TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 2:00 PM
Peaks of Otter Glassware Paint Party
Drinkable Arts Maryland – Ready to get your Creativity on Mixed with a Ton of Fun? Come paint your own glassware and 'UNCORK YOUR CREATIVE SIDE!!' You choose the glass you would like to paint/design and we provide all materials and help you make your creativity come to life! Register in advance to reserve your seat today!! Class fee is $30 dollars and includes: Glass, glass paint, brushes, and all supplies needed! Feeling Creative? Add an extra glass the night of the event for $15 cash!! Stay connected and “Like” Drinkable Arts Lynchburg VA on Facebook!!
 
TODAY
    Sunday Sep 24 @ 2:00 PM
Sunday random doubles
Roanoke Disc Golf
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Sep 25 - Oct 16 @ 5:45 PM
Ukulele Classes (ages 7+)
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Got a ukuele but don't know how to make it sing? Join Randolph Walker Music for a fun and enlightening program. You just might learn a song or two. Bring standard tuned uke (G-C-E-A) to class. Eight week program.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 5:00 PM
Fall Into Winemaking
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Have you ever been interested in winemaking? Or learning about how wine is made? In this one day workshop, we will take a trip to Blue Ridge Home brewing to get private lessons on winemaking! You will learn about how to make wine at home, learn about the fermentation process and how to properly bottle and store your wine. You will try wines that you can make at home. In addition, complimentary food will be provided. Must be 21 years of age by date of workshop. Instructors: Chris and Fran Arthur of Blue Ridge Hydroponics & Home Brewing. 5:00 PM: Depart BC 5:20 PM: Depart GR 5:30 PM: Arrive at Blue Ridge Hydroponics 7:30 PM: Workshop ends 7:40 PM: Arrive @ GR 8:00 PM: Arrive @ BC Date: September 26, 2017 Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Blue Ridge Hydroponics & Home Brewing Address: 5327 Williamson Road Roanoke, VA 24012 Contact: 772-7529 or 777-6300 Cost: $30 Link: http://roanokecountyparks.maxgalaxy.net/Registration.aspx?ActivityID=1618
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 8:00 PM
Ana Popovic
Harvester Performance Center – When: Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Door Time: 7:00 PM Show Type: Blues L.A. based, guitar-player and singer ANA POPOVIC is back on the road promoting her new triple album TRILOGY - Her most ambitious project yet. With TRILOGY Ana releases three albums in one! Twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and many others. The only female guitarist part of the ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix 2014 - ’17 line-up about the release: "In an era where most are skeptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life." Ana was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world. Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, D'Angelico, Jim Dunlop and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and many others. She’s nominated for five Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums Can You Stand The Heat (2013) and Unconditional (2011) where Pick-Of-The-Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana's albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. “Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player.” - Bruce Springsteen “Ana rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion.“ - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 9:00 AM
DMV 2 Go
The Salem Civic Center – This full-service office-on-wheels is ready to help with all of your Virginia DMV needs! Just come on in to the DMV's mobile unit (located in our parking lot) and take care of the following: •Apply/renew your ID card (adults & children) •Apply/renew your driver's license - take road and knowledge tests; get your picture taken; reinstate driving privileges. •Apply for a Veteran ID card. •Get a copy of your driving record. •Obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts. •Order disabled parking placards or plates. •Get fishing and hunting licenses. •And much more!
