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Welcome to February!

Hello everyone! There are quite a few events happening this week around town and the surrounding area. Before we get to these events we would like to make a special announcement. Scenic Recovery will be joining forces with roanoke revolution to bring you the best coverage of what’s going on around our valley. This will not mean that Scenic Recovery is going away, we will continue to function as normal. What it does mean is that we will have help, a team of people dedicated to the underground here in Roanoke and a better opportunity to expand and really cover the people/places/music/art/film that make our community what it is. We look forward to this partnership and hope that you’ll stick with us and see this thing grow!

Now on to what’s happening this week!

 


 

Thursday (February 3rd) Roanoke artist Jane Vance will open the doors to her new gallery. Vance is best known for the above painting “Amchi” which was featured in the 2010 documentary A Gift For the Village. Join the artist as she plays host while guests filter in and out viewing her nearly 100 pieces of Tibetan themed art. Starting at 5pm and running until 9pm the Jane Lillian Vance Gallery is located at 309 1st St in downtown Roanoke.

 

On Thursday evening Charlottesville-based americana group the Hackensaw Boys will be headlining Awful Arthur’s Towers location. The Hackensaw Boys have become quite the popular outfit around Virginia having shared the stage with the Flaming Lips, De Le Soul and Modest Mouse. Also on the bill for the evening is Roanoke americana outfit the Watershed Conspiracy. This show starts at 9pm, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

 

On Friday (February 4th) the Shadowbox located on Kirk Avenue will show After Last Season. The Shadowbox claims this is one of the strangest films they’ve brought to us thus far. Judging by the trailer I’d say they could be right! What looks to be a thriller done in the laughable yet cultish style of the Room I’d say its worth going for how “bad” or “good” it could be. Head out to the Shadowbox this Friday at 8pm to find out for yourself.

 

Also that Friday night in Blacksburg is a house show featuring Roanoke’s own Nancy & 2 Meteors. Also playing the show are Blackburg one person party groups the Blind Photographers and CBZL. This show is set to start at 9pm on McDonald Street. Donations to the bands are appreciated!

 

Three shows in Blacksburg on the same Friday night you ask? Why yes there are… but of  very different calibers. Whether or not you’re attending the house show or Gillie’s you should make it a point to check out what’s going on at Lucie Monroe’s Coffeehouse. Starting at 7pm sharp you will be entertained by a large line up of folk singers and songwriters. Featuring the talents of Without A Fight, Ike As In Dwight’s Maya Renfro, Dragon Worrier, Paul Riffe, Woofdog, and Kenny Spade & Neal Buck. If you decide to go to this show it will end by 10pm while the house show and Gillie’s show both start at 9pm. Not too much overlapping there! Cost at the coffee shop show is only $3!

 

Starting on Friday and ending in the afternoon on Saturday the Grandin Village invites you to take part in Winterfest! Valley Bank is celebrating its move and opening by throwing a contest. The rules are as follows; pick up your “passport” from Valley Bank on Friday, visit twelve out of the twenty-four Grandin Village businesses listed on the form, return the passport to Valley Bank by 2pm on Saturday the 5th. The prize? A New York City get-a-way for two! All this for supporting local business! So go support your local businesses and enter to win!

 

To round up the massive explosion of shows going on Friday in Blacksburg we give you Hoop Dreams with DJ Manta Ray at Gillies. Hoop Dreams is a mellow indie pop band from Blacksburg featuring former Wild Nothing members, Jeff Haley & Max Brooks. Gillies is one of my personal favorite venues in Blacksburg with a great selection of food and awesome micro brews. Starting at 9pm this show is 18 & up and FREE!

 

On Saturday (February 5th) Richmond-based metal band Inter Arma will be playing Magic Twig Community studio the Mystic Fortress. The band features former False Hope vocalist Mike Paparo and sitting in with them on drums will be Young Sinclairs member Samuel Lunsford, aka Joneski. This show starts at 9pm on Cleveland Avenue and is donation based.

 

 

 

Back in Roanoke on Saturday the Blues BBQ & Co. present a night with the Browning Brothers. Ryan & Matt Browning bring their blend of roots and rock starting at 10pm and running late. Admission is free, 21 & up. Come on down to see some excellent music, eat some awesome food and try any of Blues’ taps.

