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Sons of Bill
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Vinton Dogwood Festival
With Rich and Andy, Fusion Band (tonight), Stone Canyon Band (Friday), The Farm, Rutledge (Saturday), Exonerated (Sunday) and more
The town of Vinton has been bringing people together this time of year since 1956. This year as always, there is plenty of live music on the bill, including up-and-coming country act The Farm. And of course, there are plenty of carnival rides and lots of fair food.
Details: Concerts begin 7 p.m. today; 6:30 p.m. Friday; 6:15 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Vinton. Saturday concert, $10, VIP $20. brownpapertickets.com/event/367495, vintondogwoodfestival.org, thefarmmusic.com
Consider The Source
The headliner plays hard-hitting space-rock tunes fueled by riffs from the far east.
Jonathan Barker & Aaron Oberg
Piano, guitars and vocals from this duo.
Details: 7:30 p.m. The Quarter, Roanoke. Free. 342-2990, thequarterrestaurant.com
Some of Roanoke's top-flight jazz and pop guys do this gig regularly.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
Sons of Bill
This Americana/rock band's name itself is an interesting story. Three band members really are sons of Bill — last name Wilson — a professor emeritus at University of Virginia. He taught philosophical theology and Southern literature. The band's lyrics are smart, of course, and the music on new album "Sirens" rocks, thanks in part to producer David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven.
With Tobacco Apache
If you watch "The Office," know that there is more than one interesting thing in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., area, and this thing is non-fictional. Cabinet is a rocking hoedown of a band, with drums driving bluegrass instrumentation. You're not as likely to laugh, but your very liable to stomp and shuffle. Roanoke's Tobacco Apache is a growing force.
With Kip Moore, Brian Davis
Read more about opening act Kip Moore in Friday's Extra section.
Weaving he Fate
The band once known as Villanova is still cranking the hip-hop-laced hard rock and funk.
The Floorboards is one of Southwest Virginia's hardest working bands. The work shows in quality performances.
Charlie Hamill and Friends
Hamill has a lot of musical friends, so his gigs are always interesting.
With Virginia Werewoolf
It's an indie-rock double-bill, with Harrisonburg's Sew showing moody writing and spooky harmonies.
Check out a nu-country band from North Carolina that features both female and male lead vocalists.
Sean Bera and his musical cohorts blast original pop-rock and covers.
Social Justice Trio
This band, fronted by singer Thalassa McBroom, plays what it describes as "Appalachian voodoo and blues."
The Black Twig Pickers
Old-time maestros The Black Twig Pickers' latest album, "Rough Carpenters," has been a critical success, earning international attention from such sources as the BBC and NPR. The band starts its weekend at the Floyd Country Store, then heads to Blacksburg the next night, for a gig with Daniel Bachman, a Fredericksburg guitarist and Jack Rose acolyte who formerly went by the name Sacred Harp.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Alleghany Strings at
6:30 p.m.; Clyde Williams Band at 9 p.m.). Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com.
9 p.m. Saturday. The Cellar. Blacksburg (with Daniel Bachman). Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, blacktwigpickers.org, discogs.com/artist/Daniel+Bachman
Dailey & Vincent
These kings of bluegrass harmony hit No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today radio airplay chart this week with their new album, "Brothers of the Highway."
With Jahman Brahman
It's a jamming double-bill. Chelsey Grey, formerly of Groova Scape, returns to town to sing some tunes with the opening act.
Roanoke jam-rockers are scheduled to play Camp Barefoot, Front Porch and Happiness & Harmony festivals.
New York-based rockers claim such influences as Guns 'N' Roses, Cheap Trick and Social Distortion. Singer Blackey Deathproof is an archetypal rock chick.
Rawls, who led bands for O.V. Wright and Johnny Taylor, is part of Mississippi's blues fabric.
One of Virginia's top bluegrass bands, and host of its own enduring festival, hits a Buchanan joint.
Details: 9 p.m. Good Times Cafe, Buchanan. $7. 254-1001, nothinfancybluegrass.com
Original Kind member Wendy Godley, and her husband, Kind drummer Rick Godley, celebrate their 10th anniversary at this show.
Greg Ayers and Willis Greenstreet
Check out a guitar and saxophone duo.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Annie Moore's Irish Pub, Roanoke. Free. 904-5466, anniemoorespub.com
This writer is always a sucker for Barefoot West's cover of "Frankie and Johnny."
With Styx, Ted Nugent
Read more about this show, and Styx's involvement with the Girls Rock Roanoke program, in Saturday's Extra section.
With Andy Bullington
Read more about Ben Bullington, a songwriter's songwriter who grew up in Roanoke, in Sunday's Extra section.
Blues, jazz and pop singer Jane Powell is one of Roanoke's treasures. Powell, who spent years away from Roanoke as she traveled the world, performing on cruise ships, college campuses and on movie soundtracks, is back in town, and still a powerful and fun singer.
Details: 1 p.m. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Road, Roanoke. $13.93 advance (includes online service fee); $15 day of show. 562-2200, janepowellatunityofroanokevalley.bpt.me, facebook.com/UnityRkeValley, janelpowell.com
Paul Thorn Band
With Adam and Cary Rutledge
Thorn is as close to guaranteed entertainment as you can get. His music, rock spiced with blues, country and soul, is strong. His lyrics — delivered with full Tupelo, Miss., drawl — can be hilarious or insightful and sometimes both at once.
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