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the Bazaar, Pietasters @ Martin’s, Kirk Ave Music Hall

On Friday (9/16) the Bazaar hosts a great low key evening not to be missed! This show will feature Deedraye of the Sad Cobras playing a few selections of her own as well as some oldies. This intimately awesome evening will include Baltimore folk rock group Other Colors gracing the Bazaar with a set of tunes. Be sure to make it out to this show! Starting at 9pm and only costing $5.

On Saturday (9/17) Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill will host punk-ska greats the Pietasters. Opening for the group will be the only remaining Roanoke punk-ska band, Jackal Tickets. This is a 21 and up show only! Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Showtime is 10pm.

On Sunday (9/18) Kirk Avenue Music Hall hosts an all Roanoke show! The Circus Practice is set to headline with their own blend of instrumental surf rock. Lance Smith will also be performing with his group, Sinking Creek. Make sure to get there on time and witness the comic delight of the immortal Illbotz! Tickets are only $5, almost unheard of for the venue! Starting at 8pm, come out and support! P.S. also check out the Circus Practice at Dogtown Pizza in Floyd on Friday night!

We hope to see all of you here next week when we will be unveiling our newest music review and giving you a glimpse of what’s happening in the area!

Liminal: Alternative Spaces opening, the Shadowbox VHS Night, Flannel Gurl Records and Sewn Together Records join forces for show!!!

Starting the weekend on Friday (9/2) is the opening of new alternative art space, Liminal. Located at the Community High School space downtown this new spot will host their opening reception as part of the Art by Night series. This first exhibition will feature the works of artist Ingrid Moldenhauer Chase. The exhibit will run from its opening on the second til October 7. Come out to support Ingrid and the great space showcasing her work! Opening reception starts at 5:30pm on Friday the 2nd.


Also on Friday night the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave begins a new series of their own: VHS Night. What did they select for their first film? Well, a film that’s very suiting considering its not available on DVD yet! The Shadowbox proudly presents 1986 teen hit, RAD! The story of a kid and his BMX bike going against the odds and against the corporate world of bicycle racing. Does he have what it takes to beat star racer Bart “the Man” at Hell Track? Find out all this and more while basking in the glory of 80′s BMX fashion. Starting at 8pm!

On Tuesday (9/6) Blacksburg-based Flannel Gurl Records join forces with Roanoke label Sewn Together Records to present a show in Christiansburg! D.C./Sweden’s the Cassettes will bring their own blend of folk rock to the area in support of their newest release on Flannel Gurl. Supporting them on the show will be Sewn Together Records/ Magic Twig Community outfit, the Missionaries. Former Ike As In Dwight (Sewn Together Records) member Maya Renfro will also play on the bill performing solo and Blacksburg singer/songwriter Laura Reitzel will open the show. Taking place at Lucie Monroe’s Coffee on Roanoke Ave in Christiansburg! Come by the merch table and pick up the Cassette’s newest release and a free Sewn Together Records sampler! Show starts at 7:30 and costs just $5!

Miniature Graceland benefit and a weekend at the Bazaar

We hope all of you got a chance to check out Ben R. Williams’ newest play, Man With Wings. If not check out our review for it under Theatre/ Cinema. Here’s what’s happening this week…



Starting off the week on Thursday is a great fundraiser for one of Roanoke’s most loved oddity attractions. Miniature Graceland has been attracting locals and tourists alike since the early 80s. This benefit is geared toward raising funds to restore the mini unofficial landmark. Held at the Sanctuary at Little Five Points the benefit will feature a band that couldn’t be any more perfect for the cause, Another Roadside Attraction. Also playing will be the Sweet Tea Experiment which (going by the name of the band and the names of other bands said persons are involved with) sounds a bit on the jammy side. So come out to the Sanctuary this Thursday at 7:30pm and help support Miniature Graceland. Also dress as Elvis and get a $5 entry at the door, $10 otherwise. Free Elvis sunglasses to first 25 people. Elvis impersonator contests and themed art are planned for the evening as well.

On Friday (8/26) the Bazaar hosts a show that will feature the newest Magic Twig Community effort, Queener. Queener is an all girl trio featuring Allison Apperson of Hot Lava, Kelly Queener of Peace Beast and Paige Hodges (Deedraye Halliston) of the Sad Cobras. Get excited because also playing will be the Bastards of Fate headlining the show! Opening the show is Lynchburg-based band and duo, Rugby. This show starts at 9pm and is $5 so come out and witness this incredible happening!

