Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
The Crooked Road Youth Music Series Concert
With Travis Starkey, Loose Strings
Starkey, 15, is lead guitarist for Franklin County-based gospel group Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven, but he has a jones for old-time acoustic music.
Details: 6 p.m. Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. Free (venue accepts donations to performers). 276-492-2409, heartwoodvirginia.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
This Asheville, N.C. trio makes music that it says harks back to the classic era of such acts as the Louvin Brothers and Bill Monroe.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations of $3 or more to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, twilitebroadcasters.com
Eclectic Americana meisters take the stage at Sharkey’s.
Details: 9 p.m. Sharkey’s, Radford. $2 to 21 and older; $5 to 18-21. 267-3434. sharkeyswingandribjoint.com, facebook.com/theboatmen
Annual gigs are common for The Kind, which had been at it for a quarter-century. This family-friendly poolside gig is one the band does regularly.
Details: 6 p.m. The Frog Pond, 390 Cinnabar Road, Christiansburg. $5 entry to pool; show free with admission receipt. thekind.org, tinyurl.com/6orqfgf (Frog Pond info)
Another Roadside Attraction
One of Roanoke’s more intriguing acts hits the cantina.
Details: 6 p.m. Oddfella’s Cantina & Tapas, Floyd. Free. 745-3463, oddfellascantina.com, roadsideshow.com
VT School of Performing Arts & Cinema Summer Arts Festival 2012
With Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders
McKnight and his band bring country, folk and blues to campus.
Details: 6 p.m. Henderson Lawn, Virginia Tech. Free; all ages. 231-5921, www.sopac.vt.edu, andrewmcknight.net
Young alt-rockers have a weekend full of gigs.
Details: 10 p.m. Friday. Turn One Sports Bar, Wytheville. $5; 21 and older. 276-228-8876. 10 p.m. Saturday. 622 North, Blacksburg. $3; 21 and older. 951-1022, 622north.com, spoonfightband.com
The 10th Annual Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention
Lots of competitions for bands, individuals, grown-ups and kids.
Details: Opens to campers at noon Friday. Nuckoll’s Hall, Tazewell County Fairgrounds, Tazewell. $12 weekend passes, $7 single-day passes, free to children 12 and younger with adult; gate only; $8 a night for primitive camping space; $15 a night for RV space. 276-988-6755, craborchardmuseum.com
Wayside Bluegrass Festival
With Lonesome River Band, Dailey & Vincent, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Kill-Basa Bill Bluegrass Brothers, Jeanette Williams Band, The Southern Gentlemen
Flip back to Tuesday’s Extra section to read more about this event.
Details: 5 p.m. today; 3 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday. Wayside Park, Stuart. $20, $10 to ages 10-14 at the gate Thursday; $30, $10 to ages 10-14 at the gate Friday and Saturday. Advance tickets $75 for full weekend, $30 to ages 10-14. Free to children 9 and younger, with adult. waysidepark.com/bluegrassfestival.htm
Appalachian Songsmiths at Blue Ridge Music Center
With Larry Cordle, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road
Cordle, whose most notorious hit is “Murder on Music Row,” a protest against modern country music, will perform with his band and give a songwriting workshop before the show.
Details: 7 p.m. (5 p.m. pre-show talk on songwriting) Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax. $12; $10 to students, senior citizens; free to 12 and younger ($5 for songwriting talk; free with concert ticket). 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.org, larrycordle.com, carolinaroadband.com
This noted folk guitarist has been a sideman for such artists as Mickey Newbury, Harry Nilsson and Peter Paul & Mary. But he has performed many albums’ worth of his own material, too. This show is by invitation only. Read details to see how you can get your invite.
Details: 6 p.m. Ginger Hill, Christiansburg. $15 suggested donation to performer. To get your event invite, call 382-1483 or email email@example.com. jackwilliamsmusic.com
Americana Afternoon/Americana Open Mic
With the Lonesome Cowboy Drifters
Check out an old-school country band that includes the likes of Merle Haggard and Don Gibson in its repertoire.
Details: Noon (1:30 p.m. open mic). Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
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