Wyatt Rice

Wyatt Rice


The Ambassador & The Chosen Few

Gabe “The Ambassador” Lewis and his band sling sweet reggae vibes.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $5. 745-6836, facebook.com/DogtownRoadhouse, theambassadormusic.com

Nathan Bowles Trio

With Skylar Gudasz, Eight Point Star, A. Talmadge, Bob Canter

Black Twig Pickers member Bowles brings his Durham, North Carolina- based act back to Blacksburg. Gudasz hails from the Bull City, too.

Details: 7 p.m. Odd Fellows Lodge No. 20, 199 Wilson Ave., Blacksburg. Free (show organizers encourage donations to performers). nathanbowles.com, skylargudasz.com

Howlin’ Mudbellies

Hear NRV music scene stalwarts dig into blues ranging from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago.

Details: 7 p.m. Sinkland Farms Brewery, Christiansburg. $5. 835-3395, sinklandfarmsbrewery.com, mudbellies.com

Seph Custer

Hear original music from Custer’s 2017 album, “Beginning To End,” and more.

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

Dirt Road Breakdown

Lee Worley and Bob Chew combine for Americana that they label both swampy and greasy.

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


Wyatt Rice and Will Cassell

Rice was part of his iconic flatpicking brother’s Tony Rice Unit, and always showed that there was more than one hot six-stringer in the family.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, wyattrice.com

The Kruger Brothers

With Chatham Rabbits

Jens and Uwe Kruger have been picking since they were pre-teens in Switzerland. They’re North Carolina men now, with a reputation for making and playing great Americana music.

Details: 7 p.m. Blue Ridge Music Center, near Galax. $25 advance, $30 day of show, free to 12-younger. 866-308-2773 (ext. 245), blueridgemusiccenter.org, krugerbrothers.com, chathamrabbits.com

Summer Chamber Music Concert: Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich, Katharina Kang, Michael Klotz, Coleman Itzkoff

Violinists Ashkenasi and Ehrlich, violists Kang and Klotz and cellist Itzkoff play pieces including Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major, K. 563 and Mendelssohn’s Viola Quintet in B-flat major, Op. 87.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg. Free (free parking on Alumni Mall after 5 p.m. weekdays, and weekends). artscenter.vt.edu


Thursday Jams: Love Canon, with Virginia Ground

Hear your favorite music from the ‘80s, played expertly as acoustic, progressive bluegrass-style numbers. Always fun.

Details: 7 p.m. Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon. Free. abingdonmusicexperience.com, lovecanonmusic.com, reverbnation.com/virginiaground

Bella Raye

Raye, from Nashville via Bristol, Tennessee, has an EP of contemporary country music, “Dear 17.”

Details: 8 p.m. 7 Dogs Brewpub. Free. bellarayemusic.com

Flight One

Christiansburg quartet covers John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix, and has originals, too.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse. $3. reverbnation.com/flightone

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

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