Also at the Bazaar this weekend is Athens, GA band Grape Soda. Kindercore Records founder Ryan Lewis and brother Mat are taking their duo up and down the East Coast. This Saturday they include Roanoke’s own consignment shop/ intimate venue as one of their stops. Also playing the show is Falcor. Falcor is the solo project of Magic Twig Community member Jonathan Woods. Be sure to make it out to this one! 9pm, $5!

We hope everyone has a great weekend and we’ll see you next time!

What’s happening at the Bazaar, the Shadowbox and Guerrilla Playhouse! Plus James McNew of Yo La Tengo @ Twisted Brach Tea Bazaar!!!


On Friday (8/12) the Shadowbox located on Kirk Avenue is showing a film I’m very excited about. “Trollhunter” is a Norwegian film by writer/director André Øvredal filmed all over the stunning countryside of Norway. Its action, horror, cheeze, comedy, fantasy and amazing landscapes all combined together to form a spectacle! This is a one-time only showing starting at 8pm and only costs you $5! GO SEE IT!

Also this Friday the Bazaar is hosting the John Barry Conception and Jordan Fallon. This should be a great evening with two very talented folk acts. Since this is a local show you get to experience the magic for just $3. So come out to the Bazaar on Brandon Ave. at 9pm!


On Saturday (8/13) the Shadowbox is showing 1980′s hip hop documentary, “Style Wars”. Directed by Tony Silver this film was famous for winning the Grand Prize for Documentary at Sundance in ’83 and infamous for helping street art expand to all corners of the globe! Come and check out this incredible landmark for hip hop culture and get there early to see Stevie D of Illbotz and Joneski perform before the feature. This is a benefit showing to help raise enough money to restore the documentary’s original print and get it on Blu Ray format! Starts at 8pm!

Also on Saturday the Bazaar welcomes two great local acts! Roanoke DJ and lyricist Joneski performs his amazing verbal assault over beats! Marshall Hicks & His Bag of Tricks will blow you away with his multi-instrumental one man band! Two awesome local acts for just $3! This show starts at 9pm.

Saturday in Charlottesville the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar welcome James McNew of Yo La Tengo to their stage. Presented by Holy Smokes Booking and WTJU this show headlines McNew who is touring with his project called DUMP. Also playing will be Sloppyheads and Girl Choir. This show will start at 8:30pm and only costs $8.

On Sunday (8/14) Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse will host the Missionaries with Richmond’s Nick Coward & the Last Battle. Coward and group are known for their soothing instrumentation and a melodies that catches within the first listen. Magic Twig Community band the Missionaries will be debuting two new members to the fold and offering songs with stories behind them. Come out this Sunday evening start at 8pm. Studio Roanoke is located on Campbell Ave in downtown Roanoke across from the bus station.

Join us next week for more events happening around the area!!!

the Situationist @ the Bazaar, Heevahava & Death Newman @ the Horseshoe, “Man With Wings” by Ben R. Williams @ Studio Roanoke

We here at Scenic Recovery have been very busy talking and planning with future partnerships we’re very excited about but don’t want to reveal just yet! With that said and now that we have your attention, here are this week’s Top 3!!!


On Friday (8/06) Roanoke band the Situationist headlines a show at the Bazaar with Atlanta’s the Seventh Ring of Saturn. The evening is set to start at 9pm and is $5 at the door. Above is a video for of the Situationist playing two of our favorite songs by them; “Chestnut Tree Cafe” and “Yellow House” live at the Bazaar.

On Saturday (8/06) a venue that Roanoke’s underground scene hasn’t seen in many years opens its doors back up to the possibility of a new venue. The Horseshoe hosts Roanoke’s own Heevahava as the headliner for the bill. Also playing will be Asheville’s Enoch. Opening the show are the six illegitimate sons of Randy Newman, Death Newman. Come out and support this possible new venue for bands in Roanoke and make it happen again! The Horseshoe is located on 1641 9th St., SE. Starting at 8:30pm and costing $5 for three bands. This is a 21 and up venue only.

