Gretchen Peters

Peters has made her bones as a songwriter. Her “Independence Day” was a massive hit for Martina McBride. George Strait, Pam Tillis and Bryan Adams are others who had commercial success with her work. Nashville, Tennessee-based Peters has her own voice — a good one — and critically lauded recent albums in “Dancing with the Beast” and “Blackbirds, part of an extensive catalog.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. $34.50, $24.50 advance; $39.50, $29.50 day of show. 484-8277,,


Devon Gilfillian

Soul/blues man Gilfillian was among the highlights at FloydFest in 2018, with a voice that wrapped around his melodies, smart guitar work and a rock-solid band. The Nashville-via-Philadelphia songwriter has some good ones, including the slow-blues “Even Though It Hurts” and the Afrobeat-fueled “Get Out and Get It.” Go to this story at to hear them.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester Performance Center. $24, $17 advance; $29, $22 day of show.


Brewster Walk

With Mountain Heart, C2 & The Brothers Reed, Isaac Hadden Band

Bassett native Josh Shilling returns to Martinsville with his red-hot, Nashville-based band, Mountain Heart, to headline the beery festivities taking place in front of the Rives Theatre. Sounds like a time, from hit to quit, on this bill.

Detais: 1 p.m. 200 block Church Street, Martinsville. $30 general admission, $20 designated driver, $55 VIP in advance; $35 G.A., $25 D.D. gates.,



Check out an alt- and roots-rocking band that has been at it since 1983. If you’re not sure who BoDeans are, look up the “Party of Five” theme song, “Closer to Free,” the Wisconsin-based band’s signature number. BoDeans also had success with “Good Things” and “Fadeaway.” The act is sort of immortal, too, with a permanent spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Midwest artists exhibit.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester. $42, $32, $22.


Chris Rattie & The New Rebels

Rattie, a dive-bar drummer turned guitarist and singer/songwriter, brings folk- and country-leaning rock music from central Pennsylvania.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,

No Quarter

A Led Zeppelin tribute band hits the Sanctuary.

Detais: 8:30 p.m. 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke. $18, $20 day of show general admission; $25 floor seating, $35 mezzanine.,


Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival

With Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Chupacabras, Option 22, Infinite Third, Benny Bettane, Africa Unplugged, Natural Born Leaders, Walter DeBarr, April B. & The Cool, Andrew Adkins, The Parachute Brigade, The Judy Chops and more

Road trip alert: The 16th version of this West Virginia festival features days of cool music.

Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday. Appalachian South Folklife, Pipestem, West Virginia. $50. $20 6-12, 5-younger free weekend (includes camping); $15 Thursday, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, $15 Sunday adults, 12-younger $7 Thursday, $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $7 Sunday (camping not included) and more options via,


Walk Talk

Brooklyn, New York, act features Pimps of Joytime percussionist/singer Mayteana Morales. You will want to dance.

Details: 6 p.m. Big Lick Brewing Co., Roanoke. Free. 562-8383,,

Dr. Bacon

The Sycamore Deli is gone, but a new venue, The Milk Parlor, has opened at the site of that erstwhile sammich shop. A funk-rock band from Asheville, North Carolina, is on the bill.

Details: 9 p.m. The Milk Parlor, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1393,,

Fridays on the Quad: Annabelle’s Curse

An outstanding indie-folk quintet from Bristol lays it down for the Maroons.

Details: 4:30 p.m. Roanoke College Back Quad, Salem. Free.,

The Floorboards

With The Concerns

Two Roanoke-area bands flat loaded with strong musicians take the stage at 5 Points.

Details: 8:30 p.m. 5 Points Music Sanctuary. $12 advance, $15 day of show general admission; $20 floor seating; $30 mezzanine via,

Tim Cote

Check out Cote’s original song, “Drunk Dial,” via

Details: 9:45 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $7. 904-2777,,

New River Blues Society Blues Jam

With host band McFadden & Friends, Isaac Hadden

Roscoe McFadden blows a mean blues harp. Go sit in. Go to this story at for a video of young Hadden jamming at Rooster Walk with Roosevelt Collier trio.

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

Kate’s Birthday Celebration: DJ Al D, Sharayah

Dance while birthday girl Kate Dever’s husband works the turntables. Folk singer Sharayah has a wonderful voice.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $5.

Friday Night Jamboree: Janet Turner & Friends, The Black Twig Pickers and more

Some of the most popular jamboree acts in Floyd return to the country store stage.

Details: 6:30 p.m. The Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $12 seating, $8 general admission, $5 7-12, free 6-younger. 745-4563,

Davey O.

With Betsy Biesenbach

Folk and roots music performer from Buffalo headlines with a world-weary tenor.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 521-4507,

Grand Ole Uproar

Rollicking country-folksters from Greensboro, North Carolina, have been hitting our part of the world frequently.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $3. 745-6836,,

The Thrillbillyz

Roanoke blues-rockers take on Galax.

