Monthly Archives: April 2011

Bazaar Presents at Kirk Avenue Musical Hall & more!!!

Wednesday (4/27) the Bazaar presents something Kirk Avenue Music Hall has never quite experienced before! San Francisco one-man/robot band Captured By Robots comes to Kirk Avenue with support from local favorites, the Bastards of Fate and Illbotz. The second in a series of the Bazaar presents this is sure to be one hell of a show! Come and witness a milestone of shock and awe on Wednesday night! This show starts at 8pm and costs $7 for three great bands. Also on Friday the 29th the Bastards will venture to Blacksburg to play Gillie’s with Janus 4-14. That show starts at 8pm and is free for all!

On Saturday (4/30) in Blacksburg local venue the Tub will host the Bash of Mustache. Rumored to play (but not yet formally announced) are Maya Renfro and Hoop Dreams (ex members of Wild Nothing). Starting at noon and running all day, mustaches are encouraged.

Continuing on to the second of Saturday’s events is Studio Roanoke fundraiser “High Ball/Low Ball”. Starting at 7pm in the Cambria Suite there will be food, drinks, jazz by William Penn and readings from excerpts of “Zombie Boyfriend”. $35 for single and $55 for double. Later on that evening at Studio Roanoke there will be live music from four great Roanoke bands. On the bill are Death Newman, the Situationist, Another Roadside Attraction and the Bastards of Fate. The show alone is $10 (and well worth it)! The show itself starts at 10pm.

Rounding out Saturday’s events is Troutville-based band Dog Day South at the Bazaar. Dog Day South is a blend of blues, jam band and southern rock. Starting at 9pm and only costing you $5 you should make it a point to head out to this show!

Rounding our list of events for the week is the Workers Solidarity Rally at the Martin Luther King bridge on Sunday. Below is a description of the event from the organizer’s Facebook page….

Engraved on the Haymarket Monument in Chicago:

THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.

Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recal…l 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day labor celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

Today we see tens of thousands of activists embracing the ideals of the Haymarket Martyrs and those who established May Day as an International Workers’ Day. Ironically, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but rarely is it recognized in this country where it began

We hope everyone has a great week! Get out and do something amazing in the sun!

Earth Day Post

There are a lot of things going on this Earth Day around town, here’s just a few!

Down at the Grandin Village there will be a huge Earth Day celebration! From 11Am til 3Pm you can ride your bike, carpool or walk down and experience what this great neighborhood has to offer. Stands ranging from the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op to Ride Solutions to Blossom Raw Foods will be there. Also performing will be Another Roadside Attraction busking up and down the street for you musical pleasure! Get out today and get some sun!

Later on tonight at the Sanctuary at Five Points is a 16 Blocks Magazine sponsored benefit for the Japan tsunami/ earthquake relief fund. Starting at 6pm and featuring a ton of bands this event will offer music, raffles, a silent auction and more! There is a suggested $10 donation at the door and feel free to bring any donations for the relief fund.

Also happening tonight at the Bazaar is Marley Thorn with Just Marshall. The Rocky Mount band visits the Bazaar playing their blend of psychedelic pop music reminiscent of the Elephant 6 sound. Roanoke singer/songwriter (Nancy & 2 Meteors front man, drummer of the Missionaries and leader of icon Roanoke punk outfit the Makeout) Marshall Hicks will be playing a set of acoustic songs under his moniker Just Marshall. Come out to this tonight at 9pm! $5!

DxDT, the Bazaar, Alleycat Race and more!

