Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Courtesy Jesse Von Fange
William Walter (left) and Dane Alderson
Courtesy Victory Records
Reverend Horton Heat
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo
If you love gypsy jazz music — the hot swing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli — then you need to catch this act. Vignola, who for years was a Les Paul sideman, is an acoustic guitar beast, and his sidekick, Raniolo, can go note-for-note with him. You'll hear such Reinhardt chestnuts as "Nuages," but the pair also play a hyper-speed version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" and more — giving a night with these two the feel of a variety show.
Rooster Walk Preview
With Kings Of Belmont, Lizzy Ross Band
Rooster Walk, set for May 24-26 near Martinsville, is loaded with fine talent. These two bands provide strong examples.
The Goddamn Gallows
With The Dichotomies
The headliner, whose music has been genrefied as "hobocore," is like an angrier, scarier version of Larry and His Flask. See video at youtu.be/7V5XU4NWd2A.
Brittany Sparks returns to the music scene after having a baby. Both of those things are good news.
Key West Band member goes solo, but you can guess there will be Buffett in the mix.
It's not every day that an audience gets to hear a top jazz artist debut an album's repertoire. But roots-jazz violinist Carter aims to do that with her band, when they premiere "Southern Comfort," an album it will record just a few days after the Blacksburg show. Flip back to Tuesday's Extra section or visit music.roanoke.com to read more about the journey that MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner Carter has taken to put this album together.
Vezner, who co-wrote the Grammy-winning and enduring country song "Where've You Been," has also had songs recorded by Martina McBride, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith and more.
McFerrin, whose "Don't Worry, Be Happy" made him famous, is set to perform music from his upcoming record, "spirityouall," a tribute to his opera star father.
The Harmed Brothers
This band was impressive last June at Mountainside Cafe. See video at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=12125.
Another RoadSide Attraction
With Uncle Bengine & the Restraining Orders
Another Roadside Attraction, after a lineup change left it as a trio (and sometimes quartet), is still strong.
With Broke Down James
Riverband Ramblers still has some growing to do, but it's one of the valley's most unique bands. Broke Down James is brand new, but making impressions.
T.A.P. Benefit Show
With Electric Chameleon, Jordan Harman, Dave Corbitt
Help out Total Action for Progress and hear some hot pop-rock music with reggae and world tinges.
Sidewalk Summers Series
With Waitin' On Dave
It's time for some alfresco music listening.
Experienced Roanoke rockers have joined forces for this band, which jams out on some classic rock.
The reconstituted Grass Monkey is sounding strong, with Morgan Currie on harmonica.
Corey Hunley and Jeff Maiden
Hunley last week added to the list of headliners he has opened for when he played in front of Uncle Kracker at Sidewinder's.
Cincinnati, Ohio's Sonny Moorman is a whale of a blues guitarist, and a strong singer, too.
Blue Ridge Bike Fest
With Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute), Tobacco Apache, Madrone, Lowlife, Quarter Til Now, True Cadence, Southern Company, Untax't Whiskey, Mikey Teutul from "American Chopper," Tim, Tickle & JT from "Moonshiners"
Rock 'n' roll, choppers, a bikini contest and the guys from "Moonshiners." Sounds like a time.
Details: 1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Roanoke Civic Center. $15; $5 to children 12 and younger. blueridgebikefest.com
Peter Bradley Adams
With Molly Parton
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based singer/songwriter's work ranges from spooky and introspective to bright and beautiful.
Floyd Radio Show
With Fort Vause, Liam Kelly, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bukuru Celestin, hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
Bluegrass, old-time, even African folk music are part of the mix in this latest edition of the radio show.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $10. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
New River Brewfest 2013
With The Boatmen, Corey Hunley, Spoon Fight
Tunes and brews in the spring. Here's to nice weather on Saturday.
Details: Noon. Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast, 7535 Lee Highway, Radford. $20 advance; $25 day of; $5 to non-sampling guests. nesselrod.com/Brewfest/index.html, reverbnation.com/theboatmen, coreyhunley.com, spoonfightband.com
The Rarely Available Band
A fine folk-rock band teams up with Roanoke Valley-based Catawba Records to record in this venue, which has a really good sound.
Biscuit Miller & The Mix
Bluesman Biscuit Miller is a funky bass player with a tight band.
Rock Out For Autism 4
With FuNk PuNcH, Tobacco Apache, Shorefire, MIke & Dave Save The Day
Roanoke "front porch jamtronica" band FuNk PuNcH has made this an annual event. Good bands are on the bill.
Jerry Wimmer & Your Best Shot
Frontman for The Worx and his picking buds hit it at Awful's.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's. Salem. $5; free to Roanoke College students, faculty, with ID; 21 and older. 387-1004, facebook.com/thejerrywimmertrio
Former Journey tribute band frontman Jeremey Hunsicker now leads a Tom Petty tribute band.
Too Far Gone
Check out a neo-country band from central North Carolina.
Some of Roanoke's most talented players cover your favorite rock and pop hits.
Merchants of Seven
Hear alt-rock from a Blacksburg act.
Reverend Horton Heat
With Continental, The Woody Nelsons
This is as enduring a band as you'll find on the American music scene. Dallas-based Jim Heath, aka the Rev. Horton Heat, is a rockabilly king, an onstage wildman and a button beanie enthusiast. Opener Continental includes Dropkick Murphys founding member Rick Barton.
Down by Downtown
With William Walter & Dane Alderson, The Guilty Pleasures, Funk Cousins (No Relation)
The fourth Down by Downtown Festival starts on this night in Roanoke venues. Get all the details in next Tuesday's Extra section.
Details: Walter and Alderson at 10 p.m., Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill. Free. The Funk Cousins (No Relations) at 7 p.m., Billy's, 102 Market St.. Free. The Guilty Pleasures at 9 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co. Free. downxdowntown.com
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