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Magic Twig Weekend & Shadowbox Prom!!!

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.

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.”

 

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!

 

 

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!!!

Music post: Early September Shows!

Tonight (Wednesday) the Bazaar is holding a midweek show not to be missed! Maya Renfro of Ike As In Dwight will be playing a solo set of original songs. Also playing will be Philly band, Arrah & The Ferns. This show is a must see for Ike As In Dwight fans! The show starts at 8pm and is $5 at the door.

Thursday (9/9) Athens, Georgia’s own The Visitations will be playing neighboring Lynchburg, Va. Davey will be playing Rivermont Pizaa with Telethon. This show starts at 8pm so go see The Visitations, have some great wood fire oven pizza and drink a bourbon stout on tap from Rivermont Pizza!

Thursday (9/9) night two forces collide in a sea of sweat and beats! Come to the Mystic Fortress to see SHAMS & Joneski with special guests! SHAMS is a New York based project fronted by former Roanoker, Jonathan Coward. Joneski is a hip hop project of the Young Sinclairs’ Samuel Jones Lunsford. This show starts at 9pm and is donation based, I know money is tight but so are Joneski’s beats!

Friday (9/10) the Young Sinclairs will be heading to Charlottesville, VA to play with Swedish band, Dungen! This show will take place at the Jefferson Theater and is sponsored by Star Hill Brewing Co. and WTJU. Dungen is fresh off their tour with Fleet Foxes and continuing their U.S. tour in support of their Mexican Summer release due out this fall. Also playing will be fellow Mexican Summer band, No Joy. Doors will open at 8pm so be sure to come out and support the Sinclairs at one of Charlottesville’s most historic theaters! Tickets are available HERE!

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!

HUGE Update/ Things To Come Blog Special!!!

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!