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Drummer Phill Bronson (from left), Jonathan Scales and bassist Cody Wright.
Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line is playing at the Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday night at 8.
Courtesy Brian Mahne
This Virginia Beach-based Celtic-rock act delivers a punk-inflected stew that will make you flip your kilt.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Fighting Jamesons
With Black Mountain Revival
This Virginia Beach-based Celtic-rock act delivers a punk-inflected stew that will make you flip your kilt. Fiddle, banjo and mandolin find common cause with electric guitar and pounding drums.
This funky soul-jazz organ quartet includes players from Richmond and Roanoke. The Roanoker, Music Lab at Jefferson Center education/outreach coordinator Brian Mesko, is a new guy in town, but Blue 5 audiences have heard his jazz, funk and rock licks plenty. Go to http://blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=17028 to read a review of the band's debut album, "Songs With Friends." It's hot. Bonus: The band, easily able to improvise, sounds as good or better live.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com
Nora Jane Struthers
& The Party Line
Here is one of the sad facts of bands and relationships: They don't often work out. Such was the case with singer/songwriter Nora Jane Struthers and her longtime boyfriend, multi-instrumentalist P.J. George. The pair split recently, with George departing the band. These days, he is playing with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based The Sweetback Sisters. Meanwhile, George's fellow Salemite, Drew Lawhorn, remains with The Party Line, touring behind a strong band debut, "Carnival."
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
This is a show for the musically adventurous. Scales is a steel pan player of the highest rank, but you will not hear him truck with much of the traditional Carribean-style music most commonly associated with the instrument. Instead, Scales pursues jazz composition and performance, with lots of syncopation, odd meters and trippy polyrhythms. Drummer Phil Bronson and bassist Cody Wright are up to the task. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16265 for a podcast with Scales.
With Ted Leo
Flip back to Monday's Extra section or visit music.roanoke.com to read more about Mann and this show.
Punch Brothers and ex-Nickel Creek mandolin genius (certified per MacArthur Foundation) plays solo at this already sold-out event.
Moreland & Arbuckle
Flip back to Monday's Extra section or visit music.roanoke.com for more info on this gig.
The Funk Cousins (no relation)
A set of Roanoke Valley all-stars bring the good funk, hip-hop and jazz grooves.
With The Gaffer Project, Black Mountain Revival
The headliner brings indie pop-rock with a hint of menace on the album "Delusions of Grandeur."
Mohamed Bhana's unplugged Band Jam
Electric Chameleon frontman Bhana leads this revamped open mike at Schooners. Bring your ax and jam. Drums and P.A. are already in the house.
Details: 9 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
Poe Mack CD Release Party
Roanoke Valley emcee/scene impresario Byron "Poe" Mack is prolific.
Details: 10 p.m. tonight. She-Sha Cafe & Hookah Lounge, Blacksburg. Free. 961-9100, sheshacafe.com. 9 p.m. The Village Grill, Roanoke. Free. 767-0057, poemack.com
The Festy Experience
With The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, JJ Grey & Mofro, John Scofield Uberjam Band, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Lake Street Dive, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers and more
Road trip alert: Once again, Charlottesville-based The Infamous Stringdusters host this stylistically wide-ranging festival.
Details: Noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Concert Grounds at Devil's Backbone, 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland. Ticket prices vary. thefesty.com
Michael McDonald & the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
Flip back to Wednesday's Extra section or visit music.roanoke.com to read more about this show and get a link to a podcast with McDonald.
[the] K Word Reunion Show
With Way, Shape, or Form
An old-school Roanoke favorite, the math-rocking [the] K Word featured Aaron Parker, Mike Satterfield, Greg Szechenyi and Adam Baber. This rare reunion will use its profits to benefit the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation.
This seasoned blues-rock guitarist has played with the likes of Steve Winwood and Lou Gramm (of Foreigner).
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $10; $15 per couple. bobbymessano.com
This Roanoke Valley-based cover band brings some of the tightest, thickest, multipart harmonies you'll hear anywhere.
Road trip alert: Heroines of several FloydFests, sisters Chloe and Leah Smith always bring the conscious grooves with a killer backing band.
Check out a band featuring guitar wizard Jody Ensor and drummer Tom "The Hit Man" Hearn.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, bluesbbqco.com
J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices
With Deer Run Drifters
After lots of rambling, old-school country singer/songwriter Harris settled in Nashville, Tenn., where they really need him. I mean, have you listened to "Redneck Crazy"? Sheesh.
This funky, soulful bluesman can pull off a bit of the Clarence Carter schtick, too, as seen here - youtu.be/FN29c4qUec8.
With Heevahava, Compulsovich
Ska-punk goodness from the headliner.
This band says it sounds like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and the like.
Lazy Man Dub Band
Get a dose of reggae goodness.
Cal Folger Day
With Sadly Sweet
The New York City-based headliner puts some vocal twang and biting lyrics over folk-pop.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5; all ages. 309-0928, calfolgerday.net
Kazim Band Fall Ball
With The Noblemen
Big band swing is back in and this band, led by trumpet man John Stump, is the "monkey's eyebrows," as they used to say.
Details: 5:15 p.m. (cocktail hour); 5:45 p.m. (dinner); 7 p.m. (big band dance). Kazim Ballroom, 628 Campbell Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $35 (drinks, dinner and dance); $20 (dance only). 520-4130, kazim-shriners.org
Black Dog Beach Music Festival
With The Tams, North Tower Band
Shag yourself rotten with the headlining act, famous for "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" among other numbers.
Details: 11 a.m. Chateau Morrisette, milepost 171.5, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Floyd. $25 advance; $30 gate; $20 designated drivers and to ages 13-20; free to 12 and younger accompanied by paying adult. 593-2865, thedogs.com, thetams.com
Rosie Soul and The Rock n' Roll Cowboys
This Richmond band lays out the hard rock.
Hear Southern rock and classic rock from this act.
This show is sold out. Visit blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch for a podcast with Mountain Heart frontman and Bassett native Josh Shilling.
31st Annual Craig County Fall Festival
With Phat Boyz Band, Cadillac Ranch, Eastern Divide, RISE, Leslie Brooks
A good old-fashioned town festival celebrates New Castle's history and the change of seasons with live music, a car show and more.
Details: 9 a.m. The Old Brick Hotel, New Castle. Free. 864-5004, craigcountyva.gov/30th-annual-craig-county-fall-festiva
Blue Ridge Blues Society Blues Jam
The monthly jam is on. Blues it on out.
Once Roanoke's contracted festival organizer, the nonprofit EventZone is now holding a fundraiser to help fund the shows it presents, as well as an art scholarship fund, according to a status update on its Facebook page.
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