Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
With Aside Oceans
Two of Southwest Virginia’s hottest hard rock acts hit Sharkey’s to help kick off Quadfest. Aside Oceans, on fan voting, won a slot in producer Don Was’ Gimme The Gig contest and will compete live on May 10 in front of Was himself. See it live that day, streaming at KTLA.com, according to the band.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sharkey’s, Radford. $2 for 21-older; $5 for ages 18-20. 267-3434, sharkeyswingandribjoint.com, madroneonline.com, reverbnation.com/asideoceans
Blacksburg Live Music Open Mic Night
With Save the Flame
A Blacksburg rock act hosts this night of open microphone goodness.
Details: 8:30 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. Free. 951-1022, 622north.com, facebook.com/BlacksburgLiveMusic, savetheflame.com
The Dubsettors with Greg Ward
The Sun is keeping 4/20 irie. Onetime Foundation Stone member Greg Ward is now fronting Charlottesville band The Dubsettors.
Details: 7 p.m. (doors open). Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $7 for 21-older; $10 20-younger. 745-6836, facebook.com/WhatsNextConcept, reverbnation.com/thedubsettors
Road to the Porch Concert Series
With The Stone Saints, Om Brew
Two acts scheduled to play the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Front Porch Fest, in Patrick County, help get folks in the spirit with this show. Bonus: Discounts on festival tickets.
Details: 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.) Spirit Haven Farm, Stuart. $8; free to children 12-younger. firstname.lastname@example.org, frontporchfest.com (includes directions)
Jason Byrd & Friends
Byrd brings along multi-instrumentalist Patrick Turner, bassist Roger Gupta and more for this 4/20 show.
Details: 10 p.m. Champ’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Blacksburg. $4. 951-2222, champssportsbar.com, myspace.com/jasonbyrdandfriends
Americana trio is working behind its recently released “White Coat EP.”
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, driftinwestward.com
The Shack Band
College rockers The Shack Band have graduated from Blacksburg to Richmond but are still hitting up the valleys. Space-rock freaks Urth get better every time out. If you haven’t heard Brach Rauchle wail on guitar, sax, keys and electronic wind instrument, you are missing out on an astounding display. See and hear for yourself at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11018.
Details: 8 p.m. Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $5. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, theshackband.com, urth.ws
Three of Roanoke’s best musicians — guitarist Mike Maycock, keyboardist Jonathan Barker and multi-instrumentalist Will Henson (on bass here) — are in this rock and pop band.
Details; 7 p.m. Pine Tavern Pavilion, Floyd. $6 advance; $8 day of show. 745-4482, thepinetavern.com
The Billi Coteau Band
Stomp around to some Cajun jams.
Details: 6 p.m. The Palisades, Eggleston. Free. 626-2828, thepalisadesrestaurant.com
It’s jazz night at The Cellar.
Details: 9 p.m. The Cellar, Blacksburg. Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, myspace.com/moodswingjazz
RU Guitar Ensemble Concert
The international guitar fest will be barely over by the time a crop of guitarists hits the stage for a “Rockin’ with Guitar” theme. Expect Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa influences to shine through.
Details: 8 p.m. Performance Hall in the Covington Center, Radford. Free. music.asp.radford.edu
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