Thursday, January 31, 2013
Top Tickets: Taddy Porter is a strong brew
Some of the week's best live music
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Courtesy Doug Marion
The Flying Davenports
Courtesy Ruth Moody
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Correction (Feb. 1, 2013: 1:25 p.m.): John D'Earth Quintet plays Blue 5 Restaurant tonight. The date was incorrect in print and an earlier onside version of this page. | Our corrections policy
Taddy Porter is from Stillwater, Okla., hometown of a diversity of acts. Cross Canadian Ragweed, The All-American Rejects and Garth Brooks all started there. But Taddy Porter is doing something much different. Its modern take on old-school rock 'n' roll and soul is powerful on upcoming disc "Stay Golden." Hear a podcast with frontman Andy Brewer at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $8. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, taddyporter.com, filligar.com
The Flying Davenports
Every month, it seems, new musical combinations emerge in the Roanoke Valley. One of the more intriguing newcomers is The Flying Davenports. The act features husband-wife team Joy Truskowski (vocals, multiple instruments) and Richard Harvey (tenor banjo, fiddle, glockenspiel) of Another Roadside Attraction. Multi-instrumentalists Chris Shepard, Meredith Marsh and Cat Conover bring even more depth.
Details: 8 p.m. Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, 1706 Grandin Road, Roanoke. Free (donations to performers encouraged). facebook.com/TheFlyingDavenports
Straight outta Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Ruth Moody has won the Juno Award (Canada's version of the Grammy) for her songwriting. And she is a founding member of popular The Wailin' Jennys, which could be classified as Americana, but maybe Canadiana is more appropriate in that act's case. Moody, a frequent guest on "A Prairie Home Companion," returns to Kirk Avenue with songs from her 2010 album, "The Garden," as well as new songs from an upcoming album. Her voice and songs are gorgeous.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $15. kirkavenuemusic.com, ruthmoody.com
With The Floorboards
Country-flavored band Yarn, from Brooklyn, N.Y., has built a strong following through several FloydFest and Roanoke appearances. Check out a podcast with frontman/songwriter Blake Christiana at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $8 advance; $10 door. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, yarnmusic.net, thefloorboards.net. 6 p.m. meet and greet at Ripple, 112 Market St. S.E.
The Pretty Things Peep Show
OK, so this old-school burlesque show apparently does not include live music, but it still looks like fun. See for yourself at http://vimeo.com/48490349. So we're making an exception.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $12 advance; $15 door. kirkavenuemusic.com, prettythingsproductions.com
Dusty B Benefit
A rock 'n' roll cover band jams to help friend Dustin Bryant, badly injured in a recent car crash.
Details: 9 p.m. AllSports Cafe, Salem. Donations accepted. 389-4647, allsportscafe.net
Roanoke's own Eternal Summers is an indie band with a growing national reputation. The band settles in for a weekend of shows at one of the first venues it played. Read more about the trio at roanoke.com/extra/wb/313491.
Details: 9 p.m. The Bazaar, 675 Brandon Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $3. 309-0928, eternalsummers.bandcamp.com
John D'Earth Quintet
For a free show, this is a rare treat. Trumpeter D'Earth has worked with heavy cats - Miles Davis, Kronos Quartet - and is director of jazz performance at University of Virginia. His sidemen for this show include a tremendous guitarist, Brian Mesko (The Root Downs).
Details: 9:30 p.m. Blue 5 Restaurant, Roanoke. Free. 904-5338, blue5restaurant.com
With Sir Charles
It's a night of high-intensity electronic rock madness from two rising acts.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $8 advance; $10 door. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, themalah.com, sircharlesmusic.com
Eric Larsen and Friends
Joining soulful ukelele man Larsen this time out is percussionist Jerry Ridenhour, of Ridenhour Music fame.
Details: 7 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956, schoonersbar.org
Ugly Radio Rebellion Presents the Music of Frank Zappa
This is a band so credible that iconic Zappa sideman Ike Willis often joins it. No Willis this time, but good Zappa covers.
Details: 10 p.m. Gillie's Vegetarian Cuisine, Blacksburg. Free (venue encourages donations to performers). 961-2703, myspace.com/gilliesmusic, uglyradiorebellion.com
Road to the Front Porch Weekend
With Green Grass Rollers
Road trip alert: A Danville-based Southern rock jamband that is playing this year's Front Porch Festival plies its wares.