Details: 7 p.m. Creek Bottom Brewing Co. Tasting Room & Pub, Galax. Free. 276-236-2337,,

The Lightweight Champs

Tacoma, Washington trio slings power-pop with a punk foundation.

Details: 9 p.m. The Front Row, Roanoke. $5, $21-older. 345-1542,,


UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Weekend

With PalmPalm (Friday), Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Walk Talk (Saturday)

J. Roddy Walston side project PalmPalm, New Orleans brass/funk juggernaut Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the aforementioned Walk Talk provide a mountain bike soundtrack.

Details: Music begins 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia. $40, $10 6-12, free 5-younger.,,


Endless Summer Jam Street Party

With Zach Deputy, The Ambassador, Mad Iguanas

One-man funk, reggae and pop outfit Deputy returns to Martin’s for this outdoor wing-ding. Roanoke Valley acts The Amabassador and Mad Iguanas bring high quality.

The Floyd Radio Show Season Premiere

With The Crooked Road Ramblers, Kelley & The Cowboys, Devon Sproule

It’s another season of the webcast-only radio show featuring songs, skits and other fun. If you can’t make it up to Floyd, listen live at

Details: 7:30 p.m. The Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $12 advance, $15 day of show ($90 season pass for all 9 shows, plus reserved seating). 745-4563,,,,

Bluefield Blues Festival

With Nikki Hill, Packrat’s Smokehouse, Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen, Billy Crawford Band, The Tommy Cox Band

Road trip alert: Headlining act Hill, from New Orleans via Durham, North Carolina, is a powerhouse singer and performer with a killer band.

Details: 2 p.m. Commerce Street, Bluefield, West Virginia. $15 advance, $18 gates.,,

Good Cat Bad Cat

With Dread State, Dover and The Elevators

Hear noise-and-scream-laden hardcore from Good Cat Bad Cat. Dread State rolls hardcore, too, while Dover and the Elevators’ latest record is “Shoulda Been Hardcore,” but it’s garage-punk.

Details: 9 p.m. The Front Row, Roanoke. $5, 21-older.,,

Chris Moreno

Moreno brings a melodic rock approach to his country originals.

Details: 9:45 p.m. Sidewinders. $7.

Virginia Steak Festival: Low Low Chariot, Solacoustix

Food trucks, restaurants and caterers dole out slabs of meat (that’s extra, now), and you can dance off the calories.

Details: 5 p.m. Vinton Farmers Market, Vinton. $5.,

Little Rodger & The Cheap Thrills

Dig into some vintage blues from some excellent players.

Details: 7 p.m. Chaos Mountain Brewing Co., Callaway. Free. 334-1600,,

Buddhagraph Spaceship

This band of jam-rockers, founded in Floyd and transplanted to Asheville, returns home for a gig.

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

Half Moon

Soul, funk, blues, rock, jam — it’s all in this stalwart combo’s wheelhouse.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co., Salem. Free. 314-8234,,

Betsy Kelderhouse

Acoustic alt-rock covers and originals from this singer and guitarist.

Details: 6 p.m. Olde Salem Brewing Co., 21 E. Main St., Salem. Free.,


Blue Ridge Rock Festival

With Godsmack, The Offspring, A Day To Remember, Stone Temple Pilots, DMX, In This Moment, I Prevail, HELLYEAH, Tech N9ne, YelaWolf and more

Road trip alert: Big name metal hard rock and grunge acts — and rapper DMX — go to 11. Roanoke’s own Black Plague is on this lineup, as well, scheduled for 2:35 p.m. Saturday.

Details: 11 a.m. gates each day; music 11:05 a.m. Saturday, 11:10 a.m. Sunday. Devault Vineyards, Concord. $55 2-day pass, $245 2-day VIP, $600 2-day super VIP, $35 single day, $130 single-day VIP, $340 single-day super VIP, $40 2-day parking, $20 single-day parking.,,


Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo

Hartswick, a fantastic trumpet player and singer (Trey Anastasio Band, Jam Cruise, Big Gigantic, Oteil & Friends), teams with her old friend (and phenomenal guitarist), Cassarino, of the Nth Power. Hartswick’s newish album, “Nexus,” is a soulful and jazzy gem that includes Cassarino and bassist Christian McBride. It would make sense that the duo will pull from it.

Details: 8:30 p.m. 5 Points Music Sanctuary. $12 advance, $15 day of show general admission; $17, $18 floor seating; $30 mezzanine via

Steele y Dan

Steele Whisnant and (or y) Dan Carell, half of Shorefire, are not a Steely Dan tribute act.

Details: 1 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co. Free.


Eric Wayne Band

Lee Brice, Band of Heathens, Eric Church and Tyler Childers are among the performers Wayne covers on his Youtube page.

Details: 9 p.m. Martin’s. Free.

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