Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Nov. 29-Dec.1)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Black Twig Pickers
This quartet of Southwest Virginia old-time pickers has made an international name for itself while giving your feet reasons to move.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, blacktwigpickers.org
With Sharayah Spears
Too much time has passed since sisters Leah and Chloe Smith and their New Orleans-based act have passed through these parts. Catch the band and its musical melting pot playing music from new CD “Filthy Dirty South.” Roanoke’s Sharayah Spears is well worth hearing, too.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $12; all ages. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, risingappalachia.com, reverbnation.com/sharayahspears
With Icky Forever
Blacksburg punk-pop band The Rosco brings the energy. We know nothing of Icky Forever, except that it has a cool name.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2753, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, myspace.com/theroscoband
Acoustic duo does a nice job playing folk rock and more.
Details: 6 p.m. India Garden, Blacksburg. Free. 951-5100, IndiaGardenonline.com, myragtop.com
Big Daddy Love
With L Shape Lot
Two past winners of the FloydFest Under the Radar Contest join forces for a night of bluegrass- and country-inflected rock ‘n’ roll grooves. See video of Big Daddy Love playing live, via blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=13535. Hear a podcast with onetime Roanoker Eric Miller of L Shape Lot, via blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=7280.
Details: 9 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $12 advance, $15 door; all ages. sunmusichall.com, bigdaddylove.net, lshapelot.com
Hear some of your favorite songs from some of the New River Valley’s best players.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $5; 18 and older. 951-9817, sycamoredeli.com
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