Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Jan. 17-21)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Pierce Edens & Dirty Work
Hear country-flavored Americana and raspy vocals with interesting lyrics from this Asheville, N.C., act.
Details: 9 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, pierceedens.com
Old North State
Guitar, banjo and vocal band sounds at times like old-school, rowdy Avett Brothers.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, oldnorthstate.bandcamp.com
Donna The Buffalo
This revered folk/Americana/jam band has played many a FloydFest. In recent years, longtime fans have complained that the band does the same old songs. Those fans should be pleased to know that the band has a new album in the works. And when DtB returns to the New River Valley, it will be playing some of them, including Tara Nevin’s newest, “I Love My Tribe.” See video at youtu.be/nbTFKLeY0hs.
Details: 9 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $20 advance; $25 day of show; all ages. 745-7880, dogtownroadhouse.com, donnathebuffalo.com
The Bastards of Fate
With Deral Fenderson
The Bastards bring the freakishness, and apparently have a new album — the follow-up to “Who’s A Fuzzy Buddy?” — in the pipeline.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, thebastardsoffate.com, facebook.com/fendersonia
Frontman from The Boatmen does it solo.
Details: 6:30 p.m. The Palisades, Eggleston. Free. 626-2828, thepalisadesrestaurant.com, youtube.com/user/mullijuice
This Norfolk-based jam band builds an ever-stronger following with its danceable, tranceable music.
Details: 10 p.m. Friday. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg, with Atoadaso. $5. 951-9817, reverbnation.com/atoadaso. 9 p.m. Saturday. Dogtown Roadhouse/Sun Music Hall, Floyd. $5. 745-6836, sunmusichall.com, galaxydynamite.com, facebook.com/RTFM.music
HopeHop: Not of This World Party
Read more about this band, and this charity event for Giving Tree Food Pantry, in Friday’s Extra section.
Details: 9 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $6; $5 with food or clothing donation. 951-9817, hopehopmusic.com
With Matt Walsh
Bluesman Walsh kicks off a new thing at the Underground. Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=14414 to see what else is in store.
Details: 10 a.m. London Underground Pub, Blacksburg. Free. roanoke.com/306205, twitter.com/BlacksburgPub, mattwalshmusic.net
This Athens, Ga.-based groove/jam act wins the prize for cool band name.
Details: 9 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $5. 951-1022, 622north.com, danksinatramusic.bandcamp.com
Side Door Sessions Concert Series
With David Simpkins and KBG, Ball & Chain, and Carrie St. Clair
A pack of folk/Americana acts with original tunes gather for this one.
Details: 7 p.m. The Side Door, 200 Third Ave., Radford. $8. radfordsidedoor.com, davidsimpkins.net, ballnchainmusic.com
Inauguration Gala Dinner
Celebrate a second-term presidency with a very new funk band. Blacksburg’s Ripejive trends old-school with its originals and features members of Urth and HopeHop.
Details: 7 p.m. (music begins at 9 p.m.) Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, facebook.com/Ripejive
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