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Top Tickets: Great combos, new releases
Courtesy Ty Watkins
Courtesy KL Productions
Andy T and Nick Nixon
Courtesy Sandy Carson
Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Thursday, February 21, 2013
This cat can impersonate a trombone, hence the nickname. But he can sound like a digeridoo and other stuff, too.
Details: 8 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, lipbone.com
Jessilynn Kidd & the Box Beater
Kidd, who opened the Jana Kramer show on Feb. 13 at Sidewinders, returns to headline her own night, with drummer Chris Neikirk in tow.
Details: 7 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, 16 Campbell Ave. S.W., Roanoke. Free. 904-2777, facebook.com/SidewindersSteakhouse
Patrick Henry High School Jazz Ensemble
PH jazz band director (and Jefferson Center executive director) Cyrus Pace calls this “jazz for service.” It’s a benefit to help Forest Park Academy students take a trip to Washington, D.C.
Details: 7 p.m. Forest Park Academy, 2730 Melrose Ave., Roanoke. $10 suggested donation. 853-2923
Jamband and good vibes fans, you have two chances to catch this band, either in Roanoke or Salem.
Details: 10 p.m. tonight Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com. 9 p.m. Friday. Billy’s Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1, thekind.org
The Andy T - Nick Nixon Band
This is a good combination. Nick Nixon, an old-school blues and soul singer who used to play in a band with Billy Cox (Band of Gypsies), and guitarist Andy “T” Talamantez, who played with Guitar Shorty, bring it authentic. The act has a new album, “Drink Drank Drunk.” The record’s producer, Anson Funderburgh, also plays on the record.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, andytband.com
With The Boatmen
It’s been a good year for Folly Beach, N.C., band Dangermuffin. The FloydFest frequent flyers’ 2012 album, “Olly Oxen Free,” received critical love and won Home Grown Music Network’s album of the year. Opening act The Boatmen completes a good double-bill.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $8. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.inticketing.com/events, dangermuffinmusic.com, reverbnation.com/theboatmen
Honky Tonk Friday Night
With Danny Kay and the Nightlifers, Sean K. Preston
Check out some honest-to-Hank (Sr.), beer-swilling, door-swinging country music from two Baltimore, Md.-based acts. Roanoke guitarist Jesse Ray Carter will be sitting in with Kay, and likely with Preston.
Details: 10 p.m. Spike’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. S.W., Roanoke. 345-9744, reverbnation.com/dannykayandthenightlifers, reverbnation.com/seankpreston
With The Bowl Dusters
These two bands have a couple of common denominators — Scott Minton and Spencer McKenna.
Details: 10 p.m. 1906 Ale House, 1910 Memorial Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5. 562-8951, 1906alehouse.com, grassmonkey.com
With Drown The Messenger
Tobacco Apache is working on new music as it continues to hone the live sound of its gritty roots-rock.
Details: 10 p.m. Awful Arthur’s, Roanoke. $5. 344-2997, awfularthursseafood.com, facebook.com/TobaccoApache, facebook.com/drownthemessenger
Lee Robertson & Daniel McBroom
McBroom has worked in both acoustic and electronic formats.
Details: 8:15 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, Trinity United Methodist Church, 305 Mountain Ave. S.W., Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, firstname.lastname@example.org, reverbnation.com/danielmcbroom
A rock and soul band fronted by Floyd-based guitarist/singer Richie Ursomarso.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/TheBluesBbqCo, reverbnation.com/thewildlifegroove
Dam Fi No
This act, from the Greensboro, N.C., area, brings neo-country and Southern rock.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, facebook.com/SidewindersSteakhouse
Quarter Til Now
Pop-rockers with roots in Botetourt County play covers and originals.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, facebook.com/QuarterTilNow
Mackstu-mental Mixtape Release Party
With Eternia, Poe Mack, DJ Case Jones, DJ Hoodii, Vin Lak, Chris Magnetic, AOK, Tre’Mendous, Built To Write, Crafsmen and more
Canadian MC Eternia is an impressive performer, with fiery flow and great stage presence. Check out video of her August 2012 performance at Growler’s via blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=13360. Her set is part of another big Poe Mack production.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, eternia.bandcamp.com, poemack.com
With Patrick Sweany
Wayne “The Train” Hancock plies the good, old-school country music, and he hits Martin’s right before his new album “Ride” (Bloodshot Records) comes out, so you’ll hear new music. Opening act Patrick Sweany is a blues man who is criminally underappreciated.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $10. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, waynehancock.com, patricksweany.com
With Levi’s Gene Pool, Paradigm, Dying Ohio, Bon Qui Qui in the Dawg House, We Burned the Skyline, Paddleboat, Continuum, with special guests Sam Valentine and Tyler Langhorn
Young bands gather from across the valleys to rock out the gym.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Northside High School Gymnasium, Roanoke. $5; $2 with two cans of food for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. facebook.com/BandFest
Stalwart Roanoke Valley bluegrassers do an annual show, with new tunes.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Buchanan Theatre, Buchanan. $15. 540-254-1212, www.buchanantheatre.com, acousticendeavors.com
With Surfing, The Missionaries
It’s an indie-rock three-fer.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, themissionariesva.bandcamp.com, SURF1NG.com
Welcome To Hoonah
With Deer Run Drifters
A double-bill of Americana/grass/folk goodness.
Details: 10 p.m. Awful Arthur’s, Salem. $5. awfularthursseafood.com, welcometohoonah.com, reverbnation.com/thedeerrundrifters
Onetime Crobar Cane frontman Adam Rutledge leads this act, including other ex-Canesters, through neo-country sets.
Details: 10 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. $10. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org, rutledgeband.com
Ignite Elements of Fire
With Rio Mas, DJ JoJo Soprano
This American Heart Association Go Red Campaign fundraiser includes hip-hop from a young Roanoke performer, Rio Mas.
Details: 2 p.m. (Rio Mas’ set will happen after 7 p.m.) 202 Market, Roanoke. $10 suggested donation. 343-6644, facebook.com/202market, reverbnation.com/riolifereallife
Massacre Fest 2013
With Rock Bottom, Crosscheck, Throes, Accident Prone, True Worth, Worried Sick, Force, Thousand Yard Stare, True Burn and more
Get your fill of metal.
Details: 3 p.m. 5463 Ridgelea Estates Drive, Roanoke. $7. rockbottomhc.bandcamp.com, stereokiller.com/crosscheck
Showtime at the Dumas! Celebrating Roanoke’s Black History
Honoring Jane L. Powell, feat. Tommie “Tee Jay” Fleshman Jr., MAINE & Friends Band
Roanoke’s own soul queen, Jane Powell, receives an honor at this annual event. Proceeds from a silent auction will go to the Clifton “Boodie” Staples Foundation, in honor of Staples, the late, Roanoke-based bassist.
Details: 7 p.m. (VIP reception at 6 p.m.) Dumas Center for Artistic & Cultural Development, 108 First St. S.W., Roanoke. $20, $35 VIP. 323-362-9024, 3gsproductions.info
Back in July 2010, singer-songwriter McMurtry brought his band to the old Attitudes Bar and Cafe. He drew a big crowd, but an attentive one. There was some talking during the show, but when he played a quiet version of “Ruby & Carlos,” the room was silent. Afterward, a woman walked near the stage and asked the name of the song. He told her, and she responded: “It was beautiful.”
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $18. kirkavenuemusic.com, jamesmcmurtry.com
Homegrown Concert Series
With The Jerry Wimmer Trio
The Worx’s frontman brings his versatility to rock and country covers, and originals, too.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. Free. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com
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