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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

Some good ways to spend the end of February!

On Wednesday (2/23) Roanoke local band Savannah Shoulders is set to perform acoustically on WSLS 10 at 12pm in promotion of their debut full-length “Another Light”. The following night the band will be performing at Kirk Avenue Music Hall in support of their album as a part of the High School Night performance series. This show is set to start at 7pm and costs $5.


This Thursday (2/24) the Surf N Turf Grill on Grandin Rd. will be hosting its second poetry slam. The rules will apparently be the same as they were before. Best out of three rounds of turns wins $20. Head on down to the Grandin Village on Thursday at 9pm to check out and try your hand at the poetry slam.


On Friday (2/25) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. will host the Watershed Conspiracy with the Riverbank Ramblers. With both bands hailing from Roanoke this will be an all local all roots revival show. The two bands tend to take old time music and put a punk feel to it making it a bit modern with respect to the traditional. Come on down to the Bazaar and check out these two great groups! Starts at 9pm and will cost you $3 at the door.


Also on Friday (2/25) Roanoke locals Nancy & 2 Meteors headline a ska show at JELP Studio. Playing on the bill will be Bedford ska-punk band That Band With the Fat Kids and Richmond’s own ska/reggae group Murphy’s Kids. This show will be a good one for those lovers of ska still out there! The show starts at 9pm and serves as the opening of the JELP Art Gallery on Kirk & 1st, downtown.


In Blacksburg on Friday (2/25) local favorite Nash Smith & the Ganges celebrate the release of their newest cassette tape! Playing with them will be fellow Blacksburgers Samantha Mulder and DJ May. This show is taking place at Champ’s in downtown Blacksburg at 9pm.


On Saturday (2/26) Lynchburg two-piece the Late Virginia Summers headlines the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. With them will be Charlottesville’s Manorlady along with Boone, NC band Easy Company. Also playing will be Roanoke local turned Boone resident and Personal Records member, Arte Povera. This should be a good show for those who like ambient folk influenced music that’s a bit experimental to boot! This show starts at 9pm and costs $5.


On Sunday (2/27) Nancy & 2 Meteors score the classic Fritz Lang film “Metropolis” live at Studio Roanoke. Nancy will be putting a different spin on the film venturing away from the film’s original score. Come out to see this it will be a great time for all! Starts at 8pm, don’t be late!




Join us next week as we give you the very busy list of Marginal Arts Festival activities going on around town as well as show, films and events that are happening in the area! Stay tuned!!!

Mid February Events

We hope everybody had a great/terrible/okay/lonely/lovely Valentine’s Day! Now that its past us let’s look forward to the future, say this week?…



Kicking off our list of Friday happenings is the Shortwave Society performing at Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd! Part electronic, part acoustic, part orchestral and all pop this eclectic group from Knoxville put on quite a show. I saw them at last year’s Floyd Fest and thought they were one of the better acts to play the bigger stage. The string arrangements are worth going for alone! Make it a point to head out to Floyd on Friday night, catch the Jamboree, head to Dogtown, grab a great wood fire oven pizza and enjoy the sounds of the Shortwave Society. Show starts at 8pm.


The Circus Practice

Also on Friday (2/18) at the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. the Circus Practice and local magician Nelson Oliver put on a special birthday bash! The Great Aquarius Birthday Bash will be celebrating the birthdays of Bazaar owner Jamie Booker, Circus Practice member Sarah Garrison and local craft maker/lover of music Cat Conover. The admission is $3 for Aquarius people and $5 for the rest of us. I hear there may be a Scorpio revolt in the parking lot! Starts at 9:30pm.


To round up what’s happening on Friday is Another Roadside Attraction playing at Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and running late these folks have enough material to keep you entertained and rocking all night. One of the most eclectic and original bands in Roanoke and worth stopping by for a while if not the whole performance. Go to the Grill and grab one of their wraps (I suggest the SouthWest with Buffalo Chips) with a Roanoke Railhouse and check out Another Roadside Attraction! Its FREE!!!


On Saturday the Bazaar hosts yet another awesome show of the weekend with the Bastards of Fate and Mount Pleasant/D.C. band Frau Eva. Frau Eva is an orchestrated folk rock band which has been playing shows since 2008. Come and welcome them to their first show in Roanoke! Stick around for Roanoke’s own Bastards of Fate! This show starts at 9pm and is $5 at the door.


That same Saturday in Floyd at Dogtown Roadhouse/ Sun Music Hall is Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun. Combing elements of folk, jazz and funk the duo have been playing together since their college years. Graduates of Berklee College of Music and classmates of Esperanza Spalding, St. Vincent and Elizabeth & the Catapult this duo will play starting at 9pm and run late with the cover being $10.


On Monday at the Shadowbox 1986 cult classic horror Maximum Overdrive will show at 8pm. This movie was written and directed by Stephen King based on his book of the same name. Starring Emilio Estavez and… others this film tells a story of 18-wheelers that come to life to destroy humankind under the influence of a comet. Check out the hilarious trailer above and notice the Green Goblin grill on the truck towards the end of the trailer! 8pm sharp!


