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No BS! Brass
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The Howlin’ Brothers
Thursday, May 2, 2013
With Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Blue Highway, The Boxcars feat. Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull, Ron Block, Lonesome River Band and more
The 2010 death of young banjo phenomenon Houston Caldwell has inspired some of bluegrass and country music’s best pickers to donate time and talent at this event, which raises money for the Galax Fire Department. This, the third version of the event, has no shortage of great players.
Details: 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. Felts Park, Galax. $15 single-day; $25 two-day; camping $15-$50. 276-236-9908, houstonfestgalax.com
The Rootdowns CD Release Party
Soul-jazz organ band music is some of the best jazz music, even as it is among the most underappreciated. Fortunately, the folks at Blue 5 understand, and they bring The Rootdowns regularly. The band has a new album, “Songs With Friends,” loaded with excellent playing from guitarist Brian Mesko, organist Brian Mahne, drummer Dusty Simmons and sax man Marcus Tenney.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
With No BS! Brass
Here is a Richmond band with a powerful mojo. With a rash of horns, including tuba, and a wildman behind the drum set, No BS! funks it up nicely, with more than a few splashes of New Orleans-style grooves in the mix. See video at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=12260.
The Howlin’ Brothers
Check out a Nashville, Tenn., act with an old-timey sound that includes jazz and blues elements. The sound is ragged and tight at the same time. Hear songs from the band’s new album, “Howl” (Readymade/Thirty Tigers), which includes a guest spot from Warren Haynes and is loaded with good tunes.
Carrie Nation &
With The Riverbank Ramblers
This Wichita, Kan., country/grass/punk band delivers plenty of energy. Roanoke’s Riverbank Ramblers are a growing act worth hearing.
Chad Eby Quartet
Outstanding saxophonist Eby, who again this year will be a teacher at the Jefferson Center Jazz Institute, leads his Greensboro, N.C., act into Blue 5.
Under City Skylines
This Chesapeake band combines the sturm, drang and yowl of hardcore metal with pop elements.
The Stray Birds
This acoustic folk/country trio, with roots in rural Pennsylvania, plies rich harmonies and good instrumental work over Maya de Vitry’s original songs.
Three classically trained musicians moved to Nashville to do country-pop. The Railers are signed to the Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic label.
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $14. kirkavenuemusic.com, therailersband.com
With Caleb Caudle,
Nashville, Tenn.-based Sara Bareilles- and John Mayer-inspired Dreis heads up this bill, which ex-Savannah Shoulders’ frontman Wiley opens.
Roanoke “front porch jamtronica” band Funk Punch and Virginia Beach’s Woodwork are both on the Camp Barefoot 7 bill, set for Aug. 22-24.
Get a double dose of rock.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Billy’s Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 728-0270, facebook.com/pandoraboxband
It’s the weekend, so powerful jazz/rock/funk act URTH must be gigging.
Details: 10 p.m. 1906 Ale House, Roanoke. Free. 562-8951, 1906alehouse.com, urth.ws
Snare & Landis
This Roanoke duo, featuring guitar, drums and vocals, does classic rock and Southern rock covers and originals.
Catch a Roanoke Valley-based R&B/soul act.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com,
460 South Band
Hear country and Southern rock originals and covers from a Lynchburg band.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. reverbnation.com/damousravemoss
Mackstrumental Fan Night/Crafsmen Album Release
With Crafsmen, Poe Mack, Mr. Dynamite, MH Tha Great & AOK, Devious Kanevil, K-Lo, Case Jones
Poe Mack’s record label throws a party for the fans and releases a new one from Mackstrumental act Crafsmen.
Details: 9:30 p.m. The Village Grill, Roanoke. Free. 767-0057, soundcloud.com/mackstrumentalrecords
Honor By August
With Andy Davis
Strong pop-rock act Honor By August, from Northern Virginia, is one of that region’s most popular. The band has a new album, “Monuments to Progress.”
With Social Justice Trio
This collection of Roanoke roots music all stars — with “human jukebox” Kelly Mullen up front, is bound to entertain with Americana/country/rock tunes.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler’s American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com
Roanoke Valley Fiddle & Banjo Club
With Back in the Day Bluegrass Boys, Bluegrass Inspirations, Bluegrass Combination, Shanghai, open mic
Hear old-school 'grass and gospel-'grass.
Details: 6 p.m. Northside Middle School Auditorium, Roanoke. $7 suggested donation; free to ages 15 and younger. 529-2679, fiddleandbanjoclub.org
Rock & Walk for ALS
With Jane Powell, Eric Larsen, Radar Rose, Tobacco Apache, Steve Virts with Al Coffey and Wayne Fulp, Logan Stegall
Lou Gehrig had ALS. So did Jim “Catfish” Hunter. And lots of other people who never played for the Yankees. These fine acts are raising money to help.
Details: 2 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
Read more about this show in Saturday’s Extra section. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch to hear a podcast with drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran, with streaming music from the band’s most recent album, “Top of the World.”
With Jesse Ray Carter Trio
Carter, his Pabst-drinking friends and pinup girls have decamped to the back side of 202 Market, where smoking is still cool.
Details: 7 p.m. Doc’s Cigar & Sports Bar, 202 Market St., Roanoke. Free; 21 and older. 343-6644, facebook.com/202market
With Inna Vision
It’s a reggae double-bill at Martin’s.
Acoustic folk with harmonies, strings and drums.
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