Opening on August 10th and running through August 21st Studio Roanoke present “Man With Wings”, a play by Ben R. Williams and directed by Kenley Smith. For more details about the run visit Studio Roanoke online. Here’s a synopsis of the play…

“In 1971, a small-town sheriff bears witness to a tragic and inexplicable event. Forty years later, a free-lance writer and investigator of unexplained phenomena arrives at the sheriff’s run-down apartment, desperate to learn the truth behind the so-called “Thunderbird Incident.” But the answer the sheriff offers may not be what the writer hoped for; the truth may be worse by far.”

Here are a few more awesome things happening in the area this week…

  •  07/31 – Grits-n-Gravy Presents: Colin L Orchestra & CSC Funk Band @ Alhamraa Moroccan Restaurant, Charlottesville. 8pm, $7.
  • 08/01 – Palindrone, Kid’s Garden, Malatese @ Blue Nile, Harrisonburg. 9pm.
  • 08/02 – Acoustic Open Mic Night @ the Bazaar, Roanoke. 8pm.
  • 08/03 – Grand Opening for Wyrd Sisters Yarn. 3117 Suite 5 Franklin Rd, Roanoke. 11am til 8pm.
  • 08/04 – Renegade Print Night @ the Unicorn Stables Project Studios & Gallery, Roanoke. 7pm.
  • 08/05 – “Seeking the Good Life in America” a film by Joy Truskowski @ the Shadowbox, Roanoke. 8pm.
  • 08/06 – Mirror Kisses @ Dave’s Taverna, Harrisonburg. 9pm.

See you next week!!!

Jax, the Shadowbox, Guerrilla Playhouse and more!

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day! Here’s a few of the things going on this week starting with our Top 3….

On Friday (7/8) Blacksburg label/ promotion company Flannel Gurl Records hosts a great (and rather long) line-up at Jax. Two of the names on the bill (the Emotron & the Bastards of Fate) should be worth for going alone! Combine those two with the weirdo-folk of Andy the Doorbum, Rotting Obscene’s own blend of death metal along with more weirdo-folk from Deral Fenderson and this looks to be as eclectic of a show as it is entertaining. Come out to Jax in Blacksburg and check out this show starting at 8pm, running til midnight. $5 for five bands.


On Saturday (7/9) Roanoke microcinema the Shadowbox throws its second sweded film fest. This go around the theme is the great decade of the 80′s! To “swede” a film is to make a really low-budget under ten minute version of an entire movie. This idea was taken from the Michel Gondry film “Be Kind Rewind”. So come out to the Shadowbox on Saturday to check out some hilarious footage and maybe see a friend or two on the screen as well! This starts at 8pm, $5.

On Sunday (7/10) Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse hosts a short play followed by a folk show. “Kong: A Goddamn 30Ft Gorilla” is a play by local Adam Hahn. I haven’t heard much about this play but I can tell you because of the title and poster alone, I’m going. What I do know more about is who’s playing after Hahn’s play. Local folk acts the Delta Function will be playing with fellow Roanokers and friends the John Barry Conception and the Polfelt Three. The play starts at 7pm with the show following at 8pm. $5 gets you in to both shows.

Here’s some other great things happening this week…

7/7 – the Shadowbox Etiquette Night @ the Shadowbox. Kirk Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Savannah Shoulders w/ Nate Currin @ the Bazaar. Brandon Ave., Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/7 – Rivermont Rave w/ Feral Youth @ Rivermont Pizza. Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg. 11pm.
7/8 – Watershed Conspiracy @ Schooners. Williamson Rd., Roanoke. 6pm.
7/8 – Uncle Mountain @ Sun Music Hall. S. Locust St., Floyd. 8pm.

While checking out this post you should also check out the new facebook page for an upcoming free print ‘zine called Local Heroes. Local Heroes will cover music events happening around town with a focus on monthly articles about “local heroes” in our city. Check it out and “like” it on facebook HERE!!! Do it now or the local terrorists win.

Rubber @ the Shadowbox, the Situationist @ the Bazaar, My Radio @ Kirk Avenue Music Hall

This past weekend’s show were quite a blast and we hope you got a chance to get out to a few of them! Here’s what’s going on this week starting with our Top 3…


This Sundayy (7/3) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. will be showing the comedy/horror film “Rubber”. Following the story of a telepathic killer tire named Robert this film has been hailed by critics all over the country. Come and see what this odd storyline is all about this Sunday at 8pm!

