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Top tickets: Spike Jones meets steampunk
The weekly roundup of notable shows in the region.
Courtesy Bryan Dowling
The Legendary JC’s play Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Friday night at 10.
Tim Reynolds & TR3 play Rivers Theatre in Martinsville on Friday night at 8.
Caravan of Thieves will play at Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Thursday night at 7:30.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Caravan Of Thieves
The Bridgeport, Conn., band brings something unique to the stage. Starting with a Gypsy jazz base, this acoustic act delves into pop with circus melodies and creepy themes (“Raise The Dead,” for example) to go along with expert instrumental work that sometimes takes on a Spike Jones feel. And the visual vibe borders on steampunk.
Former members of HopeHope are digging into the Soulive and Lettuce vein. Hear audio via blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=15102.
Jesse Ray “Dyin’ Crapshooter” Carter
Carter calls this solo act “raw roots played rough.”
Details: 10 p.m. Bridge Street Bar & Grill, 702 Bridge St. S.W., Roanoke. Free. 400-6884
The Legendary JC’s
Hear deep grooves, killer vocals from singer Eugene “Sidney P” Snowden and murderous lead instrumental work from guitarist Michael Lashinsky and trombonist Clay Watson.
Tim Reynolds & TR3 With Stephane Wrembel
Reynolds may be best known for playing with Dave Matthews, but he is a beast when he fronts his trio. Opener Wrembel is a Gypsy jazz king.
Powell – Roanoke’s queen of soul, jazz and blues – fronts a band that includes one of her cousins, Bernard Hairston, on bass. That should be enough to draw a big dinner crowd.
Another RoadSide Attraction With Welcome to Hoonah
Another Roadside Attraction hits it as a trio these days. Welcome to Hoonah continues on with five. Both bring good Americana.
Lazy Man Dub Band
The groovingest of Roanoke reggae bands goes green for St. Paddy’s Day.
A stellar jazz, rock and funk act returns to the stage. Brach Rauchle is a force.
Bluefield, W.Va., singer/songwriter Collins brings folk, blues and more.
Details: 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. open mic). Third Street Coffeehouse, 305 Mountain Ave. S.W., Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, email@example.com, clintoncollins.com
Hear rocked-up country from a Richmond-area band.
Road trip alert: Copeland’s latest album, “33 1⁄ 3,” is loaded with strong songs, playing, and Copeland’s great voice.
Lewis Grizzard wrote “Elvis Is Dead And I Don’t Feel So Good Myself.” Grizzard is long dead, too, but Elvis impersonators live on.
Details: 8 p.m. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. $57, $42, $32. 877-482-8496, hometownbanktix.com
Southern Culture On The Skids With Black Mountain Revival
A stalwart trio of indie rockers with Roanoke roots returns to town. Read more in Friday’s Extra, and hear a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Billy’s Barn St. Paddy Party
With The Mad Iguanas, Half Moon, Riverbank Ramblers, Shorefire
This is a bit more than a green beer throwdown for those bands. They’re also using raffles and drawings to raise money for their friend Dustin Bryant, who was badly injured in a car crash several months ago.
Louisiana Ca$h With Lil Ru
“Walk Wit’ A Dip” was the 2008 single that got Louisiana Ca$h noticed. Lil Ru made waves with “The Nasty Song.”
Abbey Road LIVE!
Beatles tribute act plays both “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” on this two-album night.
Scott Ramminger & the CrawStickers
Big Easy-leaning sax man hits the 5.
Honky Tonk University Tour With Ricky Young, Ty Bates
The U. returns to Sidewinders. Young has a new single, “Could You Love Me Again.” See the video at youtu.be/j19v9hcAcr8.
Trane Music Festival
With high school bands from William Fleming, Patrick Henry, Salem and Franklin County, and a Roanoke Symphony Orchestra ensemble performance
This event, set to benefit the Community College Access Program, features bands from schools that are participating in the access program. All proceeds go directly to the program to make college possible for local high school graduates.
Wee Shep and the Commode-O Dragons – with special guest T.O.M.A.T.O.
In other words, it’s Tim Shepherd and a pack of fellow musical travelers.
Details: 10 p.m. Fork in the Alley, Roanoke. Free. 982-3675, forkinthealley.com
Benefit for Todd Cooper
With The Worx, Burning Bridges, Wimmer Family, Lowlife, Fuzzy Logic, Corey Hunley, Rutledge, J.D. Sutphin, Retro
Cooper, drummer for the Worx, is as nice a guy as he is strong behind the kit. Musical friends gather to help him through health struggles caused by tachycardia, a fast heart rhythm that could be life-threatening.
Details: 2 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $10 suggested donation. 777-0007, sites.google.com/site/toddsrecovery
Eldred With Human Infection, Eviscera, The Ziggurat
The real St. Patrick’s Day will be one of metal mayhem at Martin’s.
Details: 9 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown, facebook.com/eldredmusic
The Casualties With In Defence, Never Wrong, Jackal Tickets and Tiebreaker
Street punkers The Casualties come to town with a lineup that includes original lead singer Jorge Herrera, and filled out by guys in the band since the early to mid-1990s. Roanoke’s own ska-punk band Jackal Tickets is a rousing opener.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $12 advance; $15 door. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, facebook.com/TheCasualties
Big Daddy Love With Turbine
Double-bill features Martin’s regulars Big Daddy Love and less frequent fliers Turbine, both FloydFest acts.
Homegrown Concert Series With Mad Iguanas
Those jammy Iguanas return to Growler’s for some Homegrown action.
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