Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Sept. 27-30)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
With Funk Punch
Dig the fuzzed-out, percussive jams of The Mantras. Roanoke’s Funk Punch is of a like musical mind. Good pairing.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $10; all ages. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, themantras.com, funkpunch.org
Jus Post Bellum
Brooklyn, N.Y., indie-folk act writes and plays songs inspired by or about the Civil War. Don’t let that scare you. It’s good stuff.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, juspostbellum.bandcamp.com
Hear classic blues, rock and funk from outstanding players on Sharkey’s final night of Thursday live music.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sharkey’s, Radford. Free. 267-3434, facebook.com/sharkeysradford
The Porch Loungers
Late Night is rolling again at Gillie’s, and this Americana/roots act is rollicking.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, myspace.com/porchloungers
Friday Night Jamboree
With The Clyde Williams Band, Black Twig Pickers, Allegheny Strings Gospel
Get out your stomping shoes, and hit the country store floor.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
Hear funk, blues and rock from this act, which includes guitarists Justin Craig and Bobby Parker.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. Free. 951-9817
With Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Boatmen, Poor Taters, The Floorboards, The Greens, and more
Road trip alert: It’s two days of river fun and strong music, with late-night jams, hosted by popular West Virginia act The Boatmen.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday. Noon Saturday. Cantrell’s Pub and Ultimate Rafting Resort, Fayetteville, W.Va. $25 advance both days (includes camping); $20 day of show Friday; $10 day of show Saturday. 304-574-2500, facebook.com/BoatFestWV, reverbnation.com/thegreens, facebook.com/poortatersband
Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band
This multi-instrumental husband-wife duo brings a new take on Americana music. That approach, plus Megan Jean Klay’s dynamic voice, brought the act a win at this year’s FloydFest Under the Radar contest.
Details: 10 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $3. 951-1022, 622north.com, meganjean.net
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