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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!

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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!

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!

St. Pattie’s Day and following weekend


On Wednesday (3/16) the Bazaar will host a triple header of a show. Ike As In Dwight’s co-captain Maya Renfro will be sharing the evening with fellow Blacksburg band Nash Smith & the Ganges and Fine Linens. This is a show to be excited about and what else do you have going on the night before St. Patrick’s Day? This show starts at 8pm and is only $5 for three bands.

 


Starting out our St. Patrick’s Day is Another Roadside Attraction at the Village Grill. This is a free show and knowing the ARA folks and the shows they put on… it should be a great evening! Not only will you get to see a great band but pitchers of PBR are only $5! Starting at 9:30pm and running late.

 

Also on Thursday Dogtown Roadhouse is throwing its own St. Pattie’s Day celebration. Roanoke nu-grass band Grass Monkey will be there drinking, fiddlin’, yelling, stomping and playing for your entertainment! So head on down to Dogtown, grab one of their great drafts & pizzas and go flat footin’ to Grass Monkey! Starting at 8pm.

 


Also at Dogtown on Friday is outlaw-country band JP Harris & the Tough Choices. These guys are out to set things straight and take back country music from those low life pop country superstars… I’m paraphrasing here. Starting at 9pm and running late this should be a drunken evening for all involved.

 


Also on Friday in Blacksburg the XYZ Gallery will host the Blind Photographers with Cumulonimbus. Promising to be quite a fun time full of dancing (at least by A.K. Kanode) and smooth melodies for all. This show starts at 7pm and only costs $3 with proceeds going toward a great cause! Also on Saturday (3/19) A.K. Kanode of the Blind Photographers will be DJing for the Baby Sean Fire Foundation at the Carlton-Scott Dance Dungeon. Also on board for the evening are the Manns, Tyler! and the Legendary Chris Meyers. Come out one and all!!!

 


On Saturday (3/19) the Bazaar hosts a folk show. Magic Twig Community folk orchestra the Missionaries will be sharing the evening with Asheville, NC band Uncle Mountain. The Missionaries will be splitting their set between Missionaries songs and Strange Birds songs (Jamie Booker’s folk project). Come out to the Bazaar and have a great time with us! Starting at 9pm and costing $5.

 

A bunch of great things coming up next week including the Bazaar’s first show at Kirk Avenue Music Hall!!!

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.”

 

Blacksburg happenings, the Shadowbox and a new gallery!

On Friday Nov. 12th Blacksburg-based artist and musician Maya Renfro (Ike As In Dwight) will be opening her newest studio show entitled Future Projections of Individuation. The exhibit will take place at the Armory Gallery at 201 Draper Rd NW. Running for a full week until the 19th Maya’s work will feature prints, projections, soundscapes amongst other forms of expression. The opening will take place at 5pm on Friday and refreshments will be provided.

 

Right down the road from the Armory Gallery that same Friday (11/12) Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be a Blacksburg venue favorite, Gillie’s. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight the boys will stand alone as the sole performers for the evening on College Ave. A perfect opportunity to head down to a great restaurant and have some incredible food, drinks and a listen to an extended repertoire from a great Roanoke group.

 

On Saturday Nov. 13th the Shadowbox microcinema located on Kirk Ave. in downtown Roanoke partners with the O. Winston Link Museum to bring you the “Photo Throwdown”. The idea of the event is somewhat comparable to a poetry slam, photographers showing their work have only a few minutes to provide insight on their pieces. The photographer to get the best crowd response wins! Contestants must submit hi-res digital copies of their work to be projected on the Shadowbox’s screen and must be in attendance. To register or if there are any questions about the event send an email to Leah Gardner before the event. Following the throwdown will be silent film classic Buster Keaton’s “The General”, providing musical accompaniment will be Lenny Marcus with drummer Larry Scott. This event starts at 7pm!

 

That same Saturday just a block or two over on Luck Ave. is the opening of a brand new studio/ gallery. The Unicorn Stables Project is a studio ran by a trio of Hollins graduates turned Roanokers geared towards promoting and encouraging young and emerging artists. The project’s method of promoting the arts/ artists is through shows, events and installations! The opening celebration will start at 8pm featuring various works by Cameron Niedermayer, Tif Robinette, Amanda Agricola and Julia Schneider. Music will be provided by DJ Kimchi! For any additional questions email The Unicorn Stables Project.

Sept 21st – 24th

Tonight (Tuesday the 21st) the Shadowbox is honoring comedy great and local favorite, Bill Murray. The former SNL cast member will be turning 60 years old today. Bill Murray gained his unique fame in Roanoke while filming “What About Bob?” at Smith Mountain Lake. While filming Murray made an appearance at a fundraiser for the Grandin Theatre tugging at the heart strings of Roanoke film fans. Since then Murray has returned numerous times to our city whether its just passing through or spending time at the lake where he first met our small city. Speaking at the Shadowbox will be beloved former Grandin Theatre owner, Julie Hunsaker who will be speaking about her experience and memories of Bill Murray while filming “What About Bob?” at Smith Mountain Lake. The showing starts at 8pm, there will be cake and party hats too!

Wednesday (9/22) Blacksburg’s college radio station WUVT will be featuring Ike As In Dwight member, Maya Renfro. WUVT’s “The Local Zone” will be hosting Maya live in the studio where she will be playing a slew of original songs as well as songs from Ike As In Dwight’s latest E.P., Nature Of People, People Of Nature. To listen to the show live and online go HERE. Or if you’re in the Blacksburg/ Virginia Tech area tune into 90.7FM. The show will air from 7pm til 9pm.

On Friday (9/24) the Bazaar will be throwing a show featuring Alaskan singer songwriter Marian Call. Marian is on tour from her native Anchorage, Alaska and heading down the East Coast in support of her latest album entitled Vanilla. The songster has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor and has been known for playing great intimate shows. To check out songs and press go to her site HERE. This show starts at 9pm and will cost you only $5, very cheap considering how far she has come to play for you!

All this month and into late October local artist Stephen Smith will have selections of his collection on display at Mojo Cafe on Brambleton Ave. Smith, who’s medium is paintings made through his PC’s MS Paint program, has amassed quite a collection through the years. Come by Mojo’s, grab some coffee, play some scrabble and check out Stephen’s digital art! All pieces are for sale, just like his piece aboved entitled Hoot, $12. This exhibit shows until the 26th of October.

The Bastards Of Fate just wrapped on shooting a music video for their single, “Huge Magic”. Doug and the gang spent a day and half worth of shooting with touch ups included. Above is just a single shot of all the madness that occurred. We will give you more details on its completion as it comes. What we can tell you is there were thousands of packing peanuts involved, the clean up had to of been a lot of fun. The Bastards will be playing the Guerrilla Playhouse at Studio Roanoke this Sunday (9/26) at 8pm. Following the Bastards’ performance will be a short play by Ben R. Williams entitled “Gentlemen of the First Water”. Studio Roanoke is located on Campbell Ave. in downtown Roanoke.