Festivarian heroes bring pop music with a heap of funny on the side.
Party in Elmwood: The Kings 5 p.m. Elmwood Park. $5, 12-younger free
William Seymour 8 p.m. Fork in the Alley. Free
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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.
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.
This New York duo makes a lot of rocking racket.
Ambassador and The Chosen Few
Pop-reggae band full of strong players.
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.
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. thespotonkirk.org
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.
Cook, a deeply talented singer and songwriter, also can strum Mother Maybelle Carter-style guitar in fine fashion.
An Americana songwriter’s songwriter plays a solo show in Rocky Mount.
SW VA’s Bigfoot & Friends — A Cryptid Celebration
Get the lowdown on that elusive, hairy beast among a like-minded crowd.
The Unlikely Candidates
With Orange Culture
Pop-rockers from Texas open the show. Don’t mis the valley’s own Orange Culture.
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. www.nightunderthestarswithchris.com
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 eventbrite.com
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.
Jackie Bristow & Rick Price
Two folk-based performers with Australian roots hit The Spot.
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.
Zephaniah OHora & Elijah Ocean
Two singer-songwriters who live far from Nashville are putting out some excellent country music.