 

Magic Twig Community group the Young Sinclairs received placement for two end of the year music lists. The band was featured in a U.K. 2010 top 100 song list for their song “Memory System” off of the digital release of the “We Spoke Our Minds E.P.”. The group was also featured along with Eternal Summers in a Seattle, WA based blog for the top albums of 2010. The Young Sinclairs placed with their release of “Chimeys” and Eternal Summers placed with “Silver”. Below are the links to these sites.

the U.K. Vinyl District top 100 songs of 2010

Seattle-based Finest Kiss top 25 albums of 2010

 

 

Lastly, the Unicorn Stables Project: Studios & Gallery are now taking submissions for their newest exhibit. Secret Histories of a Space Age continues the Unicorn Stables’ reputation for delivering to us some great Roanoke and surrounding area art. Here is the submission guidelines from Unicorn Stables…

“Secret Histories of a Space Age is an interactive performance and visual arts event documenting mankind’s illustrious past of space exploration. Secret Histories of a Space Age delves into all our final frontiers. It shows us where we have boldly gone, and where we hope to go.

email .jpg image submissions to unicornstablesproject@gmail.com

We are looking for futuristic, dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy art in any media (including performance, sculpture, and video work).
Work must be ready to hang. 

Show opens March 3rd, and is included in the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival. Show will run till March 12th.”

 

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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 scenicrecoveryva@gmail.com 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:

scenicrecoveryva@gmail.com

 

STAY WARM EVERYONE!!!

A lot of the Bazaar, a good chunk of Shadowbox and a tiny bit of Awful’s and more!

Welcome to December everyone! Get ready for a huge list of events this month to keep you entertained when you’re not attending those Christmas parties…

 

On Thursday (Dec. 2nd) local consignment shop/ venue the Bazaar is hosting Charlottesville band Birdlips and Roanoke’s own the Situationist. This show will be awesome so make sure not to miss it! Starting at 8pm and costing you $5 the line-up is well worth it. Check out the above video of Birdlips performing their song “Powerlines” live in San Francisco, CA.

 

On Saturday (Dec. 4th) Hollins University throws their annual folk fest now titled “Beyond Folkfest 2010”. The festival is in celebration of the end of the semester and will feature several bands from around the country as well as Roanoke. Slotted to play are the Dead Sea, Michael, Jordyn and Greg, Caitlin Watkins, Roanoke’s very own the Bastards of Fate and DJ Kimchi. Beyond Folkfest starts at 2pm and runs til 6pm, a bit shorter than past years with fewer bands but let’s hope they keep up the tradition! $3 for Hollins students and $5 for everyone else.

 

After Beyond Folkfest on Saturday (Dec. 4th) the Bazaar will host Richmond rockers Long Arms with Magic Twig folk group the Missionaries. Long Arms features former River City High/Fun Size member James Menefee. This show starts at 9pm and costs $5. Above is a video of the Missionaries performing “Chester Behind the Foliage” live at the Bazaar.

 

Also on Saturday (Dec. 4th) Blacksburg’s XYZ Gallery hosts Blacksburg dream poppers Hoop Dreams. The show is a benefit for the XYZ Gallery with more bands to be announced. This show starts at 7:30pm and runs til 10pm.

 

On Monday (Dec. 6th) the Shadowbox microcinema will present five short films exploring the topic of AIDS. Focusing mostly on the lives of gay men dealing with AIDS from many different angles these five films range from satirical to serious. Some films include Lost Cause, RSVP, Deaf Heaven and Relax. These showings are free and start at 7pm with doors opening and refreshments provided at 6:30pm. Donations are appreciated to benefit the Drop In Center.

 

On Wednesday (Dec. 8th) the Bazaar hosts Seattle based World History with Roanoke favorite Another Roadside Attraction. Starting at 8pm and costing $5 this is a show you should check out, what else is happening on a Wednesday night? While you’re there wish Jordan and Lucy from Another Roadside Attraction a happy marriage! Above is a live video of ARA performing “Tragic Demise of a Mariachi” at the Bazaar.

