Monday, January 24, 2011

My Sweet Patootie at Kirk Avenue in Roanoke


Roanoke’s premiere live music venue, Kirk Avenue Music Hall presents musical events in a relaxed, smoke-free setting with the focus on the stage. We feature local and nationally-known musicians performing a wide range of music: from roots and Americana, blues and bluegrass, to good ol¹ rock & roll. With our state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, unobstructed views of the stage, and intimate setting, Kirk Ave captures live, raw performances that makes you feel as if you¹re sitting in the artist¹s living room. Doesn¹t get much better than that!

Kirk Avenue Music Hall is 25 minute drive North on HWY 220 from The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount, VA. We love Kirk Avenue and encourage you to take in a show, you will be pleasantly surprised by this small and amazing venue!  We might just see you there.

Robbin Thompson is a Virginia-based singer/songwriter and has been recording since 1976. He been in bands with Bruce Springsteen, co-written songs with Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, won the American Song Festival twice, and has written tons of music for commercials and films. His song, "Sweet Virginia Breeze", has also been nominated as the new state song of Virginia.
Mention Alejandro Escovedo to a casual music fan, and you’ll probably get a shrug of indifference. But mention him to fans of punk, alt-country, blazing guitar-rock or confessional string-quartet pop, and you might get a big smile. And mention that the Texas-based singer/songwriter/guitarist appears January 28 at Kirk Avenue Music Hall with his hard-rockin’ group, the Sensitive Boys, and it’s a serious reason to rejoice. For those not aware of the Mexican American musician’s talent, experience and rich history, suffice it to say he’s a sort of a musical “Zelig,” although hardly ordinary or unimportant.He was named Musician of the Decade by No Depression magazine in 1998. Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly have all done loving profiles. He’s appeared on “Austin City Limits,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brian,” “Today,” “Tonight,” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and at the Democratic National Convention.
Guitar finger-picker Terry Young and fiddler Sandra Swannell cut their teeth with the revered Canadian roots-music band, Tanglefoot. With their own duo, My Sweet Patootie, Young and Swannell have explored the boundaries of swing, producing a melding of big band rhythms and country blues stylings into what they affectionately call "hayseed jazz." My Sweet Patootie is just plain fun, using humor-laced lyrics and a passion for the personalities they author to let listeners literally swing their blues away. Satirical and lively, the duo mines the deep musical ethos of small-town Ontario province.
A night of gypsy jazz music honoring the renowned guitarist, Django Reinhardt, featuring Le Hotclub de Biglick (Roanoke), Gypsy Roots (Richmond), and the Rick Olivarez Trio (Charlottesville).
Drew De Four is a 22 year-old, 6'7, Belgian, singer-songwriter, Dueling Pianist, actor, and multi-instrumentalist who was born in Detroit and currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His solo act is a true variety show with original music, improvisation, and over 1,000 cover songs to choose from, with an emphasis on audience participation. Although he plays in a variety of formats, Drew's most recent incarnation, as a solo piano performer, has proven to be his forte. His music is a truly eclectic mix of all piano forms. Influenced by Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, and the Afghan Whigs, Drew writes in a variety of styles and genres with a focus on rhythm and percussion. Lately, his original sound draws on classical roots with a contemporary mix of rock, country, jazz, soul and r&b. For the most part, Drew enjoys playing: "whatever you want to hear," because he values the audience more than the music. While promoting his original material, Drew enlivens audiences with his charismatic piano-playing style and inexhaustive repertoire. Drew desires to be an entertainer above all else and to serve the audience instead of vice versa.