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Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

  • icon Posted: July 29
Thursday 07/28/2016
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 12:01 am
At FloydFest on Thursday, the rain came; a look back

It's just past 11 p.m. on Thursday at FloydFest, a night that has included a fair amount of heavy rain.

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 7:08 pm
Crowd assembles for FloydFest

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Posted: July 28, 2016 - 4:03 pm
Pop-up statue painting at FloydFest

You never know what you'll run across at FloydFest. 

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 2:17 pm
At FloydFest, Skribe and the 'most adorable mosh pit'

Thursday at FloydFest's Speakeasy stage, performer Skribe noticed what he called "the most adorable mosh pit of all time."

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 12:33 pm
Thursday at FloydFest and fried wireless access

From the "it worked yesterday" category: My laptop modem is fried, so today I'm posting from my phone. We'll see how this goes.

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 12:15 am
Top Tickets include FloydFest, John Berry, SML Cardboard Regatta

Plan your weekend of music.

Posted: July 28, 2016 - 12:15 am
Hit the Road to see Michael Kiwanuka, Matthew Sweet

Take a road trip.

Tuesday 07/26/2016
Posted: July 26, 2016 - 12:30 am
Out & About: Justina Shandler Trio

Roanoke native Justina Shandler has written some prize-winning songs in the years since she graduated from Community High School. On Friday, you can hear her play and sing them live.

Posted: July 26, 2016 - 12:15 am
Out & About: John Berry at Harvester

One of country music’s stars of the 1990s is bringing a bevy of his hits to Harvester Performance Center on Friday.

Monday 07/25/2016
Posted: July 25, 2016 - 3:22 pm
August 2016 live music in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Floyd and beyond

Mango’s Bar & Grill

Posted: July 25, 2016 - 1:35 pm
Extra talk with Sarah Jarosz, who headlines the Harvester on Tuesday

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Sarah Jarosz, who plays Harvester Performance Center on Tuesday, was part of the lineup for NPR icon Garrison Keillor's final episide of "A Prairie Home Companion." She had been a longtime gue...

Posted: July 25, 2016 - 12:33 pm
Extra stuff from our interview with FloydFest headiner Gregg Allman

Talking with Gregg Allman last week was a bit of an adventure. He had so much to say, and not all of it was related to the questions I asked. So that was cool. I learned some stuff I didn't expect. Much of it is here, in our FloydFest advance stor...

Saturday 07/23/2016
Posted: July 23, 2016 - 12:15 am
Chart success doesn't define Sarah Jarosz's music

Checking the Billboard bluegrass albums chart over the past few weeks, one name has been at the top: Sarah Jarosz.

Posted: July 23, 2016 - 12:00 am
Gregg Allman to headline FloydFest's Saturday lineup

After all these years, Gregg Allman still loves to move fast.

Posted: July 23, 2016 - 12:00 am
Acts to look for at FloydFest

It’s time for FloydFest 16. Although it is actually the 15th one, the organizers decided to use a bit of artistic license and match up the chronological number with the year. FloydFest 16, in 2016.

Friday 07/22/2016
Posted: July 22, 2016 - 1:00 pm
Dave Matthews album to benefit Sweet Briar

Dave Matthews is releasing a solo acoustic recording of his 1996 concert at Sweet Briar College as a benefit for the struggling women's college.

Posted: July 22, 2016 - 12:15 am


Thursday 07/21/2016
Posted: July 21, 2016 - 12:45 am
Dave Mason brings Traffic Jam to Rocky Mount

If you’re a fan of throwback rock ’n’ roll, you know Traffic. The English Band is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with a deep catalog that includes such songs as “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Feeling Alright.”

Posted: July 21, 2016 - 12:30 am
Top Tickets include Jane Powell, Rolling of the Bulls

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: July 21, 2016 - 12:15 am
Hit the Road to see Beck, Band of Horses, Squirrel Nut Zippers

Live music day trips

Wednesday 07/20/2016
Posted: July 20, 2016 - 6:00 am
Yonder Mountain String Band set for Oct. 12 Jefferson Center show

Jamgrass superstars Yonder Mountain String Band will soon be headed for Roanoke.

Monday 07/18/2016
Posted: July 18, 2016 - 11:00 pm
James McMurtry brings the results of a "Complicated Game" to Harvester

Making records is a complicated game. Singer/songwriter James McMurtry knows all about it.

Posted: July 18, 2016 - 12:15 am
Out & About: JP Harris and the Tough Choices at Dogtown Roadhouse

The Newport Folk Festival, in Rhode Island, is the place to play if you want to show your rootsy musical wares to a large and hip audience.

Sunday 07/17/2016
Posted: July 17, 2016 - 10:54 pm
Concert review - Pat Benatar show at Elmwood Park a rocking family effort

Back in the late 1970s and on through the 1980s, Pat Benatar put plenty of rock into the pop-rock world.

Saturday 07/16/2016
Posted: July 16, 2016 - 12:15 am
John Waite still gives high voice to hits

Certain singers pass through town for a concert, and later, the chatter begins. They had to drop the song down a couple of keys to hit the high notes, some say. He really struggled with pitch in his upper register, others notice.

