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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Miami-based ArtOfficial has torn up FloydFest with its mix of funk, jazz and rock over flowing conscious raps. The grooves are deep. The messages are interesting. Urth continues hitting it hard, led by multi-instrumentalist Brach Rauchle, who plays like he has two brains.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, artofficialmusic.net, urth.ws
With Ultra Violent Gays
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Lil Iffy made some national noise in 2011 with its Harry-Potter-gone-gangsta mash. Iffy and his partners in wand are touring behind last year's release, "Wand Ambition." It's funny as all get out, but these guys have real talent.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie's Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, facebook.com/WANDCORE
With Travis Book
Sisters Phoebe and Callie Cryer and brothers Taylor and Bruno Jones bring banjo-flecked acoustic goodness with strong songs and sweet harmonies. Opening act Travis Book plays upright bass for Infamous Stringdusters.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $14; $7 to students. kirkavenuemusic.com, thevespersband.com, travisbookmusic.com
Big Daddy Weave
With Mikeschair, Citizen Way
Christian adult contemporary hitmaker Big Daddy Weave headlines a three-band bill. Flip back to Wednesday's Extra to read more.
Details: 6 p.m. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. $32, $22, $17. 877-482-8496, hometownbanktix.com, bigdaddyweave.com. mikeschair.com, citizenwaymusic.com
We never really get to write advance stories about the bigger shows coming to Sidewinders, because they always sell out well in advance. Impressive.
Details: SOLD OUT. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon.
The Biglick Boptet
Hear jazz from some of Roanoke's finest players.
Details: 8 p.m. tonight. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com. 8 p.m. Friday. Billy's (formerly Billy's Ritz), Roanoke. Free. 206-3353, billysroanoke.com
Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys
Jonathan Byrd is one of the finest young songwriters in the Americana genre. He's bringing a band that includes a crosscut saw player.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Bedford Central Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. $10 suggested donation. friendsofbedfordlibrary.org, jonathanbyrd.com
This Americana-rock and country band of Roanoke Valley all-stars recently added Bobby Moore on fiddle and mandolin.
Details: 9 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1
Jamie McLean Band
This trio never fails to bring tight and wailing blues-rock. It is strong both vocally and instrumentally.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, jamiemcleanband.com
Benefit for Finney Roy A.K.A. Chris Finney
With Eldred, The Pullouts, Troublesome Blues Band, Dave Corbitt & Adam Thomas
Money raised at this event will be donated to charities that the late Chris Finney was passionate about.
Details: 9 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5 suggested donation. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com
The Dowdy brothers and their sidemen put on one rollicking show.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $10. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, thebluegrassbrothers.com
Five Dollar Friday
With Madrone, Vanisher
Madrone shares the night with some equally rocking buds from Greensboro, N.C.
Details: 9 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. $5. 387-1004, awfularthursseafood.com, madroneonline.com, thisisvanisher.com
A really fine old-time band plays the Coffeehouse.
Details: 8:30 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, 305 Mountain Ave S.W.; Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Roanoke Valley singer/songwriter does his thing while you get hopped up on java drinks.
Details: 7 p.m. Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, 4209 Starkey Road, Roanoke. Free. 989-5282, facebook.com/MillMountainCoffeeStarkey, mikefrankemusic.com\
12th Radford University International Guitar Festival
With Guilherme Vincens, Pablo Gamez, Stefano Raponi, Leonardo Martin Candelaria, Ryan Book and Michael Havens
Players from Italy, South America - even Radford - pluck and strum with beauty. Get Friday's Extra section to read more.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday. Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Radford. Free. 831-5177, facebook.com/RUGuitarFestival, soundcloud.com/gvincens, myspace.com/martincandelaria
Blake Kearney Band
It's a rocking country quartet all weekend at Sidewinders.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, facebook.com/BlakeKearneyBand
The Bazaar Presents
With The Young Sinclairs, The Situationist
The Young Sinclairs have reformed and gained momentum over the past months. "Hurt My Pride" is in rotation as "Coolest Song in the World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show. The news is not so good for opener The Situationist, which is breaking up.
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $5. kirkavenuemusic.com, theyoungsinclairs.bandcamp.com, reverbnation.com/thesituationist
With Carbon Leaf, Seductive Flux, Merchants of Seven, DJ KPac & Marchio, Revolution Radio, John King Band, Faraday
Pi Kappa Phi once again puts on a big show, both indoors and out, to raise money for Push America, which benefits people with disabilities. Carbon Leaf plays outdoors in the afternoon, but the action will continue into the night.
