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Top Tix: Music happenings around the New River Valley

Live music performances in Blacksburg, Floyd and elsewhere.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 1:35 pm
Former Roanoker Allen Thompson signs music publishing deal

Northside High and Radford University grad Allen Thompson’s music career in Nashville, Tennessee, has taken a new turn. Thompson has signed a publishing deal with London, U.K.-based Southern Crossroads Music.

Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:59 am
Chris Shepard sings about "The Worst Zoo In America"

Roanoke Valley-based Chris Shepard has been a busy songwriter lately, thanks to plenty of source material, though we suspect none of it makes him particularly happy.

Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Marshall Crenshaw

He was John Lennon once, and he was Buddy Holly another time. But along the way, his hit “Someday, Someway” established him in his own persona, Marshall Crenshaw.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 2:45 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place

Twist your dials to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show and other Valley's Music Place content at

Posted: January 27, 2015 - 11:00 am
February live music in the valleys' nightspots

The Harvester

Posted: January 27, 2015 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Barnstar!

The musical life has put Lynchburg native Zack Hickman in a lot of interesting places.

Monday 01/26/2015
Posted: January 26, 2015 - 11:00 am
The Broadcast plays "Every Step" at Martin's Downtown

Asheville, N.C., soul-rock burners The Broadcast returned to Martin's Downtown on Jan. 16 for a couple sets of incendiary performances.

Posted: January 26, 2015 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Jefferson Center Performance Band

Some of the Roanoke area’s most talented young performers will take the stage on Tuesday, when Blue 5 Restaurant hosts the first stop of Jefferson Center’s Performance Band Tour.

Saturday 01/24/2015
Posted: January 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
Cornershot: Roanoke County historian's Stanley Brothers expertise evident in new book

The weight of Gary Reid’s knowledge of the lives, times and music of the Stanley Brothers is evidenced by the heft of his new book.

Friday 01/23/2015
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 5:44 pm
Coming to the Harvester - Oak Ridge Boys, Dr. John, Mark O'Connor, Keb' Mo' and even mo'

As it has since it started business last year, Harvester Performance Center is aggressively booking live music. The venue has announced several acts that have recently played Roanoke's Jefferson Center.

Posted: January 23, 2015 - 4:58 pm
Throwback Roanoke band The Vikings saying goodbye to one of its own on Saturday

Lane Craig, a founding member of the old Roanoke folk-rock band The Vikings, died on Jan. 15. On Saturday afternoon, the remaining band members and fans will gather at the act's old haunt, The Coffee Pot, to remember Craig and his wife, Helen Craig.

Posted: January 23, 2015 - 11:30 am
NRV Tix: Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 01/22/2015
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 8:00 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: January 22, 2015 - 7:30 am
Free things to do around Roanoke this weekend (Jan. 22-25)

The Kids Winter Carnival, a guided Peaks of Otter trail hike and a bunch of art openings are among the weekend's freebies.

Posted: January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 1:56 pm
The Park to host memorial benefit for The Vibe's DJ Big Dose on Friday

The Park Dance Club has scheduled an event to pay homage to Christopher "DJ Big Dose" Thorne, who was killed Friday in a car crash while on vacation in Panama.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place

Listen live at 9 p.m. by turning your radio dial to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show via

Posted: January 20, 2015 - 1:04 pm
Weird Al Yankovic coming to Roanoke on June 14

He ate "My Bologna." He "Lost on Jeopardy." He was "Fat." He had a "Polka Face" and was guilty of "Word Crimes." And always, he "Smells Like Nirvana."

Monday 01/19/2015
Posted: January 19, 2015 - 12:00 am
Sound engineer brought quality to music and shared his knowledge

Howard Beasley, a former studio owner, mixed sound and provided P.A. for many area acts

Sunday 01/18/2015
Posted: January 18, 2015 - 10:45 pm
Concert review: Maceo Parker and band host a funky good - and long - time

Concert review

Saturday 01/17/2015
Posted: January 17, 2015 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Woody Pines

If swinging throwback music is your bag, Martin’s is your place on Thursday.

Friday 01/16/2015
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 01/15/2015
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 11:10 am
Funky sax man returns to Roanoke

A musician at the forefront of revolutionary groove movements is returning to Roanoke on Sunday.

Posted: January 15, 2015 - 10:36 am
Blue Ridge Music Festival books latest winner of "The Voice"

Craig Wayne Boyd, who just nabbed the win on Season 7 of NBC's reality TV singing competition "The Voice," has been booked to perform at the 2015 Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Stadium.

Posted: January 15, 2015 - 7:30 am
The weekend is abuzzzzz with free things to do (Jan. 15-18)

Before I list this weekend's best *free* events, I should call attention to the Science Museum of Western Virginia's current BOGO ticket sale (they are transitioning between traveling exhibits).

