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American Babies photo courtesy Tom Hamilton
Courtesy of The Movement
Joe Taylor photo courtesy Moonwatcher Music
Gabe Morales photo courtesy Jefferson Center
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tom Hamilton of Brothers Past, an electronic rock band, goes the more organic rock route with this act, which still lades on the occasional musical strangeness. The band’s two releases, “Weight of the World EP” and “Flawed Logic,” are strong. Along for this gig is Railroad Earth bassist Andrew Altman, a remarkable player who first came to attention with the post-Col. Bruce Hampton version of The Codetalkers.
With Long Miles
It’s a reggae-rock double bill at The Sun. The Movement had a successful album, “One More Night,” but frontman Jordan Miller split. The band has brought back founding member Josh Swain and is working on new music. Long Miles should bring similar goodness in its opening spot.
Joe Taylor Group
This show is not your typical Friday night at Martin’s fare. Grammy-nominated Joe Taylor, a New York-based session guitarist, producer and songwriter, has a resume that includes Donna Summer, Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris. He has worked on soundtracks as a player and composer, and on Broadway in pit bands. His music is smooth jazz, and his band includes drummer Steve Holley, who has has grooved for Paul McCartney, Elton John and Joe Cocker, among others.
Music Lab End of Semester Jam
With Gabe Morales, Bukuru Celestin, Lucky 6, The In Crowd, Jayna Brown and more
Music Lab at Jefferson Center has itself a bunch of real talent. Gabe Morales’ guitar skills make him sound like at least twice his 14 years. Bukuru Celestin is writing compelling African folk/pop songs. Lucky 6 is a rock band, and The In Crowd does hip-hop. And don’t miss 11-year-old Jayna Brown — what a singer.
Details: 7 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $10 suggested donation goes to lab; free to lab students. 343-2624 (ext. 215), jeffcenter.org/endofsemesterjam
This Richmond band dubs it up irie, with strong vocals.
Lizzy Ross Band
Ross is a wonderful singer with a good band and a haunting recent song, “Black River.”
Details: 9 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, lizzy.net
Botetourt County farm girl is a singer/songwriter with plans to move to the Nashville, Tenn., area, soon. Catch her while she’s still around.
Terry and Jody Acoustic
A couple of guitar nuts, Terry Hannabass and Jody Ensor, make for a good combination.
Details: 8 p.m. Breaktime, 8118 Plantation Road, Roanoke. Free. 265-2925, facebook.com/BreakTimeVA
TONIGHT and SATURDAY
Singer/songwriter McBroom’s voice has more than a passing resemblance to Dave Matthews, but his original music has its own vibe.
Details: 8 p.m. tonight. Brambleton Deli, Roanoke. Free. 774-4554, brambletondeli.com.
Read more about this electrifying roots-rock performer.
These monsters of Roanoke Valley rock have new tunes in the bag.
Details: 9 p.m. The Pirate Sip Barrr, 928 South Colorado St., Salem. $10. 380-8151, facebook.com/ThePirateSipBarrr, tk-421.net
Get a load of surf-reggae at this evening Chillage.
Details: 6 p.m. Westover Avenue and Grandin Road, Roanoke. $5 ($4 drinks). reverbnation.com/shorefire
Roanoke’s queen of soul, jazz and R&B hits the BBQ.
Sean K. Preston
Hear some old school honky-tonk and rockabilly from a Baltimore act while you taste some fine locally brewed beers.
Details: 6 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co., 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem. Free. 314-8234, parkwaybrewing.com, reverbnation.com/seankpreston
Roanoke Americana-country supergroup keeps hitting it.
Details: 9:30 p,m. Ippy’s, Rocky Mount. $5. 493-4779, ippys.info
Glen Alton Spring Jamboree and Dance
With Happy Hollow String Band, Jim Costa, Dean Reed & Friends, Indian Run Stringband
Local old-timey bands, storytelling, dancing and folk life demonstrations highlight this event.
Details: 10 a.m. (music begins at 2 p.m.). 364 Glen Alton Road, Ripplemead. Free. facebook.com/Megspot02
With Super Hold, Loose Gravel, Marla Palma Band, The Coprolite Band, The Luddites, Tabasco Boys
Proceeds from this multiband bill support home-building with Habitat for Humanity in Rockbridge County.
Details: 3 p.m. Devils Backbone Brewery Outpost, 50 Northwind Lane, Lexington. $20 advance; $25 gate; $10 to ages 5-12; free to 4-younger. 540-463-3770, firstname.lastname@example.org, superholdband.com
Here is a Roanoke band doing a reunion with a partying purpose. Three of its members are celebrating birthdays.
Details: 9 p.m. The Pirate Sip Barrr, 928 South Colorado St., Salem. $5. 380-8151, facebook.com/ThePirateSipBarrr
With Yankee Bang Bang
Roanoke’s Cretin Mouth has some good punk rock songs on its CD, “Tabula Rasa.” Brooklyn, N.Y., rockers Yankee Bang Bang mix Violent Femmes-style with Bollywood punk.
This Texas-based Celtic rock act — bagpipes and all — gets its mojo from father John Cleghorn (guitar, vocals) and son Dylan (fiddle, pipes, digeridoo).
Home Grown Music Network Showcase
With The Deluge, Mac & Juice
Headliner The Deluge asks the musical question, “How can I be so white and so funky?” No telling, but the band does groove.
Roanoke country and rock band hits the barn.
The vibes are always good with this Roanoke jamband.
Girls, Guns and Glory
With Amy Black
The roots-rocking headliner has been playing shows with the great Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. First on the bill Amy Black lays out some swinging country.
On this every-Wednesday-through-June gig, PolyChrome frontman Bera will do songs that aren’t on his band’s playlist.
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