August 23, 2008

Musical Buffet on Saturday Top Tickets Some of the Week’s Best Live Music

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | [email protected] | 777- 6474


Blueground Undergrass This is as close to the original BGUG as you're going to get, and man, this version delivers. Core members Jeff Mosier (banjo), his brother Johnny Mosier (guitar) and steel guitarist Mark van Allen are backed by an adventurous and excellent rhythm section and hot new fiddle player Owen Saunders, recently of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. It's a good fit, as the band proved live at this year's FloydFest.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. $10.,


Jamie McLean Band FloydFest 2008 performer McLean, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has made his own act his main thing. The result is a set of what he calls a "heavy classic rock sound," but there are elements of pop, funk and soul to diversify the mix. McLean's new CD, "American Heartache," features his old Dirty Dozen buds and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Blue 5 Restaurant, 312 2nd St., downtown Roanoke. $5. All ages., jamiemcleanband.


The Old Ceremony Here is one of the more inventive bands you're likely to hear. Django Haskins' group relies on musical styles ranging from dirty blues to klezmer to classical to power pop, with interesting lyrics and a pack of fine musicians. Haskins sings well and has one of those off-the-wall guitar styles -- in which "off- the-wall" is not a euphemism for "crappy."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Sun Music Hall, 302 S. Locust St., Floyd. $10 in advance; $12 at the show. 745-7880, thesun/events/,


Blake Shelton With Cimmaron

Once again, the spanking-new Mariners Landing Summer Concert Series is slinging the hitmakers at you. This time out in the August series, it's Shelton, who has a country music No. 1 this summer with "Home." His recent album, "Pure BS," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard country chart.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday (gates open at 6 p.m.). Across from Mariners Landing entrance, Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston. $30 in advance, $35 at the gate.,,


Free! Ben Baldwin Trio Featuring Corey Hunley

Original, mellow acoustic rock. Guest picker Hunley is among the Roanoke Valley's finest.

Details: 9 tonight. Awful Arthur's, 1302 W. Main St., Salem. Free.,


Grand Funk Railroad With Gasoline Alley

Hear the act that made "We're an American Band" a timeless classic rock hit. Ex-members of Kiss and 38 Special join some of the band's original members. Openers Gasoline Alley are good, local players.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Across from Mariners Landing entrance, Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston. $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.,,

Mad Tea Party If you're into Paleface, this two-piece act from Asheville, N.C., will do it for you, too. Ukulele and foot drums are in the mix.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. $5.,


The Jazz & Wine Festival With Lenny Marcus, Stephanie Nakasian and McGustavus "Gus" Miller

Sounds like an excellent chillfest -- and what a contrast, a week after the two-day metalfest at Sedalia Center.

Details: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Sedalia Center, Big Island. $10. (434) 299-5080,

Free! The Mumbles Lounge music for the superhip. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based three-piece is atmospheric, jazzy and pop-friendly.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. Blues BBQ Co., 107 Market Square, downtown Roanoke. Free. 344-5683,, brooklynmumbles.

The Bamboo Art Fest With Nancy & Two Meteors, DJ Dickie, the Situationist, Black Curtain Renegades and Dumpster Sex

Cool music and an open art gallery at DJ Dickie's. Plenty of food and drink. What's not to like?

Details: Noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. House at 2918 Glendale Ave. N.W., Roanoke. $5.


Robbie Wells Benefit With Carla and Bobby Moore, Curley Ennis with Robbie Wells, the Wading Girl, Blue Mule, the Young Gardeners, Bebop Hoedown, Groova Scape

Here's another in a series of quickly organized shows to help out Wells, one of central and Southwest Virginia's finer roots musicians, who learned recently that he has cancer.

Details: 1 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. Donations accepted. 537-3496, 483-2574,


DecembeRadio CD Release Show A concert by the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning Christian rock band from the Roanoke area.

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jefferson Center. 345-2550,


Free! Blue5 Jazz Jam Some of the best players get together here and improvise, and newbies are welcome to come in and play on the first, third and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Blue 5 Restaurant, 312 2nd St., downtown Roanoke. Free.

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