Monthly Archives: March 2011

Slick Rick, Right to Shoes, MacRock

Before we start this post we’d like to congratulate Jamie Booker & Adam Painter at the Bazaar for an incredible SOLD OUT show at Kirk Avenue Music Hall! The first in a series of the Bazaar Presents at Kirk Avenue. Way to show them that local music has a strong hold on this town!

 

This Wednesday at Awful Arthur’s Towers location a legend of hip hop graces the peasants with his presence. Slick Rick the Ruler will be headlining a killer set for sure with our own Illbotz opening the show! This show will probably be one of the best shows of the year so don’t miss it! Starting at 9pm on 3/30 with tickets $18 in advance and $22 day of show, pre-order now!

 


On Thursday (3/31) Planned Parenthood in Roanoke is hosting the Right to Shoes auction at the Sanctuary. The auction will feature many different shoe-themed art pieces ranging from the decorative to the wearable to the hang-able! The proceeds of the auction will go to benefit the organization’s programs and services in the area. This benefit starts at 6pm and runs til 9pm.

 


On April 1st & 2nd the student-run radio station WXJM in Harrisonburg put on their annual MacRock festival. Running on their 14th year the Mid Atlantic College Radio Conference has hosted such names Elliott Smith, Fugazi, Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal, Pig Destroyer, Converge, Elf Power, Q & Not U, mewithoutYou, Avail, Animal Collective, Dashboard Confessional,  Mastodon, Aloha and many, many others. This year you can look forward to bigger names such as the Bouncing Souls, S. Carey (of Bon Iver) Brooke Waggoner and Timbre (harpist of mewithoutYou). You can also count on there being a few Roanoke area and Virginia bands playing the festival. Below is a list of who’s playing, when and where…

Friday, April 1st:

Matt Leech (Charlottesville) 7:40pm @ Downtown 34
Invisible Hand (Charlottesville) 10:20pm @ Downtown 34
Nick Coward & the Last Battle (Richmond) 5:30pm @ Court Square Theater
Red Clay River (Roanoke) 7:40pm @ Court Square Theater
the Missionaries (Roanoke) 8:30pm @Court Square Theater
Jonathan Vassar (Richmond) 10:10pm @ Court Square Theater
Andrew Cedermark (Charlottesville) 6:50pm @ Clementine Cafe
Super Vacations (Harrisonburg/Norfolk) 8:30pm @ Clementine Cafe
Inter Arma (Richmond) 7:40pm @ Blue Nile

Saturday, April 2nd:

Zac Hryciak & the Jungle Beat (Richmond) 6:10pm @ Court Square Theater
the Diamond Center (Richmond) 7:40 @ Clementine Cafe
Eternal Summers (Roanoke) 11:10 @ Clementine Cafe

Ticket pricing is as follows…
$20 Pre-sale tickets
$25 day of/two day passes
$15 Friday-only pass
$15 Saturday-only pass

 

Hope you all have a great week and we’ll be back next week for more events!

 

 

Magic Twig Weekend & Shadowbox Prom!!!

This weekend looks to be a great one with some heavy hitting events happening around town! Let’s have a look at what’s going on…

 

This Thursday (3/24) Kirk Avenue Music Hall presents the Foghorn String Band. Hailing from Portland, Oregon this old time string band plays their own blend of pre-bluegrass styled country music that will keep your feet tapping. Their fiddler is worth experiencing alone! Opening the evening will be Roanoke’s own Rootstone Jug Band featuring former members of the New Roanoke Jug Band as well as members of the Young Sinclairs. This show is set to start at 8pm and will cost you $12 at the door, $6 for students.

 


On Friday (3/25) the Bazaar presents a Magic Twig Community showcase at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. The first in a series of monthly shows at Kirk put on by the Bazaar. This show will feature Magic Twig acts the Young Sinclairs, the Sad Cobras and Eternal Summers. Costing only $5, all ages and starting at 8pm. Above is a music video for the Young Sinclairs’ song “Left & Right”. Watch the video for Eternal Summers “Safe at Home” right HERE! Also check out a video for the Sad Cobras “Bogged Down” HERE!

 

On Saturday (3/26) the Shadowbox celebrates its 1 year anniversary!!! The Shadowbox gang will be throwing a prom to beat any prom you ever attended in high school with a full bar! So think John Hughes and wear your best or worst prom attire. Stevie D of the Illbotz will be there providing the music for the evening so you know there will be plenty of great tunes to get you through the evening! Come out and celebrate with the Shadowbox at 8pm!

 

Also on Saturday in Blacksburg local hookah joint She-Sha is throwing a show not to be missed! Roanoke’s the Bastards of Fate headline a show featuring Blacksburg favorites the Blind Photographers, CBZL (pictured above) and Fire Foundation.  This show is free for all so make it a point to come out and have some fun! This show starts at 8:30pm.

St. Pattie’s Day and following weekend


On Wednesday (3/16) the Bazaar will host a triple header of a show. Ike As In Dwight’s co-captain Maya Renfro will be sharing the evening with fellow Blacksburg band Nash Smith & the Ganges and Fine Linens. This is a show to be excited about and what else do you have going on the night before St. Patrick’s Day? This show starts at 8pm and is only $5 for three bands.

