On Thursday (1/27) the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg will play host to what looks to be a very exciting show. Harrisonburg/Norfolk-based Super Vacations will headline the show while Roanoke’s own Eternal Summers and Charlottesville’s Order. If you are in the area and can make it out I high suggest going. Order has been around for quite a while (2001 or so) and is amazing to see live. This show starts at 9pm.
Flannel Gurl Records will be having its last Flannel Friday show this Friday (1/28) at the unusual starting time of 5:15pm. The reason for the start time being so early is there are a lot of bands playing together on one bill. Eight bands on one bill to be exact. A couple of notables playing are Georgia’s the Emotron, Florida’s imadethismistake and Harrisonburg’s Buck Gooter. Why is this the final Flannel Friday? Rumor has it that Flannel Gurl Records is going to focus towards more label related functions. Come out to a last hurrah of sorts this Friday in Blacksburg at Jax on 130 Jackson St., $6.
On Saturday (1/29) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. will host Roanoke’s Amanda Bocchi & the Body Parts. Also playing will be Blacksburg-based Nash Smith & the Ganges who will be opening the show. Personally, I am very excited to check out this new group from Blacksburg. I listened to their recordings a really dug it. A good mix of Portishead and Beach House. This show will start at 9pm, $5. Get there on time!!!
Running from now until February 27th at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op is Stephen Cort Smith’s “the Dream Comparison”. This is a display of selected works created in MS Paint, the unusual medium Smith has become known for. All prints are for sale ranging from $10-$15. Above is Smith standing next to his piece entitled “Let’s Cuddle”.
On Monday (1/31) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave. is showing 80’s cult classic comedy, the Heathers! Come watch Winona & Christian kill for revenge and romance. Witness the famous dead gay son scene. Experience the trauma a high school goes through when struck by a mass “suicide”. This film starts at 8pm.
I’d like to end this post with two really awesome articles on one of the best venues in Roanoke, Bazaar Consignments. Jamie Booker’s consignment shop has come a long way in its year and a half of operation. Its hosted a slew of shows proving you can have great bands play, people turn out and not charge an arm and a leg at the door. Other music oriented venues have taken notice of the success of this basement consignment shop with Kirk Avenue Music Hall being one of these. In fact, Kirk Avenue has teamed up with the Bazaar to bring a monthly showcase to Kirk’s doors called “The Bazaar Presents…”. This showcase will follow the Bazaar’s tradition of only cost $5 as opposed to Kirk’s more pricier admission fees. On March 25th the first show of this series will take place featuring Magic Twig Community bands the Young Sinclairs & the Sad Cobras. Jamie has had two articles on her shop come out this week. Read the article in the Roanoke Times’ Sunday extra section HERE! Also check out this article on the Bazaar by Blue Ridge Traditions HERE! Congrats to the Bazaar!
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Tagged amanda bocchi & the body parts, blue nile, Buck Gooter, Eternal Summers, flannel friday, Flannel Gurl Records, heathers, imadethismistake, jax, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, nash smith & the ganges, natural foods co-op, order, Stephen Smith, super vacations, The Bazaar, the dream comparison, the emotron, The Sad Cobras, The Shadowbox, The Young Sinclairs
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.
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Tagged Bill Murray, Ike As In Dwight, Julie Hunsaker, Marian Call, Maya Renfro, Mojo Cafe, MS Paint art, Smith Mountain Lake, Stephen Smith, The Bastards of Fate, The Bazaar, the Grandin Theatre, The Shadowbox, What About Bob?, WUVT
Now that August is done and September is here we’re going to give you a humble list of ways to spend your last few moments with summer!
Tomorrow (Friday, 9/3) the Shadowbox will present a film very close to many in this mountain community. “Coal Country” is a documentary film about the evils of mountaintop removal for the benefit of coal mining. Following the film will be group discussions with members of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) who will also talk about their campaign to save Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County, VA. Proceeds will help with transportation of peoples to the Appalachia Rising mobilization in D.C. Showing starts at 7pm.
On Friday (9/3) the Sad Cobras return with best buds the Bastards of Fate at the Bazaar! Also playing is Athens, Georgia’s one-man band, the Visitations. The Cobras will be playing a ton of new material and word on the street is the Bastards have a few tricks up their collective sleeve as well! Come out one and all! This show starts at 9pm and costs $5. While you’re down there don’t forget to pick the Sad Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ split from Jamie! Don’t have a record player? Visit their bandcamp page HERE!
The Bazaar has yet another awesome show the very next day, Saturday (9/4) with a hefty yet worthy line-up! Roanoke favorites the Situationist will be playing and opening for them will be Nancy & 2 Meteors front man, Just Marshall. Along for the ride will be Nashville solo artist Betty Rats and Chicago-based Monadnoc. This show will start at 9pm and will only cost you $5 for four great acts!
To round up our weekend of events come spend Labor Day the way it should be spent; with buddies, hot dogs, burgers, water balloons and America! Come down to Fishburn Park on Monday (9/6) for a whole day’s worth of fun! Hosting this great day of American tradition will be local Roanoke artist (and Scenic Recovery favorite) Stephen Smith! Remember to bring food for yourself and others, don’t forget water balloons or any other outdoor toys you may have, dress for the weather and don’t forget sunblock! The day will start around noon and oh what a day it will be!
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Tagged Betty Rats, Fishburn Park, Just Marshall, Labor Day, Monadnoc, Stephen Smith, The Bastards of Fate, The Bazaar, The Sad Cobras, The Situationist, The Visitations