Monthly Archives: January 2011

Welcome to February!

Hello everyone! There are quite a few events happening this week around town and the surrounding area. Before we get to these events we would like to make a special announcement. Scenic Recovery will be joining forces with roanoke revolution to bring you the best coverage of what’s going on around our valley. This will not mean that Scenic Recovery is going away, we will continue to function as normal. What it does mean is that we will have help, a team of people dedicated to the underground here in Roanoke and a better opportunity to expand and really cover the people/places/music/art/film that make our community what it is. We look forward to this partnership and hope that you’ll stick with us and see this thing grow!

Now on to what’s happening this week!

 


 

Thursday (February 3rd) Roanoke artist Jane Vance will open the doors to her new gallery. Vance is best known for the above painting “Amchi” which was featured in the 2010 documentary A Gift For the Village. Join the artist as she plays host while guests filter in and out viewing her nearly 100 pieces of Tibetan themed art. Starting at 5pm and running until 9pm the Jane Lillian Vance Gallery is located at 309 1st St in downtown Roanoke.

 

On Thursday evening Charlottesville-based americana group the Hackensaw Boys will be headlining Awful Arthur’s Towers location. The Hackensaw Boys have become quite the popular outfit around Virginia having shared the stage with the Flaming Lips, De Le Soul and Modest Mouse. Also on the bill for the evening is Roanoke americana outfit the Watershed Conspiracy. This show starts at 9pm, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

 

On Friday (February 4th) the Shadowbox located on Kirk Avenue will show After Last Season. The Shadowbox claims this is one of the strangest films they’ve brought to us thus far. Judging by the trailer I’d say they could be right! What looks to be a thriller done in the laughable yet cultish style of the Room I’d say its worth going for how “bad” or “good” it could be. Head out to the Shadowbox this Friday at 8pm to find out for yourself.

 

Also that Friday night in Blacksburg is a house show featuring Roanoke’s own Nancy & 2 Meteors. Also playing the show are Blackburg one person party groups the Blind Photographers and CBZL. This show is set to start at 9pm on McDonald Street. Donations to the bands are appreciated!

 

Three shows in Blacksburg on the same Friday night you ask? Why yes there are… but of  very different calibers. Whether or not you’re attending the house show or Gillie’s you should make it a point to check out what’s going on at Lucie Monroe’s Coffeehouse. Starting at 7pm sharp you will be entertained by a large line up of folk singers and songwriters. Featuring the talents of Without A Fight, Ike As In Dwight’s Maya Renfro, Dragon Worrier, Paul Riffe, Woofdog, and Kenny Spade & Neal Buck. If you decide to go to this show it will end by 10pm while the house show and Gillie’s show both start at 9pm. Not too much overlapping there! Cost at the coffee shop show is only $3!

 

Starting on Friday and ending in the afternoon on Saturday the Grandin Village invites you to take part in Winterfest! Valley Bank is celebrating its move and opening by throwing a contest. The rules are as follows; pick up your “passport” from Valley Bank on Friday, visit twelve out of the twenty-four Grandin Village businesses listed on the form, return the passport to Valley Bank by 2pm on Saturday the 5th. The prize? A New York City get-a-way for two! All this for supporting local business! So go support your local businesses and enter to win!

 

To round up the massive explosion of shows going on Friday in Blacksburg we give you Hoop Dreams with DJ Manta Ray at Gillies. Hoop Dreams is a mellow indie pop band from Blacksburg featuring former Wild Nothing members, Jeff Haley & Max Brooks. Gillies is one of my personal favorite venues in Blacksburg with a great selection of food and awesome micro brews. Starting at 9pm this show is 18 & up and FREE!

 

On Saturday (February 5th) Richmond-based metal band Inter Arma will be playing Magic Twig Community studio the Mystic Fortress. The band features former False Hope vocalist Mike Paparo and sitting in with them on drums will be Young Sinclairs member Samuel Lunsford, aka Joneski. This show starts at 9pm on Cleveland Avenue and is donation based.

 

 

 

Back in Roanoke on Saturday the Blues BBQ & Co. present a night with the Browning Brothers. Ryan & Matt Browning bring their blend of roots and rock starting at 10pm and running late. Admission is free, 21 & up. Come on down to see some excellent music, eat some awesome food and try any of Blues’ taps.

