Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
The Claire Lynch Band
Lynch is a wonderful singer and a former International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year. Her band is full of equally talented players — her new fiddle player, Bryan McDowell, in 2009 won the guitar, fiddle and mandolin contests at the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, Kan. That’s kind of freaky. Hear our podcast with Lynch from 2010.
Details: 7:30 p.m. The Rex Theater, Galax. $20. 276-236-0329, rextheatergalax.com, clairelynch.com
Hotel Floyd Concert Series
Evie Ladin & Sabra Guzman
Sabra Guzman, a multi-talented former member of Old Sledge, joins up with California’s Evie Ladin, whose many skills include square dance calling and wicked-funky clawhammer banjo playing.
Details: 6 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, evieladin.com, sabraguzman.com
VT School of Performing Arts & Cinema Summer Arts Festival 2012
Check out a steel drum band on what could be another tropical-feeling day in Southwest Virginia.
Details: 6 p.m. Henderson Lawn, Virginia Tech. Free; all ages. 231-5921, www.sopac.vt.edu, blacksburgsteelpans.blogspot.com
Vocal and guitar duo performs music from across the spectrum.
Details: 6 p.m. India Garden, 210 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg. Free. 951-5100, indiagardenonline.com, myragtop.com
Floyd Rhythm & Vine Festival
With Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sons of Bill
Read more and hear a podcast with Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe, frontwoman of this undeniably soulful and funky headliner. Richmond rock act Sons of Bill has a new album, “Sirens,” produced by Cracker’s David Lowery. Lowery, of course, would suggest that one buy the record (tinyurl.com/7rqlppb).
Details: 11 a.m. Chateau Morrisette, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 171.5, Floyd. $18 advance; $25 gate; $50 VIP; free to children 12 and younger. floydrhythmandvinefestival.org, sistersparrow.com, sonsofbill.com
Jason Byrd and Friends
Byrd must be living better than most of us. Facebook has yet to convert his profile to Timeline. He plays some mellow jams, too.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue suggests donations of $3 or more to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, myspace.com/jasonbyrdandfriends
With Mountain Park Old-Time Band, New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters
Two strong old-time bands, Mountain Park from Mount Airy, N.C., and Galax’s Bogtrotters, will lay down the jams for your stompin’ and hollerin.’
Details: 4:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 213, near Galax. $5. 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.org, myspace.com/mtnparkoldetimeband, newballardsbranchbogtrotters.com
With Anti-Sociales, Eric Ayotte, Un Final Fatal
Ukelele-pop duo Inky Skulls, from Bloomington, Ind., headline this indie quadruple-bill.
Details: 7 p.m. Lucie Monroe Specialty Coffee, Christiansburg. $5; all ages. 381-0909, luciemonroecoffee.com, inkyskulls.bandcamp.com, myspace.com/antisociales
Wayside Bluegrass Festival
With Bluegrass Brothers, Jeanette Williams Band, The Southern Gentlemen, Dailey & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Kill-Basa Bill
Details: 5 p.m. July 12; 3 p.m. July 13; 1 p.m. July 14. Wayside Park, Stuart. waysidepark.com/bluegrassfestival.htm
Appalachian Songsmiths: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
With Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Details: Time TBA. $12; $10 to students and seniors. Blue Ridge Music Center. 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org
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