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 blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=11582 to hear the 'cast and streaming music.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $40. kirkavenuemusic.com/buy, darwilliams.com
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 blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch, 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, jeffcenter.org, futuremanlive.com
The Get Right Band
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, 622north.com, thegetrightband.com
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. kirkavenuemusic.com/buy, justintownesearle.com
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, martinsdowntown.com, jahmanbrahman.com
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 blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=8707.
Details: 7 p.m. (doors). The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg. $35, $30. thelyric.com/live, brucecockburn.com
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, blue5restaurant.com, bobmargolin.com
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Dance to funky psychedelic jams.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $7. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, pigeonsplayingpingpong.com
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, pomegranateva.com, thefloorboards.net
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, joytruskowski.bandcamp.com, atalmagemonroe.com
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, facebook.com/501speakeasy, humbletripe.com
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 youtu.be/-NNHUo3RKNk.
Details: 6 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. Two canned goods required to get in; all ages. youtube.com/user/chuckterry00
Welcome to Hoonah
Rollicking folksters hit the Pot.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, welcometohoonah.com
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, facebook.com/awfularthurssalem
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, facebook.com/backstreetcafesalemave, reverbnation.com/thereasonswerelegion
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. sidewindersaloon.com, tylerhammondband.com
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, facebook.com/BreakTimeVA, facebook.com/AcousticCrossroads
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, facebook.com/awfularthurssalem, facebook.com/TheFatDaddyBand
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, forkinthecity.com, themissionariesva.bandcamp.com, facebook.com/teachmeequals
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, martinsdowntown.com, allenthompsonmusic.com
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 floydcountrystore.com/radio-show.
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, email@example.com, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse
Hear a solo acoustic show from a Roanoke Valley stalwart.
Details: 7 p.m. Paradise Sports Grille, 4405 Timberline Road, Ferrum. Free. 365-1969, cliffbeach.com
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, giveforward.com/fundraiser/02k3/rumsey-family-fire-fund
Blue Ridge Blues Society Jam
Pick up your ax and jam.
Details: 9 p.m. Martin's Downtown. Free. 985-6278, blueridgeblues.org
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, reverbnation.com/bentrout, keithkenny.com
"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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