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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Magic Twig Community Songwriter’s Workshop
With Seanmichael Poff, Sam Lunsford, Geoff Conley
Hear solo sets from some of the Roanoke Valley’s most creative songwriters. Lunsford’s The Young Sinclairs is a radio regular on Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave., Roanoke. $3; all ages. 309-0928, tumblr.com/tagged/magic twig community
John D’earth Quintet
World class jazz trumpeter D’earth, based in Charlottesville, has recorded for Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby and a ton of jazz acts including Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and John Scofield. His quintet includes guitarist Brian Mesko (The Rootdowns) and sax man Marcus Tenney. This is the real stuff.
Erin Lunsford and the Wildfire
Fincastle native Lunsford is making big noise in her new hometown, Charlottesville. She just released a strong EP, “I Saw The Thread,” and recently won the Paramount Idol contest, in C-ville. With that win comes a consultation with Red Light Management (Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys). Hear a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Franklin County Strings & Spirits Festival
With Corey Hunley, Yankee Dixie, Barefoot West, Harwell Grice Band, Rootstone, Tuff Gumby, Grass Monkey and more
This festival, in its second go-round, has changed its date to avoid last year’s stifling heat. The regional lineup looks good. Read more in Friday’s Extra section or at music.roanoke.com.
Details: 11 a.m. 2818 Grassy Hill Road, Rocky Mount. $20 advance online; $25 gate; free to teachers, military, 12 and younger. franklincountyfestival.com
This Burlington, Vt., quartet was one of the surprises of the winter at Martin’s Downtown, blistering and authentic on original Southern rock, speed metal and honky-tonk. A must for the musically adventurous.
This Americana-folk act, a former FloydFest performer, has a new album, “Figures of the Year,” scheduled for a Tuesday release. Ask for it.
Check out this act, which includes Mike Gangloff of the Black Twig Pickers, via couchbycouchwest.com/the-ridgeliners-deep-ellum-blues.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers. 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic
Chickenwings and Gravy
Chicago-style blues duo has a new CD, “A Moonlight Serenade.”
Details: 8 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, myspace.com/chickenwingsandgravy.com
Open Mic Party
With hosts RagTop
See some of the fun at youtube.com/watch?v=6UvdJ1Gliow.
George Jones Jam
Victor Conner, the Boones Mill musician who recently received a heart transplant, is a big George Jones fan. His brother Vance has invited all sorts of musicians out to play Jones songs and raise money for his brother, who is unable to work after his surgery.
Details: 5 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
Multi-instrumentalist Porter records all his tracks so he can sing and play guitar solo. Economy-style blues-rock and pop covers.
Details: 7 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. Free. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, daveporterband.com
Megan Jean & the KFB
With Riverbank Ramblers
The winner of last year’s FloydFest Under the Radar contest is becoming a regular in the valleys, and that is a good thing. This is truly an original act.
Rollicking, rocking, Americanagrass band plays for the bicyclists in an event that Ride Solutions is presenting.
The Mad Iguanas are building a big following and a big repertoire. Opener Stadanko also opened last month for Tim Reynolds & TR3 at Growler’s.
Details: 9 p.m. Awful Arthur’s, Salem. $5. 387-1004, awfularthursseafood.com, reverbnation.com/madiguanas
A New Orleans-based troubadour has traveled all around, gathering tales for his songs. He comes to Roanoke for the first time with his record, “It Sings in the Hi-Line.”
Details: 8:30 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, Third Street and Mountain Avenue, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 309-4707, email@example.com, kgrombacher.com
Blue Ridge Music Festival
With Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Colt Ford, Gloriana, Sara Haze, Greg Bates, Will Hoge, Charles Esten, Skip Castro Band, emcee Killer Beaz, after-party with Rutledge
Huge lineup of popular acts, but for our money, mid-bill performer Will Hoge is the best of the bunch. Get there early. Read more about this event at music.roanoke.com.
Details: 11 a.m. (gates open 10 a.m.) Salem Football Stadium (after-party 10:30 p.m. at Salem Civic Center). $40 ($50.80 with online fees) general admission and reserved seating; $99.50 ($110.75 with online fees). Salem Civic Center box office, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com, blueridgemusic festival.com
Allen Thompson Band
This strong singer/songwriter, now based in Nashville, is doing his native Roanoke Valley proud.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, allenthompsonmusic.com
With Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Mike Bryant & Joe Decosimo, Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell
Get some rollicking old-time tunes in your ear and flatfoot a little with some great players and dancers.
Details: 7 p.m. Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax. $10. 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.org, facebook.com/roanmountainhilltoppers1
SO Fresh Benefit
With Laura Beth and Clover Hollow
Hear a fine Americana/bluegrass group, picking to help a community service organization that is all about local foods.
With Pathogenesis, Eldred, Siege of Tyranny, The Reasons Were Legion, The Ziggurat
Face-melting metal comes in a five-pack at this show. For this old headbanger, Eldred’s cover of Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild” is a blast from the past.
Details: 8 p.m. Screamers Sports Grill, Radford. $5. 731-0700, facebook.com/pathogenesis666, facebook.com/eldredmusic, facebook.com/ynnaryTfoegeiSOfficial, facebook.com/TRWL666, TheZiggurat.org
Catch a hard-driving Charlotte, N.C., band — a past winner of the Blue Ridge Blues Society band contest.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, skinnyvelvet.net
Honky Tonkin’ University Tour
With Ricky Young,
This country-rock show has stopped at Sidewinders multiple times. We suspect that Big Lick has yet to learn all its honky-tonk lessons.
This stalwart Roanoke Valley performer brings originals and covers.
Phat Boyz Band
Hear bluegrass and a variety of other stuff at the lake.
With The Turnpike Troubadours
Read more about American Aquarium in Tuesday’s Extra section and hear a podcast with the band’s frontman, BJ Barham, at music.roanoke.com.
Funk Cousins (no relation)
These horn-blasting cousins might not be blood relatives, but they’re tight, like a family.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, facebook.com/funkcousinsnorelation
Wednesday Night Hoedown
With Acoustic Endeavors
Sidewinders has added yet another night of live music to its already busy lineup. This one features a stalwart Roanoke Valley bluegrass band.
Details: 7 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. Free. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, acousticendeavors.com
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