The 2013 Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival features Rene Marie, Joe Louis Walker, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Nikki Hill and more.
Former Roanoker Marie retains her greatness. Hill's recent stop at Roanoke's Blue 5 Restaurant was brilliant.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 12:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. Sunday. Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs. $25 advance, $35 day of show on Friday; $24 in advance, $32 day of show Saturday; 12 and younger free both Friday and Saturday; $35 Sunday. garthnewel.org, renemarie.com, joelouiswalker.com
2013 Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition
With Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, The Quebe Sisters, Crooked Road Ramblers, the Harris Brothers, Wayne Henderson & Friends, Cabin Fever NW and more
It's the 19th annual version of this event, and as always, it's plenty of great music and competition, come rain or shine. Cash and Leventhal put on a great show at Jefferson Center in March, performing songs from recent album "The List" and new songs with a strong Southern flavor.
Details: 10:30 a.m. Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson. $15 gate; free to ages 12 and younger with adult supervision. 276-579-7092, waynehenderson.org
With Good For You
This old-school, hardcore punk band from Hermosa Beach, Calif., formed in 1976 and brought on a young Henry Rollins in the 1980s. One of his predecessors, Ron Reyes, is fronting the band again. Founding member, guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn remains with the group. See a new video at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/?p=16490.
Details: 9 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Salem. $30 (plus $2.80 online ticket purchase fee) advance; $35 day of show. 387-1004, inticketing.com/events/318546, blackflagofficial.com, goodforyouband.com
With Sam Doores, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds
Flipping through the cable one recent night, this reporter stumbled across an episode of the BBC show "Later ... with Jools Holland." Fullbright's "Satan & St. Paul" featured darkly mysterious lyrics underpinned by some fine Piedmont blues picking. "From The Ground Up" was a Grammy nominee for Americana album.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $15. kirkavenuemusic.com, johnfullbrightmusic.com, samdoores.com
Here is a frighteningly talented performer. Ring's stylistically versatile guitar prowess extends to banjo and mandolin, as well.
Details: 8 p.m. Brambleton Deli, Roanoke. Free. 774-4554, brambletondeli.com, jasonringlive.com
Thursday Night Live at the Taubman
Lenny Marcus Trio
Stellaar jazz pianist leads his group at this new Taubman gig with happy hour food, appetizers and tours.
Details: 5 p.m. Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke. Free. 342-5760, taubmanmuseum.org, lennymarcusmusic.com
The Bowl Dusters
Hear some serious, hardcare honky-tonk music.
Details: 9 p.m. Awful Arthur's. Salem. Free. 387-1004, awfularthursseafood.com, facebook.com/thebowldusters
Open Mic Night
This every-Thursday event has all the gear set up for anyone to jam. Carrell will keep things going with his own performances.
Details: 7 p.m. Flanary's, Roanoke. Free. 400-0222
Terry & Jody
Terry Hannabass and Jody Ensor are regulars on Thursdays at Breaktime. Details: 8 p.m. Breaktime, 8118 Plantation Road, Roanoke. Free. 265-2925, facebook.com/BreakTimeVA
This North Carolinian, a compelling folk singer/songwriter, has a new album, "Lost Souls & Locked Doors."
Details: 7 p.m. Gillie's Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/ gilliesmusic, robnance.com
Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal
With Wayne Henderson & Friends
Cash hits the Blue Ridge Parkway before her Saturday show at the state park. Flip back to Wednesday's Extra section or visit
music.roanoke.com to read more about this show.
Details: 7 p.m. Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax. $20; free to ages 12 and younger. Pre-concert Benefit & Reception at 5 p.m. $100; reservation required. 276- 236-5309 (ext. 112), blueridgemusiccenter.org, rosannecash.com, waynehenderson.org
DJ Williams Projekt
Soul and jazz-fusion guitarist/singer Williams (Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) celebrates 10 years of the Projekt later this month in his home base, Richmond.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $10. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, djwilliamsmusic.com
The Mule always brings the fine acoustic entertainment, twisting in unexpected directions from time to time.
Details: 9 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $5. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1, bluemulemusic.com
The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based singer/songwriter's acoustic work leans toward rock.
Details: 8:30 p.m. (open mic at 7:30 p.m.) Third Street Coffeehouse, Roanoke. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 540-309-4707, firstname.lastname@example.org, reverbnation.com/joshgilbertmusic
Drummer/vocalist Chris Spradling stays busy. This band plays rock originals and covers.
Details: 9 p.m. Good Times Cafe, 18768 Main St., Buchanan. $5. 254-1001, facebook.com/SlickLingo
With Blue Mule & Friends, in tribute to Buster B. Jones
Read more about Emmanuel and this tribute to the late, great guitarist Jones in Friday's Extra section.