 

Magic Twig Community group the Young Sinclairs received placement for two end of the year music lists. The band was featured in a U.K. 2010 top 100 song list for their song “Memory System” off of the digital release of the “We Spoke Our Minds E.P.”. The group was also featured along with Eternal Summers in a Seattle, WA based blog for the top albums of 2010. The Young Sinclairs placed with their release of “Chimeys” and Eternal Summers placed with “Silver”. Below are the links to these sites.

the U.K. Vinyl District top 100 songs of 2010

Seattle-based Finest Kiss top 25 albums of 2010

 

 

Lastly, the Unicorn Stables Project: Studios & Gallery are now taking submissions for their newest exhibit. Secret Histories of a Space Age continues the Unicorn Stables’ reputation for delivering to us some great Roanoke and surrounding area art. Here is the submission guidelines from Unicorn Stables…

“Secret Histories of a Space Age is an interactive performance and visual arts event documenting mankind’s illustrious past of space exploration. Secret Histories of a Space Age delves into all our final frontiers. It shows us where we have boldly gone, and where we hope to go.

email .jpg image submissions to unicornstablesproject@gmail.com

We are looking for futuristic, dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy art in any media (including performance, sculpture, and video work).
Work must be ready to hang. 

Show opens March 3rd, and is included in the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival. Show will run till March 12th.”

 

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On Thursday (1/27) the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg will play host to what looks to be a very exciting show. Harrisonburg/Norfolk-based Super Vacations will headline the show while Roanoke’s own Eternal Summers and Charlottesville’s Order. If you are in the area and can make it out I high suggest going. Order has been around for quite a while (2001 or so) and is amazing to see live. This show starts at 9pm.

 

Flannel Gurl Records will be having its last Flannel Friday show this Friday (1/28) at the unusual starting time of 5:15pm. The reason for the start time being so early is there are a lot of bands playing together on one bill. Eight bands on one bill to be exact. A couple of notables playing are Georgia’s the Emotron, Florida’s imadethismistake and Harrisonburg’s Buck Gooter. Why is this the final Flannel Friday? Rumor has it that Flannel Gurl Records is going to focus towards more label related functions. Come out to a last hurrah of sorts this Friday in Blacksburg at Jax on 130 Jackson St., $6.

 

On Saturday (1/29) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. will host Roanoke’s Amanda Bocchi & the Body Parts. Also playing will be Blacksburg-based Nash Smith & the Ganges who will be opening the show. Personally, I am very excited to check out this new group from Blacksburg. I listened to their recordings a really dug it. A good mix of Portishead and Beach House. This show will start at 9pm, $5. Get there on time!!!

 

Running from now until February 27th at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op is Stephen Cort Smith’s “the Dream Comparison”. This is a display of selected works created in MS Paint, the unusual medium Smith has become known for. All prints are for sale ranging from $10-$15. Above is Smith standing next to his piece entitled “Let’s Cuddle”.

 

On Monday (1/31) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. is showing 80’s cult classic comedy, the Heathers! Come watch Winona & Christian kill for revenge and romance. Witness the famous dead gay son scene. Experience the trauma a high school goes through when struck by a mass “suicide”. This film starts at 8pm.

 

I’d like to end this post with two really awesome articles on one of the best venues in Roanoke, Bazaar Consignments. Jamie Booker’s consignment shop has come a long way in its year and a half of operation. Its hosted a slew of shows proving you can have great bands play, people turn out and not charge an arm and a leg at the door. Other music oriented venues have taken notice of the success of this basement consignment shop with Kirk Avenue Music Hall being one of these. In fact, Kirk Avenue has teamed up with the Bazaar to bring a monthly showcase to Kirk’s doors called “The Bazaar Presents…”. This showcase will follow the Bazaar’s tradition of only cost $5 as opposed to Kirk’s more pricier admission fees. On March 25th the first show of this series will take place featuring Magic Twig Community bands the Young Sinclairs & the Sad Cobras. Jamie has had two articles on her shop come out this week. Read the article in the Roanoke Times’ Sunday extra section HERE! Also check out this article on the Bazaar by Blue Ridge Traditions HERE! Congrats to the Bazaar!

 

 

This Thursday (1/20) Roanoke rockers Mafia Track Suit will be debuting their self titled E.P. with a free show at Martin’s Downtown. Joining the band will be fellow local modern rock heavyweights, Madrone. This show is free, 21 & up only and starts at 9:30pm. Check out the above video of Mafia Track Suit’s entry to Rock Band and new song off their E.P., “Samiam”.

 


Also on Thursday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd hosts Nancy & 2 Meteors at 9pm. Also playing the show will be Blacksburg’s CBZL and Richmond’s Les La Britanica. If you’re a fan of electro, krunk or just like to party and dance than this is the show for you. Starting at 9pm, $5.

