Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Nov. 16-21)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
River City Grill Food Drive
With Ball & Chain
Acoustic Americana duo hits the grill to help fill the Radford Food Bank’s pantries.
Details: 6:30 p.m. River City Grill, Radford. Donations to Radford Food Bank are encouraged. 629-2130, facebook.com/RCGva, ballnchainmusic.com
TONIGHT and SATURDAY
This Jonesborough, Tenn.-based Americana band, which fuses rock, jazz and old-time into its bluegrass, is a former FloydFest act.
Details: 5 p.m. Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. Free. innatvirginiatech.com. 6:30 p.m. The Palisades, Eggleston. Free. 626-2828, thepalisadesrestaurant.com, barefoot-movement.com
What a double-bill. The Floorboards are about to release a strong, self-titled debut full of Americana rock. Matuto, led by guitarist Clay Ross (Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey) melds the country styles of Brazil and Appalachia.
Details: 9 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $8; all ages. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, thefloorboards.net, matutomusic.com
OXJAM Benefit and Dance Party
With DJ Manndibles
Shawn Manndibles spins while folks dance for a cause.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers. 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic
With Anteo, Moss Kingdom, W. Grant Back
It’s an indie three-fer at Lucie Monroe. The Savannah, Ga.-based headliner bills itself as folk noir.
Details: 7 p.m. Lucie Monroe Specialty Coffee, Christiansburg. $3. 381-0909, luciemonroecoffee.com, mumbledust.bandcamp.com
Joyce “Earth Mama” Rouse CD Release Celebration
Joyce Rouse, who as singer/songwriter “Earth Mama” works to help “heal the planet one song at a time,” has a new album, “Blessings of the Universe.”
Details: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Center, Abingdon. Free. heartwoodvirginia.org. 4 p.m. Historic 1908 Courthouse, 107 E. Main St., Independence. Free. historic1908courthouse.org, earthmama.org
You Knew Me When CD Release Party
Cie Hoover grew up in Blacksburg but moved to Nashville, Tenn., married his wife, Karisa Hoover, and started an indie-folk duo called You Knew Me When. The pair stops in Blacksburg to celebrate the release of a new album, “You, Me, and the Rest of the World.”
Details: 8 p.m. Virginia Tech University Club, 100 Otey St., Blacksburg. Free. www.uclub.vt.edu, youknewmewhen.com
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