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Norman Connors, Kelly Gravely, Mike Eley
Courtesy Brandy Davies
Stevie D. & Joneski
Courtesy Beverly J. Keel
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Floydfest attendees dance at the main stage during the afternoon on Friday.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Bulldog Jazz Festival
With Norman Connors, The Bulldog Jazz All-Stars
Connors, a drummer, songwriter and producer who came to mainstream fame with the 1976 soul number “You Are My Starship,” brings his band to town for this annual gathering. On drums with Connors is Roanoke’s own Kelly Gravely.
Details: 7 p.m. Lucy Addison Auditorium, Roanoke. $25. 904-8683, 467-0057
Building Bridges Tour
With Cesar Comanche, Poe Mack, Ghost Dog and more
9th Wonder associate Cesar Comanche brings some North Carolina friends to hang with Poe Mack.
Stevie D. & Joneski
With Mikal kHill with The Alleged Assailants, Sulfur, Red Jessee
Some of Stevie D.’s nerdcore friends hit Big Lick for a night of rap. Stevie D. & Sam “Joneski” Lunsford were a lot of fun opening for Blowfly last month at Martin’s. ThoughtCriminals members Mikal kHill (with a band behind him) and Sulfur are scheduled for sets.
River District Rhythms 2013 Concert Series
With Scotty McCreery
Road trip alert: Season 10 “American Idol” winner McCreery hits Danville for this outdoor gig. Like Carrie Underwood, McCreery has parlayed his win into country music success.
Check out The Roanoke Times/roanoke.com’s FloydFest Instagram contest and get festival details at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch. We’ll be blogging from the sold-out festival all weekend, so if you can’t make it, follow the action at the blog.
Top-shelf electric blues from former Hubert Sumlin bandleader.
Copper Into Steel
With Riverbank Ramblers
Headliner fuses newgrass vibes with modern jam.
The Bar Flys
Americana country-rock covers, originals.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Sunken City Brewing Co., Hardy. Free. 420-0476, facebook.com/SunkenCityBrewing
Jody Ensor and Terry Hannabass
Fine acoustic picking and singing.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Ippy’s, Rocky Mount. $5. 493-4779, ippys.info
With Redbox Money Cult, Brother Pariah and HLA
New wave and punk rock.
Details: 9 p.m. Backstreet Cafe, 356 Salem Ave., Roanoke. $5. 345-1542, facebook.com/BEAUTIFULZOO
Country and Southern rock.
Andy Poxon Band
Substantial guitar blues from a young Richmond-based player.
Elmer Coles Band
Venerable trumpet player leads a band that includes drummer Kelly Gravely.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Annie Moore’s Irish Pub, Roanoke. Free. 904-5466, anniemoorespub.com
A band that rocks its country.
Indie-folk from Richmond.
With Don Dorian, Darrin Bradbury
Eclectic, indie, acoustic. Truskowski has a wonderful voice.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke.$5; all ages. 309-0928, joytruskowski.bandcamp.com
Hair metal tribute.
With Teach Me Equals
Marshall Hicks (The Missionaries) welcomes atmospheric violin-and-cello indie rockers from Florida.
With Cretin Mouth, Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine
Two Roanoke bands with rock and punk vibe share a bill with a Minutemen-influenced Ohio band with a crazy name.
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