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Free Ticket Giveaway:

“An Evening With Béla Fleck & Chris Thile"

The Harvester Performance Center 
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 5/21/17

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Ticket Giveaway: Béla Fleck & Chris Thile

Contest presented by The Harvester Performance Center and The Roanoker magazine

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) General Admission Tickets to “An Evening With Béla Fleck & Chris Thile" at The Harvester Performance Center on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $156!

Event Description: 
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. 

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005. 

As a soloist Thile has released five albums including his most recent, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013 Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Then, in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in January 2015.

And just in case you aren’t familiar with Bela Fleck, there are some who say he’s the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.

The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards and nominations going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, with 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history.

In recent years he’s found himself bouncing between various intriguing touring situations, such as duos with Chick Corea, Chris Thile and Abigail Washburn, in a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, performing his concertos with symphonies, concerts with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performances with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in jazz collaboration with The Marcus Roberts Trio, rare solo concerts and doing bluegrass with his old friends. And after nearly 30 years, the Flecktones are still performing together.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Barenaked Ladies

Live at The Harvester
May 2, 2017 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 4/24/17

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Ticket Giveaway: Barenaked Ladies at The Harvester

Contest presented by The Harvester Performance Center and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) General Admission Tickets to Barenaked Ladies at The Harvester Performance Center on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $203!

Event Description:
Barenaked Ladies - A biography 

Ed Robertson: guitar, vocals
Jim Creeggan: bass, vocals
Kevin Hearn: keyboards, guitar, vocals
Tyler Stewart: drums, vocals

"Gotta see the show, 'cause then you'll know," sings Ed Robertson on Barenaked Ladies' chart-topping hit, "One Week," a song featured on the band's new live album 'BNL Rocks Red Rocks,' recorded at the fabled Morrison, CO, Amphitheater on June 10, 2015 during the band's Last Summer On Earth tour.

That's as good a description as any about seeing these rock icons in concert, an experience filled with the kind of energy, precision, finesse and outright celebration among its fans that is a tribute to Barenaked Ladies' remarkable longevity. The band is still together after nearly three decades, producing 14 studio albums which have collectively sold more than 14 million copies, won eight Juno Awards, earned multiple Grammy nominations, a U.S. chart-topping single ("One Week") and the theme song to one of TV's most popular shows, "The Big Bang Theory."

"I don't think there's a secret," Robertson explained to People magazine last year when asked how BNL managed to not just survive, but thrive, continuing to sell out venues wherever they go. "It's work. You've got to respect each other, you got to give each other space, but you also have to support each other... This band learned early on to communicate, right from the beginning we didn't want to burn out. We wanted to keep making music."

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

 Blacksburg Chocolate Festival

And Friday Night Gala at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery 

April 14 and 15, 2017
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Contest ends at midnight on 4/9/17

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Free Giveaway: Blacksburg Chocolate Festival

Presented byThe Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
TWO (2) lucky winners will each win a prize package containing the following:

• 2 tickets to the Friday Night Gala at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery on April 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
• 20 Chocolate Tasting Tickets for use during the festival on April 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Blacksburg
• 3 Drink tickets for use at the Beer & Wine Garden

Total Value: $135 Value 

Event Description:
The Rotary Club of Blacksburg is presenting our Signature Chocolate Event to enable us to continue to support our local and international needs while providing a valuable service to our community.

Sample from thousands of delicious chocolates, have a drink in the beer and wine garden, enjoy live music, and bring the kids for family friendly activities and more!

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

SF JAZZ Collective

Live at The Jefferson Center
April 13, 2017 7:30 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 4/2/17

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Ticket Giveaway: SF JAZZ Collective

Presented by The Jefferson center and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) Tickets to the SF JAZZ Collective live at The Jefferson Center on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Total value: $60!

Event Description:
An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form. Over their 10-year existence, the Collective has honored the music of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, and Michael Jackson. For 2016-17, they pay tribute to trumpeter, composer, and innovator Miles Davis. More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz – not once, but consistently over his career – from the birth of bebop in the 1940s to the integration of rock approaches that gave rise to the fusion movement in the 1970s. Read More.


Free Ticket Giveaway:

Win Free Tickets to the 2017 

Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival!

