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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.”

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall…

Send off the warm weather and sunshine in this last full week of Summer the right way, by getting out and seeing some awesome shows, films and plays!

Starting out the week is a new event taking place twice a month at Studio Roanoke. The Guerrilla Playhouse will feature one-act plays and bands following with a set of their own. Music meets the dramatic arts on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 8pm. This Sunday (9/12) will feature a  one-act play written and directed by Don LaPlant entitled “Family Programming”. Performing the event will be Nancy & 2 Meteors. Starting at 8pm the event will cost only $5!

Continuing the week on to Monday is the Shadowbox’s showing of “Pari”. Iranian filmmaker, Dariush Mehrjuei gives us his adaption of the J.D. Salinger novel Franny & Zooey. The film is based around three brothers and one sister confronting the issues of art and religion in contemporary Iran. This is an interesting and rare opportunity for fans of the late Salinger to see this film adaptation of his beloved novel. The film starts at 8pm on Monday.

On Thursday & Friday Blacksburg based indie label, Flannel Gurl Records present a two day mini festival. Both days will take place at Blackburg’s newest music venue, Jax on Jackson Street. Below is a list of artists playing and their respective days…

Thursday, Sept 17th starting at 6:30pm

Buck Gooter
Nancy & 2 Meteors
Littlefoot
Illbotz
Deral Fenderson
Electro-Stephen
woofdog

Friday, Sept. 18th starting at 5:45

The Reasons Were Legion
Hey Dude!
Bear Attack
Grapes
Cryptorchid Chipmunk
the Blind Photographers
Bay of Pigs

Be sure to make it down for at least one of these days, it should be a blast!

Also on Friday local Roanoke nu-grass group, Grass Monkey will be recording a live album at Blue 5 downtown. The group invites you all to come out to drink, holler and shout. Who knows maybe you might just hear yourself out their in the crowd somewhere when you pick up the CD. This drunken evening starts at 9pm, bring a DD.

Add just one more event to your Friday (9/18) in this last weekend of Summer by heading over to the Bazaar for a night of folk and stories. Magic Twig Community folk orchestra the Missionaries will be sharing a set with Missionaries member Jamie Booker’s long overdue folk project, Strange Birds. All 10 of the Missionaries will be playing to both their own tunes and the songs of Strange Birds. Opening will be ever so amazing Another Roadside Attraction. Come early to catch them in all their singing saw, ukulele, guitarron, beautiful harmonies, and kazoo glory! A great way to end the summer! Starting at 9pm on Friday this show is only $3!!!

Ending our post about the demise of Summer is something a bit cliche, a post about Eternal Summers! The Magic Twig Community duo releases their first full-length entitled “Silver” via Kanine Records on September 28th and have big plans for this month. During the last week of September Eternal Summers will spend a week on the road with Jenny & Johnny, a project headed by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and Jonathan Rice. Both two-somes will be touring the South together all the way to Texas. Wish them luck by heading out to Floyd, VA this Thursday (9/16) to catch the Summers opening for Stephaniesid down at the Sun Music Hall/ Dogtown Roadhouse. The show starts at 7pm.

August Round Up!

Hello everyone! Rounding up this last full week in August is a MASSIVE amount of events to keep you busy until September putting away your “there’s nothing to do here” blues.

Starting this busy week will be an event hosted  by the Roanoke Main Library downtown. River Laker will present Comic Strip to Graphic Novel; Will Eisner’s Painful Journey. The event will consist of a panel discussion based around comic art and its move from the funny papers to full on volumes of graphic novels. The panel will put a special focus on the work of Will Eisner, beloved creator of The Spirit comics. The panel will consist of host and local Eisner biographer Paul E. Fitzgerald, Roanoke Times reporter/ former blogger Mason Adams and B&D Comics owner Terry Baucum. This event will take place Tuesday, August 24th on the Howery Mezzanine at 6:30pm. It is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Continuing on to Wednesday the Shadowbox presents French film classic from 1966 “Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. The film stars Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo with direction by Jacques Demy (“Lola”, “the Seven Deadly Sins”) . This film starts at 8pm.

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Friday (August 27th) the Shadowbox continues to show their love for great cinema by presenting one of Charlie Chaplin’s last silent films. “City Lights” stars Chaplin in arguably his most famous role, the “Little Tramp”. Come out and witness this masterpiece from 1931. The film starts at 8pm.

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Also on Friday the Magic Twig Community’s the Young Sinclairs will be hosting a show in their own studio with Lynchburg friends, Steal the Prize. The show will take place around 9pm at the MTC’s Mystic Fortress on Cleveland. This show/ gathering is donation based so come out and help Steal the Prize put some gas in their tank! For those of you who can’t make it on Friday the Sinclairs will be joining Steal the Prize in Lynchburg on Saturday. The two groups will be performing at Rivermont Pizza around 7pm.

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Saturday join the Shadowbox in celebrating one of the greatest cult classics of all time. “Caddyshack” (starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield) has been a movie quoter’s favorite for a couple of decades now. Come out early to play 9 hole putt putt and don’t forget to dress up in your best golfing attire! Best outfit gets a prize! The evening starts at 7pm.

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This Sunday Dickie and the gang will be throwing the last show at Happy’s Flea Market. Fear not though, Dickie has relocated his gallery to the corner of Kirk and 2nd downtown. The Happy’s show will feature the Situationist, Nancy & Two Meteors, Heevahava, Thresher and the Virgo. Show starts at 7pm, is all ages and will only cost you $5!

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Ending the month of August will be a Shadowbox showing of Japanese horror film, “Audition”. Don’t miss this startling and cleverly crafted psychological drama from one of Japan’s best shock directors, Takashi Miike. The film shows Monday the 30th at 8pm.

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Have a great rest of your month and we will see you all in September!

The Sad Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ Split & Impose Magazine interview with the Magic Twig Community

We here at Scenic Recovery are pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated 7″ split from The Sad Cobras & Hot Lava! The split was self-released by both groups and each side is comprised of 3 songs per band. The Sad Cobras on side A and Hot Lava on side B. The split also comes with a Hot Lava guitar pick and free digital download of all 6 songs for all you iPod/mp3 users out there! You can get this split either straight from the bands themselves or at Bazaar Consignments. This is a well crafted release from two great Magic Twig Community bands. These catchy tunes are worth copping!


In other Magic Twig Community news, the collective was interviewed recently by Impose Magazine for their “Labeled” feature. You can read the interview on their site HERE!

While you’re there download the FREE digital sampler from the Magic Twig Community. Including songs from The Young Sinclairs, The Sad Cobras, SUNKING!, Eternal Summers, The Missionaries and Rootstone Jug Band!