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 - Nov 16 @ 5:45 PM
Guitar for Absolute Beginners
Roanoke County, Virginia – Introduction to playing all styles of music on the guitar. Learn tuning, tab and chords. Bring guitar to class. Eight week program. Instructor: Randolph Walker.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with Dawes
Harvester Performance Center – When: Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Door Time: 7:00 PM Restrictions: No Photos/Videos General Admission - $37 Gold Section - $49.50 Tickets increase $5 on day of show, if any available Dawes has come home. After recording its last two albums, Stories Don't End and All Your Favorite Bands, in Asheville, North Carolina, and Nashville, respectively, the Los Angeles band has returned to the city that has been both home and inspiration since its inception in 2009 to record its fifth album, We're All Gonna Die, with longtime friend and Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills at the helm. Mills had been in bands with Dawes founder Taylor Goldsmith since they were in junior high together, but they hadn't worked on an entire project together since Mills left the band's early incarnation, Simon Dawes, in 2006 after the release of its well-regarded album Carnivore. It was clear from the onset that home was much more than a physical place for Dawes. It was a state of mind. For the band-guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith (Taylor's younger brother), bassist Wylie Gelber, and new keyboardist Lee Pardini, who took over from Tay Strathairn last fall-it also meant getting to a point where everyone felt they had found a sound that was uniquely their own, equivalent to an author finding their own voice. "The dream has been not to have someone say, 'You sound like Warren Zevon in this song or Bob Dylan with this song,' but where someone hears a first few notes of a track, even before the words come in, and they know it's Dawes," says Taylor Goldsmith. "And they say, 'That's Wylie, that's Griffin, that's Taylor, that's Lee. That's the way they play together.'" "I think we've finally done that on this record." All of their records seemed to have been in service to getting to that point, each album willfully different, every one a point on a continuum. First, the acoustic-based folk-rock and close harmonies of North Hills that brought to mind nothing so much as the Band's Music From Big Pink. The cosmic country-rock of Nothing Is Wrong, an album that conjured up visions of Gram Parson's Nudie suits. The smart, wordy, Joan Didion-inspired Stories Don't End, then the literate, post-breakup yowl of All Your Favorite Bands, with its crisp lyrics and Dire Straits guitars, masterfully capturing their live genius in a way none of their other albums had. "I think how we got here is our ambition level and discipline to be honest," explains Goldsmith. "When we worked with Dave Rawlings on All Your Favorite Bands, we were searching for a representation of what we did on the stage. Once we got that, we wanted to fuck with people's perceptions of us." "From the first song I wrote, 'We're All Gonna Die,' it was clear that this wasn't going to be a folkie record at all. This was an opportunity for us to be a new band. Not just a rock band, not just an alternative band, but a new band. One that maintains all the weird personality traits that our other records might have had, but that also brings them out even more. "With this record we went in thinking, 'How do we create something that's coming out of the speakers that forces someone to say, "What is that How did they do that"' There's sounds on 'We're All Gonna Die' or 'Roll With the Punches' where people are like, 'How did you get that guitar tone' It's not even a guitar," laughs Goldsmith. It's something that fans hardly expect from Dawes, which has always bridged generations and genres, writing music you feel you already know, with a familiarity and a resonance that seemed to echo from earlier times in rock's great canon. It's one of the reason they have found great favor with classic rock artists such as John Fogerty, opening up for him, acting as backing band for Jackson Browne and Robbie Robertson, even appearing on Robertson's album How to Be Clairvoyant. In 2013, they opened for Bob Dylan for six weeks. "I have to say Blake Mills has challenged me more than any producer I've ever worked with," says Goldsmith. "And that's a good thing. We can read each other's minds: The two of us learned music together, and we were sitting next to each other when we were in AP Theory class. It's like we have the exact same set of tools." But those tools are used in astonishing ways on We're All Gonna Die, with Mills guiding Dawes into much deeper waters, crafting a record that is much more bass-heavy and keyboard-centric than any of their others, recalling some of the sonic explosions that Kanye West and Bon Iver have set off on their recent albums. Mills has distorted Dawes' formerly pacific sounds by adding futuristic noises, anxious beats, an occasional island sensibility, and even the messed-up plunk of New Orleans-style piano on "As If Design," which attempts to solve one of life's bigger conundrums, amplifying one of Taylor Goldsmith's familiar themes of trying to figure out both arcane and pragmatic mysteries about life and love. From the disorienting synth sound that kicks off the album's lead track, "One of Us," Dawes' paean to not fitting in, to the buzzy stutter of "Quitter," with its metaphysical uncertainties, to album stand-out"When the Tequila Runs Out," with its found and familiar sounds used in disconcerting and unnerving ways, as jarring as the debauched hipster party the protagonist attends, this is a new beast. "I know it's not anything like All Your Favorite Bands, and I know it's much stranger, but in some ways it's much simpler," says Goldsmith. Simpler in terms of winnowing down some of the lyrics, compressing the stories, saying less and meaning more, like the very best novelists. In fact, it would be fair to say that Goldsmith is perhaps more writer than he is musician-casting no aspersions on the multi-instrumentalist's musical acumen. We're All Gonna Die is dense with stories and brilliant, telling images that are more like movies than four-and-a-half-minute