Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Venerable singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, also a great interpreter of others’ songs, released her 20th album, “Intersection,” on Tuesday. Among the cuts is “Hell No (I’n Not Alright),” her ode to the Occupy movement. And Griffith is thrilled that the Occupy folks are making use of that song at their rallies. We talk about that and other details of her latest album on a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 8 p.m. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $48, $45. 951-4771, thelyric.com, nancigriffith.com
The Get Right Band
This funky act out of Asheville, N.C., features former members of that city’s Soulgrass Rebellion.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. 745-6836, dogtownroadhouse.com, reverbnation.com/thegetrightband
Ryan and Paul Little
This father/son act (Paul Little is the father) brings a wealth of songs, chops and taste.
Details: 9 p.m. The Cellar, Blacksburg. Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, ryanandpaullittle.com
Floyd-based alt-rock trio has gigs and gigs.
Details: 10 p.m. Sharkey’s, Radford. $2 to 21-older, $5 to ages 18-20. 267-3434, sharkeyswingandribjoint.com, spoonfightband.com
NRV Jazz Festival
Featuring Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Radford University Concert Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet
Remember the driving groove on Michael Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean”? That was Leon “Ndugu” Chancler. But he is not just a pop music player. Chancler’s work has been heard with Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, John Lee Hooker, Frank Sinatra and more. This cat is a beast, and he will be the featured act on Friday night.
Details: 8 p.m. Performance hall, Covington Center, Radford University. Free. radford.edu/cvpa, firstname.lastname@example.org
With Lloyd Dobler Effect, Ben G., Melodime, Carbon Leaf, Jake Troth, Always Morning
The rock, both acoustic and electric, will come down as revelers flood themselves with suds. It’s a tradition.
Details: 1 p.m. Top Of The Stairs, Blacksburg. $17; 18-older. 953-2837, showclix.com/event/SudfloodXXII
Song of the Mountains television recording
With Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Roni Stoneman and Mountain Country, Lou Reid and Carolina, the Cockman Family
Road trip alert: You’ve got young mandolin act Sierra Hull and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman children Roni and Donna Stoneman on this bill. Sounds good.
Details: 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, Marion. $25. 276-783-6093, songofthemountains.org, sierrahull.com
The Rosco brings pop/punk and power-pop. Faraday is a band of indie/alt-rockers.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Champs Sports Bar and Cafe, Blacksburg. $5. 951-2222, champssportsbar.com, myspace.com/theroscoband, faradaymusic.bandcamp.com
NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree
With Adam Larkey Band, Whitetop Mountain
Adam Larkey has been playing fiddle since he was 6. He’s a teenager now, and still working hard.
Details: 6 p.m. Edwards Hall, New River Community College, Dublin. Free (club encourages donations to performers). 674-3600 (ext. 4307), nr.edu/fiddle
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