Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Feb. 7- 10)Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times’ music reporter, shares his top picks for weekend music events.
The Shack Band
This Richmond-based jam-rock band started out at Virginia Tech before heading north. A couple of guys from the Blacksburg era remain, and they are sounding good these days.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. 18 and older. 951-9817, theshackband.com
It’s an old-school funk and soul double-bill at the Sycamore. Ripejive includes members of HopeHop and Urth.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, 211 B Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. facebook.com/Ripejive, facebook.com/badunkafunk
With The Kalob Griffin Band
Philadelphia-based rock ‘n’ rollers Kalob Griffin Band, aka KGB, bring energetic Americana rock. Opening act Toy Soldiers brings a country-flavored, rollicking style. Good beer-drinking music.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, ohnotoysoldiers.com, kalobgriffinband.com
Fingerstyle guitar player doing a variety of tunes, including jazz and country swing.
Details: 6 p.m. India Garden, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to musicians). 951-5100, indiagardenonline.com
4th Annual Mardi Gras Costume Ball
With Lagniappe, Opening Act, Spoon Fight
Why don’t you recognize the first two bands on the bill? Because they were put together for this particular show, a fundraiser for Blue Mountain School. Lagniappe, which means “small gift” in the Mardi Gras country of southern Louisiana, is a big gift to these proceedings. It features blues and jazz singer Kerry Hurley, Jefferson Center artistic director Dylan Locke on bass, FloydFest co-founder and band booker Kris Hodges on drums, and The Kind’s guitarist, Tom Snediker. Opening Act combines the talents of drummer/percussionist Janiah Allen, keyboardist Jamiel Allen and bassist Cameron McLaughlin — all formerly of Alliens — with guitarist John Hill (The Materia Project, Electric Chameleon), and rapper/singer “EZ” Eddie McClain (HopeHop).
If all of that doesn’t get you moving, then we feel sad for you.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Floyd EcoVillage Celebration Hall, 718 Franklin Pike, Floyd. $8 advance; $10 door. bluemountainschool.net
Jazzy guitarist/composer Fitzgibbon brings looping sounds to Gillie’s dinnertime show.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, myspace.com/feterpitzgibbon
This Floyd-based pack of alt-rockers will be rolling from its early show in Floyd to hit BT’s for more action.
Details: 10 p.m. BT’s, 218 Tyler Ave., Radford. $2; 21 and older. 639-1282, btsradford.com
NRCC Bluegrass Jamboree
With Joey Cox and Company, Zephyr Lightning Bolts
This Crooked Road-affiliated venue once again features some fine performers for your flatfooting pleasure.
Details: 6 p.m. Edwards Hall, room 117, New River Community College, Dublin. Free (club encourages donations for musicians’ travel expenses). 674-3600, ext. 4307, www.nr.edu/fiddle.
Ralph Stanley II
It’s a matinee show at the old movie house, featuring a mountain music scion. The guy they call “2” has played in his father’s band for years, but is also well-engaged in his own project, including upcoming CD, “Born To Be A Drifter.”
Details: 3 p.m. The Rex Theater, Galax. $10. 537-4082, strummitworks.ticketleap.com, ralph2.com
Dig into some live, Southwest Virginia bluegrass during Sunday dinner.
Details: 6:30 p.m. The Palisades, Eggleston. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 626-2828, thepalisadesrestaurant.com, myspace.com/fortvause
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