Category Archives: Art

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!

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!!!

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!

 

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!