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The Roanoke Times, Va., Top tickets column

December 5, 2013


Dec. 05--TONIGHT

Dar Williams

Singer/songwriter Williams returns to Kirk Avenue Music Hall, supporting her 2012 record, "In The Times of Gods." The disc uses parables of Greek mythology to examine modern life, and features such Williams associates as Larry Campbell, Shawn Colvin and Charley Drayton. On a podcast in May 2012, Williams discussed her lyrical process and those great backing musicians, among other topics. Go to to hear the 'cast and streaming music.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $40.,


The Wooten Brothers

With Jayna Brown

Victor and Roy "Future Man" Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Joseph Wooten (Steve Miller Band) and Regi Wooten (reknowned guitarist/teacher) join funky, jazzy forces. Hear audio of our interview with Roy Wooten at, and read more about the Wootens and opening act Jayna Brown in Saturday's Extra section. Young Jayna's band also includes another talented youngster, Roanoker Gabe Morales, on guitar.

Details: 8 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. $32.50; $17 for students. 345-2550,,


The Get Right Band

With Atoadaso

The Get Right Band, from Asheville, N.C., is a funky outfit with former members of Soulgrass Rebellion. They have played with such acts as Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, Aaron "Woody" Wood, and Royal Trux. The drummer, Chris Pyle, is a son of original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. He, like his father, can lay down the grooves. Guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry fill out the sound.

Details: 10 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $7. 951-1022,,


Justin Townes Earle

Kirk Avenue Music Hall is five years old, and aims to throw a party so big that the little hall can't fit it. Beyond-emerging singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle is just the fellow for this landmark occasion, which is set for the Patrick Henry ballroom. Hang out for an after-show party downstairs at Penny Deux Lounge, where Kirk Avenue cats Gary Jackson and Ed Walker will be celebrating a good thing.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Ballroom, The Patrick Henry, 611 Jefferson St. S.E., Roanoke. $32.50.,


Jahman Brahman

With Nice Couch

The Asheville, N.C.-based headliner combines lots of musical elements for what it calls "shred 'n' flow" style.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,


An Evening with Bruce Cockburn

Canadian folk music icon Cockburn returns to Southwest Virginia. Hear a podcast from Sept. 2011, including music from his CD, "Small Source of Comfort," via

Details: 7 p.m. (doors). The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $35, $30.,

Bob Margolin

A Chicago blues torch-keeper is a regular in Roanoke, and that is a very fine thing.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338,,

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Dance to funky psychedelic jams.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $7. 985-6278,,

The Floorboards

This Southwest Virginia Americana/rock all-star band has played more than 100 shows, and does this one to help out EventZone.

Details: 8 p.m. Pomegranate, Troutville. $8. 966-6052,,

Joy Truskowski

With A. Talmage Monroe

Check out an indie-folk double-bill.

Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5; all ages. 309-0928,,

Humble Tripe

With Stephen Lee, Mark Perry

Onetime classical cat Shawn Luby now plies some sweet folk music.

Details: 8 p.m. 501 Speakeasy, Roanoke. Free. 400-6377,,

Leon Coles & The Outer Circle

With 6 sense, Young S.P.I.T., Mikey Hendrix and Scottie

Cool local hip-hop/rock act plays a combo kid's birthday party (for Blue Ridge Catering/Kirk Avenue Music hall bartender Chasity Barbour's daughter) and benefit show for Ronald McDonald House. See video at

Details: 6 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. Two canned goods required to get in; all ages.

Welcome to Hoonah

Rollicking folksters hit the Pot.

Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256,,

Robotic Jive

Half of 80s revivalists Super Hold are impressive, too. The duo jams this one for Toys for Tots' benefit.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free (bring an unopened toy for an appetizer deal). 387-1004,

MetalFest 2 Showcase

With The Reasons Were Legion, 18 Days, Sins of Another, Crucible of Souls

Monster metal men and women gather for a prequel to the next MetalFest.

Details: 8 p.m. Backstreet Cafe, Roanoke. $5; 18 and older. 345-1542,,

Tyler Hammond Band

Hear country with pop and rock elements from a Georgia band.

Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $5.,

Acoustic Crossroads

New River Valley-based band plays country, blues, classic rock and Southern rock.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Breaktime, 8118 Plantation Road, Roanoke. $5. 265-2925,,


The Fat Daddy Band

The show must go on. Bassist Greg "Fat Daddy" Desaulniers suffered a heart attack recently but was on the mend after doctors implanted a stent. He might even be well enough to play this gig, frontman Kerry Hurley said. If not, Kevin Kittredge will work the bull fiddle.

Details: 10 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. Free. 387-1004,,


With Teach Me Equals

Roanoke-based Missionaries, growing in musical presence, plays its final show of the year.

Details: 8 p.m. Fork in the City, Roanoke. Free. 345-3675,,,

Allen Thompson Band

With Little Bandit

Thompson and his act play outstanding, original Americana rock and country.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,

Floyd Radio Show

With Tower Street Stringband, Eddie & Bonnie Bond & Josh Ellis, Mac & Jenny Traynham, hosts Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle

If you can't make it out, stream the show live via

Details: 7:30 p.m. Floyd Country Store, Floyd. $10 advance; $12 door. 745-4563

Tammy Sue Blankenship Benefit Show

With The Bluegrass Brothers, Blue Mule, The Harwell-Grice Band, The Locust Mountain Boys, Southern Rail (formerly 220 South), and Mike Jones and Friends

Friends and players gather to help Blankenship, who suffers polycystitis kidney disease, which led to the removal of both of her kidneys in July.

Details: 5 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. Suggested $10 donation. 389-9427,,

Cliff Beach

Hear a solo acoustic show from a Roanoke Valley stalwart.

Details: 7 p.m. Paradise Sports Grille, 4405 Timberline Road, Ferrum. Free. 365-1969,


Just Be-Claus Benefit

With Bad G Band, Welcome to Hoonah, Radar Rose, Grampa's Hyena Acoustic Trio (Billy Earl, Bobby Moore, Scott Edmundson), Social Justice Trio, Marc Baskind

A fundraiser for the daughter and grandchildren of Roanoke musician Steve White, who lost their rented home and possessions in a house fire, doubles as a reunion of musicians who played the old Confeddy's.

Details: Noon. Cornerstone Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Donations encouraged. 527-2789,


Blue Ridge Blues Society Jam

Pick up your ax and jam.

Details: 9 p.m. Martin's Downtown. Free. 985-6278,


Ben Trout Band

With Keith Kenny

Trout and his band welcome traveling singer-songwriter Kenny.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown. Free. 0985-6278,,


"Christmas in the Village" Concert

With Maestro David Stewart Wiley of the RSO and guests Phillip Bouknight, baritone, and Tara Bouknight, soprano

Popular and sacred Christmas music from some classical masters.

Details: 7 p.m. Virginia Heights Baptist Church sanctuary, 2014 Memorial Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $10 advance; $15 door. 344-7748


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