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DxDT, the Bazaar, Alleycat Race and more!

On Wednesday (4/13) downtown Roanoke holds it’s annual Down by Downtown (DxDT) music festival. A more than obvious rip-off of South by SouthWest (SxSW) this schedule will mostly showcase cover acts, beach music and jam circuit bands. Why are we covering it then? Well, there are some notables worth catching this year after all including Savannah Shoulders, Madrone, the Pace Brothers Band and the Rootstone Jug Band. Below is a schedule listing…

Down by Downtown
April 13-16, 2011
Roanoke, VA

Venue/Schedule

Outdoor Stage (behind the Market Building on Salem Ave)
Sat. April 16 – in association with the Blue Ridge Marathon
11:00 – 12:00 Music Lab Hour
12:00 – 12:45 Savannah Shoulders
1:00 – 2:15 – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
2:30 – 3:45 – Jamie McLean Band
4:00 – 5:00 – My Radio

Martins
4/13 – The Green, Bhana-Motasitc, Bimini Rd
4/14 – Former Champions
4/15 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/15 – Trees on Fire
4/16 – Snarky Puppy, B.A.M.

Kirk Avenue Music Hall
4/13 – The Newtons – Roanoke’s Annual Music Awards Ceremony (6pm) THEN, Madrone
4/15 – Adam Steffey and the Box Cars
4/16 – Dan Navarro

Jefferson Center
4/14 – A Celebration of the Roanoke City Public Schools Strings Program
4/15 – The 3rd Annual Buster B Jones Memorial Jam
4/16 – The 2nd Annual Family Fun Day
Southern Culture on the Skids with special guest Oinker

Blues BBQ
4/13 – Elmer Coles Funktet at 10pm (we will probably be doing a liquor tasting or something along that
nature that night as well)
4/14 – The Jar Movers at 10pm (we will be having our monthly bourbon meeting at 8pm that all our welcome to attend as well as a tasting of the Smooth Ambler line of Vodka, Gin, and Whiskeys)
4/15 – TBA
4/16 – Jason Spooner Band

Awful Arthur’s Downtown
4/13 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/13 – DJ $ Bill Karaoke
4/14 – Madrone Acoustic
4/15 – Cheers for Charity’s followed by Against Grace
4/16 – Relacksachian w/ Lazy Man Dub Band

Blue 5
4/13 – Ministers of Soul
4/14 – Lunch – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra musicians
4/14 – Talk is Cheap
4/15 – Pace Brothers Band
4/16 – Hope Clayburn

Fork in the City
4/13 – TBA
4/14 – Rootstone Jug Band
4/15 – Barefoot West
4/16 – iFunk (11am-2pm) Polychrome

Corned Beef & Company
4/13 – TBA
4/14 – Adam Markham
4/15 – TBA
4/16 – Soul Patch

 

Also on Wednesday (4/13) Bazaar Consignments will host Philly band Kelly & the Ruths. Also playing the show will be Roanoke locals the John Barry Conception. This will be a fun night of great pop and folk for all to enjoy. Come out and have a listen! What else are you going to do on a Wednesday night? Starting at 8pm, $5.

On Friday (4/15) if you have a bike and want to enjoy the warm weather with a bunch of other riders then join Doin Good in the Hood: An Alleycat Race. Meeting at GET Coffee & Bubble Tea this is an open invitation bike race for riders of all skill levels. This will be a cross-town race consisting of six stops determined the day of the event including a cash prize for the winner to cross the finish line with signatures from all six locations. There’s a $5 entry fee and registration starts at 6pm with the race kicking off at 7pm. Post race competitions will include a skid competition, trick competition and track stand competitions. There will be a free show after for all racers ($5 for everyone else) featuring Roanoke hardcore band the February Man. Necessities for the evening will be your bike, lock and a pen for those signatures. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Also feel free to bring cookout materials for the after party! Invite your friends out!

 

Also on Friday the O. Winston Link Museum will present Glen McClure’s Dominion Derby Girls. This exhibit will focus on individual portraits of members from the Hampton Roads area roller derby team. The opening reception will feature Roanoke’s own roller derby team, the Star City Roller Girls. Starting at 7pm this event is $5 for general audiences and free for museum members. At 7:30pm photographer Glen McClure will be interviewed in the Beyond the Frame segment of the evening. This opening will take place in the Trackside Gallery area of the museum.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone and look for our review of the Situationist’s E.P. very soon in our Music Reviews page. Until then check out our review of Wild Nothing’s “Gemini” by roanoke revolution contributor, Will Creasy!

 

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.”

 

HUGE Update/ Things To Come Blog Special!!!

Hello all! We’ve got some great news on upcoming events on this blog but first let’s recap a few things that have happened recently….

The May 29th show at the Bazaar (presented by your’s truly at SR) with the Sad Cobras & the Late Virginia Summers was killer! The Summers opened with a set that was relaxing and intimate while the Sad Cobras played a great set featuring a lot of new material. Friend and fellow musician Charlie Johnston filled in playing drums for most of the set and guitar on a tune. If you weren’t there….shame….

Local artist and dancer Beth Deel put on a one night only art performance busking with multiple Roanoke musicians and performers. The performers took up street corners and sidewalks in response to the Roanoke council making busking illegal in a city which has become known for its music and art. The evening closed with Roanoke locals Grass Monkey & traveling friends Paleface at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Check out the NPR story on the event HERE.


The Young Sinclairs returned safely and successfully after opening for the Brian Jonestown Massacre on the East Coast portion of their U.S. tour. The gang played Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, Manhattan’s Webster Hall, Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts, and Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The Sinclairs also had an off date in Brooklyn with Airwaves & Easter Vomit at Death By Audio.

Our friends over at Roanoke Revolution are putting on an all day music festival featuring Roanoke area bands in Boones Mill, VA! Underground Melodies will feature some of the area’s best talent ranging from bands to artists. Be prepared to have fun! Tickets are on sale now at the Bazaar and are $15 for the whole day. Free camping is included!!!! July 10th, be there or miss out on something awesome! If you have any questions please contact Jovan Rahsman at the Roanoke Revolution website. More info on Underground Melodies as it comes.

Roanoke’s own community microcinema the Shadowbox is having two great showings this weekend! The first being Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Deathcab For Cutie. Drive Well will be showing Friday at 8pm. The second showing this weekend is cult comedy classic Spinal Tap which goes to 11…at 7pm on Saturday. This event will include a special prefeature screening of Heavy Metal Parking Lot and an air guitar contest. BRING YOUR OWN CD to rock out with! Until then, stand in front of your full length mirror and practice that air guitar windmill move…slowly… like you mean it. See you there!

Finally, this Sunday to round out our weekend of events is Brooklyn band Family Trees! The band will rock out Heidi’s basement after a great potluck! The potluck starts at 6:30pm and the band should go on around 9pm. BRING FOOD! 1515 Roanoke Ave, be there…. its FREE!!! While you’re at it check out the latest mention Family Trees got in Pitchfork HERE.

Have a great week everybody!