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Mid February Events

We hope everybody had a great/terrible/okay/lonely/lovely Valentine’s Day! Now that its past us let’s look forward to the future, say this week?…

 

 

Kicking off our list of Friday happenings is the Shortwave Society performing at Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd! Part electronic, part acoustic, part orchestral and all pop this eclectic group from Knoxville put on quite a show. I saw them at last year’s Floyd Fest and thought they were one of the better acts to play the bigger stage. The string arrangements are worth going for alone! Make it a point to head out to Floyd on Friday night, catch the Jamboree, head to Dogtown, grab a great wood fire oven pizza and enjoy the sounds of the Shortwave Society. Show starts at 8pm.

 

The Circus Practice

Also on Friday (2/18) at the Bazaar on Brandon Rd. the Circus Practice and local magician Nelson Oliver put on a special birthday bash! The Great Aquarius Birthday Bash will be celebrating the birthdays of Bazaar owner Jamie Booker, Circus Practice member Sarah Garrison and local craft maker/lover of music Cat Conover. The admission is $3 for Aquarius people and $5 for the rest of us. I hear there may be a Scorpio revolt in the parking lot! Starts at 9:30pm.

 

To round up what’s happening on Friday is Another Roadside Attraction playing at Village Grill. Starting at 9pm and running late these folks have enough material to keep you entertained and rocking all night. One of the most eclectic and original bands in Roanoke and worth stopping by for a while if not the whole performance. Go to the Grill and grab one of their wraps (I suggest the SouthWest with Buffalo Chips) with a Roanoke Railhouse and check out Another Roadside Attraction! Its FREE!!!

 

On Saturday the Bazaar hosts yet another awesome show of the weekend with the Bastards of Fate and Mount Pleasant/D.C. band Frau Eva. Frau Eva is an orchestrated folk rock band which has been playing shows since 2008. Come and welcome them to their first show in Roanoke! Stick around for Roanoke’s own Bastards of Fate! This show starts at 9pm and is $5 at the door.

 

That same Saturday in Floyd at Dogtown Roadhouse/ Sun Music Hall is Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun. Combing elements of folk, jazz and funk the duo have been playing together since their college years. Graduates of Berklee College of Music and classmates of Esperanza Spalding, St. Vincent and Elizabeth & the Catapult this duo will play starting at 9pm and run late with the cover being $10.

 

On Monday at the Shadowbox 1986 cult classic horror Maximum Overdrive will show at 8pm. This movie was written and directed by Stephen King based on his book of the same name. Starring Emilio Estavez and… others this film tells a story of 18-wheelers that come to life to destroy humankind under the influence of a comet. Check out the hilarious trailer above and notice the Green Goblin grill on the truck towards the end of the trailer! 8pm sharp!

 

Also on Monday in Charlottesville one of my favorite New York bands comes to the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. The Beets headline the show while getting support from Junk Culture and Teen Dreams. This show looks to be a good line up and is worth the drive to Charlottesville. Presented by local radio station WTJU 91.1 and booking agency Holy Smokes. This show is set to start at 9pm, $7.

 

We’ll see you next week!!!

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Valentine’s Day Week & Weekend

This Tuesday (Feb. 8th) the downtown Roanoke Public Library will feature another installment of their series Emerging Artists, this time in collaboration with multimedia group “mediumless“. Mediumless is a collective of Lynchburg artists from different backgrounds ranging from photography to play writing. This event will take place on the Howery Mezzanine with Lynchburg instrumental surf rock band Alaska providing the music. The evening will showcase mediumless members Rhonda Glick, Jake Siner and John Gosslee. This event starts at 6pm costing you nothing and providing you with free refreshments!

 

Also on Tuesday is another great show at the Bazaar! Roanoke locals the Situationist head the bill while Rochester, NY group Attic Abasement opens. This is a great pairing of bands and should not be missed!  Starting at 9pm this show only costs $5, perfect timing for those who are also attending the library event. Catch two shows in one day! While you’re at it take a look at Attic Abasement’s video for their song “A Werewolf” HERE. The above photo of the Situationist’s Geoff Conley was taken by Kent Moore.

 

Playing from February 9 til the 20th Studio Roanoke presents the New Testament. Written and directed by Kenley Smith this play serves as the third and final part in a trilogy of plays by Smith shown at Studio Roanoke. Containing adult language and brief nudity intended for mature audiences only. Dates and times are listed in the flier above, for contact info to reserve your seat call 540-343-3054 or order your ticket online HERE.

 

On Thursday (Feb. 10th) Grandin Village restaurant Surf N Turf Grill will host a poetry slam. Starting at 9pm this will be a competition… for poetry. Hey its $20 to whoever wins out of three rounds! So who cares, go tell some poetry and win some cash. That $20 could go toward a crabby paddie or a couple of nice tall pints from one of their many taps! Get there early to sign up and review the slam rules.

 

Also on Thursday is a show to be excited about… in Charlottesville. Blacksburg’s Wild Nothing is sharing the bill with L.A. group Abe Vigoda at the Trinity Irish Pub. Both bands were voted in the Top 50 albums of 2010 by Pitchfork. Opening the show will be Blacksburg’s Hoop Dreams featuring former members of Wild Nothing. Presented by Charlottesville based promotional group Holy Smokes. Doors open at 7:30pm.

