The Fat Catz

The Fat Catz


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),


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.

Howlin’ Mudbellies

Gutbucket blues from experienced players.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Fatback Soul Shack, Christiansburg. Free. 251-3182,,


Classic rock covers and originals in that vein from Princeton, West Virginia.

Details: 8 p.m. 7 Dogs Brewpub, Wytheville. Free. 276-228-0994,,


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

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.


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.

Details: 10 a.m. Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson. $20, free to 12-younger accompanied by paying adult; $10 parking.,

Gospel Jubilee: The Isaacs, with The Freemans and more

Get some of that old-time religion outdoors, for free, a day ahead of time.

Details: 2 p.m. Chantilly Farm, Floyd. Free.,,

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.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 745-4563,,

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.

Jan Britten Owen

Like The Beatles? So does Owen, and he can pick and sing their songs.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse. $3.


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.

Details: 6 p.m. Warren G. Lineberry Park, Floyd. Free.,,

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.

Details: 7 p.m. Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon. Free.,,

For the past decade, Tad Dickens has been writing about music. For now, it remains sunshine and rainbows.

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