With The Emotron, Inspector 34, Neural Necrosis, Mothmen, King of the Herrings, softservo and more
Check out four days of outside-the-box music, art, dance, poetry, theater, even puppetry, from acts based in Roanoke and well beyond.
Details: 3 p.m. Thursday; 3 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday; noon Sunday. Art Rat Studios, 1036 Service Ave. Ext. S.E., Building 10, Roanoke. Free (donations encouraged for artists, performers and daily food servings). facebook.com/ABnormalRoanoke, theemotron.bandcamp.com, inspector34.bandcamp.com
Independence Day Celebration: Blue Mule
Give an Independence Day toast to newgrass music. Mama Jean’s Barbecue will be on-site.
Floyd Small Town Summer: The Sway Katz
Celebrate your freedoms with some big-band jazz.
Thursday Jams: Carolyn Wonderland
With Jamen Denton
Road trip alert: High-class, high-powered blues singing and guitar work from Wonderland and her band.
One Eyed Jack
Father-and-son team Gerry and Aram Skenderian team up with guitar whiz Isaac Hadden.
With War Chile
Multi-faceted musician and artist Brian Gray fronts the Nirvana tribute headliner, and the blues-rocking opener, too.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke. $5. bit.ly/2oc67DG (War Chile Facebook page)
Apple Butter Soul
Get funky at the lake. Stevie Wonder, Average White Band, Kool & The Gang and more are in this Lynchburg band’s repertoire.
Dig some gritty slide guitar and blues singing from Richmond-based Wise.
Rocking originals and covers from Brian Mehalso and crew.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $3. 745-6836, medicinalamericana.com
Rock, blues and soul from a Christiansburg combo.
With Caleb Meyer
The Maryland-based headliner does her thing on guitar and harp.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 521-4507, kristinrebecca.com
Betsy in the Verse
Folk-leaning Betsy Kelderhouse’s voice goes from mellow to blasting with ease.
Country-popster Gatewood is looking to draw folks who enjoy the likes of Kane Brown, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay and Russell Dickerson.
Willard Gayheart & Family
Gayheart, 87, recently released his first solo project, the CD “At Home in the Blue Ridge.” Hear him and family members including rising Americana singer and songwriter Dori Freeman as they play music from Gayheart’s repertoire. Read more about this Galax-area resident, who is also a noted pencil artist, and hear a music sample in a Roanoke Times story posted at bit.ly/2ZY7U04.
Blues in the Park: Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Maurice Wynn, The Black Diamond Band
This one-day blues and Southern soul festival’s headliner, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, is a Mississippi Delta native and KoKo Taylor acolyte who recently appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” singing her own “Slap Yo Weave Off,” with house band The Roots. Sadly, another performer scheduled for the show, Bishop Bullwinkle, of “Hell 2 Da Naw Naw” fame, died last month, at 70.
Take Back Our Yard Concert Series: Desi Hyson, DJ Ros, Jaewar & Vibe Riot, E. Bandit, DJ Unique
It’s the second of three summertime shows in the part of Roanoke that folks called “The Yard.” Headliner Hyson used to be the lead singer for the Original Wailers. Read more about DJ Ros, from Atlanta via Roanoke, at roanoke.com/entertainment/music. Jaewar & Vibe Riot have played FloydFest. Read more about this series in a Roanoke Times story posted at bit.ly/2ROLc88.
Three Dog Night
“Joy to the World,” “Never Been to Spain” and “Old Fashioned Love Song” — such hits are the reason this show may well be sold out by the time you read this. Call ahead to be sure.
Stop the Jankyness IV: Case Jones, Defacto Thezpian, Freedom Infinite, Fam U, Scienze, Harvest Blaque, Poe Mack and more
Headliner Case Jones, proprietor of Roanoke-based Rawsole Records, recently released a very fine record, “Boombaptist.” Anti-Jankyness leader Poe Mack will work the turntables for this show.
US Blues: The Dead Reckoning, Chupacabras, Kendall Street Company and more
Flip back to Wednesday’s Extra to read more about this jam-centric event in Bedford County.
Details: Noon Saturday. Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island. $20, $30 if camping; $30 if RV camping (admission not included) via bit.ly/2Xxs6bR ($2 fee per ticket). facebook.com/deadreckoningva, hupacabrasmusic.com,kendallstreetcompany.com
West Station Block Party: The Ambassador & The Chosen Few, The Low Low Chariot, Empty Bottles
Reggae, rock-country and pop/rock will be your soundtrack to this outdoor party, hosted by Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje, Beamer’s 25 and Big Lick Brewing.
The Virginia Luthiers, with Wayne Henderson & Presley Barker
Sadly, one of the Virginia Luthiers members, Gerald Anderson, died June 20. His mentor, Henderson, phenom Barker and others will pay tribute.
Funky blues-rockers feature pedal steel ace Chris Johnson, whose other gig is with The Lee Boys.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $5. marvelousfunkshun.com
Gary Ruley and Mule Train
With The Trailblazers
Lexington native Ruley is a flatpicking caution, and his band is right there with him.
Jon Spear Band
Singer Dara James and band leader Spear make a strong two-guitar attack.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant. Free. jonspearband.com
Music in the Blue Ridge: Badfish, Skydog, The Big Payback
Road trip alert: Tribute bands cover Sublime, the Allman Brothers Band and James Brown. Hit me!
Clint Roberts Trio
Nashville, Tennessee-based Roberts has an energetic, roots-and-soul approach to singing and writing.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage. Free. clintrobertsmusic.com
Roanoke trio claims inspiration from the likes of Soulive and The New Mastersounds. Intriguing.
Daleville Summer Concert Series: Fuzzy Logic
Rob Campbell, former guitarist for The Worx, has joined up with Jerry Parris and his Fuzzy Logic mates.
Hair metal cover band brings the rock to Big Lick.
Details: 6 p.m. Big Lick Brewing Co. Free. facebook.com/GlamrKiti
It’s a solo show from young rock and blues player Hadden, a guitarist and singer of growing talent.
The Bang Tails
Hear covers of blues, rock and more from a hard-working band.
Guitar man Will Henson has idiosyncratic originals and classic rock covers.
Hear and see this Richmond pop-rock band perform original “Lisa’s Song” at youtu.be/FrvvrO1YP_8.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $3. thejoband.com
Bazaar Presents: L.A. Dies, Jim Shorts, Car Cassette
Indie-rock triple-header features headliner L.A. Dies, a Lynchburg band of growing renown.
Check out a groove-grass and folk-rock band from Florida.
Details: 9 p.m. Martin’s. Free. thecoppertonesmusic.com
Wall Street Unplugged with Charissa Morrison
This night’s guest acts, Amanda Bocchi and Catherine the Great, bring plenty of original music.