -- Travis Tritt.

Posted: March 17, 2014 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Crooked Road rambles to Blacksburg

The Crooked Road is taking a detour to Blacksburg this week.

Friday 03/14/2014
Posted: March 14, 2014 - 12:30 am
Cut N Scratch: Roanoke-area hip-hop artists see backlash of Jones' drug conviction

When a federal jury convicted Oshay “G Code” Jones in January of distributing crack cocaine, the news created a virtual backlash that reverberated in the Roanoke Valley’s hip-hop community.

Thursday 03/13/2014
Posted: March 13, 2014 - 11:06 pm
Jarosz fills Jefferson Center show with neatly harnessed intensity

Touch, taste, reserve, a desire to play and sing for a song and not for the ego — those are musical qualities that many performers lack for years, often unaware they even need them.

Posted: March 13, 2014 - 12:45 am
Top Tickets: Some of the week's best live music

TONIGHT

Tuesday 03/11/2014
Posted: March 11, 2014 - 2:30 pm
Couch by Couchwest is on a roll

As South by Southwest presents its version of a week-long musical theme park in Austin, Texas, some folks are happy not to travel there. Instead, they are posting videos to the Couch by Couchwest website, which pitches itself as a place where &quo...

Posted: March 11, 2014 - 12:15 am
Singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz has seen whirlwind success

The stat sheet for singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz is impressive. It includes two Grammy nominations over the course of three studio albums, with assists from Chris Thile, Darrell Scott, Aoife O’Donovan and more, much of it ac...

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