If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA you can enjoy some great live music this weekend. Railroad Earth and JJ Grey & Mofro will be among those performing at events in the Roanoke and New River valleys. The Roanoke and the New River valleys features some of the best bands in the Americana world and an old-time music tradition.
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This New Jersey-based jamgrass powerhouse has played at least seven FloydFests, including last month. But for those who have seen the band before, not to worry — no two shows are ever the same.
Each band member has the ability to improvise over any song in the Railroad Earth repertoire, and the band eschews playing the same set twice in a row. Its desire for variety goes even deeper than that.
The band is headlining the third version of the J.J. Redick Foundation Kickoff Concert, held Friday at the Patrick Henry ballroom. It precedes former Cave Spring High School and Duke University star Redick’s charity golf tournament.
This year, the events benefit the nonprofits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Southwest Virginia and CHIP of the Roanoke Valley.
Tonight’s event falls between shows that the band is playing with Bruce Hornsby in Charlottesville and Atlanta — would work better than an expensive one-off show.
JJ Grey & Mofro
This is the second time that Grey and his band of gritty soul-slinging players have headlined a summer festival at Chateau Morrisette. The act played there in August 2011, touring behind its outstanding live CD/DVD set, “Brighter Days,” a greatest hits collection of sorts.
This year, the band hits the Black Dog Wine & Music Festival stage on Saturday to support its recent release, “This River,” which has shown to be the band’s best among its six studio albums.