Posted: January 15, 2015 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: January 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
Hit The Road

Live music day trips

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm
Casey: Stones' 'Sweet Virginia' deserves to be state song

In Richmond, House Speaker Bill Howell is pushing a bill to designate a version of the folk tune"Shenandoah" as the official state song. Dan says a classic by the Rolling Stones is much more fitting.

Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:39 pm
Party in the Market Winter Series rolls on through March

Here is the remaining schedule for Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s Party in the Market. All shows start at 5:30 p.m. at the City Market Building's Charter Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door, free to 3-younger.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 10:42 am
Dickey Betts show at Harvester Performance Center has been postponed

Dickey Betts & Great Southern, scheduled to play Harvester Performance Center on Thursday, have postponed the show due to an illness in Betts' family, according to the venue.

Posted: January 13, 2015 - 10:00 am
EventZone Cabin Fever Series entertainment lineup

Winter time is hard on us, as you've noticed, and with it comes EventZone's annual Cabin Fever Series. The series' five concerts, scheduled for late January through late March, will happen at Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon.

Monday 01/12/2015
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 2:54 pm
Jamie Lynn Spears added to Blue Ridge Music Festival lineup

It's been quite a while since the Roanoke Valley has hosted a singing Spears. Onetime pop queen and notorious head shaver Britney appeared at Roanoke Civic Center about 15 years ago, when she was still a girl but not yet a woman.

Posted: January 12, 2015 - 1:15 pm
Berglund Center to bring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw on March 28

Lately, country music fans got wind of Joe Diffie as a part of Jason Aldean's hit song, "1994." Now Diffie and a couple of other country hitmakers from the 1990s will be visiting Berglund Performing Arts Theatre for a March 28 concert.

Posted: January 12, 2015 - 11:30 am
WROV-FM to celebrate its 26th birthday with rockers Saving Abel

It was only 26 years ago or so that WROV was just a baby, struggling in swaddling clothes to deliver rock to the fine folks of the Roanoke Valley.

Friday 01/09/2015
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 12:15 am
Musician learned the blues from the best

David Bromberg, who plays Harvester Performance Center on Saturday, was a student of Piedmont-style finger picker the Rev. Gary Davis

Posted: January 09, 2015 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 01/08/2015
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:27 pm
Ex-Roanoker Wayne Hancock II's group releases single "Temperature's Still Rising"

It's been a few years since Wayne "Range Da Messenga" Hancock II left Roanoke, where he led a soulhop collective called Duality, best known for putting on extremely entertaining and freewheeling open mic poetry nights. Hancock headed for...

Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Guster, with Kishi Bashi

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 4:46 pm
Ex-Botetourt County musician is on a Grammy Award-nominated CD

It's nothing but good vibes whenever Debrissa McKinney in involved. The onetime Botetourt County resident, a singer and saxophonist, has performed and recorded with outstanding acts including Laura Reed & Deep Pocket, Josh Phillips Folk Fe...

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 11:30 am
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. on 101.5 FM The Valley's Music Place

Tune in to 101.5 FM in Roanoke, or stream the show live at

Monday 01/05/2015
Posted: January 05, 2015 - 1:44 pm
Roanoke Food Tours bus will make trips to Harvester Performance Center

From the *It's About Time Someone Did This* category: The owners of the Roanoke Food Tours business are using their shuttle bus to take listeners to Rocky Mount for selected concerts at Harvester Performance Center, in Rocky Mount.

Posted: January 05, 2015 - 12:15 am
Road trip alert: January Jams at Barter Theatre

A new year is here, and musical road trip opportunities abound — not the least of which is just a couple of hours southwest of Roanoke.

Friday 01/02/2015
Posted: January 02, 2015 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 01/01/2015
Posted: January 01, 2015 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: January 01, 2015 - 12:00 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Tuesday 12/30/2014
Updated: December 31, 2014 - 7:58 am
Bristol man devoted life to playing organ for church

BRISTOL — It’s taken 45 years for local musician Eric Hicks to hone his skills playing the pipe organ, but he believes that the $1,500 investment his father made to buy him a small organ when he was a teenager has paid off.

Posted: December 30, 2014 - 1:33 pm
FloydFest adds Grace Potter, Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kit to 2015 lineup

A couple of FloydFest favorites have been added to the bill for the festival's 14th version.

Posted: December 30, 2014 - 11:45 am
Playlist - Tuesday Night News, 9 p.m. at 101.5 The Valley's Music Place

Closing 2014 with a mish-mash of stuff I liked over the past little while. Turn your knob to 101.5 FM, in Roanoke, or stream the show at

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