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Thursday, July 4, 2013
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
With special guest Austin de Lone
This Telecaster wrangler, from Austin, Texas, via Maryland’s Western Shore via Ann Arbor, Mich., is a roots music treasure.
His country picking fueled the Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen cover of “Hot Rod Lincoln” — a riff that every wannabe country picker tries to nail. On a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch, we talk about how he came up with that early-1970s riff — “originality born of incompetence,” he jokes. We fast forward all these years to his brand new record, “Seeds & Stems,” and stream three songs from that disc, “Too Much Fun,” “Down To Seeds And Stems Again” and “Flip Flop.” His band, Too Much Fun, recorded it with him and is a roots music machine.
Special guest de Lone is Kirchen’s mentor and musical partner, the man who introduced Kirchen to Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, both of whom Kirchen wound up playing with.
If you like real country music, don’t miss this cat.
With Graces Downfall
It’s a hard-rock two-fer at Awful’s downtown. Roanoke’s Madrone is always working. Check out the video for “House of Ghosts” at youtu.be/W8OcTMlqQ-w.
Rhythm And Vine Festival
With The Greencards, Dangermuffin
Two outstanding Americana acts — the bluegrass/pop-leaning Greencards and the rocking, horn-shouting Dangermuffin — jam while you partake of the grape.
Mountain Lake Lodge Americana Weekend
With Black Twig Pickers (tonight), Big Daddy Love (Friday), Jon Stickley Trio (Sunday)
A pack of fine acts will head out to Mountain Lake to make pulses rise along with the water level. Saturday night features a square dance session.
Details: 5:30 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Friday; noon Sunday. Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke. $5 today, Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday. 626-7121, mtnlakelodge.com, blacktwigpickers.org, bigdaddylove.com, jonstickley.com
With Acoustic Endeavors, Dirt Road Scholars, Rutledge, Barefoot West, Seven Mile Ford, The Kings, Cimarron
Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16708 to see which day your favorite band is playing.
Details: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night through July 14. Salem Fair, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem. Free. salemfair.com
Ori Naftaly Band
Check out a hot band of blues pickers and singers from Israel. That’s right, they’re playing the blues over there, too.
Former Champions Presents Startin’ Somthin’ — a Tribute To Michael Jackson
Judging from this video — youtu.be/nNlEgXtacvg — Former Champions, featuring singer Jerel Crockett, will start something indeed.
This band brings some spanking funk to nearly everything it does.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, bluesbbqco.com, reverbnation.com/thewildlifegroove
Hear country, rock and hip-hop (or is it hick-hop) from a Greensboro, N.C., act.
Down suds and get grub from a food truck while you listen to sounds of the ’80s from a talented duo.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Patio at Sunken City Brewing Co. Tap Room, 40 Brewery Drive, Hardy. Free. 420-0476, sunkencitybeer.com
Daniel McBroom and Crystal Dawn Peyton
See and hear video from this folk/rock duo’s recent performance at Fork in the Market via blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16915.
With Poe Mack, Illpo, K.I.I.D.F., J Scienide
Duane “Mr. Dynamite” Worley makes beats and creates rhymes, all in fine style. Check his Soundcloud page for some cool stuff.
Details: 9:30 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5 advance; $10 door; 21 and older. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse; for advance tickets call 526-8590 or visit Flat 5 Studios, 18 E. Main St., Salem. soundcloud.com/mrdynamitehiphop
With Eros & The Eschaton
Read a review of Roanoke-based indie-rockers the Missionaries’ recent Fork in the City show at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16819.
The Color J
Former Alliens Jamiel (keys, vocals) and Janiah (drums, percussion) lead this funky, soulful band. Hear originals and covers.
Funk Cousins (no relation)
Watch and listen to this fine soul-jazz band and singer Rhiana Roper at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16910.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, facebook.com/funkcousinsnorelation
Li’l Ronnie and The Grand Dukes
Ronnie Owens blows a mean harp, and the rest of his Richmond-based blues act know what they’re doing, too.
Frontwoman Thally McBroom (sister of the aforementioned Daniel McBroom) can sing, and this band lays down solid and melodic pop-rock.
Get your 1980s-era hair metal fix.
Robin and Linda Williams
After 21 albums over about 40 years, this Shenandoah Valley couple is still putting out quality music. The latest, “These Old Dark Hills,” came out last year, and yet another is scheduled for fall.
Details: 3 p.m. Garth Newel Music Center, 403 Garth Newell Lane, Hot Springs. $22; $10 to students; free to 12 and younger; $37, $25 and $10 with picnic.
Blue Ridge Blues Society Open Mic Jam
With The SpinOuts
It’s another blue Monday at Martin’s. Bring your sticks and axes and jam. Come out an hour earlier if you want to catch the blues society’s meeting. The group is looking for volunteers to help out with the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, set for Aug. 3.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. blueridgeblues.org
Grass monkey bassist goes solo. Expect hard country in the repertoire.
Details: 9 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, bluesbbqco.com
Dubconscious members Jonathan Brill (guitar, vocals) and Jerry Hendelberg (keys, vocals) are the center of this very eclectic jamband. Check the band’s ReverbNation page to see just how eclectic.
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