Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band
With Curtis Eller's American Circus
Two years ago, Charleston, S.C.-based Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band surprised people at FloydFest with the intensity and multi-instrumental grooves that this husband-and-wife duo can bring. Crowds built quickly around the act over several shows, and Megan Jean and the KFB left the festival with a win in the fan-voted Under the Radar Contest.
The band returned this year with a new album, "The Devil Herself," full of the acoustic/goth goodness that excited FloydFest fans in the first place. On Friday, the show is coming to the valleys to perform at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill.
In a podcast at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch, Megan Jean Klay said that she and her husband, Byrne Klay, have always felt like underdogs in a business that seems to prize gimmickry over soul. Folks saw them both cry onstage at FloydFest, responding to the crowd reception. Megan Jean Klay said the emotions were authentic. The KFB had never received such love from a crowd, even though it was living on the road and had played at least 1,000 shows by the time it hit FloydFest.
They went in thinking they could never again be surprised by a gig, then saw that gloom reversed by audiences that year.
"It does speak to the larger picture of how the music industry works, that you can have a viable career and an audience, and because you can't buy into the hype machine, you fly under the radar," she said. "But FloydFest is this amazing way to just jump over all that. It really doesn't matter if you're a big deal on paper ... If you go there and you play, people will respond in kind. And we were on the verge of not believing in that anymore. Looking back on it, that's really frightening."
On the podcast, we stream songs from "The Devil Herself," and Megan Jean talks about the band's evolution and adventures on the road. She said she is excited to share a stage with Curtis Eller's American Circus. That act features Roanoke native Louis Landry on drums and keys, and Landry's wife, Shea Broussard, on harmony vocals. Roanoke music trivia: Louis Landry's father is stalwart keyboard man Jimmie Landry.
"They are one of our favorite live acts to play with," Megan Jean said. "Extrememly charismatic. It's just a fantastic live show ... It's going to be a wild night."
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, meganjean.net, curtiseller.com
The Bazaar Presents
With The Bastards of Fate, Sad Cobras, Eureka California, Mirror Kisses, Dead Fame
It's birthday time for Jason Wells, aka Wellz, bassist for The Bastards of Fate -- the one in the fright wig -- and raconteur about town. Ask him his age and check out his highly original band at this show. There is plenty of good music throughout the bill, including a rare set from Sad Cobras.
Details: 8 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 540-728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1, thebastardsoffate.com
With Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band
Nashville Pussy's new album, "From Hell to Texas," is what Alice Cooper would sound like if he was punk rock. Such new songs as the tongue-in-cheek "Drunk Driving Man," the paranoid "Hate and Whisky" and the disappointed "Late Great USA" all rock with intensity.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $10. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.inticketing.com, nashvillepussy.com, broken-band.com
The Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest
With Blue Highway, Rebecca Frazier, Lost and Found, Betse Ellis, Crooked Road Ramblers, Bill & Maggie Anderson, Kitty Amaral & Friends, Tyler Hughes, Loose Strings Band and more
Road trip alert: A big Saturday night, with Blue Highway for a headliner, is at the center of this three-day event, which features high quality bluegrass and old-time bands, plus tonight's Crooked Road Jam.
Details: 6 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Heartwood, Abingdon. Free tonight, $10 (plus $1.54 online purchase fee) Friday, $15 (plus $1.82 fee) Saturday, free Sunday. abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/schedule.html
Radford University, a haven for classical guitar study and performance, is bringing in a master to do a bit of both tonight. Vieaux has the distinction of being the first classical guitarist to play an npr.org Tiny Desk Concert. According to the website, he "makes the guitar sing -- whether he's negotiating the sturdy architecture of a Bach Prelude or strumming a West African-inspired Argentine dance." It's a master class in the morning, concert in the evening deal.
Details: 7:30 p.m. (11 a.m. master class) Performance Hall in the Covington Center, Radford University, Radford. Free. jasonvieaux.com, radford.edu
Kelly Mullen and Thal Kent
The valley's "human jukebox" joins forces with a talented singer who is better looking than Mullen.