 


On Saturday (1/22) at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd DJ Joneski will be throwing down from 9pm til late! DJ Joneski has become quite the sensation around these parts recent from DJing to rapping this dude has it all! Come out Saturday and have a drink, eat wood fire oven pizza and dance to Joneski!

 

To round out the weekend and also on Saturday the Bazaar brings two great bands from Richmond to Roanoke! Headlining the show will be White Laces and bringing along with them to open will be Tungs. I highly suggest checking these bands out and coming to this show. Starting at 9pm this show is $5 at the door.

 

We have a few things in the works for the future that we’ll fill you in on very soon. Til then have a great week everyone and we’ll see you here next week!

Tonight (Sunday, 1/9) Studio Roanoke’s own Guerrilla Playhouse will host two bands of great caliber. Roanoke favorite the Circus Practice will be performing and along with them will be a new band making their debut on the scene. Death Newman (comprised of Guerrilla Playhouse founder Ben R. Williams, the Bastard’s Doug Shelor, the Browning Brothers’ Ryan Browning and former 3AM Friday members Bentley & Austin Alderman and Sam Clifton) are a super cluster of friends gathered together to form the area’s only Randy Newman cover band. This is a sight to behold! Starting at 8pm and costing $5.

 

On Wednesday (1/12) the Bastard’s of Fate will be performing with Austin, TX friends Love’s It! The Texas duo consists of Vaughn Walters of the Shake ‘Em Ups and Jenny Parrott of the Shotgun Party (a personal favorite of our’s). This will be a donation-based basement show on Roanoke Ave starting around 7pm and ending around 10pm. Come out to see a Roanoke band that will blow you away and a Texas  couple that will leave you smiling!

 

Friday (1/14) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd will host a Roanoke band coming back home after a two week venture away from home. Midair will be making this their second to last stop on their tour and playing with them will be Roanoke math rock band Nobles. Also playing is said to be Fine Linens although we are not for sure on that one. Either way this should be a fun show and its good to see the under 21 crowd making music and having something going on! This show starts at 8pm and costs $5.

 

Saturday (1/15) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave downtown will host a Golden Girls sleepover party!!!! Starting at 8pm and running all night for 12 consecutive hours til 8am this is the Shadowbox’s way of saying “thank you for being a friend”. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow. DID WE MENTION THERE WAS FREE CHEESECAKE?!?!?

 

Also on Saturday the 15th the Unicorn Stables Project: Studios & Gallery will host an exhibit entitled “Shrines & Other Things”. Over twenty artists will be showing pieces depicting their view of shrines through video, installation, sculpture, painting and poetry. There will be a projection show by Mateo Marquez and music spinning all throughout the evening. This opening starts at 8pm with poetry reading starting at 8:30pm. Admission is FREE.

 

There is a lot going on Saturday the 15th and the Bazaar is offering yet another choice with Roanoke punk/folk outfit Watershed Conspiracy. Opening the show will be Tallahassee, FL group Only Thieves. This show will start at 9pm, $5. Come out to hoot and holler!

 

 

1st week of 2011!!!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you all had a fun/drunken/safe time and didn’t suffer to badly in the morning. Here’s a short list of things happening this week around town…

 

Roanoke studio/gallery the Unicorn Stables Project is calling for submissions for a new and upcoming show called “Shrines & Other Things”. Here’s a copy of their request….

“Shrines & Other Things
is an upcoming show curated by The Unicorn Stables Project.
We are seeking work that explores the definition or history of shrines or enshrining something:
Wiki This! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine

We are seeking a range of mediums and interpretations, from tongue in cheek installations, to personal alters, to paintings, to video work…ETC!

Please email images or questions to:

unicornstablesproject@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions is January 5th.
The show will open January 15th.

Thanks!”

 

On Friday (Jan. 7th) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. downtown will show a documentary this blogger is very excited about. Marwencol is a film documenting the life of a man with a battered memory after being beaten to the point of near death. He chooses to recreate moments of his life through a small town he built and designed himself with a cast of characters he has based around the real people in his life. Although he lives in the present he lives out his new life in World War 2 Germany. Starting at 8pm you should not miss this film!

 

On Saturday (Jan. 8th) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. will host three great acts. Fine Linens will be playing with Williamsburg guests Goodwill Falcon and Lynchburg band Rugby. This show starts at 9pm and will cost you only $5!

 

Have a good week everyone and we’ll see you here same time next week!