Also this Friday the Bazaar on Brandon hosts the Situationist fresh off their tour! Playing with the Situationist will be Charlottesville band the Virgo 9 and Heevahava’s own Mark Perry doing a set of solo songs. This show is set to start at 9pm and will only cost $5. Check out our review of the Situationist’s newest E.P. under our Music Reviews page.

On Thursday (6/30) 101.5 the (not so local) Music Place hosts a night at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Roanoke rockers My Radio share the evening with English modern rock outfit, Scars on 45. Doors open at 7:30pm with Scars on 45 opening at 8pm. Half price tickets are offered with student ID.

Here’s a few other great things happening this week around town!!!

6/29 – Craft Night @ Freckles, Kirk Ave. Roanoke. 7pm.
6/30 – Mafia Track Suit w/ the Woody Nelsons & Lance Smith @ the Bazaar, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
7/1 – Mandolin Orange @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm.
7/1 & 2 – Message to You: A Mini-Musical for the Internet & Stage @ Studio Roanoke. 9pm (Fri) and 7pm (Sat).
7/1 – Bob Wayne “Outlaw Carnie” @ the Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. 9pm.
7/2 & 3 – Floyd Fandango, Floyd.
7/3 – “Not All Roads Lead to Home: a Film by Noelle Lane @ the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. 6pm.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July everyone!!!

Bazaar Presents @ Kirk Ave, the Sad Cobras @ the Bazaar, Blind Photographers & Mirror Kisses @ She-Sha, Bazaar Commercial

With a lot of stuff going on this week its hard to choose between them all. Here’s a listing of just a few great happenings starting with the Top 3!


On Thursday (6/23) Magic Twig Community flagship band the Sad Cobras play at the Bazaar. Opening for the Cobras will be Birmingham, Alabama band, the Grenadines. Come out, pick up a Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ and introduce yourself to another great new band making their way through Roanoke! This show starts at 8pm and costs $5!


In Blacksburg on Friday (6/24) She-Sha will host a fond farewell to the Blind Photographers. AK Kanode’s brand of dance pop has built quite the popular following in Blacksburg over the past couple of years. Now Amy plans to head to the Northwest but doesn’t want to leave without one last show. Playing with her will be Harrisonburg dance duo, Mirror Kisses. Fronted by a former band member of Amy’s (George Clanton) Mirror Kisses is new wave the way it was intended and is one of our favorites! Above is a video for Mirror Kisses “Haunt Me”.

On Saturday (6/25) the Bazaar will host its 3rd installment of “the Bazaar Presents” at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Richmond band and Triple Stamp Records flagship Homemade Knives will be headlining. Providing support will be Roanoke bands Red Clay River and Magic Twig Community outfit, the Missionaries. This is an important show not only for the Bazaar but also for Red Clay River who will be performing for the last time. Come and bid Red Clay River a proper farewell and enjoy an evening with friends! This show starts at 8pm and costs $7!

Here’s a list of other great happenings this week….

  • Wednesday (6/22) Twin Killers! w/ Life in a Foxhole, KURU and Loser Yesterday @ Jax, Blacksburg. 8pm, $5.
  • Thursday (6/23) Mirror Kisses w/ Double Hive Five @ Blue Nile, Harrisonburg. 8:30pm, $3.
  • Friday (6/24) Godard film “Masculine Feminine” @ the Shadowbox, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Johnson’s Crossroad @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Heavy Cream w/ No Brainer @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Charlottesville. 9pm, $5.
  • Friday (6/24) Ol’ Spatch, Sharayah Spears, PJ Bond and Brian McGee @ Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke. 9pm, $5.
  • Saturday (6/25) Artimus Pyle (of Lynrd Skynrd) @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.
  • Saturday (6/25) Summer Solstice Power Jam 2011 featuring Hot Lava, Diamond Center, Peace Beast, Nick Coward & the Last Battle, White Laces and more! @ Belle Isle, Richmond. 1pm-8pm, Free.
  • Sunday (6/26) Vanguard: the Worst Movie Ever Made @ Guerrilla Cinema (Studio Roanoke), Roanoke. 8pm, $5.

Lastly check out the new web commercial for Bazaar Consignments below! Shot and directed by Cory Greer and music provided by Doug Cheatwood! Cameos by a few local musicians in the commercial! Below is the commercial!

