Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Nov. 1-7)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
This Asheville, N.C., band is beloved for mixing the West African music it learned at the source with a variety of American styles. That combo shows up most effectively on the band’s recent album, “TK2,” but is best sampled live. Very good band.
Details: 9 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall. $21. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, toubabkrewe.com
With Woofdog, Knyfe Dykes
Garage punkers Group Never lead this trio of Blacksburg indie acts. Knyfe Dykes features Maya Renfro (formerly of Ike as in Dwight). Incidentally, Renfro has a new album, “House Plant,” available at her Bandcamp page.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, groupnever.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/woofdog, mayarenfro.bandcamp.com
Obscenely talented multi-instrumentalist Brach Rauchle leads his funk/jazz/rock trio at the deli.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, 211 B Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817, urth.ws
With Mountain Heart, Johnson’s Crossroad
Progressive bluegrass masters Mountain Heart, which can go trad-grass at the drop of a pick, headline for the second-consecutive year at the New River Land Trust’s annual fundraiser. Joining the bill this time is Johnson’s Crossroad, a roots/rock act that is seeing growing popularity.
Details: 7 p.m. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $22; $28 to students. newriverlandtrust.org, mountainheart.com, johnsonscrossroad.com
“The Golden Ticket” Benefit Concert
With Butch Robins, Tommy Edwards Band, Scott Perry, Abe Goorskey, Zeph Allen, The Deer Run Drifters, Adelee
Onetime Radford High School and Virginia Tech football star Tommy Edwards leads this group of players hoping to raise money for mental health awareness.
Details: 6 p.m. June Bug Center, 251 Parkway Lane, Floyd. Donations welcome. music4mentalhealth.com, facebook.com/TheJuneBugCenter
“Song of The Mountains” television recording
With Lonesome River Band, Mack Puckett & the Good Company Band, Morehead State University Bluegrass Band, Spinney Brothers
The great Lonesome River Band, led by banjo master Sammy Shelor, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its three-volume “Chronology” set, the last of which dropped in mid-October.
Details: 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, Marion. $25 reserved. 276-783-6092, songofthemountains.org, lonesomeriverband.com
600lbs of Sin
This West Virginia band mixes honky-tonk with a rocking variety of genres and has opened for the likes of Donna the Buffalo and Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band.
Details: 9 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, 600lbsofsin.com
From The Grave
With The Ziggurat, Cult of Dionysus, Human Infection
Varieties of metal horror keep the Halloween vibe rolling.
Details: 8 p.m. Screamers Sports Grill, Radford. $5. 731-0700, facebook.com/Fr0mtheGr4ve, TheZiggurat.org
Side Door Sessions
With Rocket Surgery, American Roots, Bob Browder
Check out a night of newgrass and old-time music in Raddy.
Details: 7 p.m. The Side Door, 200 3rd Ave., Radford. $8 (promoters encourage you to bring snacks to share). radfordsidedoor.com
Folk-rocker Anne Cline, from Beckley, W.Va., by way of Bland, has grown a lot as a player and songwriter.
Details: 9:30 p.m. The Cellar, Blacksburg. Free. 953-0651, the-cellar.com, annecline.net
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