Also on Monday in Charlottesville one of my favorite New York bands comes to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The Beets headline the show while getting support from Junk Culture and Teen Dreams. This show looks to be a good line up and is worth the drive to Charlottesville. Presented by local radio station WTJU 91.1 and booking agency Holy Smokes. This show is set to start at 9pm, $7.


We’ll see you next week!!!

Tomorrow Night! Nick Coward and The Last Battle /w Uncle Bengine and The Restraining Orders! Bazaar Consignments//$5//9pm!!!

Check it tomorrow! All ages!

Happy 1 year anniversary to us!!!

This post marks Scenic Recovery’s 1 year anniversary! We’re just as surprised as you that we’ve stuck around this long but I’ll tell you one thing, we have no intention of stopping! We have a little surprise give away for you folks thanks to our friends at Planting Seeds Records but first let’s see what’s happening around town this week…



On Friday Dec. 17th the Bastards of Fate share the evening with Roanoke rapping sensation Joneski and Baltimore based DJ Erock! The Just Embrace Love Please gallery will be hosting the event in honor of soon to be former Roanoker and Alaska bound Mary May. This evening will be starting at 9pm with Joneski opening, DJ Erock spinning between sets and the Bastards of Fate bringing it all to a close. Just Embrace Love Please is located on the corner of 1st St. and Kirk Ave. downtown Roanoke.



Also that Friday (17th) the Blues BBQ downtown will host the Browning Brothers for the later part of your evening. Brothers Matt & Ryan Browning will be playing their blend of folk/roots/country starting at 10pm and going late. 21 and up only, free admission!



On Saturday Dec. 18th the Bazaar will host Lynchburg folk act Nick Coward & the Last Battle and singer/songwriter/ Mild Winter member Ben Schlabach. Over the course of the Bazaar’s existence the Lynchburg based group has become a favorite amongst attendees. This will be Nick Coward and the gang’s last show for a while so make sure to come out and check out this great set of musicians from the Hill City. The show starts at 9pm, $5.



Also on Saturday local Roanoke artist, DJ, musician Dickie Eikcid will be hosting his second Glow Party at his Just Embrace Love Please studio/ gallery. Starting at 9pm and going late the Glow Party 2 will feature: Magnetic, Fiyah, Fishstick and Chickin Wing, Andre Da Beast, Uncommonwealth and DJ Illswaggga. This gathering is a part of the Above Ground Club Movement.



Finally we end this post with an awesome chance for you to win some free music! Scenic Recovery is celebrating 1 year anniversary of posting underground events happening around Roanoke. We’ve partnered with our friends over at Norfolk-based Planting Seeds Records for a special contest/ giveaway. The contest rules are simply this; tell us your top 5 favorite Roanoke shows of 2010. The first two people to respond will receive their choice of a Young Sinclairs recent release (We Spoke Our Minds or Chimeys) as well as other PSR recent releases on vinyl and/or CD. Just email us with you top 5 at for your chance to win! Also Planting Seeds Records wishes you a Merry Christmas by putting up a Christmas compilation of PSR artists including the Young Sinclairs covering Tom Petty’s “Its Christmas All Over Again”. This compilation is up for download for FREE! Go HERE for the compilation download!


Once again to contact us and tell us your top 5 in order to win free music contact us at:



the Shadowbox, the Bazaar, a local music petition and more!!!

On Friday November 5th the Shadowbox located on Kirk Ave. will host a film retrospective of Roanoke native Allie Smith. Allie’s work combines that of music, split screen and collage imagery to create something that is her own. The singer/songwriter/filmmaker/Kinetic Imagery major will be there throughout the showing so make sure you meet her! This showing will start at 7:30pm and will go til 8:30pm.


On Saturday November 6th Roanoke DJ trio Danger Fangs! will be spinning at Village Grill located on Memorial near the Grandin Village. Comprised of Turbo P, DJ Shady Hawkins and DJ Felix Leiter the group will be providing tunes from 9pm til last call. There is no cover and no reason for you to miss this!


On Monday November 8th the Shadowbox will be showing Juju. A joint effort between ThumbsUp Productions and local skateboard shop the Greenhouse Boardshop Juju is a locally filmed skate video filmed in and around Roanoke. This showing will start at 7pm and will cost you $5. Of course there will be plenty of popcorn, candy and soda to go around. This showing goes to benefit cinematic quality of the Shadowbox so support our local skaters and local microcinema!


On Wednesday November 10th the Bazaar will play host to two folk acts. Brooklyn 6 piece folk act the Loom will be playing a set of songs eager listeners. Also playing will be Magic Twig Community folk ensemble the Missionaries. The Roanoke group will be there in support of the rerelease of “Dark Animals”, the first full-length/ collection of demos by the group originally released in 2008. “Dark Animals” will be rereleased digitally through Sewn Together Records for free download or contribution. This show starts at 8pm and will cost you $5.