Hobo With a Shotgun, Small Sur w/ the Missionaries, Dogtown Roadhouse & More!

 

There is a lot going on this weekend around town and out of town. Here’s our Top 3 for the week! Scroll below the Top 3 to see a lot of other great happenings!


On Friday (6/17) the Shadowbox will present the debut of director/writer/producer Jason Eisener’s first full-length film, Hobo With a Shotgun! In a random train yard a hobo steps off a train with hopes of starting a new life. Quickly realizing this is a town where crime rules and justice drools he decides to take up the mantle of law. Armed with a pawn store shotgun and a fucked up set of morals he takes to the town to rid it of evil. Starting at at 8pm and only costing $5 this film is worth seeing more than once! The Shadowbox is located on Kirk Ave, downtown Roanoke.


On Sunday (6/19) the Missionaries will be hosting new friends from Baltimore, Small Sur! This show will take place at 1515 Roanoke Ave. with donations requested for the traveling group. Small Sur has garnered a lot of attention recently through their live shows and recordings with mentionings from blogs such as Tiny Mix Tapes to NPR to their own Baltimore City Paper. The Missionaries will also be playing that evening sharing their own blend of myth inspired folk. This show will start at 8pm, donations! Above is a video interview of Small Sur by a Portuguese TV station in Coimbra, Portugal.

  On Saturday (6/18) the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd celebrates its 1 year anniversary! Starting at 11am and running all the way to midnight Dogtown will be bringing back some of their favorite bands and people throughout the last year to celebrate. Music for the evening includes Wyndy Hill Travelers, Grass Monkey and DJ Joneski! Come out and celebrate with Dogtown, pick up a wood fire oven pizza and one of the great microbrews on tap!

Other awesome things happening this week include:

  • Wednesday (6/15-26) Frogger (a play by Adam Hahn) directed by Cheryl Snodgrass. Studio Roanoke, downtown. 8pm.
  • Saturday (6/18) Goodwill Falcon, Rugby and Nobles at the Bazaar. 9pm, $5.
  • Tuesday (6/21) Gleaming the Cube at the Shadowbox. In celebration of “Go Skate Day”. 8pm, $5. All proceeds go to the Skateistan charity.

Early June Happenings…

Welcome to the beginning of Summer everyone! Here’s a list of a few things happening around town this week. Starting with our Top 3 listed below!


On Friday 6/10 the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. welcomes back the Charlottesville/D.C. duo, Birdlips! Also on board for the show will be Harrisonburg based Uncle Bengine & the Restraining Orders and Roanoke’s the John Barry Conception. This show is set to start at 9pm only costing you $5 for three great bands! Shown above is a music video for the Birdlips song “Under Crooked Trees”. The band is currently on tour in support of their new release “One Tongue”.

Also on Friday the 10th long running Roanoke modern rock band Madrone throws a CD release party at the Awful Arthur’s Towers location. “Karma Catastrophe” will be released that evening for all who wish to purchase it at the show. This full-length charts a new sound for Madrone and has a very personal theme for singer/guitar JD Sutphin. Opening the show that evening will be Washington, D.C.’s Along Those Lines and Greensboro, NC’s Hephystus. This show starts at 9pm costing you $7. Get pre-sale tickets for the show and pre-orders for the album here at Madrone Online.


On Saturday 6/11 the Shadowbox microcinema on Kirk Ave. will show indie cult hit King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters. This documentary follows the paths of two men from very different backgrounds. The first being a nervous middle school science teacher and the second being a narcissistic hot sauce entrepreneur/ classic arcade gamer-celebrity. They are put against each other in competition to win the ultimate prize; the highest score on Donkey Kong EVER! Get to the Shadowbox early and enter in the Donkey Kong tournament! This event will start at 7pm and is sponsored by 16 Blocks magazine.

Other great things going on this week are….

6/7 – the first ever Open Mic Night! @ Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke, VA

6/7 – Stinking Lizaveta w/ Erode & Disappear and Heavy Burner @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Charlottesville, VA

6/8 – Arcade Fire w/ Bowerbirds @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA

6/9 – the Alchemystics @ Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd, VA

6/11 – the Murder Bros. w/ Life In A Foxhole @ Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke, VA

6/12 – Heevahava w/ On The Cooling Board @ Guerrilla Playhouse/Studio Roanoke, Roanoke, VA