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Top Tickets — Chris Thile, Conrad Tao, Michael Cleveland, Redd Volkaert, Bar Jay Bar, California Guitar Trio, Sam Robbins, Jeff Dunham, The Wormholes, Dance Candy

Top Tickets — Chris Thile, Conrad Tao, Michael Cleveland, Redd Volkaert, Bar Jay Bar, California Guitar Trio, Sam Robbins, Jeff Dunham, The Wormholes, Dance Candy

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Chris Thile


Honky Tonk Thursdays: Redd Volkaert Band

When one of the planet’s best trad-country guitar pickers takes a stage, you should try to make it. 

Details: 6 p.m. The Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free (venue suggests donations to performers). 745-4563,,

Bar Jay Bar

Hear vintage country — and western — from a Los Angeles band.

Details: 7:30 p.m. The Spot on Kirk, Roanoke. $8.,

Wilson Springs Hotel

Americana/bluegrass slingers from Richmond are making waves in Big Lick.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,

War Chile

Original music that throws back to classic rock and blues, plus good covers.

Details: 5:30 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co., Salem. Free. 314-8234,,


California Guitar Trio & Trace Bundy

All the acoustic six-string wizardry one could want on a stage, right in Rocky Mount.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. $42, $32, $252 VIP. 484-8277,,,

Sam Robbins

With Mike Franke

It’s the first time here for a guy who won the Kerrville Folk Fest New Folk Competition this year.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 521-4507,,

Conrad Tao

A young giant of piano hits the 88s at the Moss.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg.$45, $35, $20, $10 to students/18-younger.,

The Wormholes

With Lost In Space Camp

The Charlotte, North Carolina, headliner puts dream pop in a prog context.

Details: 8 p.m. The Spot on Kirk. $8.,

Abby Bryant & the Echoes

A rocking FloydFest favorite returns to Martin’s.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $10.

The Ambassador

Pop-reggae front man always has a strong band.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $5. 745-6836,,


Funky jams from Frederick, Maryland.

Details: 9 p.m. The Milk Parlor, Blacksburg. $10. 951-1393,,


Justin Lee Partin

Check out this young performer’s single, “Riverbank,” via

Details: 9:45 each night. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $10 each night. 904-2777,,


Jeff Dunham

Puppeteering funnyman Dunham returns to Berglund.

Details: 5 p.m. Berglund Coliseum, Roanoke. $49.50, $5 parking. 853-5483,,

Dance Candy

A funky band of Richmond all stars will get you moving, just like the name says.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $8.

5 Points Open House: Phat Laces, with JGC Trio

Jazz-funk, plus Hendrix- and Trower-style jams, are on the agenda.

Details: 6:30 p.m. 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke. $20, $15, $12.,

Black Jacket Symphony

This Alabama-based group of rotating all stars brings Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to Rocky Mount.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester Performance Center. $64.50, $49.50.

Beth Snapp

Hear sweet folk music from an East Tennessee woman.

Details: 6 p.m. Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, Roanoke. Free. 685-2012,,

Ferdinand The Bull

Indie-folk and Americana from Pittsburgh.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Big Lick Brewing Co., Roanoke. Free. 562-8383,,


Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Look to Friday’s Extra to read more about this world-class fiddle player.

Details: 7:30 p.m. The Floyd Country Store. $32 advance, $36 day of show.

David Via and Friends

Southwest Virginia bluegrass music mainstay Via (whose lineage, via son Mason, is part of Old Crow Medicine Show these days) returns to Salem.

Details: 3 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co. Free.

Jordan Harman

Hear solo, blue-eyed soul and blues, al fresco (or indoors if it rains), while you shop the Black Dog selections.

Details: Noon. Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke. Free (rain or shine). 343-6200,,


Chris Thile

What? A solo mandolin show? you say. Hard to scoff at Thile, though, who is not a typical mandolinist. He’s not a typical musician, period. This reporter saw and heard the Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers cat playing Bach sonatas and partitas, solo, along with some of his own classically inspired music at a 2013 Jefferson Center show, and was floored. Get an idea of what the singer/songwriter will be up to via

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester. $92, $72.


College Reunion Night: Christian Quesenberry Band

This Thanksgiving has grown from high and college friends come back home for holiday, Forks owner Trinkle says.

Details: 8 p.m. Fork Alley, Roanoke. Free. 3675,

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