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Old-School, Southern Soul Top Tickets Some of the Week’s Best Live Music

September 27, 2008

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474

Sunday

The Claire Lynch Band She has sung with the best — Ralph Stanley, Linda Ronstadt. She’s written for the best — Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea. Now the Grammy-nominated, International Bluegrass Music Association-winning Lynch brings her band to the Floyd Country Store.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd. $18. (540) 745-4563, dlpconcerts.com, floydcountrystore.com, clairelynch.com.

Wednesday

JJ Grey (above) and Mofro With Larry Keel Power Trio

If you like some old-school Southern soul and funk with lyrics running the range from murder to drug addiction to bad girl at the bar, this is your show. Jacksonville, Fla.’s Grey is a good songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with a band of simpatico souls behind him. The band is touring behind its new CD, “Orange Blossoms.”

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday. Lime Kiln Theatre, 780 Lime Kiln Road, Lexington. $20. All ages. (540) 463-7088, theateratlimekiln.com, mofro.net

Tonight and Friday

Abe Reid and the Spikedrivers I have to like someone who names his band after a Mississippi John Hurt song. Reid’s guitar and harmonica style is a throwback, tossed forward through a wide roots music filter. Reid is a former member of the Blue Rags, a band that influenced the Avett Brothers.

Details: 10 tonight. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, 413 First St., Roanoke. Free. martinsdowntown.com, myspace.com/ abeandthespikedrivers. 9:30 p.m. Friday. Gillie’s, 153 College Ave., Blacksburg. myspace.com/gilliesmusic.

Thursday

Russell Howard North Carolina-based Howard brings acoustic-based pop with influences that to these ears include the likes of Ben Folds and Dave Matthews.

Details: 9 tonight. Blues BBQ, 107 Market St. SE, Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, bluesbbqco.com, russellhowardmusic.com.

Friday

Prabir and the Substitutes With The House Floor, the Never

Get a big fat dose of college rock in a college town. Novel!

Details: 9:30 p.m. Friday. The Lantern, 211-B Draper Road, Blacksburg. Free. 951-1019, thelanternblacksburg.com, pnsubs.com, myspace.com/thehousefloor.

Emily Brass Band Brass’ hot band and “hippie-hop” music is for your grooving pleasure.

Details: 10 p.m. Friday. Awful Arthur’s, downtown Roanoke. emilybrass.com, awfularthurs.com

The Fat Daddy Band Join singer Kerry Hurley, guitarist Hoppie Vaughan and their buds for some hot blues.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Blue 5 Restaurant, 312 Second St., downtown Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, thefatdaddyband.net.

Saturday

Brett Harris Think 10CC, Split Enz and Harry Nilsson, and you’ll get the idea of the tasty pop music up for consumption here.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. The Water Heater, 813 Fifth St. SW, Roanoke. $5 at the door. All ages. theH2Oheater.com, brettharrismusic.com.

KIDFID: Pocahontas County Youth Fiddle Contest

If you’re thinking road trip, go hear some kids saw away on fiddles, banjos, guitars and more. It’s part of Pocahontas County, W.Va.’s, Autumn Harvest Festival.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pocahontas County Opera House, 1100 10th Ave., Marlinton, W.Va. pocahontasopera house.org/ kidfid.html

Cows in Trouble Reunion

Bob Casey and Adam Markham make some acoustic music together, just like they used to.

Details: 10 p.m. Saturday. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, 413 First St., Roanoke. Free. martinsdowntown.com.

Sunday

They Were F*****G Rad With Gnarwolf, Jumper Ko, I Am the Speed of Light

This selection of metal, hardcore and punk features an Andrew WK tribute band as headliner.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The Lantern, 211-B Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. thelanternblacksburg.com

Battle of the Bands With Klass, Blue Mountain Myst, No Lifeguard on Duty, Moonshine Express, Southpaw, Ryze

The winner gets to open the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council’s big Charlie Daniels concert on Oct. 12. That’s all you really need to know.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday. Jackson River Sports Complex, Covington. $5. (540) 962-6220, alleghanyarts4all.com.

Wednesday

Shake ‘em Ups With the Bastards of Fate

Radford grad Vaughan Walters visits from his new town, Austin, Texas, and brings a very Austin-like band — bluegrass, Gypsy jazz, Hank-style and old-time country collide.

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Water Heater, 813 Fifth St. SW, Roanoke. Free. thewaterheater.blogspot.com, myspace.com/shakeemups

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