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Balsam Range, shown in a January concert at Jefferson Center, Roanoke, plays Friday night at the Damascus Old Mill Music Fest, part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming.


Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Flip back to Thursday’s Extra or music.roanoke.com to read more about this funky sacred steel guitar music concert.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg. $25, $10 to students with ID, 18-younger. artscenter.vt.edu, robertrandolph.net

The Clydes

Hear atmospheric Americana and driving bluegrass from an Asheville band.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $3. 745-6836, reverbnation.com/clydesonfire

Jordan Allen & The Bellwethers

Check out an alt-country band from London, Kentucky.

Details: 8 p.m. 7 Dogs Brewpub, Wytheville. Free. 276-228-0994, 7dogsbrewpubva.com, facebook.com/jordanallenandthebellwethers


Mountains of Music Homecoming: HoustonFest

With Shenandoah, Dailey & Vincent, Dori Freeman, EmiSunshine and more

This ninth annual event pays tribute to the late Houston Caldwell, who was as big into community service as he was into picking banjo. Flip back to Wednesday’s Extra for our story on the fifth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, including our top five picks for music.

Details: Noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. Felts Park, Galax. $40 weekend pass, $25 per day, free 12-younger with paying adult via bit.ly/2XiHAwZ, bit.ly/2Wher8X, houstonfestgalax.com/tickets.html

Mountains of Music Homecoming: The Old Mill Music Fest at the Damascus Inn

With Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boys, The Church Sisters, Volume Five

Top bluegrass acts hit “Trail Town” for a weekend of acoustic music.

Details: 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Damascus Old Mill, Damascus. $20 Friday, $30 Saturday, $40 both days, $15 12-younger. damascusinn.com/music-fest, balsamrange.com, iiirdtymeout.com


Claytor Lake Beach Festival: Part-Time Party Band, Triple Play, Southern Nights, mini performance of “Annie”

Road trip alert: Late spring lake shenanigans with a beach music soundtrack from the headliner.

Details: 11 a.m. Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin. Parking $10, or $5 with five cans of food. 643-2500, facebook.com/ClaytorLakeFestival, parttimepartytimeband.snappages.com

Five Mile Mountain Road

Boones Mill-based bluegrass dance band features the hot fiddle work of Billy Hurt.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $8 door. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, facebook.com/fivemilemountainroad

Mountains of Music Homecoming: Experience Contested Space at Solitude

With Glorylanders Gospel Singers, Homebody Band

Catch the vibe of music, story telling, crafts, food and dance from the days when European, African and American Indian people were at what is now the oldest structure on Virginia Tech’s campus.

Details: 10 a.m. Solitude grounds near Duck Pond, Blacksburg. Free. mtnsofmusic.com, vt.edu/about/locations/buildings/Solitude.html, reverbnation.com/theglorylandersofnrv

The Floorboards

Roanoke alt-country quartet, leaning toward the rock side, plays a Floyd gig.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse. $5. thefloorboardsmusic.com

The Antecedents

This band of Americana-rockers from Pulaski opened for Cracker in May.

Details: 8 p.m. 7 Dogs Brewpub. Free. facebook.com/theantecedents


Mountains of Music Homecoming: Remembering Doc

With T. Michael Coleman, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little, Wayne Henderson

Picking buddies of Doc Watson tell his story in words and song.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg. $15, $10 to students with ID, 18-younger via bit.ly/30Vqd7L or artscenter.vt.edu


Thursday Jams: The New Respects, with Ladybirds

Road trip alert: Dig vintage pop, rock and soul from a Nashville, Tennessee, family band — siblings Darius, Alexandria and Alexis Fitzergerald and cousin Jasmine Mullen.

Details: 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. gates). The Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon. Free. abingdonmusicexperience.com, thenewrespects.com, ladybirdsmusic.com

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

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