Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Jan. 24-26)
Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
Pulaski rockers kick off a start of a 17-date, multi-state tour with a benefit for some friends with a sick child.
Details: 6 p.m. Amvets Post 50, 1018 E. Main St., Pulaski. $5; $2 to post members; 18-older. asideoceans.com
Floyd-based acoustic trio features singer Emily Williamson, whose many talents include official FloydFest art.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, facebook.com/TheUnapologetics, soundcloud.com/ericaolsen
A Ghost Like Me
Check out a strong-sounding band from Asheville, N.C., that labels itself instrumental space rock.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetariam Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, aghostlikeme.com
Guitarists Justin Craig and Bobby Parker lead this act, which plies funk, blues and rock.
Details: 8 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. Free; all ages. 951-9817
Friday Night Jamboree
With The Clyde Williams Band, The Ridgeliners, Front Porch Gospel
A collection of jamboree favorites help you cut a rug.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
What Is This Thing Called Freedom? Transforming and Timeless Songs of Protest
With Diane Monroe Quartet, with singer Paul Jost
Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts is presenting this event, which includes music from Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger and others who contributed to the ’60s era of protest and social change.
Details: 8 p.m. The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $20; $16 to senior citizens; $10 to Virginia Tech faculty and staff, students, 18 and younger. artscenter.vt.edu/2012-2013season/index.html, dianemonroemusic.com
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
With Mission South
According to The Baltimore Sun, that city’s jamband fans “flocked” to Pigeons Playing Ping Pong when The Bridge broke up.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. 211 B. Draper Road, Blacksburg. $8. 951-9817, pigeonsplayingpingpong.com, missionsouth.com
With Wise Old River
Road trip alert: Leon Russell and Wise Old River close out the month of Barter jams on Saturday. Russell’s work is a template for Americana music, and his recent work with Elton John was critically lauded (Sir Elton even played a couple of those numbers when he hit the Roanoke Civic Center last year). Wise Old River is fronted by Jamen Denton, formerly of Virginia Ground.
Details: 8 p.m. Barter Theatre, Abingdon. $48. 276-628-3991, bartertheatre.com, leonrussellrecords.com, wiseoldriver.com
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