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the Bazaar, Pietasters @ Martin’s, Kirk Ave Music Hall

On Friday (9/16) the Bazaar hosts a great low key evening not to be missed! This show will feature Deedraye of the Sad Cobras playing a few selections of her own as well as some oldies. This intimately awesome evening will include Baltimore folk rock group Other Colors gracing the Bazaar with a set of tunes. Be sure to make it out to this show! Starting at 9pm and only costing $5.

On Saturday (9/17) Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill will host punk-ska greats the Pietasters. Opening for the group will be the only remaining Roanoke punk-ska band, Jackal Tickets. This is a 21 and up show only! Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Showtime is 10pm.

On Sunday (9/18) Kirk Avenue Music Hall hosts an all Roanoke show! The Circus Practice is set to headline with their own blend of instrumental surf rock. Lance Smith will also be performing with his group, Sinking Creek. Make sure to get there on time and witness the comic delight of the immortal Illbotz! Tickets are only $5, almost unheard of for the venue! Starting at 8pm, come out and support! P.S. also check out the Circus Practice at Dogtown Pizza in Floyd on Friday night!

We hope to see all of you here next week when we will be unveiling our newest music review and giving you a glimpse of what’s happening in the area!

What’s happening at the Bazaar, the Shadowbox and Guerrilla Playhouse! Plus James McNew of Yo La Tengo @ Twisted Brach Tea Bazaar!!!


On Friday (8/12) the Shadowbox located on Kirk Avenue is showing a film I’m very excited about. “Trollhunter” is a Norwegian film by writer/director André Øvredal filmed all over the stunning countryside of Norway. Its action, horror, cheeze, comedy, fantasy and amazing landscapes all combined together to form a spectacle! This is a one-time only showing starting at 8pm and only costs you $5! GO SEE IT!

Also this Friday the Bazaar is hosting the John Barry Conception and Jordan Fallon. This should be a great evening with two very talented folk acts. Since this is a local show you get to experience the magic for just $3. So come out to the Bazaar on Brandon Ave. at 9pm!


On Saturday (8/13) the Shadowbox is showing 1980’s hip hop documentary, “Style Wars”. Directed by Tony Silver this film was famous for winning the Grand Prize for Documentary at Sundance in ’83 and infamous for helping street art expand to all corners of the globe! Come and check out this incredible landmark for hip hop culture and get there early to see Stevie D of Illbotz and Joneski perform before the feature. This is a benefit showing to help raise enough money to restore the documentary’s original print and get it on Blu Ray format! Starts at 8pm!

Also on Saturday the Bazaar welcomes two great local acts! Roanoke DJ and lyricist Joneski performs his amazing verbal assault over beats! Marshall Hicks & His Bag of Tricks will blow you away with his multi-instrumental one man band! Two awesome local acts for just $3! This show starts at 9pm.

Saturday in Charlottesville the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar welcome James McNew of Yo La Tengo to their stage. Presented by Holy Smokes Booking and WTJU this show headlines McNew who is touring with his project called DUMP. Also playing will be Sloppyheads and Girl Choir. This show will start at 8:30pm and only costs $8.

On Sunday (8/14) Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse will host the Missionaries with Richmond’s Nick Coward & the Last Battle. Coward and group are known for their soothing instrumentation and a melodies that catches within the first listen. Magic Twig Community band the Missionaries will be debuting two new members to the fold and offering songs with stories behind them. Come out this Sunday evening start at 8pm. Studio Roanoke is located on Campbell Ave in downtown Roanoke across from the bus station.

Join us next week for more events happening around the area!!!

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!

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!

 

 

Magic Twig Weekend & Shadowbox Prom!!!

This weekend looks to be a great one with some heavy hitting events happening around town! Let’s have a look at what’s going on…

 

This Thursday (3/24) Kirk Avenue Music Hall presents the Foghorn String Band. Hailing from Portland, Oregon this old time string band plays their own blend of pre-bluegrass styled country music that will keep your feet tapping. Their fiddler is worth experiencing alone! Opening the evening will be Roanoke’s own Rootstone Jug Band featuring former members of the New Roanoke Jug Band as well as members of the Young Sinclairs. This show is set to start at 8pm and will cost you $12 at the door, $6 for students.

