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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Davina & the Vagabonds
Pianist/singer/ukulelist Davina Sowers, whose vocals summon up old-school jazz and blues styles but with often darkly updated lyrical twists, is the focus of this Minneapolis, Minn., band. But there's a lot more going on with this five-piece show. A trumpet and trombone horn section supplies backing vocals, and Andrew Burns plays both upright bass and Sousaphone. With a drummer who can nail New Orleans grooves, it's little wonder this band has become a Blue 5 favorite.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, davinaandthevagabonds.com
Martin's Oktoberfest Block Party
With Elm, Superhold, The Regal Beagles (Friday), Big Daddy Love, Mac & Juice, Mad Iguanas, Tobacco Apache, Stadanko (Saturday)
A fine pack of regional acts jams over two days of seasonal, outdoor goodness. If you were wondering, Elm used to be Segway, and it brings some energetic grooves. Roanoke bands Superhold ('80s specialists) and Mad Iguanas (original jam-rock) have built consistent audiences.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $10 after 10 p.m. Friday; free Saturday. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, elm-music.com, bigdaddylove.com
Wednesday Night Concert Series
With Charlie Worsham
Nashville, Tenn.-based Charlie Worsham is an act on the rise. "Could It Be," the lead single from his debut album, reached No. 13 in radio airplay and No. 28 in sales on the Billboard country charts this summer. Worsham co-wrote every song on that album, "Rubberband," which peaked at No. 12 on the country albums chart.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, Roanoke. $15 advance (plus online fee), $20 door. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, charlieworsham.com
With Week of Wonders
Seattle's Week of Wonders carries with it nothing of that city's grunge past, instead crafting an alt-lounge vibe that led Seattle Weekly to select it as the city's best new band of 2013. Roanoke's own Missionaries brings something lush but heavy to the stage, as well, and is always worth catching live.
Details: 8 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5; all ages. 309-0928, weekofwonders.bandcamp.com, themissionariesva.bandcamp.com
Funky variety out of Boone, N.C.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, supatightmusic.com
The Last Mile Band
Hear cover tunes covering four decades.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/BluesBbqCo
With Flying Davenports, The Off Brand
This triple-bill features unique indie-folksters Lobo Marino, a Richmond band that is making lots of trips to the valleys.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5; all ages. 309-0928, lobomarinomusic.com, facebook.com/TheFlyingDavenports
The Jordan Harman Band
Neo-soul and blues from a Roanoke act.
Details: 9:30 p.m. 1906 Ale House, Roanoke. Free. 562-8951, 1906alehouse.com, myspace.com/jordanharmanband
Kingsport, Tenn.-based country performer combines schools old and new.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, reverbnation.com/brinleyaddington
Adam Z. Markham
Talented guitarist and singer hits the stage.
Details: 8 p.m. Pomegranate, Troutville. $5. 966-6052, pomegranateva.com, reverbnation.com/adamzmarkham
Hear rock originals and covers from a Blacksburg band.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free. 387-1004, facebook.com/awfularthurssalem, reverbnation.com/surrenderdorothyvirginia
Keith Bowneice & Lee Roberson
Acoustic duo plays the coffee house.
Details: 8:30 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roanoke GO Outside Festival
With Hackensaw Boys (Saturday), Lazy Man Dub Band (Friday)
This outdoor-oriented festival runs through Sunday, but the live music happens on the two previous days. Visit music.roanoke.com to read more.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. River's Edge, 210 Reserve Ave., Roanoke. Free. roanokegofest.com, hackensawboys.com, lazymandubband.com
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
This iconic musical representative of New Orleans returns to Jefferson Center with music from his 2012 album, the Grammy Award-winning "Locked Down."
Details: 8 p.m. Jefferson Center. SOLD OUT. jeffcenter.org, nitetripper.com
Corey Hunley CD Release Party
Flip back to Tuesday's Extra section or visit music.roanoke.com for a story and podcast with Hunley.
Details: 8:45 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. Free. coreyhunley.com
Smith Mountain Lake Oktoberfest
With Sauerkraut Band, Barefoot West
The New River Valley's stalwart Sauerkraut Band performs traditional German oom-pah music while wearing old-school Bavarian clothing.
Details: Noon. Westlake Town Center, Westlake Road, Hardy, $5; free to 13 and younger. 721-5288, smloktoberfest.com, sauerkrautband.com
Intriguing, original, post-grunge rock from Pulaski.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free. 387-1004, facebook.com/awfularthurssalem, asideoceans.com
Matt Walsh, Mookie Brill and Chuck Cotton
These three North Carolina blues men can tear it up.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, mattwalshmusic.net
Country-rock and country-pop from Charlotte, N.C.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, spiveybrownband.com
With Hanoi Jane, After Action Review, Paradigm
Punk rock quadruple-bill.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Backstreet Cafe, Roanoke. $5; 18 and older only. 345-1542, myspace.com/angryyouth2001, reverbnation.com/hanoijaneroava
Benefit for Angels of Assisi
With Kill Skulls, Dig Me No Grave, Black Mountain Revival, Media Downfall, Snare Landis & Harman, The Firm, Mourn The Illusion
Hard rockers do their thing to help animals.
Details: 2 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse
For the Love of Todd: Benefit for Todd Cooper
With The Worx, Chuck Johnson & Steve Layne (TK-421), Lowlife, Kyle Forry and Justin Arnette (Barefoot West), Madrone, Adam & Cary Rutledge (Rutledge), The Waiting, William Walter, Axis Five, Spencer McKenna and more
Todd Cooper, drummer for The Worx, recently was diagnosed with tachycardia, a potentially deadly heart ailment. Cooper is a candidate for a heart transplant, but with no insurance, he needs help. Local and regional acts gather all day to play in his honor. This reporter will host and perform with a couple of those acts.
Details: 11 a.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages $5 donations at the door). giveforward.com/fundraiser/gp03/heart-chords-for-todd
With The Midnight Calls
Big Lick's own gonzo-grassers headline.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, grassmonkey.com
Madrone frontman plays solo.
Details: 9 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/BluesBbqCo
Prog-rock jammers from New York City.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, turbinemusic.com
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