These days it is hard to fathom the notion that “there is nothing to do around Roanoke” ever existed. From the festivals and special events, to outdoor adventures, breweries and wineries, the regional calendar is chock full each weekend with activities to choose from. Live music is a big part of those offerings. This Friday, our region is set to host one of the most diverse and impressive nights of national and regional performers.
Here’s a run down of what’s to come:
Folk rockers The Avett Brothers return to our region in support of their latest album “True Sadness”, a record that displays the band’s maturation throughout its 16-year career. In contrast to the album’s name, the reviews have described the work as a “profound celebration” and the process of “making light out of dark” (Rolling Stone). The band has a deep catalogue to pull from, so this show should run the gamut from light and playful, to deep and meaningful.
Tickets: $25 – $49.50, available online
This country music icon has maintained a true artist’s dedication to reinvention and collaboration. Over the course of her career, she has worked with a host of legendary country musicians, from Conway Twitty to Willie Nelson, yet never missed an opportunity to record with more contemporary talents, including Jack White and Miranda Lambert.
This show is sold out.
Salem Civic Center
The Fab Four band has been hailed as the most authentic tribute to the Beatles’ extensive body of work. This 2012 Emmy award-winning band has toured the world bringing the joyful and poignant experience of the legendary foursome to thousands of fans. This is the next best thing to being able to see the boys from Liverpool live.
Tickets: $28 – $48 available online.
Harvester Performance Center
The alt-country sextet out of Raleigh, NC, has built a reputation for bringing every part of their lives to their music, from the hard party of a barroom night, to the rough hangover the following day. They’ve spent the last decade on the road, honing their craft, bringing visceral honesty to their work. The performance at the Harvester promises to be memorable and includes an opening set by local band Morgan Wade and the Stepbrothers.
Tickets: $17 available online.
Samantha Fish returns to our area with special guest Lightnin’ Malcolm for an evening of hot and gritty blues, punctuated by Fish’s sultry powerful vocals.
Tickets: $15 – $25 available online.
Terry Lee Goffee brings his heart and soul, considerable guitar skills, and a very convincing vocal impersonation of the “man in black” to the Pulaski Theatre. Goffee intersperses his songs with brief stories about Cash that makes the performance come alive.
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
This regionally acclaimed band out of Wilmington, NC brings solid musicianship and soulful lyrics to the Floyd Roadhouse for a night of folk rock and blues.
They’re a little bit funky, they’re a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. This group out of Columbia, SC, is currently spreading its soulful tunes up and down the east coast from Knoxville to New York.
Tickets: $5 at the door.
One of the region’s newest bands, this foursome will bring its combination of country, rock, and pop to Billy’s Barn in Salem.
Tickets: $5 at the door
Long Story Short
Lead singer, Scott Joshway brings strong vocals and guitar work to the stage to deliver rock and glam metal hits of the eighties and nineties. The band will have you singing along to hits from Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, and more!
Local singer songwriter Seph Custer has been lighting up the stage lately, playing between 100 and 120 shows a year. For this rock show, Seph is joined by Chris “TK” Wimmer (djembe/Drumset) and Alex Young (bass, guitar).
Tickets: $5 at the door.