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Alvin Youngblood Hart
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thompson, whose latest record is called “Electric,” plays this show as a solo acoustic affair. And that’s just fine, because Thompson is stultifyingly good, whether or not he is plugged in, with a strong and unique vocal style, to boot. He’s very entertaining with his between-songs talk, too.
JP Soars and The Red Hots
Soars, who won the 2009 International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, Tenn., brings a powerful live show. The evidence is all over his recent CD, “Live in the Netherlands.” On a traditional guitar or with a cigar box model, which he built himself, the guy can rip it up, with a band that grooves hard.
With BIG Something, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory, Kings of Belmont, Welcome to Hoonah, Proverbial and more
The cause is good here — raising money for children with cancer. And the music should be stellar. Do not sleep on Alvin Youngblood Heart. He is for real.
Pride in the Park
With Jane Powell, Emii, Alexis Mateo, Dani Shay, Dylan Michael, Looking for an Echo, Jeremiah Clark, Brody Runge, Pride Factor Contest, Radar Rose
Local, regional and national performers gather at the old Victory Stadium site to continue a tradition in Roanoke’s LGBT community.
With Jeremiah Rhodes
Anti-folk pioneers return with a show that’s always rocking and positive.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
This hot funk rock show is sold out.
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks
Flip back to Tuesday’s Extra section to read more about this show and hear a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
The New Folk Social Hour
With Mike Mitchell, host Spencer Mckenna
Floyd-based fiddle and violin master Mitchell does his thing.
Roanoke Urban Barn Dance
With Old Man Kelly
The versatile Kelly plays music to get your feet moving.
Some of the valley’s best musicians jam on funk, soul, R&B and jazz.
With Heevahava, Meatdown and more
Bands rock for diversity.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Backstreet Cafe, Roanoke. $5; 18 and older. 345-1542, heevahava.bandcamp.com
13th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
With Lucinda Williams, The Masters of Bluegrass, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Keller Williams, Colin Hay, Iris DeMent, Hayes Carll, Black Twig Pickers, L Shape Lot and more
Road trip alert: Go for the weekend or go for a day. You’ll find a lot of amazing music up and down the Bristol street that divides Tennessee and Virginia.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. State Street, Bristol Virginia and Tennessee. $60 weekend advance, $70 weekend at gate; $25 Friday; $35 Saturday; $25 Sunday. bristolrhythm.com
Roots reggae with flashes of dub, hip-hop and more from a very good band.
This trio bills itself as “eclectic y’allternative.”
Sounds @ Six Summer Concert Series
A Bon Jovi tribute band wraps up this series.
With Brother Pariah, After Action Review, Paradigm
A night of hard-hitting punk rock.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Backstreet Cafe, Roanoke. $5; 18 and older. 345-1542
Welcome to Hoonah
Country-leaning Americana with influences including ragtime.
Blues and soul man Vaughan goes solo for this gig.
Hear old-school country music, covers and originals, from this Lynchburg-based solo act.
Phat Boyz Band
Musical variety and the rare Mandosynth.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse
With The Fustics
Americana and country double-bill. Roanoke’s Grass Monkey does it gonzo-grass style.
Lefty Williams Band
Blues-rock and rock ’n’ roll originals and covers.
The Flying Davenports
Original indie-folk music.
Rhodes will wander around the room, performing to individuals in the room. And he’s good at it.
Details: 9 p.m. 501 Speakeasy, Roanoke. Free. 400-6377, facebook.com/501speakeasy
Ignite the Borealis
Indie-rock with pop, emo and punk leanings.
Quarter Til Now
Rock originals and covers.
With The Barflys, Madrone, Fuzzy Logic, Jody Ensor, Monster Atlantic, guest bartender Miss Virginia 2008 Tara Wheeler
Local performers gather to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This reporter will be playing drums with opening act Monster Atlantic.
Velma and the Happy Campers
It’s not a band led by a “Scooby Doo” character. It’s a dude leading an indie-rock act.
Kalob Griffin Band
Philadelphia-based KGB brings Americana in loud, soft, fast and slow forms.
Koch’s hometown Houston (Texas) Press selected her as its 2013 songwriter of the year. She can sing and play guitar well, too.
Road trip alert: Lynne started out as an up-and-coming country performer, but over the years eschewed the Nashville trappings in search of something more soulful.
Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
Catch an Asheville, N.C., singer/songwriter with a pretty voice and a way with a tune.
Jefferson Center Presents
Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul, with Matt Schofield Trio, Music Lab at Jefferson Center students
Schofield, an English hotshot of the blues world, and Roanoke’s own Vaughan combine for a show in which proceeds will go to the Music Lab at Jefferson Center.
Michael Bellar & As-Is Ensemble
With Melissa Reaves
Bellar, who plays keyboards for Amos Lee, is even more interesting leading his As-Is Ensemble. Fellow North Carolinian Reaves is a blues and soul singer with ridiculous range. In a week full of strong music, this one could be the strongest.
EventZone 10th Anniversary Party
With the Band of Oz
This event production organization held on after losing its contract to put on such Roanoke events as Festival in the Park. Its schedule of shindigs is greatly reduced, but the organization still aims to sling the beach music to celebrate 10 years.
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