Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
New-school country music hit-meisters Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett are scheduled to headline next year’s Blue Ridge Music Festival at Salem Football Stadium. Also on the bill for the May 31 event are Colt Ford, Parmalee, Jukebox Mafia, DeeJay Silver and host Storme Warren, with more acts to be announced, according to a news release. Next year’s version will feature more on-site parking, a second off-site parking lot, with shuttle, and
Contemporary jazz act The Yellowjackets has been around long enough to be old-school. But when the 32-year-old band hits Jefferson Center on Friday night, it will have a new look. Gone is the band's original bassist, Jimmy Haslip, who took hiatus recently to do new projects and spend more time with family, according to the band. In his place is a young lion and more-than-suitable replacement, Felix Pastorius. That name
There is nothing quite like a family band. And among family bands, there is nothing quite like The Wooten Brothers. But for the vagaries of the music business, the brothers might be a household name as a group. But a 1985 major label album — stripped of brother Victor’s bass playing — rose nowhere near the pop music radar. Instead, Victor Wooten and siblings Regi, Roy and Joseph found other
Don’t be surprised if you recognize the 12-year-old girl opening The Wooten Brothers show on Saturday at Jefferson Center in Roanoke. She has more than a million page views on Youtube.com. Jayna Brown has only been in Roanoke since February. But soon after she arrived, she joined the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, where folks immediately noticed her huge voice and uncanny control of pitch and phrasing. “ From the
A veritable all-star musical lineup is hitting the Jefferson Center stage Saturday. It is a group with credits that include Curtis Mayfield, Whitney Houston, Steve Miller Band and Ginger Baker. This supergroup also happens to be a pack of siblings. Bassist Victor Wooten and his brothers, drummer Roy “Future Man” Wooten , keyboardist Joseph Wooten and guitarist Regi Wooten , are on a short tour this month that will bring
TONIGHT Dar Williams Singer/songwriter Williams returns to Kirk Avenue Music Hall, supporting her 2012 record, "In The Times of Gods." The disc uses parables of Greek mythology to examine modern life, and features such Williams associates as Larry Campbell, Shawn Colvin and Charley Drayton. On a podcast in May 2012, Williams discussed her lyrical process and those great backing musicians, among other topics. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11582 to hear the
TONIGHT (THURSDAY) Snuff Doug Clark and his Hot Nuts used to be the turkey day perennial at the Pot. But Clark has died and the rest of the band doesn’t feel up to the trip after all these year. A Virginia Beach/Norfolk act called Snuff, which used to be a Coffee Pot regular, is doing a reunion gig. Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $20. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, home.earthlink.net/~tudderj/id3.html
On Saturday night, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra appeared in a new venue, the lovely and spacious sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church. About 500 people filled the church for what was the first “Destination” concert . The program, mainly conducted by David Stewart Wiley and lasting about an hour, featured a select string quintet from the orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony Chorus (prepared by John Hugo) and Seung-Won Cho, a regular organist
Arena-sized hip-hop music is a rarity in Roanoke. Last time rap hitmakers came to the Roanoke Civic Center was 2008, when Rick Ross performed in front of fewer than 1,100 in a poorly promoted concert. The G-Unit played to 2,886 in November 2004. And Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs led a 1998 show that drew 8,500 to the venue. But after Friday night’s performance by T.I., 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland and
Today’s column was going to focus on happy topics, and still will in the latter half. But first, I’d like to write a bit about Ben Bullington , who died on Monday at 58. Bullington grew up in Roanoke, graduated from North Cross School and spent most of his adult life as a doctor. Along the way, he also wrote and sang songs and made records. He didn’t tour, though.
Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott had a tough opening act to follow Friday night at Jefferson Center — themselves. Before the duo had even walked out onto the Shaftman Performance Hall stage, they had already appeared in a special music video that made its world premiere just before the show. For more than a year, Jefferson Center has worked on a video for Scott’s composition, “There’s a World of Song,”
Behind the facade of many a rock ’n’ roll drummer shines the soul of a deep jazzer. Cindy Blackman Santana is a fine example. When she played with Lenny Kravitz’s band for 15 years, fans saw the lithe Santana pounding the daylights out of her drum set, her huge Afro bouncing to the beat. But Santana’s stadium rocking grooves were not all she had to offer. Her mentors included the
TONIGHT (THURSDAY) The Pimps of Joytime With American Babies These funky, funky Pimps are heroes of FloydFests past. American Babies ply an eclectic brand of rock. It’s looking like a hard-hitting, groove-inducing night. Details: 9 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $12 advance; $15 day of show. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.inticketing.com/events, thepimpsofjoytime.com, americanbabies.net. Bonus: Meet and greet with American Babies, 6 p.m. at Ripple, 112 Market St. S.E., Roanoke. SATURDAY
Country band-of-the-moment Florida Georgia Line is performing to a sold-out crowd at Salem Civic Center. Atlanta rapper T.I. and 2 Chainz, with former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and a handful of Roanoke-based rappers, will play a rare hip-hop show at Roanoke Civic Center. And Americana masters Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien are set to perform at Jefferson Center. T.I., 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland We reached out unsuccessfully for an
Prepare for a Christmas-season steamrolling. Two separate companies of Mannheim Steamroller are hitting about 80 cities for their 28th annual Christmas tour. As it does every couple of years, the East Coast version of Chip Davis’ musical and visual brainchild is coming to Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. The act, which injects classical themes into popular music and uses motorized lighting to create what Davis has described as an engulfing experience,
FloydFest announced on Friday some interesting logistical changes to its upcoming 13th version, scheduled for next July. The e-mailed announcement comes in the wake of this year’s event, which was plagued by problems getting onsite, then by torrential rains that left much of the grounds a quagmire. Some of these changes were sparked by organizers’ assessment of 1,000 post-event survey responses, according to the e-mail. For starters, organizers are going
Some performers seem born to be in front of a band, singing, playing and exhibiting outsized personalities that get crowds involved. David Mayfield would appear to be one of them. But only in the past couple of years has Mayfield taken full control of his shows. For years, he could be seen and heard as a sideman or guest with the likes of Mumford & Sons , the Avett Brothers
Top picks TONIGHT (THURSDAY) Erin & The Wildfire Fincastle native Erin Lunsford, a University of Virginia graduate, has stayed in Charlottesville since school ended and is building a music career for herself. Lunsford has a killer — and we mean killer — set of pipes, and a strong band backing her. She and the band released her second record of the past year, “Erin & the Wildfire EP,” and it shows
Sometimes in the Roanoke and New River valleys, it feels like Wednesday is the new Friday. With our position on the map, Roanoke and Blacksburg are ideal places for "routing gigs," the kind of shows acts play on weekdays while on the way to other places for the weekend. This Wednesday is a good example. Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and a singer/songwriter with her own fan base, plays
Thirteen years ago, blues-rock master Joe Bonamassa felt the pain of performing in Roanoke. On Friday night, he felt victorious. He told an audience of 1,427 at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre that he remembered well that long-ago show. It was at the Coffee Pot, and Bonamassa was scheduled along with four other bands that played heavy metal. For Bonamassa, that Halloween-night gig felt like a complete disaster. “I still have
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