Details: 7 p.m. Honduras Coffee Shop, Stuart. $5. 276-694-7575, facebook.com/hondurascoffeeshop, greengrassrollers.com
Richmond-based electro-rock jammers are staying busy. Hear evidence at archive.org/details/FormerChampions.
Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, 211 B. Draper Road, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817, formerchampions.net
Jesse Ray Carter Trio
Carter, a rockabilly true believer, and his cohorts celebrate Roanoke tattoo artist/burlesque dancer Monica Moses' birthday.
Details: 11 p.m. Spike's, 1914 Memorial Ave., Roanoke. Free. 345-9744
The Deer Run Drifters
All of a sudden, this old-timey/Americana band is working like deer on the run.
Details: 7 p.m. Mill Mountain Coffe & Tea, Starkey Road, Roanoke. Free. 989-5282, facebook.com/MillMountainCoffeeStarkey, reverbnation.com/DeerRunDrifters
Scott H. Biram
With Black Eyed Vermillion, Whiskey Dick
"The Dirty Old One-Man Band" once again brings his wild show to Martin's, with a couple of perfectly suitable opening acts.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $8 advance; $10 door. 985-6278, martinsdowntown.com, scottbiram.com, reverbnation.com/blackeyedvermillion, whiskeydickonline.com
2 Dolla Holla
With Madrone, Electric Chameleon, Tobacco Apache
Such a deal for a diverse bill of granite-strong Roanoke Valley bands.
Details: 10 p.m. Awful Arthur's, Roanoke. $2. 344-2997, facebook.com/awfularthursdowntown, madroneonline.com, facebook.com/electricchameleon, facebook.com/TobaccoApache
With Deer Run Drifters
Riverbank Ramblers puts a hard-rock lean into country and bluegrass.
Details: 9 p.m. Billy's Barn, 1790 Thompson Memorial Drive, Salem. $3. 728-0270, facebook.com/billys.barn.1, facebook.com/riverbankramblers
Road to the Front Porch Weekend
With After Jack
Front Porch Festival closes a preview weekend with this Franklin County Americana/grass trio.
Details: 7 p.m. Honduras Coffee Shop, Stuart. $5. 276-694-7575, facebook.com/hondurascoffeeshop, facebook.com/afterjack
With Black Balld
Two hard-rock acts invade the Pot.
Details: 9 p.m. The Coffee Pot Roadhouse, Roanoke. $5. 774-8256, facebook.com/Roanokesroadhouse, phantomzone.webs.com
One of Roanoke's few country bands hits up Roanoke's newest country music venue.
Details: 9 p.m. Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon, 16 Campbell Ave. S.W., Roanoke. $5. 904-2777, facebook.com/SidewindersSteakhouseSaloon, cimmaronband.com
Hear Celtic, old-time, bluegrass and more played by cats with hammered dulcimer and clawhammer-style banjo.
Details: 7 p.m. Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea, Salem. Free. 389-7549, facebook.com/MillMountainCoffeeandTeaSalem, flakybiscuits.info
Ben Trout Band
With Les Racquet
Ben Trout Band, on its usual, grooving, Tuesday night residency at Martin's, joins forces with Brooklyn, N.Y., indie-rockers Les Raquet, winner of the Homegrown Music Network's best new band of 2012 award. Hear a podcast with the band and music from its EP, "Be Water My Friend," at blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch.
Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278, lesracquet.com, reverbnation.com/bentrout
The Midnight Ghost Train
With Sins of Another
With new record "Buffalo," headliner The Midnight Ghost Train conjures up some spooky and pounding hard rock. Don't miss the Roanoke-based opener.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5; 21 and older. 777-0007, growlers-towers.com, themidnightghosttrain.com
Read more about this show, including an interview with frontman Chris Thile, in Sunday's Extra section.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Burruss Auditorium, Virginia Tech. $18; $15 VT faculty and staff; $7 VT students; $5 children. studentcenters.vt.edu/tickets/events.php, punchbrothers.com
JP Harris & the Tough Choices
Like Hank Snow and Johnny Cash before him, Harris has "been everywhere." These days, he and his Nashville-based band are keeping old-school country music alive. Ask him what he thinks of Blake Shelton.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $7; 21 and older. 951-9817, ilovehonkytonk.com
Homegrown Concert Series
With Robotic Jive
Growler's resumes the Homegrown series with Superhold spin-off Robotic Jive, doing rock covers from many eras.
Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill, Roanoke. Free. superholdband.com
Check out a high-energy Americana-rock band from Burlington, Vt. It's not all about Phish up that way.
Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. waylonspeed.blogspot.com