Details: 9 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free. 387-1004, facebook.com/awfularthurssalem
Ensor, a Buster B. Jones acolyte, is an outstanding picker and singer.
Details: 8 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon. Free. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com
With Angie Johnson
Flip back to Tuesday's Extra section or go to music.roanoke.com to read more about "American Idol" winner McCreery.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Salem Civic Center. $51, $41, $31, $21. ticketmaster.com; scottymccreery.com, officialangiejohnson.bombplates.com
Too Far Gone
Country-rocking originals and covers.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, toofargoneband.com
Art by Night at The Taubman
With The Floorboards
Get a dose of original Americana rock with your art.
Details: 5 p.m. Norah's Cafe, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. Free. 342-5760 taubmanmuseum.org, thefloorboards.net
Acoustic duo whose self-titled EP proves they aren't lying about influences including Tom Waits, R.L. Burnside, and the Avett Brothers.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. Free. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, honeyspine.bandcamp.com
Matt Jones and the Bobs
A rootsy Americana quintet.
Details: 8 p.m. Fork in the City, Roanoke. Free. 345-3675, forkinthecity.com, facebook.com/MattJonesAndTheBobs
The Andy Poxon Band
Hear a young blues hotshot from Richmond.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com, andypoxon.com
Janet Turner & Friends Live CD Recording
With The Jugbusters, The Poorhouse Pepsteppers
This edition of the Friday Night Jamboree comes with a bonus -- you can be part of a live recording.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $5. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com, janetturnerandfriends.com
This young country singer, songwriter and performer in August signed a songwriting deal with BMG/Chrysalis, in Nashville. McCormick, who has opened shows for the likes of Luke Bryan and Colt Ford, is on his way up.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, dougmccormickcountry.com
1906 Ale House First Anniversary Party
With Mad Iguanas, Standanko, Lazy Man Dub Band, Smooth Groove Movement
It's a parking lot party featuring the Roanoke Valley's intriguing jam band, Mad Iguanas, among other cool acts.
Details: 3 p.m. 1906 Ale House, 1910 Memorial Ave., Roanoke. $5. 562-8951, 1906alehouse.com, reverbnation.com/madiguanas
Floyd Radio Show
With Bukuru Celestin, Trevor McKenzie & Steve Kruger, and Jim Lloyd, hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
Headliner Bukuru Celestin, from Roanoke via Burundi, Africa, recently released the album "Amkeni," which went to No. 8 on the iTunes world music chart.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $10 advance, $12 door. 745-4563, floydcountrystore.com
Singer/songwriter Baker has opened for such acts as James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw and Brandi Carlisle.
Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $15. kirkavenuemusic.com, erickbaker.com, callaghansongs.com
Jordan Harman Band
Hear neo-soul and blues-rock from a strong Roanoke band.
Details: 8 p.m. Pomegranate Restaurant & Gathering Place, Troutville. $5. 966-6052, pomegranateva.com
L Shape Lot
With Riggs Roberson
Country-flavored Americana from a FloydFest Under the Radar Contest winner. Frontman Eric Miller is a Roanoke Valley native.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Rives Theatre, Martinsville. $8 advance; $10 door. rivestheatre.wordpress.com/live-at-the-rives, lshapelot.com
Bart Walker Band
Hot blues-rock with some Steely Dan covers thrown in.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5228, blue5restaurant.com, bartwalker.com
This duo -- singer/drummer Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti -- rocks some good originals songs.
Details: 10 p.m. The Blues BBQ Co., Roanoke. Free. 344-5683, facebook.com/BluesBbqCo, sirsy.com, facebook.com/BluesBbqCo
Well-written, well-performed acoustic folk/Americana
Details: 9 p.m. 501 Speakeasy, 501 Campbell Ave., S.W., Roanoke. Free. 400-6377, facebook.com/501speakeasy, humbletripe.com
Road trip alert: Chinese fusion trio mixes in world music, jazz and more in an improvisational stew.
Details: 7 p.m., Stackhouse Theatre, 204 W. Washington St., Washington and Lee University, Lexington. Free. orchidensemble.com
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