Thursday, February 28, 2013

Top Tickets: Jammin’ with puppets, grooves

Some of the week's best live music


Tiny Boxes

With Urth

Tiny Boxes is no typical jamband. Led by guitarist Bon Lozaga - whose fusion and progressive rock cred includes working with Allan Holdsworth in the band Gong - the players are stellar, the grooves are deep, and the solo work is intense. Lozaga told Guitar Player magazine in 2009 that Tiny Boxes is "Band of Gypsys meets Jeff Beck." Add Urth as an opening band, and you have a strong double-bill.

Details: 10 p.m. Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg. $5. 951-9817,,,


CRANKIES at the H2O Heater

With Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle

Traditional music performers Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have created something unique with the CRANKIES shows, which combine stories, old-school ballads and other mountain music with shadow puppets and scrolled illustrations that they cut and stitched themselves. Get an idea of how it works via and

Details: 7 p.m. The H2O Heater, 813 5th St. S.W., Roanoke. Suggested $5-$10 donation.,


Sami The Great

With Mieka Pauley

Roanoke College graduate Sami "The Great" Akbari returns to the valley with an original idea for a show. Akbari's The Great Animation Tour features animation inspired by her music and synced up to prerecorded, reimagined versions of her tunes, to which she'll sing and play along. In a podcast at, Akbari said, "It's going to be quite the experience, I think, for the listeners and the onlookers."

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


Duane Trucks' Flannel Church

Drummer Duane Trucks, younger brother of world-class guitarist Derek Trucks, shares similar musical philosophies with his kin. Like Derek, Duane Trucks spent time recording and performing with Atlanta-based jamband icon Col. Bruce Hampton, boiling down his playing to its essence. Like his brother, he has chops to spare, but works in favor of the groove. Hear more from Duane Trucks, including streaming music from Flannel Church, on a podcast at

Details: 9 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. Free. 777-0007,,


Allen Thompson Band

With Don Gallardo & How Far West

If you haven't heard Thompson's "Salvation In the Ground," you're missing out on a quality Americana release by a singer/songwriter with Roanoke Valley roots. He and his band play it well live, too. Thompson says he is high on his opening act.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. Free. 985-6278,,,

Tone Trump

With DJ Dink

Check out a rapper that Young Jeezy signed to his CTE label. Hear them together on "Afghan" via

Details: 10 p.m. JB's Lounge, 2328 Melrose Ave., Roanoke. $15 before midnight; $20 after midnight. 344-4884,

The Broadcast

Led by powerhouse soul singer Caitlin Krisko, this band brings fat grooves and strong playing.

Details: 10 p.m. 622 North, Blacksburg. $8. 951-1022,,

Barefoot West

Acoustic Americana band gets in some happy hour action at the art museum. Hear some tunes; take in some art.

Details: 5 p.m. Norah's Cafe, Taubman Museum of Art. Free.

The Cheaters

This band of Southern rockers from the Baltimore-Annapolis, Md., area, is reminiscent of Blackberry Smoke.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007,,


Song of the Mountains TV Recording

With Kruger Brothers, Kontras Quartet, Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and more

Swiss brothers Jens (banjo) and Uwe (guitar) Kruger are fantastic pickers leading a band that keeps listeners interested in the music and laughing at their jokes. Get a look here -

Details: 7 p.m. The Lincoln Theatre, Marion. $25. 276-783-6093,,

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

This Greensboro, N.C., band's change from ragtime and old-school jazz style to roots rock with horns is working well.

Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $12 advance; $15 door.,

Etta Britt

Onetime Nashville, Tenn., backing vocalist was a soul woman all along. Hear proof at Blue 5.

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

The Fighting Jamesons

With Black Mountain Revival

Virginia Beach-based band plies Celtic melodies with hard rock impetus.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Growler's American Grill and Venue, Roanoke. $5. 777-0007,

Gasoline Alley

Stalwart hard-rockers summon the ghost of AC/DC's Bon Scott.

Details: 9 p.m. Brambleton Deli, Roanoke. Free. 774-4554,,

Rarely Available Band

Hear a very fine country-rock style band.

Details: 7 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Free. 563-4956,


Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Read more about this show, including Steep Canyon Rangers' reaction to winning the Grammy Award earlier this month for best bluegrass album, in Friday's Extra section.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Burruss Auditorium, Virginia Tech. $40; $35 to faculty, staff; $15 to students; $11 to children.,,

The Missionaries

With Way Shape or Form, Jeremy Teter

This indie triple-bill includes Troy Gatrell, from Richmond via Roanoke, and his latest project, Way Shape or Form. The band is considerably more pop-drenched than his old The Antikythera Device, but it's balanced by darker musical elements.

Details: 8 p.m. Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke. $5.,

Rockin' For Rose

With Triscale, Electric Chameleon and more

Bands and friends of Dedrick "Dee" Rose gather to raise funds for Rose, who was paralyzed after a Christmas Day fall that happened while he was playing with his son.

Details: 2 p.m. Schooners, Roanoke. Donations accepted at the door. 563-4956,


Robert Trent

The valleys are lucky to have such an internationally recognized classical guitarist living and teaching here. Check out Trent's Vimeo page. Cat can bring it.

Details: 8 p.m. Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Radford University. Free. 831-5177,,

Jordan Harman Trio

With Mercutio

While Ben Trout is out playing his music on a Hawaiian cruise ship, Jordan Harman is playing a lot of Tuesdays at Martin's.

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


The Shack Band

With Mama's Love

It's a midweek jamband double-bill.

Details: 10 p.m. Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill, Roanoke. $5. 985-6278,,,

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