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CraftStar Bazaar, Blues BBQ and the Shadowbox

On Thanksgiving night if you’re feeling like you can move after stuffing your face then you should head down to Blues BBQ Co. in downtown Roanoke for the Jesse Ray Carter Trio. Starting at 10pm and going late, get your Turkey Day drink on!


On “Black Friday”, November 26th the Water Heater on 5th Street is hosting the CraftStar Bazaar! CraftStar has been dubbed Roanoke’s “first indie craft fair” and will feature all kinds of homemade knick knacks, crafts and goods for sale! The Water Heater will open its doors on the 26th from noon til 7pm then again Saturday from 10am til 5pm! For more info about this event feel free to email the events organizers here.


Also on “Black Friday” Roanoke nu-grass outfit Grass Monkey will be playing Blues BBQ the night after the Jesse Ray Carter Trio performs the very same stage. Starting at 10pm and going til midnight join the boys for a good time of beer, tunes and turkey/tofurkey stuffed bellies!


Roanoke DJ/MC extraordinaire Joneski is providing the jams at Floyd’s own Dogtown Roadhouse on Saturday night, November 28th. Starting at 9pm Joneski will be spinning, rapping and dancing for your entertainment until 2am! This dude rolls with vinyl and makes a lot of his own beats, come check him out and DANCE!


On Monday, November 29th the Shadowbox microcinema on Kirk Ave. is showing 1979 film Quadrophenia. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy a London mod growing up in a dysfunctional  household.  Based loosely on the Who’s rock opera of the same name and co-written by Pete Townsend Quadrophenia has everything from mod vs. rocker showdowns to pill popping depressed teenagers with no better outlet than riding their scooters and battling their parents who just don’t understand. With musical direction from the Who this film is worth heading downtown this Monday and paying your respects to this cult classic. Starting at 7pm, don’t be late!

End of Setember beginning of October events…

On Wednesday, Sept. 29th the Grandin Theatre will be showing the latest project from local filmmakers Jim & Cathy Crawford. Urban Lots, Garden Plots follows Jim & Cathy as they install an organic garden in their vacant city lot. The film will also follow 5 other Roanoke urban gardeners and their experiences. Tickets for this event are $10 at the door with half the proceeds going toward L.E.A.P. (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) helping spread urban gardens throughout the city. Children 13 and under get in free! The film premieres at the Grandin starting at 7:30pm.

On Saturday October 2nd the “En Plein Air” Festival will be taking place at Highland Park and neighboring art space, the Water Heater. Music combines with outdoor/indoor activities welcoming in Fall with an all day event starting at 2pm. Music will include Avail front man turned folk songster, Tim Barry. Adding to the musical side of the evening will be fellow Richmonder Josh Small and Red Clay River member Marcus Hodges performing under his moniker, Extinctions. Below is a list of activities…

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm, bicycle enthusiasts polo game.
  • ‘Live’ painting with artist Andrew Connor with pieces to be auctioned off later in the evening with proceeds going to the Battered Women’s Shelter.
  • 2pm-3pm bicycle maintenance workshop.
  • 2pm-3pm Natural Foods Co-Op workshop.
  • 4pm-6pm music from Tim Barry, Josh Small and Extinctions.
  • Interpretive dance performances.
  • Face painting and games for kids.
  • Dog park for the pups.
  • Star City Coffee available.
  • After party at the Water Heater starting around 6pm including auction for the Andrew Connor piece(s), games, refreshments, dance party and visual art from many local artists.
  • Monday October 4th the Shadowbox located on Kirk Ave will be showing the documentary film, A Gift For The Village. The film is based around seven people from the Blue Ridge area and their trip to Nepal to deliver a painting of a man sitting atop a mountain above a small village. After completing the film the crew went back to Nepal and showed the footage. Now coming to the Blue Ridge the film starts at 6pm.

    Continuing on to Tuesday October 5th the Shadowbox prepares for Halloween with a showing that is not only rare but quite possibly the best of the bad zombie movies ever made! Hard Rock Zombies is a tale of a hard working and touring rock band coming to play a small town. After picking up an attractive hitchhiker they decide to bunk with her folks while they stay in the town. Little do they know the dark secrets the family has in store for them… and the world! Featuring an awesome soundtrack including the movie’s own hit “Cassie” and a slew of baddies  including an aging Hitler, a werewolf Eva Braun, midget members of the SS and more! This film is not to be missed for the cult classic fan!

    Arguably one of the best of the supernatural slasher films Dario Argento’s Suspiria is coming to the Shadowbox on Wednesday October 6th.  Centered around witchcraft, Argento’s signature flare for gore, and one of the creepiest theme songs of the horror genre this film will engrave itself into you memory for years to come! Continuing the Shadowbox’s celebration of the Halloween by coming out to this horror classic. The showing starts at 8pm.

    On Saturday Oct. 9th a section of 4th St. between Washington & Albemarle will be blocked off to traffic and open to the public for chalk art. Marisol’s Chalk Extravaganza will start around 11AM and will accept donations to benefit RAM House, a homeless children’s charity. Marisol also offers you to bring your lunch and dine on the street. Bring guitars, banjos, harmonicas, shakers or whatever music makers you can muster to add to the fun! This event will take place in Old SouthWest on 4th St. Don’t miss it!! Fun for the whole family!

    On Sunday Oct. 10th Magic Twig Community mini folk orchestra the Missionaries will be playing Guerrilla Playhouse at Studio Roanoke. Continuing in the spirit of Guerrilla Playhouse and featuring NPR personality AuntMama come and experience the performing arts merging from two different perspectives. Live drama meets live music in a period of just two short hours. Starting at 8pm this event will only cost you $5.

    Sunday October 10th Lynchburg band Steal The Prize hosts an event at the Elks Lodge on Old Mill Road in their hometown. Tattoo Band Jam will feature tattoos (a given), piercing, food, beer and plenty of vendors. Lynchburg bands featured on the bill are Spuknof, Steal The Prize and singer/songwriter Blake Reams. Charlottesville band Invisible Hand joins the bill along with Roanoke’s own The Situationist. This event starts at 3pm so if you want that tattoo you’ve been thinking about this is a good opportunity to get it! Even if you have no interest in tattoos or piercings let us assure you the bands, food and beer are worth going for alone! Costing you only $10 this event will give you a whole day of entertainment!

This Weekend’s Late Post!

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!


Upcoming show at the Water Heater….


New Socks

One Night Pop-Folk Fest
All Ages, $5

The New Socks (Folky twee-pop)

– The Awesomelies (Catchy nonsense dance-pop)

– Black Mold Lightning (Really endearing folk pop)

These New York based folks are all on tour together and put on a very fun live show full of cheer! DON’T MISS THIS!!!!

P.S. –  The Missionaries were supposed to play this show but could not make it due to the holidays and lack of practice stemming from bad weather conditions.


(The Water Heater is located at  813 5th St. SW in Roanoke. For more information, you can find their blog here. -L.H)