Finally, to round out the first week and half of November we ask that you take part in a Scenic Recovery created cause. The “101.5 Listen Petition” is an attempt to encourage local community radio station 101.5 the Music Place to play more local music. Simply put we encourage you to sign the online petition linked below to convince the Music Place in a friendly way to play more of our local bands on the radio. Whether it be during the normal air time or even a special show focusing on local talent we feel it is important to showcase our talent in SouthWest Virginia. This is also a plee to not just stick to one certain sound when it comes to our local music but instead to cover all genres available in this area. We think 101.5 is a great station with the community at it’s focus so why not show the community the music it may not have heard in their own town(s)?! Please consider signing this petition and tell your friends or share the link on your Facebook wall!




Yes, yes ya’ll! This Thursday at the Bazaar the Illbotz and the Bastards of Fate welcome Blacksburg rap group New Day Co-Op to Roanoke! Show starts at 8pm and will cost you only $5 for three acts! Be sure to get there early to check out New Day Co-Op’s set. If you can’t wait til Thursday check out some songs on their myspace here.

HUGE WEEKEND!!! The Bazaar, FloydFest and much more!

Hello everyone! This weekend is going to be FULL of shows and happenings so be prepared for a long post! We all know FloydFest and who the big names are playing it but we’re going to give you a nice preview of  some local Roanoke talent playing the festival this year! We’ll get to that later in the post but let’s get started on what’s going on downtown!

This Friday at Corned Beef & Co. Roanoke area cover band Monkey Fuzz is hosting an event which will feature one of Roanoke’s most original bands, The Bastards Of Fate! Come and see original music and cover music collide in a Guinness stout covered ball confusion and madness! The event starts at 9pm and event t-shirts are available.

If you’re downtown and not really digging the Corned Beef scene you should head on down to La Finca and check out Harrisonburg’s Shapiro! Opening for the group will be Roanoke locals Twelve O’Clock Knob and Lynchburg based Someone Just Like You. The show itself will start at 7pm and will cost you $6 at the door.

This Thursday the Shadowbox will be showing Afropunk. This one hour and six minute documentary explores what its like to be black within the punk scene, a mostly white community. This film follows the lives of four punks and their struggle. The film starts at 8pm.

The Bazaar is throwing a couple really fun shows this weekend for those who want to check out some new out of town acts! Starting on Thursday with The Lewis Brothers. This Ohio based band is schedule to play around 8pm and will be bringing a special guest to open.

On Friday Boston’s own Spitzer Space Telescope will be coming to the Bazaar. Also playing will be Extinctions, the solo project of Marcus Hodges of Red Clay River. This show will start at 9pm and both shows will be $5 at the door.

Now we all know FloydFest has become quite a big deal in this area over the past decade. With some of the bigger artists playing this year being Levon Helm, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Tift Merritt and more its hard to imagine being able to see everything! We can’t help you with that here at SR but what we can do is point you in the direction of a few Roanoke bands to check out!

*The Circus Practice will be performing Saturday (7/24) at the Performing Arts tent around 5pm.

* Nancy & 2 Meteors will be performing Saturday (7/24) at the Performing Arts tent around 10:30pm.

* Roostone Jug Band will be performing Saturday (7/24) at the Dance tent around 10:30am.

* The Young Sinclairs will be performing Sunday (7/25) at the Beer Garden around 1:30pm


That about wraps it up for this week’s post. Catch us here next week for more events around town!

This Weekend’s Events Plus Thursday!

We hope all of you had a great and safe 4th of July! We definitely did over at Heidi’s house with Eternal Summers and the gang. We hear the Makeout had a great show at Happy’s that night as well, hope we’ll see them again soon! Here’s what’s going on this week around town…

This Thursday (tomorrow) Greensboro band, Pinche Gringo plays the Bazaar. Baltimore based Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children will be also be playing. The show starts at 8pm and will cost you only $5! Make sure to head out there and show them some support!

Saturday, July 10th the Shadowbox will be showing one of the best movies of all time! This special showing of Goonies will feature a Goonies themed scavenger hunt through downtown Roanoke at 6pm before the showing. “One-Eyed Willy’s treasure hunt” will involve visiting various locations downtown and answering Goonies trivia to move on to the next location. The hunt will end around 7:30pm just in time for the Goonies 25th anniversary party/ showing at 8pm! Tickets are $10 for the hunt, t-shirt, surprises, movie and party. If you are only into going to the movie the price is a bit lower at $7. Make sure to get there at 8pm for the truffle shuffle contest!

Finally, Underground Melodies has arrived!!! This Saturday, July 10th is your chance to see some of the best bands and artists the area has to offer! If you haven’t got a ticket by now you need to head down to the Bazaar to cop one! There are only eight tickets left at the Bazaar before the festival sells out! Find out more details about the festival at Roanoke Revolution.

Have a great week and we’ll see you Tuesday for our next post!

Tonight: Events at The Bazaar and The Good Cherry

Some good stuff going on tonight, so let’s run through it:


Ben R. Williams reading
The Bazaar @ 9pm
For Mature Audiences; Free

No Shame Theater regular Ben R. Williams will be reading from his book “Hard Time for Ugly Men”, as seen above.( This is a rescheduled event from early February that was snowed out.)

Goodwill Falcon & Quick on My Feet
The Good Cherry (Forest,VA) @ 8pm
All Ages; $3