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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Tagged Deedraye, Illbotz, Jackal Tickets, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Martin's, Maya Renfro, Other Colors, Sinking Creek, The Bazaar, The Circus Practice, the Pietasters, The Sad Cobras
With a lot of stuff going on this week its hard to choose between them all. Here’s a listing of just a few great happenings starting with the Top 3!
On Thursday (6/23) Magic Twig Community flagship band the Sad Cobras play at the Bazaar. Opening for the Cobras will be Birmingham, Alabama band, the Grenadines. Come out, pick up a Cobras/ Hot Lava 7″ and introduce yourself to another great new band making their way through Roanoke! This show starts at 8pm and costs $5!
In Blacksburg on Friday (6/24) She-Sha will host a fond farewell to the Blind Photographers. AK Kanode’s brand of dance pop has built quite the popular following in Blacksburg over the past couple of years. Now Amy plans to head to the Northwest but doesn’t want to leave without one last show. Playing with her will be Harrisonburg dance duo, Mirror Kisses. Fronted by a former band member of Amy’s (George Clanton) Mirror Kisses is new wave the way it was intended and is one of our favorites! Above is a video for Mirror Kisses “Haunt Me”.
On Saturday (6/25) the Bazaar will host its 3rd installment of “the Bazaar Presents” at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Richmond band and Triple Stamp Records flagship Homemade Knives will be headlining. Providing support will be Roanoke bands Red Clay River and Magic Twig Community outfit, the Missionaries. This is an important show not only for the Bazaar but also for Red Clay River who will be performing for the last time. Come and bid Red Clay River a proper farewell and enjoy an evening with friends! This show starts at 8pm and costs $7!
Here’s a list of other great happenings this week….
- Wednesday (6/22) Twin Killers! w/ Life in a Foxhole, KURU and Loser Yesterday @ Jax, Blacksburg. 8pm, $5.
- Thursday (6/23) Mirror Kisses w/ Double Hive Five @ Blue Nile, Harrisonburg. 8:30pm, $3.
- Friday (6/24) Godard film “Masculine Feminine” @ the Shadowbox, Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
- Friday (6/24) Johnson’s Crossroad @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. 8pm, $5.
- Friday (6/24) Heavy Cream w/ No Brainer @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Charlottesville. 9pm, $5.
- Friday (6/24) Ol’ Spatch, Sharayah Spears, PJ Bond and Brian McGee @ Bazaar Consignments, Roanoke. 9pm, $5.
- Saturday (6/25) Artimus Pyle (of Lynrd Skynrd) @ Sun Music Hall, Floyd. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.
- Saturday (6/25) Summer Solstice Power Jam 2011 featuring Hot Lava, Diamond Center, Peace Beast, Nick Coward & the Last Battle, White Laces and more! @ Belle Isle, Richmond. 1pm-8pm, Free.
- Sunday (6/26) Vanguard: the Worst Movie Ever Made @ Guerrilla Cinema (Studio Roanoke), Roanoke. 8pm, $5.
Lastly check out the new web commercial for Bazaar Consignments below! Shot and directed by Cory Greer and music provided by Doug Cheatwood! Cameos by a few local musicians in the commercial! Below is the commercial!
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Tagged Artimus Pyle, blue nile, Brian McGee, Diamond Center, Double Hive Five, Guerrilla Playhouse, Heavy Cream, Homemade Knives, Hot Lava, jax, Johnson's Crossroad, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, KURU, Life In A Foxhole, Loser Yesterday, Masculine Feminine, Mirror Kisses, Nick Coward & the Last Battle, No Brainer, Ol' Spatch, Peace Beast, PJ Bond, Red Clay River, Sharayah Spears, She Sha, Studio Roanoke, Summer Solstice Power Jam 2011, Sun Music Hall, The Bazaar, the Blind Photographers, the Grenadines, The Missionaries, The Sad Cobras, The Shadowbox, Twin Killers!, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Vanguard, White Laces
This weekend looks to be a great one with some heavy hitting events happening around town! Let’s have a look at what’s going on…
This Thursday (3/24) Kirk Avenue Music Hall presents the Foghorn String Band. Hailing from Portland, Oregon this old time string band plays their own blend of pre-bluegrass styled country music that will keep your feet tapping. Their fiddler is worth experiencing alone! Opening the evening will be Roanoke’s own Rootstone Jug Band featuring former members of the New Roanoke Jug Band as well as members of the Young Sinclairs. This show is set to start at 8pm and will cost you $12 at the door, $6 for students.