 

On Thursday (Dec. 9th) the Bazaar will have Charlottesville duo Veelee alongside Roanoke Magic Twig duo Eternal Summers. Get out to the Bazaar and check out some of the new songs Eternal Summers have been playing out on the road! This show starts at 8pm and cost $5. Above is a video of Eternal Summers performing “Dye” live in Denton, TX presented by WeDentonDoIt and Weekly Tape Deck.

 

On Friday (Dec. 10th) Roanoke hip hop allstars the Illbotz will be sharing the stage with MC/DJ extraordinaire Joneski at the Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and going til last call Joneski and the Illbotz are going dropping beats and rhymes for your entertainment. Joneski and Stevie D will also be unveiling a few tracks from their side project that night as well! Above is a video of the Illbotz performing live at Underground Melodies.

 

On Saturday (Dec. 11th) local fashion and pin-up photography company the Pretty Pistols is throwing a dance party at the Shadowbox! “Dirty Dozen’s Dance Party & Calendar Release” celebrates the release of the 2011 local pin-up photography calendar. Music will be provided by DJ trio DANGER FANGS! (Turbo P, DJ Felix Leiter and DJ Shady Hawkins). Be sure to bring canned food and donations for Toy for Tots for a chance to win a raffle prize. There will be a sneak peak of the Bang Bang Burlesque Troop and the new 2011 calendar will be specially priced for $15 for event night only. Starting at 7:30pm and running til after midnight this event will cost $7 at the door.

 

Also on Saturday (Dec. 11th) Blues BBQ Co. Downtown is putting on a free show for those who are 21 and up! Two great local bands the Circus Practice and Another Roadside Attraction will be playing from 9:30pm til 1am for your entertainment! So make sure to get there on time and don’t miss out on two of the most fun bands to watch in our area. Check out the above video of the Circus Practice playing live at Grandin Gardens.

Also on Saturday the 11th Roanoke allstars Grass Monkey play Awful Arthur’s Downtown. Starting at 10pm and going late the boys will be running through a set full of new songs, reworkings of old ones and a tighter set all around. Head downtown, grab a drink and have listen!

 

On Sunday (Dec. 12th) the Shadowbox is showing Christmas classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The children’s favorite narrated by legend Burl Ives will show at 2pm. Bring the kids! Above is a classic TV spot for the special.

 

And finally to round up our list of happenings is the Shadowbox’s presentation of I’m Still Here. Starring the on edge Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Casey Affleck this “documentary” explores the actor’s career change into rap. Everyone is curious about this film so fill that curiosity and go see it on Monday the 13th at 7pm.

CraftStar Bazaar, Blues BBQ and the Shadowbox

On Thanksgiving night if you’re feeling like you can move after stuffing your face then you should head down to Blues BBQ Co. in downtown Roanoke for the Jesse Ray Carter Trio. Starting at 10pm and going late, get your Turkey Day drink on!

 

On “Black Friday”, November 26th the Water Heater on 5th Street is hosting the CraftStar Bazaar! CraftStar has been dubbed Roanoke’s “first indie craft fair” and will feature all kinds of homemade knick knacks, crafts and goods for sale! The Water Heater will open its doors on the 26th from noon til 7pm then again Saturday from 10am til 5pm! For more info about this event feel free to email the events organizers here.

 

Also on “Black Friday” Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be playing Blues BBQ the night after the Jesse Ray Carter Trio performs the very same stage. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight join the boys for a good time of beer, tunes and turkey/tofurkey stuffed bellies!

 

Roanoke DJ/MC extraordinaire Joneski is providing the jams at Floyd’s own Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday night, November 28th. Starting at 9pm Joneski will be spinning, rapping and dancing for your entertainment until 2am! This dude rolls with vinyl and makes a lot of his own beats, come check him out and DANCE!

 

On Monday, November 29th the Shadowbox microcinema on Kirk Ave. is showing 1979 film Quadrophenia. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy a London mod growing up in a dysfunctional  household.  Based loosely on the Who’s rock opera of the same name and co-written by Pete Townsend Quadrophenia has everything from mod vs. rocker showdowns to pill popping depressed teenagers with no better outlet than riding their scooters and battling their parents who just don’t understand. With musical direction from the Who this film is worth heading downtown this Monday and paying your respects to this cult classic. Starting at 7pm, don’t be late!