Mountains of Music Homecoming: Bill Monroe’s Sons of Bluegrass featuring Billy Baker, Mike Compton, Tom Ewing, Doug Hutchens and Butch Robins
Two nights of music from the “Big Mon” catalog, in two different spots.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax. $20, $10 12-younger. 866-308-2773 (ext. 245), blueridgemusiccenter.org
Dig a variety of roots music from a band featuring Marcus Morris and Henry Lazenby, the original Groova Scape guys.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $5. facebook.com/seedpickermusic
Gutbucket blues from experienced players.
Classic rock covers and originals in that vein from Princeton, West Virginia.
Mountains of Music Homecoming: 17th Annual Henry Reed Memorial Fiddlers Convention
With Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder, Nobody’s Business, The Reed Family Band
This event, which honors the memory of fiddler and luthier Henry Reed, is always packed with good players. Listen live via wnrvbluegrassradio.com/henryreed-festival.html.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Newport Community Center, 434 Bluegrass Trail, Newport. $8 each day, $15 weekend, free to 12-younger. facebook.com/HenryReedFiddlersConvention
Mountains of Music Homecoming: Wayne Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition
With Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Redd Volkaert & Bill Kirchen, Shadowgrass, Wayne Henderson & Friends and more
The 25th annual version of this event, which features some of the country’s best roots musicians, has donated more than $50,000 in its history to a scholarship fund for young musical aspirants. It’s not all about guitar, though. Brooke Aldridge is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2018 Female Vocalist of the Year Award winner.
Gospel Jubilee: The Isaacs, with The Freemans and more
Get some of that old-time religion outdoors, for free, a day ahead of time.
Kenny and Amanda Smith
This act, winner of multiple IBMA awards, has been a regular at the Floyd Country Store over the years. That’s a great thing.
12th annual Summer Solstice Fest
With Solacoustix, The Jared Stout Band, The Breakfast Club and more
Can you believe it’s already summer? Jam out in Blacksburg before another season sneaks away from you.
Details: 1 to 11 p.m. Downtown Blacksburg. Free. downtownblacksburg.com
Jan Britten Owen
Like The Beatles? So does Owen, and he can pick and sing their songs.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse. $3. janowen.com
Floyd Small Town Summer: Toubab Krewe, with Richie & The Wildlife, movie “Mary Poppins Returns”
Afrobeat music filtered through the western North Carolina mountains, courtesy of the great Toubab Krewe. Get there in time for the Floyd-based opening act.
Thursday Jams: The Commonheart, with Magus and the Movers
Road trip alert: Funky, soulful and horn-fueled Pittsburgh band The Commonheart takes the stage in Abingdon.