Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Hotel Floyd Concert Series
With The Front Porch Swing Duo
Scott Perry and Tom Ohmsen pick out a mess of old-school jazz and blues.
Details: 6 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, reverbnation.com/ohpapamusic
3 Minute Lovin’
Killer players knock out some roadhouse-style country music.
Details: 8 p.m. Sharkey’s, Radford. $2 to 21 and older; $5 to 18-21. 267-3434. sharkeyswingandribjoint.com, 3minutelovin.com
The Get Right Band
Former members of Asheville, N.C., act Soulgrass Rebellion are churning out some good alt-rock, funk and reggae.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $3. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, reverbnation.com/thegetrightband
This acoustic blues and roots duo can pick, blow harmonica and sing.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, reverbnation.com/themidnightroosters
Country Bluesman & Songsters: Dom Flemmons, Boo Hanks, Lightnin’ Wells
When Dom Flemmons was just starting out with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, he met up with Music Maker Relief Foundation founder Tim Duffy, who invited him in 2006 to come hear a fellow the foundation had just discovered, Boo Hanks.
Hanks, from Virgilina, had worked North Carolina tobacco farms most of his life, only playing for small gatherings around home, but his Piedmont-style blues finger-picking style was finally being noticed. Flemmons and Hanks struck up a jam, a friendship — and recently, the album “Buffalo Junction.” Flemmons and the 84-year-old Hanks have taken to the road, including a stop on Saturday at Blue Ridge Music Center. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch to hear a podcast with Flemmons, including streaming music from “Buffalo Junction.”
Before the amphitheater concert, Flemmons, Hanks and Lightnin’ Wells will do a talk and performance at the music center’s small theater. By the way, Flemmons speaks highly of Wells’ multi-instrumental blues playing.
Details: 5 p.m. (concert begins at 7 p.m.) Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax. $10; $8 to students, seniors; free to children 12 and younger. 276-236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.org
Floyd Town Jubilee Kids Day in the Park
With Rhiannon Giddens, Greg C. Adams, Good Foot Dance Company, Nii Anang, and more
Flemmons’ Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder, Rhiannon Giddens, has a Southwest Virginia gig this weekend, too. Giddens, a powerful singer and multi-instrumentalist will join the fun at the Floyd Town Jubilee. She is scheduled to perform with banjo man Greg C. Adams and old/new dance fusionists Good Foot Dance Company.
The event will start with drummer Nii Anang giving a workshop and performance. We’re guessing it won’t just be the kids having fun at Lineberry Park on Saturday.
Details: 2 p.m. Warren G. Lineberry Community Park, Floyd. Free. floydtownjubilee.com
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