songs, all containing a moral, a proverb, advice or hope, like a scrap of paper tucked instead a Chinese fortune cookie, nudging listeners towards understanding, clarity, or at best, enlightenment. "There's a difference between art that makes a suggestion and art just that's just disruptive. Anyone can pick up a guitar and say, 'She left me, I'm heartbroken.' That's going to do something to people in the audience. They're going to feel something. But if you leave it at that, they just feel stuck in the same place as you are. But if there is some sort of suggestion, like 'here's how I moved on and here's why it's okay,' then at least there's potential for a listener to feel empowered. That's what I try to do in my songs," says Goldsmith. This time out, the songwriting responsibilities didn't fall only on Taylor Goldsmith's shoulders. Six of the album' songs were co-written with Blake Mills and two with Jason Boesel, Goldsmith's longtime friend and former member of Rilo Kiley. Mills and Boesel also wrote one together, "Roll Tide," which takes the University of Alabama's football war cry and turns it into a romantic lament. But what you hear most over the span of the album's 10 songs is joy and camaraderie, from the close relationship between the band members to such friends as Jim James, Jim Keltner, Brittany Howard and Will Oldham, who all make an appearance on "When the Tequila Runs Out," and Mandy Moore and Lucius' Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who pitch in their lovely voices on "Picture of a Man." "I feel like listening to the record, it's four players who are really in love with each other and want to support each other. Nobody felt like they needed to step out. I don't think we were like that before," Goldsmith says. "It feels like joy. It feels really good." "What I like most is the risks we've taken. I know we have always taken steps that help us get to the next level even when we don't know where it's going to take us. But we just know that it will take us somewhere. And it has. It's taken us to a place that feels right." NO PHOTO/VIDEO ALLOWED AT THIS SHOW
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 - Oct 20 @ 12:00 PM
Self Defense Classes (ages 13+)
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Do you know how to defend yourself from an attacker? Learn how to recognize a potential threat. Learn how to avoid that threat. Learn how to deal with that threat. Learn how to use your body as a weapon, if needed. Low impact. Simple body movements. Physical limitations are not a problem. Instructor David Ginnings. Four week class.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 @ 2:00 PM
Spider-Man Homecoming Movie: 2pm and 6pm on Friday
Virginia Western Community College – Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges. Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., and Michael Keaton. Rated PG-13. Runs 2 hours and 13 minutes. TWO SHOWTIMES: 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m Everyone welcome, no tickets needed! Whitman Theater (Business Science Building) BYOP! (bring your own popcorn) - but please help keep our theater clean!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 @ 7:30 PM
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra: Ray, Motown & Beyond
The Salem Civic Center – Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as unilaterally gifted as Ellis Hall! Hear this unforgettable program from Ellis Hall and the RSO. Reserved Seat Ticket: $32.00, $34.00, $42.00
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 @ 8:00 PM
Abbey Road LIVE!
Harvester Performance Center – When: Friday, Sep 29, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Door Time: 7:00 PM Show Type: Classic Rock Hailing from the musical mecca of Athens GA, Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatles tribute act. No mop top haircuts or faux British accents here. Instead, Abbey Road LIVE! specializes in live performances of the more complex Beatles' repertoire from the the band's studio years. "one of the world's premier Beatles cover bands” -US News and World Report, December 2012 "unquestionably expert at what they do” -Indyweek, September 2013 Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of The Beatles. Initially a tribute to the monumental "Abbey Road" album, the band has expanded its repertoire to include more than 150 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four's career. This is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act; don't expect mop-top haircuts and fake British accents. Rather, an Abbey Road LIVE! show is about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw & spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of hits and more obscure favorites. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 - Oct 21 @ 10:45 AM
Kids Yoga (ages 6-9)
Roanoke County, Virginia – Kids Yoga is a class where children participate in fun fitness, playful movements with strength and flexibility, as well as relaxation benefits with breathing techniques all done to child friendly music.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 1:00 PM
Fight White Supremacy: Reportbacks From Cville & Durham
Peoples Power Assembly – Fight White Supremacy! (in the streets and on the job) Join us for videos, first-hand accounts, updates and discussion about the recent battles in #Charlottesville & #Durham, as well as the need for living wage jobs not racism. Speakers from #Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly, Roanoke Peoples' Power Network, Black Lives Matter - Roanoke VA and others. We'll also be raising funds for the freedom fighters who were arrested in Cville & in Durham. Come support our troops, let's get organized together! #DefendCville #DefendDurham
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 6:30 PM
Fire Building & Family Cookout
Roanoke County, Virginia – Looking for a different type of family outdoor fun? Come out to Camp Roanoke for a lesson in campfire building and outdoor cooking with one of our outdoor cooking experts! Each participant will have the chance to learn several different methods for building a campfire and then we'll cook a full meal using the campfire and other outdoor cooking tools. All food and supplies will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with The Boxcars