 


On Friday (3/25) the Bazaar presents a Magic Twig Community showcase at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. The first in a series of monthly shows at Kirk put on by the Bazaar. This show will feature Magic Twig acts the Young Sinclairs, the Sad Cobras and Eternal Summers. Costing only $5, all ages and starting at 8pm. Above is a music video for the Young Sinclairs’ song “Left & Right”. Watch the video for Eternal Summers “Safe at Home” right HERE! Also check out a video for the Sad Cobras “Bogged Down” HERE!

 

On Saturday (3/26) the Shadowbox celebrates its 1 year anniversary!!! The Shadowbox gang will be throwing a prom to beat any prom you ever attended in high school with a full bar! So think John Hughes and wear your best or worst prom attire. Stevie D of the Illbotz will be there providing the music for the evening so you know there will be plenty of great tunes to get you through the evening! Come out and celebrate with the Shadowbox at 8pm!

 

Also on Saturday in Blacksburg local hookah joint She-Sha is throwing a show not to be missed! Roanoke’s the Bastards of Fate headline a show featuring Blacksburg favorites the Blind Photographers, CBZL (pictured above) and Fire Foundation.  This show is free for all so make it a point to come out and have some fun! This show starts at 8:30pm.

Mid March Events…

We hope everybody had a good week. Whether it was celebrating all things Marginal Arts related or just having a fun weekend around town. Now that the majority of the Marginal Arts Festival is over check out what’s happening in the week to follow…

 

This Wednesday (3/9) local vintage clothing store Freckles will host “Crafting for a Cause”! This craft night will be focused on decorating shoes in support of Planned Parenthood’s “Right to Shoes” auction taking place on March 31st. Freckles encourages you to submit a pair of decorated shoes for the Planned Parenthood sponsored evening. Anyone who does submit a pair will receive two tickets to the auction and recognition at the event. So come on down to Freckles on Wednesday at 7pm, BYOB, a pair of shoes and have some fun! Freckles is located in the back of GET, the new coffee shop on Kirk Avenue.


Later that evening on Wednesday the Bazaar brings you one of the most anticipated pairings of the year! The hard rocking six sons of Randy Newman known as Death Newman pair with a mysterious new band. PLUGGGG will be making their debut performance and will hopefully be performing a few of those hits I’ve had the pleasure of hearing recently. Come on down to the Bazaar on Wednesday the 9th at 8pm to celebrate THE BAZAAR’S 100TH SHOW! This show is FREE for everyone!


On Thursday (3/10) the Roanoke Public Library downtown presents An Island, a film by Vincent Moon. Film maker Vincent Moon is known for his Take Away Shows series which features prominent bands and artists within the independent music community performing in intimate settings all throughout the world. This full-length feature focuses on the band Efterklang performing in various parts of an island off the Danish coast. Brought to you in partnership with the Shadowbox this film is to start at 6:30pm on the mezzanine of the library. There will also be free Shadowbox ticket giveaways at the showing. Come out to this and see an amazing group perform in the most intimate of settings.

On Friday (3/11) the Awful Arthur’s at Towers Shopping Center presents rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Continuing their reputation of bringing us great music to the Roanoke area this show will also feature local comedy-rap legends the Illbotz. Also playing the show will be the Soul Elements. Starting at 9pm this show should not be missed!

Also on Friday the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. hosts the Bastards of Fate with the Situationist and North Carolina band, Minor Stars. This will be one hell of a show featuring two incredible Roanoke acts and a great traveling band. Starting at 9pm this show will cost you only $5.

Rounding out the list of things going on Friday is Paleface with Mo at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd. The Americana duo will be bringing their own blend of melody with an added percussive element, Monica “Mo” Salamot. Taking place at the Sun Music Hall in Dogtown this show starts at 9pm.

On Saturday (3/12) the Just Embrace Love Please (JELP) Gallery and Studio will throw what looks to be their last event. The Dub Step Party will feature DJ RahBee, MachineMadeMan, TheExit, MurdaSound, Daniel Noell and Castiel. Starting at 7:30pm and going til late, come out!

On Sunday (3/13) at Studio Roanoke the John Barry Conception will play with local singer/songwriter Sharayah Spears as a part of the Guerrilla Playhouse series . This show will start at 7:30pm and will cost you $5. Make sure to come out and support Studio Roanoke and two great local acts!


