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Courtesy Stephanie Rooker
Ben Tyree and Stephanie Rooker
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The Giving Tree Band
Thursday, March 21, 2013
With Grass Monkey
This act elevated its catalog with the recent album "One Big Party." This is always a fun and high energy show.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5. 985-6278, martinsdowntow.com, palefaceonline.com, grassmonkey.com
Coming to the Stage
With Fhat Rob and more
Bring your act to Schooners, sign up and get a 15-minute set at this hip-hop/R&B-friendly weekly event. Fhat Rob is a Roanoke-based hardcore rapper with both flow and ambition.
Details: 9 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org, reverbnation.com/fhatrobbfm
Marshall Hicks Duo
Illbotz wrote a number about Hicks: "Marshall (The Friendliest Punk In Town)."
Details: 9 p.m. Fork in the Market, Roanoke. Free. 400-0644, marketfork.com, marshallhicks.com
Among the gems this quirky songwriter has penned are "Space Apocalypse" and "The Crack Song."
Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free. 387-1004, awfularthursseafood.com
Justin Tolley & Aaron Oberg
Two of Roanoke's most talented musicians join forces here. Enjoy them with red beans and rice.
Details: 7:30 p.m. The Quarter, Roanoke. Free. 342-2990, thequarterrestaurant.com
Stephanie Rooker & Ben Tyree
Radford native Rooker returns to Roanoke. Hear a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $12. kirkavenuemusic.com, stephanierooker.com
More to Live For: An Evening Inspired by The Life of Michael Brecker
With Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo, debut Virginia screening of the documentary "More To Live For"
It's not just about great jazz music. Donate a cheek swab to get into the International Bone Marrow Registry. Read more in Friday's Extra section.
Details: 7 p.m. (documentary screening), 8:45 p.m. (performance). Jefferson Center, Roanoke. $55, $40, $35, $29. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org/marsalis, myspace.com/joeycalderazzo, branfordmarsalis.net, lovehopestrength.org, michaelbrecker.com
Loudon Wainwright III
Read more about Wainwright in Friday's Extra section.
Details: 8 p.m. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $20, $15. thelyric.com/live, facebook.com/loudonwainwrightIII
With Porsh Boxx, DJ Dink
Cory Gunz has a rap lineage. His father was one-half of Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. The young Gunz is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.
Details: 10 p.m. JB's Lounge, 2328 Melrose Ave., Roanoke. $20. 344-4884 (lounge), text or call 404-759-7696 for tickets, myspace.com/cgunz174, reverbnation.com/porshboxx
The Bart Walker Band
This Nashville-based blues-rock guitar wailer rolls with keyboardist Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan).
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, thebartwalkerband.com
Star City Future 8
With Time Is Money, B Gizzle, TRT Oxy Neutron, AOK, Ryno, Balance, Tony Mark, 6 Sense & Young S.P.I.T., J Minnix, Big Boy of Da Noke, hosts Poe Mack and Mase, special guest Bo Jankans
Roanoke's hip-hop scene continues to build steam.
Details: 9:30 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, poemack.com
The Bowl Dusters
It's all about the honky-tonk with these guys, except when an Elvis Presley impersonator is in the house.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/TheBluesBbqCo, facebook.com/thebowldusters
With Northern Faces, Tom Blacklung and The Smokestacks, Heevahava, Compulsovich
High-energy ska act from New Jersey headlines a six-band bill.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, survaysays.net, facebook.com/northernfaces, tomblacklung.tumblr.com
Rush, whom the Boston Globe calls one of New England's "most revered and influential folk-blues musicians," last year celebrated his 50th year as a performer.
Details: 7 p.m. Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta. $20; $17 for Smith Mountain Arts Council members. 719-0686, 297-0965, smithmountainartscouncil.com, tomrush.com
Singer Thalassa McBroom fronts a band of valley music all stars.
Details: 9 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thommpson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1
This Radford-based folkie has a real knack for compelling lyrics.
Details: 8:30 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, email@example.com
Deer Run Drifters
Catch a folk-grass string band up Bent Mountain.
Details: 9 p.m. Mountainside Cafe, 7924 Bent Mountain Road, Roanoke. Free. 776-0742, facebook.com/BentMtnBar, reverbnation.com/thedeerrundrifters
Mac & Juice Quartet
See these North Carolina wild men cover "Thriller" at youtu.be/lcPK6ChVqw0.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, macandjuice.net
Rock The Blocks Music & Arts Festival
With Segway, Nixsin, Shasha Marley & The Milestones Band, White Laces, Mission South, Boogieburg, The Young Sinclairs and more
Eight downtown Blacksburg venues host two nights of high quality independent music. Wander through the venues with a wristband or go without one and pay the venue cover charge.
Details: Friday and Saturday at Champs, Ceritano's, Gillie's, 622 North, Pita Vera, She-Sha, Sycamore Deli, XYZ Gallery. $35 wristbands available 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts and Information Office, 149 College Ave. Minus wristband, typical venue cover charges apply. rocktheblocks.com/schedule.html
With Hunter Hayes
Read more about opening act Hayes in Saturday's Extra section.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Roanoke Civic Center. $63.50, $53.50, $43.50. 877-482-8496, hometownbanktix.com, carrieunderwoodofficial.com, hunterhayes.com
William Walter & Co.
Hear funky acoustic rock from Walter, a fine songwriter, and his strong band.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, williamwalterandco.com
Mike + Ruthy
With Sarah Siskind
Check out a high quality Americana double-bill.
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $14. kirkavenuemusic.com, mikeandruthy.com, sarahsiskind.com
Keith Bryant & Iron Horse
Lexington-based Bryant brings the country music with energy.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, keithbryant.com
With Heevahava, Hanoi Jane
The headliner calls itself "badwill ambassadors." You know what they say - bad press is better than no press.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $8. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, antiseen.com
Fight for Elijah Benefit at Schooners
With The Relics, Gloom Despair N Agony, Cimmaron, The Jimmy Wilson Road Show, Cal Olivier and the Fickle Souls and Project 4
Bands gather to help Elijah Dalton, an 8-year-old boy who is recovering from neuroblastoma but still faces treatments.
Details: 2 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org, facebook.com/HelpElijahFight
Truskowski (Flying Davenports, formerly of Another Roadside Attraction) loops up a solo show.
Details: 3 p.m. Pop's Ice Cream & Soda Bar, Roanoke. Free. 345-2129, facebook.com/popsicecream
Cut Throat Freak Show
This act claims the world record for most weight lifted with the eyelids. Bet they're droopy.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com
The Giving Tree Band
This Illinois band brings Americana- and folk-rock, with an intense jam element.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. Free. 777-0777, growlers-towers.com, thegivingtreeband.com
With Underhill Rose
It's the 10th anniversary show for the newgrassy Mule. Read more in Tuesday's Extra section.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, bluemulemusic.com, underhillrose.com
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