Harvester Performance Center – When: Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Door Time: 7:00 PM Show Type: Bluegrass $24.50 in advance, $28 day of show Adam Steffey An East Tennessee native, he found a place in the Tennessee-Virginia border area’s thriving bluegrass scene in short order, serving early stints with the Lonesome River Band (Tyminski was his replacement there) and then helping to found the near legendary group, Dusty Miller, along with Barry Bales and guitarist Tim Stafford. The three jumped to the big time together when Alison Krauss recruited them into Union Station, and for nearly seven years, Steffey lived the life of a high profile musician, as the band earned Grammy awards and IBMA trophies, toured extensively, made national TV appearances and recorded albums that reached far beyond the core bluegrass audience. Yet by 1998, the restless side of Steffey’s spirit made itself felt when he left the group and, after helping to lay plans for what would become Mountain Heart, joined bluegrass gospel favorites The Isaacs—a setting in which he played a different, though no less important role. Ron Stewart Ron Stewart is well on the road to becoming a legend in contemporary bluegrass music. He is already one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in the genre’s history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. Stewart grew up in rural southern Indiana, an hour and a half from the famous Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom bluegrass festival, surrounded by a family that played bluegrass and oldtime country music and a community rich with musicians. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has gone from fronting his family band for over ten years to working with a who’s who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, a guest appearance at age nine on a live album with Lester Flatt, and, most recently, a six-year stint as fiddler for JD Crowe and The New South, followed by a stint as a member of the Dan Tyminski Band. Notably, Ron engineered much of and played fiddle on The New South’s 2006 release, “Lefty’s Old Guitar,” which is nominated for a Grammy. Keith Garrett Keith Garrett grew up in the community of Citico in East Tennessee. His earliest and possibly most important musical influence was his dad, William Garrett, who taught Keith to play the guitar at the age of thirteen. Almost immediately he was drawn to the music of such greats as Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, the Bluegrass Album Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ricky Skaggs, and he soon began playing with various local and regional bands. In 2000 Keith became a founding member of Blue Moon Rising, an East Tennessee based bluegrass band that received national acclaim and was nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2006 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. As a member of Blue Moon Rising, Keith continued to hone his talents and earned himself a place alongside some of the best singers and songwriters in bluegrass. Gary Hultman Gary Hultman grew up on the Canadian border in the small town of Birchdale, Minnesota. When introduced to bluegrass music by way of a traveling music teacher, Hultman’s family formed a band that he played with from the age of 10 until he left home to attend East Tennessee State University. As a member of their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, Hultman has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of his musical heroes such as Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Doyle Lawson, and Ricky Skaggs. Gary also traveled to Japan with ETSU’s Bluegrass Pride Band for a short tour during the summer of 2014. Another opportunity where Hultman has also been able to further his musical education is through attending Rob Ickes’ ResoSummit in Nashville where staff members Michael Witcher, Sally VanMeter, and Rob Ickes have been especially influential to him. Harold Nixon Harold Nixon has been a working musician since he was 15 years old, and has had an intense interest in recording almost from the beginning. With a keen ear and a rock solid sense of rhythm and timing, he has gained the respect of the very best in the business, eventually leading to a six year stint with JD Crowe and the New South, touring in the band and appearing on the 2008 Grammy Nominated record “Lefty’s Old Guitar.” Some recent work with Blue Moon Rising has kept him in the spotlight the past couple of years.
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Oct 1 @ 2:00 PM
Sunday random doubles
Roanoke Disc Golf
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Oct 2 - Nov 6 @ 9:45 AM
Master Watercolor Series
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Learn from an award-winning, master watercolor instructor during this specially designed series. The class will be spent learning to paint from student's photos of models, learning new techniques to emphasize facial structure, shading and texture through watercolors. This class is suited for intermediate artists. Supply list furnished once minimum registration is met. Instructor: Suzanne Ross.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Oct 3 @ 12:30 PM
Curator's Tour: Drawn from the Vault
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University – Drawn from the Vault September 28 – December 10, 2017 Curator’s tours: Tuesdays, October 3, November 7, December 5, 12:30 - 1 pm This exhibition of drawings from the permanent collection includes a variety of media and styles, and includes portraiture, landscape, and non-objective work. Ranging in date from the 19th into the 21st century, many of these works have rarely been on public view. Join us on Tuesdays during the exhibition for a gallery walkthrough with exhibition curator and director Jenine Culligan.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Oct 3 - Oct 24 @ 5:30 PM
The Young Chef (ages 8-13)
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Come and lean the art of food prep, stove top cooking and baking. This four week class will focus on teaching the young chefs the art of chopping, dicing and slicing. We will make four different dishes on the stove and oven. We will conclude the series by baking some desserts. Instructor: Bhawana Scaer