On Friday (3/25) the Bazaar presents a Magic Twig Community showcase at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. The first in a series of monthly shows at Kirk put on by the Bazaar. This show will feature Magic Twig acts the Young Sinclairs, the Sad Cobras and Eternal Summers. Costing only $5, all ages and starting at 8pm. Above is a music video for the Young Sinclairs’ song “Left & Right”. Watch the video for Eternal Summers “Safe at Home” right HERE! Also check out a video for the Sad Cobras “Bogged Down” HERE!
On Saturday (3/26) the Shadowbox celebrates its 1 year anniversary!!! The Shadowbox gang will be throwing a prom to beat any prom you ever attended in high school with a full bar! So think John Hughes and wear your best or worst prom attire. Stevie D of the Illbotz will be there providing the music for the evening so you know there will be plenty of great tunes to get you through the evening! Come out and celebrate with the Shadowbox at 8pm!
Also on Saturday in Blacksburg local hookah joint She-Sha is throwing a show not to be missed! Roanoke’s the Bastards of Fate headline a show featuring Blacksburg favorites the Blind Photographers, CBZL (pictured above) and Fire Foundation. This show is free for all so make it a point to come out and have some fun! This show starts at 8:30pm.
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Tagged CBZL, Eternal Summers, Fire Foundation, Fohorn String Band, Illbotz, Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Rootstone Jug Band, She Sha, The Bastards of Fate, The Bazaar, the Blind Photographers, The Sad Cobras, The Shadowbox, The Young Sinclairs
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
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
This weekend at the Shadowbox:
Tonight (Friday) the Shadowbox will show Spend An Evening With Saddle Creek. This is a documentary about the indie record label Saddle Creek. This label is known for putting out such artists as Cursive, Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, The Faint, Rilo Kiley and more. This showing starts at 8pm.
On Saturday (tomorrow) the Shadowbox will be showing Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. The cult classic will start at 8pm and is sponsored by Ride Solutions. Ride your bike to the event and get free popcorn!
Tonight and tomorrow The Bazzar offers up two great shows!
The first being tonight (Friday) with Chris Shutz & the Tourists (Philly) and Roanoke’s own Nancy & 2 Meteors. Show starts at 9pm and its $5!
Tomorrow night (Saturday) with Charlottesville’s Invisible Hand and Roanoke power duo Eternal Summers. This show starts at 9pm as well and costs $5!
Finally on Sunday at the Water Heater there is an event you don’t want to miss! Athens, Georgia pop two-some Grape Soda is coming to town! Opening for them will be Falcor, a new visual and musical solo project from The Sad Cobras own Jonathan Woods! If you are doing nothing with your Sunday you should be doing this instead! This show starts at 7:30pm with Falcor beginning around then. Make sure you get there on time! Bring $5 with you too!
Enjoy your weekend! We leave you now with a trailer for Spend An Evening With Saddle Creek, showing at the Shadowbox tonight!
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Tagged Christ Shutz & the Tourists, Eternal Summers, Falcor, Grape Soda, Invisible Hand, Nancy & 2 Meteors, Saddle Creek, The Bazaar, The Sad Cobras, The Shadowbox, The Water Heater
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!
Posted in Art, Cinema, Music
Tagged Airwaves, Busking, Family Trees, Grass Monkey, Pitchfork, Roanoke Revolution, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Late Virginia Summers, The Sad Cobras, The Shadowbox, The Young Sinclairs, Underground Melodies