 

 

On Friday (Feb. 11th) the Bazaar hosts two out of town acts. Richmond’s Ryan B. & the Dead Sea and Uncle Bengine & the Restraining Orders. Come out for a night of folk, roots and rock starting at 9pm and costing you $5!

 

Also at the Bazaar on Saturday (Feb. 12th) is Roanoke group the John Barry Conception. Opening for the guys will be South Carolinian singer/songwriter Julie Slonecki. This is sure to be quite the fun show featuring a Roanoke band you don’t get to see quite as much. Make sure to come out early in order to catch both acts! This show starts at 9pm and costs $5.

 

On Sunday (Feb. 13th) the Shadowbox is showing what some consider to be the definitive Jean-Luc Godard film. Breathless (A Bout de Souffle) is a film about a boy from Paris involved in a life of crime and a girl from America oblivious to his dark side. When she discovers what he’s been up to the relationship starts to crumble and turns to betrayal. Truly a masterpiece and one of the gems of the French New Wave film period! Make sure you make it out to see this one! Starting at 8pm and running til 9:30pm.

 

That same Sunday at Martin’s Downtown is the Illbotz CD release party! Celebrating their newest album titled “Pudding is Delicious” this show will feature Roanoke heavyweights the Bastards of Fate. Also playing will be Richmond pirate party band Craptain Jack & the Schmees. The Illbotz will be selling their new CDs, shirts, stickers, pudding and prison tattoos! Starting at 9pm, don’t miss it!

 

Some call him odd, others call him drunk but most call him Roanoke filmmaker Charles E. Cullen. Join the host of local public access show “Chicken Chat” as he presents to you the “Theatre of Doom”. Along with Cullen and company will be local magician/illusionist Nelson Oliver. Described as a “two hour decent into madness” don’t miss this show! Taking place this Sunday (Feb. 13th) at Studio Roanoke’s Guerrilla Playhouse at 8pm, $5!

 

 

Charlottesville radio station WTJU 91.1FM will be holding its annual week long fundraiser starting February 14th and running til February 20th. The “2011 WTJU Rock Marathon” will feature not only blocks of different genres of pop rock but will also give tribute to essential labels and artists throughout the decades. Also this week will feature a different Charlottesville area band playing live in studio every night! The bands playing live in studio will be Borrowed Beams of Light, Andrew Cedermark, Left & Right, Dzian!, Sarah White & the Pearls, Cosair and Invisible Hand.

 

On Valentine’s Day the Unicorn Stables Project present to you the “Valentine’s Day Art Extravaganza”! The evening will include classical Greek Mythology drawing of live models from 7:30-9pm and a party from 9pm til 11pm. Throughout the evening you can expect glitter, performance, crafts, contests, music, treats, love and dancing! Some fun activities include a toast with Bacchus, an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration in the “Hades Room”, body-building tips from Greek heroes and trying to score Aphrodite’s number. Music provided by DJ Joneski with visuals by Mateo Marquez. You can enjoy all of this for $3-$5 and your ID. Above flier art by Mateo Marquez.

 

We hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and we’ll see you next week!

Tonight (Sunday, 1/9) Studio Roanoke’s own Guerrilla Playhouse will host two bands of great caliber. Roanoke favorite the Circus Practice will be performing and along with them will be a new band making their debut on the scene. Death Newman (comprised of Guerrilla Playhouse founder Ben R. Williams, the Bastard’s Doug Shelor, the Browning Brothers’ Ryan Browning and former 3AM Friday members Bentley & Austin Alderman and Sam Clifton) are a super cluster of friends gathered together to form the area’s only Randy Newman cover band. This is a sight to behold! Starting at 8pm and costing $5.

 

On Wednesday (1/12) the Bastard’s of Fate will be performing with Austin, TX friends Love’s It! The Texas duo consists of Vaughn Walters of the Shake ‘Em Ups and Jenny Parrott of the Shotgun Party (a personal favorite of our’s). This will be a donation-based basement show on Roanoke Ave starting around 7pm and ending around 10pm. Come out to see a Roanoke band that will blow you away and a Texas  couple that will leave you smiling!

 

Friday (1/14) the Bazaar on Brandon Rd will host a Roanoke band coming back home after a two week venture away from home. Midair will be making this their second to last stop on their tour and playing with them will be Roanoke math rock band Nobles. Also playing is said to be Fine Linens although we are not for sure on that one. Either way this should be a fun show and its good to see the under 21 crowd making music and having something going on! This show starts at 8pm and costs $5.

 

Saturday (1/15) the Shadowbox on Kirk Ave downtown will host a Golden Girls sleepover party!!!! Starting at 8pm and running all night for 12 consecutive hours til 8am this is the Shadowbox’s way of saying “thank you for being a friend”. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow. DID WE MENTION THERE WAS FREE CHEESECAKE?!?!?

 

Also on Saturday the 15th the Unicorn Stables Project: Studios & Gallery will host an exhibit entitled “Shrines & Other Things”. Over twenty artists will be showing pieces depicting their view of shrines through video, installation, sculpture, painting and poetry. There will be a projection show by Mateo Marquez and music spinning all throughout the evening. This opening starts at 8pm with poetry reading starting at 8:30pm. Admission is FREE.

 

There is a lot going on Saturday the 15th and the Bazaar is offering yet another choice with Roanoke punk/folk outfit Watershed Conspiracy. Opening the show will be Tallahassee, FL group Only Thieves. This show will start at 9pm, $5. Come out to hoot and holler!

 

 

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.

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.

Welcoming September…

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!