On Wednesday (4/13) downtown Roanoke holds it’s annual Down by Downtown (DxDT) music festival. A more than obvious rip-off of South by SouthWest (SxSW) this schedule will mostly showcase cover acts, beach music and jam circuit bands. Why are we covering it then? Well, there are some notables worth catching this year after all including Savannah Shoulders, Madrone, the Pace Brothers Band and the Rootstone Jug Band. Below is a schedule listing…

Down by Downtown
April 13-16, 2011
Roanoke, VA

Venue/Schedule

Outdoor Stage (behind the Market Building on Salem Ave)
Sat. April 16 – in association with the Blue Ridge Marathon
11:00 – 12:00 Music Lab Hour
12:00 – 12:45 Savannah Shoulders
1:00 – 2:15 – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
2:30 – 3:45 – Jamie McLean Band
4:00 – 5:00 – My Radio

Martins
4/13 – The Green, Bhana-Motasitc, Bimini Rd
4/14 – Former Champions
4/15 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/15 – Trees on Fire
4/16 – Snarky Puppy, B.A.M.

Kirk Avenue Music Hall
4/13 – The Newtons – Roanoke’s Annual Music Awards Ceremony (6pm) THEN, Madrone
4/15 – Adam Steffey and the Box Cars
4/16 – Dan Navarro

Jefferson Center
4/14 – A Celebration of the Roanoke City Public Schools Strings Program
4/15 – The 3rd Annual Buster B Jones Memorial Jam
4/16 – The 2nd Annual Family Fun Day
Southern Culture on the Skids with special guest Oinker

Blues BBQ
4/13 – Elmer Coles Funktet at 10pm (we will probably be doing a liquor tasting or something along that
nature that night as well)
4/14 – The Jar Movers at 10pm (we will be having our monthly bourbon meeting at 8pm that all our welcome to attend as well as a tasting of the Smooth Ambler line of Vodka, Gin, and Whiskeys)
4/15 – TBA
4/16 – Jason Spooner Band

Awful Arthur’s Downtown
4/13 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/13 – DJ $ Bill Karaoke
4/14 – Madrone Acoustic
4/15 – Cheers for Charity’s followed by Against Grace
4/16 – Relacksachian w/ Lazy Man Dub Band

Blue 5
4/13 – Ministers of Soul
4/14 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/14 – Talk is Cheap
4/15 – Pace Brothers Band
4/16 – Hope Clayburn

Fork in the City
4/13 – TBA
4/14 – Rootstone Jug Band
4/15 – Barefoot West
4/16 – iFunk (11am-2pm) Polychrome

Corned Beef & Company
4/13 – TBA
4/14 – Adam Markham
4/15 – TBA
4/16 – Soul Patch

 

Also on Wednesday (4/13) Bazaar Consignments will host Philly band Kelly & the Ruths. Also playing the show will be Roanoke locals the John Barry Conception. This will be a fun night of great pop and folk for all to enjoy. Come out and have a listen! What else are you going to do on a Wednesday night? Starting at 8pm, $5.

On Friday (4/15) if you have a bike and want to enjoy the warm weather with a bunch of other riders then join Doin Good in the Hood: An Alleycat Race. Meeting at GET Coffee & Bubble Tea this is an open invitation bike race for riders of all skill levels. This will be a cross-town race consisting of six stops determined the day of the event including a cash prize for the winner to cross the finish line with signatures from all six locations. There’s a $5 entry fee and registration starts at 6pm with the race kicking off at 7pm. Post race competitions will include a skid competition, trick competition and track stand competitions. There will be a free show after for all racers ($5 for everyone else) featuring Roanoke hardcore band the February Man. Necessities for the evening will be your bike, lock and a pen for those signatures. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Also feel free to bring cookout materials for the after party! Invite your friends out!

 

Also on Friday the O. Winston Link Museum will present Glen McClure’s Dominion Derby Girls. This exhibit will focus on individual portraits of members from the Hampton Roads area roller derby team. The opening reception will feature Roanoke’s own roller derby team, the Star City Roller Girls. Starting at 7pm this event is $5 for general audiences and free for museum members. At 7:30pm photographer Glen McClure will be interviewed in the Beyond the Frame segment of the evening. This opening will take place in the Trackside Gallery area of the museum.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone and look for our review of the Situationist’s E.P. very soon in our Music Reviews page. Until then check out our review of Wild Nothing’s “Gemini” by roanoke revolution contributor, Will Creasy!