Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
The Kalob Griffin Band
These Americana-rockers from Philadephia claim such influences as John Prine, the Avett Brothers, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, kalobgriffinband.com
The Floorboards, a regional supergroup of roots music players, have dialed in some high-quality Americana originals.
Details: 10 p.m. Champ’s Sports Bar & Cafe, Blacksburg. 951-2222, champssportsbar.com, reverbnation.com/floorboards
West Virginia singer-songwriter Venderlic puts his own melodic pop twist on Appalachian music and calls it “folk wave.”
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, loganvenderlic.bandcamp.com
Laurie Anderson’s Dirtday!
Performance art hero Laurie Anderson comes to Virginia Tech to take a musical look at politics, evolution, history and more.. “Dirtday!” completes her series of three solo story works. The other two are “Happiness” and “The End of the Moon.” After all these years, her work is still compelling.
Details: 8 p.m. Haymarket Theatre, Virginia Tech. $20; $15 for VT faculty, staff; $10 for VT students. www.studentcenters.vt.edu/tickets/events.php, laurieanderson.com
Hear a young country music singer and fiddler, and hope it’s a nice day outside.
Details: 6 p.m. Heth Lawn (rain location: Preston Auditorium), Radford University. Free. www.radford.edu/rspace, nataliestovall.com
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