Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Oct. 4-9)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
TONIGHT and SATURDAY
Kings of Belmont
This Charlottesville act, formed by friends over a shared love of the band Ween, played some hot sets at FloydFest in July, including a late-night Global Village show that included a recreation of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Hear a podcast with keyboardist Aaron Ahlbrandt at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 9 p.m. Sycamore Deli, 211B Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817. 9 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $8. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, kingsofbelmont.com
Fresh off its own two-day music festival in its West Virginia home base, this band brings quality roots music.
Details: 10 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, facebook.com/theboatmen
The Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest
With Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Wright Kids, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, Whitetop Mountain Band, The Jackson Family, music competitions
Road trip alert: Sisk and his band last week won best song and best album at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Nashville.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Latture Field, Abingdon. 10 a.m. Sunday. Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, Abingdon. Friday tickets $5 advance, $10 day of event, free to children 8 and younger; Saturday $15 advance, $20 day of, free to 8 and younger; Sunday tickets free but require reservations. http://abingdoncrookedroadmusicfest
Alliens Breaking Up Bash
With Built To Write, “EZ” Eddie McClain, DJ Rahbee
Say goodbye to one of the tightest, funkiest acts in Southwest Virginia. Guitarist Zeph Allen has moved away, so it’s so long for now.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $5; all ages (25 percent of sales donated to Blue Mountain School). 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, alliensmusic.com
This Asheville, N.C., duo generates a lot of music, both funky and freaky.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, stereof.com
One of the valleys’ most explosive acts features multi-instrumentalist Brach Rauchle, as impressive on sax and EWI as he is on guitar.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, 211B Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817, urth.ws
One of the Roanoke Valley’s most popular jam bands brings its show to Blacksburg.
Details: 9 p.m. Champ’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Blacksburg. $5. 552-2233, champssportsbar.com, facebook.com/mad.iguanas.3
The Jordan Hull Band
Nashville, Tenn.-based singer/songwriter Jordan Hull is more into Son House than Hank Williams, but his music is more pop-rock.
Details: 10 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, jordanhull.com
Virginia Tech Homecoming Concert
With Kendrick Lamar, Hoodie Allen, DJ Rhetorik
Homecoming could be gloomy this year at VT, for those who care about Hokie football. Those worried about a potential loss to Duke should build up some good-time energy via this hot hip-hop triple bill. Up-and-coming headliner Kendrick Lamar sounds laid back and intense at once.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Burruss Auditorium, Virginia Tech. $20; $15 to VT faculty and staff; $15 to VT students. 231-5615, studentcenters.vt.edu, twitter.com/kendricklamar, hoodieallen.com
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