Details: 2 p.m. Top Of The Stairs, Blacksburg. $15. www.pikapps.org.vt.edu/sudflood, carbonleaf.com
Rap 4 A Reason
With AOK, 6Sense, Young Mac, Marro, MH Tha Great, Shayna, Trakz, Poe Mack, Rio, ONTBG, Miss Quisha, Khaos, Jonzie, Magnetic, DJ Hoodii
Check out local hip-hop while helping out the Roanoke Rescue Mission and Music Lab at Jefferson Center. Bonus: Go to the show and see former Roanoke Times photographer Jared Soares' "On The Block" photo exhibit.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler's American Grill & Venue, Roanoke. $10; $5 with a donation of canned food, clothing or shoes. 777-0007, growlers-towers. com
Song of the Mountains
With The Grascals, Easter Brothers, Whitetop Mountain Band, Jonathan Buckner & Chosen Road
This recording of the PBS television show features The Grascals, one of the most acclaimed young bands in bluegrass music.
Details: 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, Marion. $25. 276-783-6093, songofthemountains.org, grascals.com
With John Michael and Esnavi
VIBE FM's audience appreciation show is sold out.
Details: SOLD OUT. Jefferson Center. vibe100.com
The jams are always strong with this crew.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. $3. 387-1004, awfularthursseafood.com, thekind.org
Hear classic blues, rock and funk from this band of talented Blacksburg players, including guitarist Mike Kirby.
Details: 8 p.m. Pomegranate Restaurant and Lounge, Troutville. Free. 966-6052, pomegranateva.com
It's a classic rock cover band at the Sip.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Pirate Sip Barrr, Salem. $5. 380-8151, facebook.com/ThePirateSipBarrr, facebook.com/116South
Quarter Til Now
Rock originals and covers.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/TheBluesBbqCo, facebook.com/QuarterTilNow
The Good Lovelies
This pop/folk/swing/rockabilly trio from Toronto, Canada, is an all-women act but tells people that they are not a "run of the mill 'all-girl' band." All we can say is they sure sing sweet and write cool songs, regardless of gender. If this band is part of the folk landscape, then it is the swinging part.
Details: 7 p.m. The June Bug Center, Floyd. $12. 745-6550, junebugcenter.org, goodlovelies.com
Tough As Stone Benefit
With Lowlife, Jerry Wimmer Trio, The Slackerz, Hicktown Band, SJ Trio, The Last Mile Band
Stone Wilson Anderson is just a few months old, but after surgeries, specialists' exams and visits to a variety of hospitals, the child is failing to thrive. Friends of the family are gathering to raise money to help find the answer.
Details: 2 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
We Hate Lymphoma: A Benefit for Bryan Crosswhite
With Funk Punch, Stadanko, Tobacco Apache, Foster & Brian's Acoustic Gangnam Style, Broke Down James and more
A friend of Roanoke Valley band Funk Punch fights lymphoma. The band recruits a musical cohort to help raise money.
Details: 1 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. Donations accepted at the door. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1
Blue Ridge Blues Society Open Jam
Grab your ax or sticks and join in on the blues action at this open mic.
Details: 7:30 p.m. (meeting; jam happens afterward) Martin's Downtown Barn & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, blueridgeblues.org
Hear melodic, mainstream rock music from Hurt, from Los Angeles via Virginia.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill & Venue, Roanoke. $8. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, hurtband.com
Waitin' on Dave
Dave Corbitt and Spencer McKenna team up for what the Fork calls "mellow psychedelic rock 'n' roll."
Details: 9 p.m. Fork in the Market, Roanoke. Free. 400-0644, marketfork.com, facebook.com/WaitinOnDave
This jamband delves into a variety of styles, but keeps it all tight.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, uvhippomusic.com
Pulaski-based rock band's latest CD, "A lesson in Architecture," is out on all the digital sites. It's good.
Details: 9 p.m. 202 Market, Roanoke. Free. 343-6644, facebook.com/202market, asideoceans.com
Green Grass Rollers
This Danville band is hitting joints all over the Southeast with what it calls "thrashgrass." It's country-fried funky.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, greengrassrollers.com
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