September 19, 2008

Downtown Buzzing Tonight Top Tickets Some of the Week’s Best Live Music

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


My Radio CD release party With Tricia Carter and the Lady J's reunion

If you like your pop music rocking with shades of the Cars, Smithereens and later Elvis Costello, then you need to be listening to My Radio. The good news is that you can buy the group's debut, self-titled CD at their release party tonight. The better news is that you can hear the band live. The Lady J's are getting back together to toss you some alterna-eclectic goodness. Carter was one of our first podcast guests-- listen at insideout/podcasts/wb/21789.

Details: 10 tonight. Martin's Downtown Bar and Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,,


Scythian With The New Familiars

The headliner, a Celtic-based band from Washington, D.C., adds enough rock and klezmer energy to its shows to have created a big fat buzz by now. The openers employ a more recent Appalachian vintage, again with the stompiness and electricity to make you move -- and to win the critics' choice for best local band in Charlotte, N.C.'s Creative Loafing.

Details: 9 tonight. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. $8.,,

Emerging Artists Series Featuring Matthew John Mortimer and Aaron Parker

Check the walls, full of Genesis Chapman's post-human interaction landscapes. Hear the music, full of scales and passages that may baffle you. Sounds like a good combination to me.

Details: 6 tonight. Roanoke Public Library, downtown Roanoke. Free. 853-1057,,


The Avett Brothers With Justin Gordon

Big voices, emotional lyrics, acoustic backing music and adoring fans aren't all the Avetts have. Now they have a deal with American Recordings/Columbia Records, and Rick Rubin is producing them. Opening act Gordon sounds an awful lot like the headliners. Read an interview with Avett's bassist Bob Crawford at entertainment/insideout/music.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. $19 in advance; $23 at the show. 345-2550,,,

Saffire: Uppity Blues Women The beloved, three-woman acoustic blues act returns to Roanoke.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. 202 Market, downtown Roanoke. $30.,

Sol Creech Band If you haven't seen Creech's trio, you really should make it out. If you can't bounce to "Cloud 99" or "So Fine," then you might as well give it up.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Blue 5 Restaurant, downtown Roanoke. 904- 5338,,

Poe Mack With Case Jones, Tre'Mendous and Ed E. Ruger

Get a load of some of the best rap music in the Roanoke Valley, from a crew of excellent gentlemen. Ruger is their new friend, from Greensboro, N.C.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Awful Arthur's, Towers Shopping Center, Roanoke. $5. 21 and older. 777-0007,,


Jonathan Byrd A trip from Chapel Hill, N.C., to the hills of Southwest Virginia turned this one-time underground rocker into a burgeoning roots music monster. One of the first songs Byrd wrote in that style, "Velma," is about the last woman executed in North Carolina. The victim? Byrd's own grandfather.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. The Water Heater. 813 Fifth St. S.W., Roanoke. $15. All ages.,

An Evening of Carter Family Music

Featuring Dale Jett, Mac and Jenny Traynham, Jeremy Stevens and more

Who better to pick some old "Big Bang" classics than Jett, a grandson of Sara and A.P. Carter. Jett has performed and emceed for decades at the Carter Fold, in Hiltons.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $10; $5 for students. 745-4563,,

Big Lick Blues Fest Featuring Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic, Jimmy Thackery, Hamilton Loomis and more

Read more about this big, blues shindig and barbecued ribs fest at The story features audio with Copeland, Popovic and Loomis.

Details: 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Elmwood Park, downtown Roanoke (rain location: Roanoke Civic Center's special events building). $15 advance (online); $18 at the show., tobrbluesandjazz.

Big Lick Blues Festival After-Festival Come out and jam with host Hamilton Loomis, who is a funky devil.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Blue 5 Restaurant, downtown Roanoke. $5. 904-5338,,

Saturday and Sunday

River Grass 2008 With Pickin' Buds, Barefoot West, Joey Cox & Friends

You can't drive there. You gotta float. Once you make it, settle in for some good old bluegrass and laid-back pop.

Details: Noon Saturday to noon Sunday. Eggleston. Prices range from $30 for one person to $180 for a family of four. pickinbuds,


New Riders of the Purple Sage Here's a band of cosmic country freaks for the ages. Broken up for years, the band has recently reunited with original members David Nelson and Buddy Cage. Some say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there. I seriously doubt these guys remember a thing.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. The Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $18 advance; $22 at show. 745-7883,,


The Tannahill Weavers

Guitar? Check. Bouzouki? Check. Fiddle? Check. Bagpipes? Check. Proceed now toward authentic Scottish music, from actual Scots.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Bedford Public Library. $10 donation. 586- 8911,,

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