Ending our list of things to do this week is the Shadowbox’s premiere of the Parking Lot Movie. This documentary tells the story of the infamous Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, VA and the employees who have worked there. If you’ve ever been to the former Satellite Ballroom or surrounding area chances are you’ve parked there. Very funny and entertaining this documentary features interviews from current and former employees including Yo La Tengo member James McNew (yes, he was a former employee there). This film starts at 8pm on Tuesday the 15th.

End of October/ Halloween weekend events…

Tonight (Wednesday, 10/20) a legend of hip hop comes to Roanoke performing at Awful Arthur’s Tower’s location. Keith Murray, known for his hit “The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World” is making Roanoke a stop on his The Most Beautifullest MC Tour 2010. Along for the tour is special guest and Vermont based rapper, Burnt MD. Opening the whole show will be Roanoke based hip hop duo Mack Jones (Poe Mack & Case Jones). This show starts at 9pm and will run late, get out and see GOOD hip hop in Roanoke!

 

On Friday (10/22) Roanoke’s new comedy club gives you two hilarious acts. Star City Comedy Club, located at the Holiday Inn at Valley View will host comedians Odyssey Michaels and Jack Willhite. The evening starts at 7pm with the first show and 9:30m with the second. You must be 21 to enter and full bar is offered.

 

On Saturday the 23rd the seemingly re-opened Mill Mountain Theatre will host the Best of No Shame Theatre. Featuring up 23 of the year’s best five minute original pieces the event will start at 8pm. Nancy & 2 Meteors will be opening with a pre-show that’s worth going for alone! Although the price of the event may seem a bit steep at $15 there is an option to get advanced tickets for $10. The amount of material alone is worth going for. Head down to Market St. at 8pm and catch the best No Shame has to offer!

 

Also on Saturday (10/23) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd will be throwing a folk show sure to please. Portland, Oregon three-piece symphonic folk act Ah Holly Fam’ly will be sharing the evening with Roanoke and Magic Twig Community folk ensemble, the Missionaries. Come out, gather ’round, have some warm coffee or tea and listen to two great folk acts sing, laugh and tell stories for all. This show starts at 9pm and only $5.

 

On Monday (10/25) Roanoke’s own community microcinema the Shadowbox will be hosting a locally made horror film. Roanoker and local filmmaker Justin Farmer directs L’amore taking place in the wilderness with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the back drop. Four friends decide to take a camping trip together only to wake up stuck in the middle of a zombie outbreak. The film starts at 8pm, the Shadowbox is located on Kirk Ave in downtown Roanoke.

 

Thursday night (10/28) local artist Dickie Eikcid will be performing and hosting an installation entitled ssplatter. This event will take place on the second floor of the Just Embrace Love Please gallery on the corner of Kirk Ave & 1st. Dickie will be creating pieces to the music of Pittsburgh DJ Machine Made Man. Starting a little after 9pm and costing you $10 which includes a painting to take home with you.

 

On Friday (10/29) the Shadowbox will be showing their long awaited Sweded Horror Film Fest. Taking inspiration from Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind the Shadowbox has decided to invite local wanna be filmmakers to come up with their own short no budget recreations of their favorite horror films. This should make for a very funny evening in celebration of Halloween. This event starts at 8pm and will cost you $5.

 

That same Friday (10/29) the Bazaar will host Texas band Thrift Store Cowboys. Described as ambient gothic roots music the Thrift Store Cowboys have played with such great acts as Willie Nelson, Deertick, Magnolia Electric Co. and more. This show starts at 9pm, $5.

 

The very next day (Saturday the 30th) the Bazaar invites you to come and celebrate Halloween with them by throwing an awesome dance party! Danger Fangs Masquerade will be a night of dressing up, dancing and fun with djs Turbo P and DJ Kimchi.  The event is free IF you wear a costume or its $3. Starting at 9pm and going late this should be a fun night for all.

 

Also that Saturday (10/30) Roanoke’s comedy/ rap trio the Illbotz continue their Monster Tribute Halloween Bash tradition at Awful Arthur’s Tower’s location. The Illbotz will be there of course as Run DMC with special guests Mindspin as 311. $5 with costume and $7 without this show starts at 9pm and is 21 and up only.

 

Closing out the month and the Halloween festivities is something very, very awesome! The Shadowbox will be showing the cult classic and arguably the best musical ever, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Starting at 10pm on Saturday the 30th the showing will feature a live cast and audience participation. No need to bring anything, survival packs will be included! Come in costume and have fun with the Shadowbox crew! Tickets are $10, cash only.