Top Tix: Upcoming music events in the NRV (Oct. 3-6)
The Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest
With Blue Highway, Rebecca Frazier, Lost and Found, Betse Ellis, Crooked Road Ramblers and more
Road trip alert: A big Saturday night, with Blue Highway for a headliner, is at the center of this event, which features high quality bluegrass and old-time bands, plus tonight’s Crooked Road Jam.
Details: 6 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Heartwood, Abingdon. Free tonight, $10 (plus $1.54 online purchase fee) Friday, $15 (plus $1.82 fee) Saturday, free Sunday. abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/schedule.html
Radford University, a haven for classical guitar study and performance, is bringing in a master to do a bit of both tonight. Vieaux has the distinction of being the first classical guitarist to play a National Public Radio Tiny Desk Concert (npr.org). It’s a master class in the morning, concert in the evening deal.
Details: 7:30 p.m. (11 a.m. master class) Performance Hall in the Covington Center, Radford University, Radford. Free. jasonvieaux.com, radford.edu
With DJ Rahbee
Funky rock with electronic edges from the Asheville, N.C.-based headliner.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $6. 951-9817, sycamoredeli.com, jahmanbrahman.com, soundcloud.com/djrahbee
Ralph Berrier Jr. and the Java Brothers
Berrier, strong singer/fiddler (and Roanoke Times reporter), will read from his book, “If Trouble Don’t Kill Me,” then he and his bandmates will pick.
Details: 7 p.m. Hurlburt Student Center, Radford University, rooms 248-250. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
Father-son team Fred and Jon Benfield bring acoustic goodness.
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic
Janet Turner & Friends Live CD Recording
With The Jugbusters, The Poorhouse Pepsteppers
This edition of the Friday Night Jamboree comes with a bonus — you can be part of a live recording. Turner has a sweet voice and strums autoharp over old-timey tunes.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, janetturnerandfriends.com
The Color J
Former Alliens Jamiel and Janiah Allen, and former Materia Project guitarist John Hill, bring this funny act.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie’s Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, reverbnation.com/thecolorj
Funky rock, soul and reggae from Roanoke.
Details: 8 p.m. Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd. $. 745-6836, facebook.com/DogtownRoadhouse, reverbnation.com/groovascape
With The Deems
A couple of rootsy jam acts.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817, sycamoredeli.com, reverbnation.com/delugenc, thedeems.bandcamp.com
Floyd Radio Show
with Bukuru Celestin, Trevor McKenzie & Steve Kruger, and Jim Lloyd, hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
Headliner Bukuru Celestin, from Roanoke via Burundi, Africa, recently released the album “Amkeni,” which went to No. 8 on the iTunes world music chart.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $10 advance, $12 door. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
With Human Infection, Pathogenesis, Engulfed in Blackness, Heimdall
Despite the names of these bands, a hazmat suit is not necessary. But a willingness to bang one’s head, rock out and be unafraid of substantial hearing loss is key.
Details: 8 p.m. Ceritano’s, Blacksburg. $5; all ages. 443-9135, facebook.com/RottingObscene, facebook/com/HumanInfectionband, facebook.com/pathogenesis666, facebook.com/EngulfedInBlackness, facebook.com/Heimdall.Thrash
With Southern Belles
Jamming southern boogie double-bill.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $6. 951-9817, sycamoredeli.com, mamaslove.net, thesouthernbelles.bandcamp.com
Americana Afternoon/Americana Open Mic
With Scott Perry Student Performances
Perry, a fine multi-instrumentalist who specializes in blues fingerpicking and jazz, is a good teacher, too. Hear his charges.
Details: Noon (1:30 p.m. open mic). Floyd Country Store, Floyd. Free. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, scottperrymusician.com
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