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Top Tickets — Javon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni, Elizabeth Cook, DaShawn & Wendy Hickman, Josh Ritter, Roots & Reggae Fest, Lady Couch, Bigfoot & Friends

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With Minka

Festivarian heroes bring pop music with a heap of funny on the side.

Details: 8 p.m. 5 Points Music Sanctuary. $18, $16 advance, $16 general admission at doors.,,

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Party in Elmwood: The Kings 5 p.m. Elmwood Park. $5, 12-younger free

William Seymour 8 p.m. Fork in the Alley. Free


Javon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni

Jazz sax man Jackson and internationally revered poet (and longtime Virginia Tech prof) Giovanni made a record this year, “The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni.” Hear them, and Jackson’s band, kick off Jefferson Center’s Main Stage Jazz series season.

Details: 8 p.m. Jefferson Center, Shaftman Performance Hall. $55, $50, $30, $25. 540-345-2550,,,

POSTPONED - Lady Couch

With Charissa Joy & The High Frequency - POSTPONED

This show has been reset for Jan. 20 at 5 Points Music Sanctuary.


The Wilson Springs Hotel

Hear bluegrass and old-time covers, and some country-leaning originals.

Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $8 advance at venue or via, $10 day of show. 540-745-6836,


This New York duo makes a lot of rocking racket.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $5. 540-985-6278,,

Ambassador and The Chosen Few

Pop-reggae band full of strong players.

Details: 5:30 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co., Salem. Free. 540-314-8234,,

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Hearts and Hand Grenades 9 p.m. Awful Arthur's Roanoke. $5

Empty Bottles 6 p.m. Fork in the Alley. Free

Flashback Fridays: US & Floyd, with The Frequency 6 p.m. Dr Pepper Park. $18, $45 and $30 VIP

Cherry Moon 9 p.m. Fork in the Market. Free

Wayne Willingham, with The Dan and Adonna Show 7:30 p.m. 3rd Street Coffeehouse. Free (donations encouraged)

The River Tramps 6:30 p.m. Big Lick Brewing Co. Free


Be Kind Music Festival

With Tony Camm & the Funk Allstars, McBroom & the Jam (feat. members of Red Weather), Sierra Starr, Firecracker Jam and more (Friday), Bigfoot County, Dreamcatcher, Isaac Hadden Project, Sisters & Brothers and more (Saturday)

One of the prettiest spots in this part of the commonwealth hosts some of the “Kind”-est music.

Details: 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. 1108 Sedalia School Road, Big Island. $65 two-day pass, $40 Saturday only, plus camping options via

Taking Cover Fest

With Orange Culture, Zach Wiley & John Pence, Dylan Dent, Sullivan Smith, Chad Nickell (acoustic Friday), Lost in Space Camp, Lucy the Spy, Omegawolfe, Yearning, Dover & The Elevators (electric Friday)

It’s a two-night showcase for a big slice of Roanoke’s live, original music scene.

Details: 7:30 p.m. each night. The Spot on Kirk. $8 advance each night; $12 door each night.

Also …

Matt Tucker 9:45 p.m. each night. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon. Cover charge varies


DaShawn & Wendy Hickman’s Sacred Steel

If you dig the likes of Robert Randolph and Roosevelt Collier, you should have DaShawn Hickman on your radar. His wife, Wendy Hickman, can belt out a tune, too.

Details: 7 p.m. The Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $20. 540-745-4563,,

Elizabeth Cook

Cook, a deeply talented singer and songwriter, also can strum Mother Maybelle Carter-style guitar in fine fashion.

Details: 8 p.m. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $32, $28, $24, $20. 540-951-4771,,

Josh Ritter

An Americana songwriter’s songwriter plays a solo show in Rocky Mount.

Details: 8 p.m. Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. $67, $37, $320 VIP table. 540-484-8277,,

SW VA’s Bigfoot & Friends — A Cryptid Celebration

Get the lowdown on that elusive, hairy beast among a like-minded crowd.

Details: 9 a.m. Salem Civic Center, Salem. $10, 12-younger free.,,

The Unlikely Candidates

With Orange Culture

Pop-rockers from Texas open the show. Don’t mis the valley’s own Orange Culture.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin’s Downtown. $12 advance, $15 door.,

Night Under the Stars with Chris

Get music, fine dining, a silent auction and cocktails to raise money for the nonprofit that runs Chris’s Coffee & Custard.

Details: 5:30 p.m. Hidden Valley Country Club. $125, $175 VIP, $1,000 table for 10.

Also …

Liv Sloan & the Die Hards 6:30 p.m. Big Lick Brewing Co. Free

Mama Joy Rising 1:30 p.m. Black Mountain Revival 5:30 p.m. Parkway Brewing Co. Free

Fuzzy Logic 7:30 p.m. Mango's Bar & Grill, Moneta. $10

Fall for Ursula: A Fundraiser to Benefit Ursula's Cafe feat. Kay B. Rose Band, Big Lick Conspiracy 7 p.m. Ursula's Cafe, 511 South Jefferson St. Donate via

Zak Saltz Band 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse. $8

Ryan Ward 6 p.m. Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage. Free

The Kemistry Band 8 p.m. 2 Chill Restaurant. Free

City of Radford Summer Concert Series: The Catalinas 7 p.m. Glencoe Lower Field, 600 Unruh Drive, Radford. $5, 12-younger free


Roots & Reggae Fest ‘22

With Lazy Man Dub Band, Liontracks Reggae Band, Monte Gill and The Hughes Music Band, Reach 1, Charissa & the High Frequency, DJ Kidd, DJ Stretch, DJ rubystar

An annual festival tradition brings good vibes while raising money for the nonprofit Humble Hustle Co.

Details: 2 p.m. Wasena Park. $25, VIP $100 and $75 advance via, 12-younger free with paying adult.

Jackie Bristow & Rick Price

Two folk-based performers with Australian roots hit The Spot.

Details: 7:30 p.m. The Spot on Kirk. $16 advance via, $20 door.,

Also ...

Brown Mountain Lighting Bugs 11:30 a.m. The Inn at Virginia at Tech, Blacksburg. Free. 5 p.m. The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston. Free

MANSGOTTAEAT feat. Foster Burton, Kris Hodges and Paul Tressel 4 p.m. Village Grill. Free


Redman Mehldau McBride Blade: A “MoodSwing” Reunion

Look to Monday’s Extra for more about some of the best jazz music you’ll ever hear live.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg. $45, $35, $20, $10 students with ID and 18-younger. 540-231-5300,,,


Zephaniah OHora & Elijah Ocean

Two singer-songwriters who live far from Nashville are putting out some excellent country music.

Details: 7:30 p.m. The Spot on Kirk. $12 advance via, $15 day of show.,

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