Posted: July 16, 2016 - 12:00 am
Out & About: Gin Blossoms, with My Radio at Harvester

Do you love the 1990s? You can hear some of your favorite radio hits from that era when Gin Blossoms headline at Rocky Mount’s Harvester Performance Center.

Friday 07/15/2016
Posted: July 15, 2016 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 07/14/2016
Posted: July 14, 2016 - 12:45 am
Indie rock, country pop on bills indoors and out

One of Roanoke’s indie rock exports will take the stage at Jefferson Center on Friday night. On Saturday, a winner of TV’s “The Voice” will headline at Daleville Town Center.

Posted: July 14, 2016 - 12:30 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke and New River Valleys

Posted: July 14, 2016 - 12:15 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Wednesday 07/13/2016
Posted: July 13, 2016 - 9:52 pm
Notes on Blues Traveler at Dr Pepper Park

After a quick few seconds of the "Team America: World Police" movie number "America, F#@k Yeah," Blues Traveler was upon the crowd at Dr Pepper Park earlier tonight, and John Popper immediately lamented the demise of the Blues ...

Posted: July 13, 2016 - 6:00 pm
Harvester sees first profitable quarter ever in its third year

ROCKY MOUNT — For the first time in its history, the town-owned Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount has had a profitable quarter.

Posted: July 13, 2016 - 4:33 pm
Buddy Guy, Gov't Mule, John Hiatt, Tommy Emmanuel among upcoming Harvester shows

Harvester Performance Center announced today that it has started to turn a profit while tax revenues for lodging and meals have jumped up big, and 100 jobs have been added in town. Check tomorrow's edition of The Roanoke Times for more information...

Tuesday 07/12/2016
Posted: July 12, 2016 - 4:44 pm
Squirrel Nut Zippers, Samantha Fish to play The Lyric Theatre in the fall

Ready to make a throwback trip to "Hell"? Members of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, who made their hot jazz and Calypso mix a sensation a couple of decades back, have reunited under the name, and have an Oct. 14 date at Blacksburg's The Lyric...

Friday 07/08/2016
Posted: July 08, 2016 - 12:26 pm
Steppin' Out announces The Broadcast, Black Masala as headliners of Aug. 5-6 event

Blacksburg's annual Steppin' Out Festival has announced the lineup for its Aug. 5-6 event downtown. Asheville, North Carolina-based soul-rockers The Broadcast (Saturday) and the D.C. area's world/funk/brass act Black Masala (Friday) are the headli...

Posted: July 08, 2016 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Thursday 07/07/2016
Posted: July 07, 2016 - 12:30 am
Top Tickets

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: July 07, 2016 - 12:15 am
Hit the Road

Live music day trips

Posted: July 07, 2016 - 12:00 am
Get hooked on Blues Traveler at Dr Pepper Park on Wednesday

Harmonica-rocking jam band Blues Traveler has been at it for nearly 30 years, but it hasn’t been to Southwest Virginia since 2009.

Tuesday 07/05/2016
Posted: July 05, 2016 - 12:15 am
Out & About: Replenish Festival

Floyd County’s Replenish Festival, in its second year, has some first-rate contemporary Christian music talent and a financial leg up from Liberty University.

Posted: July 05, 2016 - 12:15 am
Mountain Heart brings its new album to Covington

When Josh Shilling joined Mountain Heart, it was a bluegrass band with progressive leanings and instrumental firepower. Nearly a decade later, it is more of an Americana group with soul, pop, country and, yes, bluegrass touches — yet still with th...

Saturday 07/02/2016
Posted: July 02, 2016 - 11:04 pm
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic unite Roanoke under a groove

There really isn't much that unites a wide variety of people these days, it seems. Folks seem as interested in disagreeing and hating on the others as they are in joining together to dig one thing.

Posted: July 02, 2016 - 12:15 am
Castlewood restaurant celebrates 50 years of cruising, music and family

CASTLEWOOD — Ma & Pa’s Drive-In opened just in time for the heat of summer in 1966. The drive-in restaurant off U.S. 58 quickly became cruise central for the town’s teenagers.

Friday 07/01/2016
Posted: July 01, 2016 - 12:15 am

Live music in the New River Valley and beyond

Posted: July 01, 2016 - 12:15 am
Jefferson Center's 2016-17 season combines old soul, new soul

Putting on concerts is one level of difficulty. Putting on a season’s worth, including multiple series shows, is at least a notch tougher.

Thursday 06/30/2016
Posted: June 30, 2016 - 12:45 am
George Clinton bringing generations of P-Funk to Elmwood on Saturday

When word dropped that George Clinton was bringing his musical collective, Parliament Funkadelic, to Elmwood Park, the response on social media was strong and immediate. People in the Roanoke Valley were excited that an act that has been around fo...

Posted: June 30, 2016 - 12:30 am
Top Tickets include Scott Miller, Bryan Sutton, Jimmy Fortune

Live music in the Roanoke Valley and beyond

Posted: June 30, 2016 - 12:15 am
Hit the Road to see R. Kelly, Buzzcocks

Live music day trips

Tuesday 06/28/2016
Posted: June 28, 2016 - 11:11 pm
Ralph Stanley funeral draws reverent musicians, fans

McCLURE — Ralph Stanley would have been proud.

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