 


Starting out our St. Patrick’s Day is Another Roadside Attraction at the Village Grill. This is a free show and knowing the ARA folks and the shows they put on… it should be a great evening! Not only will you get to see a great band but pitchers of PBR are only $5! Starting at 9:30pm and running late.

 

Also on Thursday Dogtown Roadhouse is throwing its own St. Pattie’s Day celebration. Roanoke nu-grass band Grass Monkey will be there drinking, fiddlin’, yelling, stomping and playing for your entertainment! So head on down to Dogtown, grab one of their great drafts & pizzas and go flat footin’ to Grass Monkey! Starting at 8pm.

 


Also at Dogtown on Friday is outlaw-country band JP Harris & the Tough Choices. These guys are out to set things straight and take back country music from those low life pop country superstars… I’m paraphrasing here. Starting at 9pm and running late this should be a drunken evening for all involved.

 


Also on Friday in Blacksburg the XYZ Gallery will host the Blind Photographers with Cumulonimbus. Promising to be quite a fun time full of dancing (at least by A.K. Kanode) and smooth melodies for all. This show starts at 7pm and only costs $3 with proceeds going toward a great cause! Also on Saturday (3/19) A.K. Kanode of the Blind Photographers will be DJing for the Baby Sean Fire Foundation at the Carlton-Scott Dance Dungeon. Also on board for the evening are the Manns, Tyler! and the Legendary Chris Meyers. Come out one and all!!!

 


On Saturday (3/19) the Bazaar hosts a folk show. Magic Twig Community folk orchestra the Missionaries will be sharing the evening with Asheville, NC band Uncle Mountain. The Missionaries will be splitting their set between Missionaries songs and Strange Birds songs (Jamie Booker’s folk project). Come out to the Bazaar and have a great time with us! Starting at 9pm and costing $5.

 

A bunch of great things coming up next week including the Bazaar’s first show at Kirk Avenue Music Hall!!!

Mid March Events…

We hope everybody had a good week. Whether it was celebrating all things Marginal Arts related or just having a fun weekend around town. Now that the majority of the Marginal Arts Festival is over check out what’s happening in the week to follow…

 

This Wednesday (3/9) local vintage clothing store Freckles will host “Crafting for a Cause”! This craft night will be focused on decorating shoes in support of Planned Parenthood’s “Right to Shoes” auction taking place on March 31st. Freckles encourages you to submit a pair of decorated shoes for the Planned Parenthood sponsored evening. Anyone who does submit a pair will receive two tickets to the auction and recognition at the event. So come on down to Freckles on Wednesday at 7pm, BYOB, a pair of shoes and have some fun! Freckles is located in the back of GET, the new coffee shop on Kirk Avenue.


Later that evening on Wednesday the Bazaar brings you one of the most anticipated pairings of the year! The hard rocking six sons of Randy Newman known as Death Newman pair with a mysterious new band. PLUGGGG will be making their debut performance and will hopefully be performing a few of those hits I’ve had the pleasure of hearing recently. Come on down to the Bazaar on Wednesday the 9th at 8pm to celebrate THE BAZAAR’S 100TH SHOW! This show is FREE for everyone!


On Thursday (3/10) the Roanoke Public Library downtown presents An Island, a film by Vincent Moon. Film maker Vincent Moon is known for his Take Away Shows series which features prominent bands and artists within the independent music community performing in intimate settings all throughout the world. This full-length feature focuses on the band Efterklang performing in various parts of an island off the Danish coast. Brought to you in partnership with the Shadowbox this film is to start at 6:30pm on the mezzanine of the library. There will also be free Shadowbox ticket giveaways at the showing. Come out to this and see an amazing group perform in the most intimate of settings.

On Friday (3/11) the Awful Arthur’s at Towers Shopping Center presents rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Continuing their reputation of bringing us great music to the Roanoke area this show will also feature local comedy-rap legends the Illbotz. Also playing the show will be the Soul Elements. Starting at 9pm this show should not be missed!

Also on Friday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. hosts the Bastards of Fate with the Situationist and North Carolina band, Minor Stars. This will be one hell of a show featuring two incredible Roanoke acts and a great traveling band. Starting at 9pm this show will cost you only $5.

Rounding out the list of things going on Friday is Paleface with Mo at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd. The Americana duo will be bringing their own blend of melody with an added percussive element, Monica “Mo” Salamot. Taking place at the Sun Music Hall in Dogtown this show starts at 9pm.

On Saturday (3/12) the Just Embrace Love Please (JELP) Gallery and Studio will throw what looks to be their last event. The Dub Step Party will feature DJ RahBee, MachineMadeMan, TheExit, MurdaSound, Daniel Noell and Castiel. Starting at 7:30pm and going til late, come out!

On Sunday (3/13) at Studio Roanoke the John Barry Conception will play with local singer/songwriter Sharayah Spears as a part of the Guerrilla Playhouse series . This show will start at 7:30pm and will cost you $5. Make sure to come out and support Studio Roanoke and two great local acts!


Ending our list of things to do this week is the Shadowbox’s premiere of the Parking Lot Movie. This documentary tells the story of the infamous Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, VA and the employees who have worked there. If you’ve ever been to the former Satellite Ballroom or surrounding area chances are you’ve parked there. Very funny and entertaining this documentary features interviews from current and former employees including Yo La Tengo member James McNew (yes, he was a former employee there). This film starts at 8pm on Tuesday the 15th.