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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

Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival!!!!

You want to talk about there being nothing to do in Roanoke?! Well, how about we prove you wrong with the 2010 Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival!

Here’s a list of activities….

February 11th

  • Workshop with the Mosier Brothers at 3pm (Downtown Music Lab)
  • Marginal Arts Kick-Off Event at 4:59pm (Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University)
  • “When Janey Comes Marching Home” 5pm (Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University)
  • Stanley Lewis: 2010 Frances Nieder Artist-in-Residence, 6pm (Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University)
  • Open Doors Conversation, 7pm (Claude Moore Auditorium)
  • Eugene Chadbourne, 8pm (Kirk Avenue Music Hall)

February 12th

  • Box Lunch Forum: South of the Clouds, Exploring the 25 Minority Ethnic Groups of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, 12pm (Taubman Museum)
  • We Are Tiger Dragon People: Pop-Up Book Exhibit & Launch Party, 5pm (Taubman Museum)
  • An Immersive Environment, 5pm (Community High School)
  • Cows In A Field, 5pm (Warehouse Row)
  • Fleda A. Ring: Compilation 2010, 5pm (Fine Arts Studio & Gallery)
  • Sew Me Up, 6pm (Dialog Gallery, 208 4th St.)
  • Christine Carr: Portal, 7pm (O. Winston Link Museum)
  • Nosferatu scored live by the Magic Twig Community with reading by Jack Pendarvis, 7:30pm (the Old Church on Church, on the corner of 5th Ave & Church Ave)
  • The Mosier Brothers with Blue Mule, 8pm (Kirk Avenue Music Hall)
  • The Marginal Arts Arena Spectacular & Circus Exposition, 9pm (at the Water Heater, 5th Ave)

February 13th

  • Sidewalk Chalk, 8:45am (Market Square, Downtown)
  • A Postmodern Happening, an all day event (Community High School)
  • The Second Annual Marginal Arts Festival Parade, 10:30am (Campbell & 1st St.)
  • Emerging Artists Series: Patsy Bessolo & Oinker, 1pm (Downtown Library)
  • Living Sculpture, 7pm (the Water Heater)
  • Miss Lucy, Folk Opera (concert teaser), 8pm (Dumas)
  • Night Cafe, 8:30pm (the Water Heater)

February 14th

  • A Swarm Of Arts, 12pm (Community High School)
  • The Year Of The Tiger Celebration, 2pm (Taubman Museum)
  • Pop-Up Postcard Workshop with Artist Colette Fu, 2:15pm (Taubman Museum)
  • Corporeal Projections: Multi-Media Installation, 5pm (the Water Heater)
  • Michael Martone & Moira Crone, 8pm (Wyndham Roberston Library, Hollins University)

February 15th

  • Master Class, 12am (O. Winston Link Museum)
  • Absurdist Tips, 10am (Community High School)
  • Right to Shoes Workshop, 2pm (the Water Heater)
  • Right to Shoes Workshop, 3pm (the Water Heater)
  • Participate! Potluck & Art Swap!, 5pm (the Water Heater)

February 16th

  • Fat Tuesday Celebration, 7pm (Fitzpatrick Hall, Jefferson Center)

You can obtain more information on the festival’s website HERE!

Who we are and what we want to do

“Well, what do we have?”

It was the question that started the blog. One of us brought it up; to know if there was a publication in Roanoke dedicated to covering underground music and art. Richmond has RVA, and most major cities have their alternative weekly mags.  But, Roanoke seemed to be lagging behind.

So, the three of us (Lance, Sean and Wil) came up with an idea. Why don’t we just start a blog ourselves? It would be a way of documenting all the ideas and the creative people that were around us, giving recognition to those that we knew and inviting others to join in.

We tinkered around with the idea, and out came “[A] Scenic Recovery”. It’s a modest little blog (for the moment), but we hope that you, our readers, will get to know us and rely upon us to know what bands to check out, what shows you might want to go to, and who’s been making good films in your area.  We hope to fill the gap in covering ‘all things local in the Roanoke Valley (and beyond)’…

At the moment, our primary focus will be on local musicians in the Roanoke area, including Lynchburg, Blacksburg, Floyd and various areas in Southwest Virginia. In the future, we hope to be able to feature local filmmakers, artists, and other interesting folk that may not grace the pages of the regional print publications, but should still warrant your attention.

But it starts with you. Yes, you reading this. Right now. Let us know about any creative folk in your neighborhood! Email us at We’re ready to hear from you.

And now, let the blogging commence…

The Scenic Recovery team

A Harbinger of Progress! (Our First Flier)


They say the easiest way to make God laugh…

Snowed In! (From A Friend) to let him know what you’re planning to do next.

Oh well. First official post next Wednesday!