Details:7:30 p.m. Jefferson Center, Roanoke. $35.50; pre-concert soundcheck workshop with Emmanuel at 5 p.m., $48. 345-2550, jeffcenter.org, tommyemmanuel.com, bluemulemusic.com
Read more about Lightfoot, celebrating 50 years of international traveling as a singer/songwriter, in Friday's Extra section.
Details: 8 p.m. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. $55, $45. 877- 482-8496, hometownbanktix.com, twitter.com/Lightfoot365
Robbi Cohn Photo Show and Signing
This isn't music per se, but instead photos about music. Cohn photographed the Grateful Dead for years. The band even licensed her to chronicle its live performances. She has also taken live performance pics of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and more.
Details: Noon. Ripple, 112 Market St. S.E., Roanoke. Free. 492- 9878, ripplenoke.com
With Heevahava, After Action Review
It's a double-dose of rock energy with the bands at the top of the bill. New act After Action Review bills itself as punk and metal.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, myspace.com/afflictionkidonline, heevahava.bandcamp.com
With Younger Me
Indie double-bill features Roanoke's Virginia Werewoolf, with its garage wall of sound, and Lancaster, Pa., alt-popsters Younger Me.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5. 309-0928
17th Annual Father's Day Music Fest
With Richard Kiser & his Wire Choir, Lifesong, Isaac Cole
Fingerpicking master Kiser does again brings on 40 backing guitarists for his Wire Choir in this benefit for the Christian education group Renewanation.
Details: 7 p.m. Lakeside Baptist Church, 447 Dalewood Ave., Salem. Love offering accepted. 520-3884
Joy Truskowski-led quartet features more musical instruments than you can handle, and good tunes.
Details: 3:30 p.m. Parkway Brewing Company, 739 Kesler Mill Road, Salem. Free. 314-8234, parkwaybrewing.com, facebook.com/ TheFlyingDavenports
Broke Down James
Hear original and multi-faceted tunes with influences leaning toward rock, reggae and soul, including strong lyrics from drummer/ singer Joseph Baldwin, who needs to take down some of his cymbals so you can see him when he sings.
Details: 9 p.m. AllSports Cafe, Salem. Free. 389-4647, allsportscafe.net, facebook.com/brokedownjames
Hear dubbed-up reggae/rock from this Richmond band.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, proverbialband.com
Singer Thally McBroom fronts this rock band that also features Walter Trexell (guitar), Will Henson (bass) and Gary Hall (drums).
Details: 9 p.m. Pirate Sip Barrr, 928 S. Colorado St., Salem. $5. 380-8151, facebook.com/ThePirateSipBarrr, facebook.com/ SocialJusticeTrio
This South Carolina-based act features original singles "Dirt Road Romance" and "Country Boy In Me."
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon, Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, sidewindersaloon.com, facebook.com/outshynemusic
Greg Ayers Trio
Hear jazz music from a classy and ever-improving guitarist.
Details: 9 p.m. Penny Deux Lounge at The Patrick Henry, Roanoke. Free. 400-8082, facebook.com/pennydeux
Floyd Town Jubilee Concert in the Park
With Nothin' Fancy, Amber Collins & Turning Point, The Traynham Family, Gravel Road
Experienced, talented and popular bluegrassers Nothin' Fancy headlines this annual event. Second-on-the-bill Amber Collins is fronting a new band these days, with her strong vocals still leading the way.
Details: 3 p.m. Warren G. Lineberry Community Park, S. Locust St., Floyd. Free.
Hear original music and choice covers from these grassers, including Phil Norman and Warren Amberson.
Details: 5 p.m. Fork in the Alley, Roanoke. Free. 982-3675, facebook.com/ForkintheAlley, bluemoonshineband.com
With Jesse Ray Carter Trio and more
Rockabilly, blues and country cat Carter has found yet another home for his freewheeling, pinup-stylin', PBR drinking, nicotine- smoking posse. This is always a fun show.
Details: 8 p.m. Doc's Cigar Bar at 202 Market, Roanoke. Free; 21 and older. 343-6644, facebook.com/202market
Papa Grows Funk
This New Orleans institution is calling it quits ? for now, at least ? after 13 years together. The band last played the region last July at the Coffee Pot, in a poorly attended show that suffered from poor publicity. But Papa Grows Funk killed it that night. Guitarist June Yamagishi, who was featured on the HBO series "Treme," is a fantastic player, as is Hammond B3 man and band founder John Gros. Drummer "Jellybean" Alexander is a groove master.
Details: 8 p.m. Rives Theatre, Martinsville. $15. 343-6644, rivestheatre.com, papagrowsfunk.com
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