Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Heartwood Open Jam Sessions
Head down to Abingdon and get in on some traditional jams. Or if you don’t pick, go to listen and get some barbecued ribs.
Details: 6 p.m. Heartwood, Abingdon. Free; donations accepted. 276-492-2400, heartwoodvirginia.org
This West Virginia-based Americana band digs into a deep and broad root system.
Details: x p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $3. 951-1022, 622north.com, reverbnation.com/theboatmen
Hotel Floyd Concert Series
With Abe Goorskey & Scott Patrick Songwriter Showcase
While the grounds at Hotel Floyd are in a gussying-up process, the annual concert series moves to the neighboring Floyd Country Store.
Details: 6 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
One of the east coast’s favorite electronic-rock dance bands returns to Floyd.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $15; 18-older. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, papadosio.com
If your taste runs toward the musically adventurous, you have to catch this Southwest Virginia act. See video at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11018.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817, sycamoredeli.com, urth.ws
Multi-instrumental eclecticists from Asheville, N.C., return to Gillie’s.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, stereof.com
With Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Wayne Henderson & Friends, Jeff Little Trio and more
Players from the top of bluegrass music’s food chain volunteer their white-hot picking in honor of a Galax-area banjo player who died in a 2010 motorcycle crash. Proceeds go to the Galax Volunteer Fire Dept.
Details: 2 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. Saturday. Felts Park, Galax. Advance tickets $15 single day, $25 both days (advance sales end at noon today); At gate, $20 day, $35 two days; free to children 12-younger; tent camping $15 and $30; campers $25 and $50. 276-236-9908, firstname.lastname@example.org, houstonfestgalax.com
The Floyd Radio Show
With Steve Kilby, Pete Winne, Joe Overton, host Elizabeth LaPrelle and guest co-host Stewart Scales
An hour of old-school, radio-style entertainment features skits, music and more. An hour-long concert with all the guests follows the radio show.
Details: 7 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
A killer band — lap steel player Bob Chew, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Turner, bassist Jake Dempsey and drummer George Penn Jr. — provide the grooves for frontman Matt Browning’s work.
Details: 10 p.m. The Cellar, Blacksburg. Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, thefloorboards.bandcamp.com
Cinco de Mayo action at Champ’s, where The Kind will inspire margarita sippage, and possibly tequila shottage.
Details: 10 p.m. The Cafe at Champs, Blackburg. $5. 552-2233, champssportsbar.com, thekind.org
Floyd-based band Spoon Fight plays an outdoor grill-out — burgers, beer and alt-rock. Check out the act’s Kickstarter campaign via tinyurl.com/sfkickstarter.
Details: 3 p.m. Tuggle’s Gap, 3351 Parkway Lane S., Floyd. $3; all ages. 745-3402, spoonfightband.com
West of West
A new act on the scene won a battle of the bands for its slot at last weekend’s Virginia Tech Soundfest.
Details: 7 p.m. Gille’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic
Justin Craig and Bob Chew
Multi-faceted guitarist Craig teams up with slide man Chew for a night of jazz.
Details: 9 p.m. The Cellar, Blacksburg. Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, myspace.com/jcraigmusic
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