Doswell, VA 
April 8-9, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Contest ends at midnight on 3/19/17

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Free Giveaway: VA Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Presented by Blue Ridge CountryThe Roanoker and Life Outside magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
THREE (3) lucky winners will each win TWO (2) Weekend Passes to the 2017 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine festival in Doswell, Va on April 8-9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Total prize package value: $70 each!

Event Description:
The Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is the largest event of its kind in the country and attracts fly anglers from across the United States and the Mid-Atlantic in particular. Nowhere else can anglers learn about the quiet sport in such a beginner-friendly environment.

Our unique event combines fine wine tasting, microbrewery beer, live music, and everything you ever wanted to know about fly fishing but were afraid to ask.

The mission of the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is to introduce as many people to the sport of fly fishing as possible, especially young families with children.

We do this believing that people, who are connected to the outdoors in their recreational activities, are more inclined to protect the natural resources they enjoy.

Bring your family, relax, take a casting class, and pick up a new sport that the entire family can enjoy.

The 2017 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at the Meadow Event Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on April 8-9, 2017.

The festival — the largest event of its kind in the country, drawing fly anglers from as far away as New York and Georgia — appeals to anglers of all ages and stages.

Festival attendees listen to lectures from various experts and practice hands-on skills at the two-day, family-friendly event. Several wineries from throughout the Old Dominion provide free wine tastings for those 21 and older.

Last year’s festival enjoyed record turnout, and the event was flooded with children.

Those who have enjoyed the outdoor festival environment for years can rest easy: Although the new facility will enable all vendors to be under roof, the events center is surrounded by extensive grounds suitable for outdoor classes and wine tastings

All tickets include: 
• Access to all classes open to the public 
• Free wine tastings (21 and over)
• Kayak trials
• Stand-up paddle board demos
• and more! 


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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Dianne Reeves

Live at The Jefferson Center
March 3, 2017 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 2/19/17

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Ticket Giveaway: Dianne Reeves

Presented by The Jefferson center and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) Tickets to Dianne Reeves live at The Jefferson Center on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $64!

Event Description:
Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category. 

Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won her fourth of five Best Jazz Vocal Grammys for film's soundtrack. 

Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard.” Read More.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Sugaray Rayford Blues Band

Live at The Jefferson Center
February 25, 2017 8:00 PM

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Contest ends at midnight on 2/12/17

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Ticket Giveaway: Sugaray Rayford Blues Band

Presented by The Jefferson center and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) Tickets to Sugaray Rayford Blues Band at The Jefferson Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $64!

Event Description:
Sugaray Rayford is a revelation as he powerfully moans the blues….Blues in Britain Magazine 2013

Sugaray has fronted his own band since 2010, called the Sugaray Rayford Band. This band is currently made up of world-class musicians. Ralph Carter on bass who is also his writing partner, Gino Matteo on guitar, Leo Dombecki on keyboards, Lavelle Jones on drums, Allan Walker on sax, and Gary Bivona on trumpet. But the Sugaray Rayford Band is only one of his projects. As of May 2011, Sugaray became one of the lead vocalists for the Mannish Boys, who are under Delta Groove management. This international act performs 6-8 times a year. He sang lead vocals on 9 songs on Double Dynamite the Mannish Boys CD that won Best Traditional Blues Album in May 2013 at the Blues Music Awards. His first solo CD Blind Alley was a self-release in 2010, which garnered critical acclaim. His second solo CD Dangerous, was just released on 9/17/2013 under the Delta Groove label and debuted at # 2 on Blues Debut Chart, #6 on the Roots Music Chart and is currently #2 on The Living Blues Chart. Below is the journey that has taken Sugaray to this point in his career.

Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his firsthand experience with hardship. He grew up in Texas, his childhood marked by poverty and loss. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief. "She suffered and we suffered," Rayford said. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.” 

When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. Read More.
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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Live at The Jefferson Center
February 16, 2017 7:30 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 2/5/17

Ticket Giveaway: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Presented by The Jefferson center and The Roanoker magazine.


Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) Tickets to Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles live at The Jefferson Center on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Total value: $50!

Event Description:
Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, "Leave you alone".

Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman.

At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry's awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, "First Steps" was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart. Read More.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Tastings at the Taubman

Bourbon + Bacon

February 10, 2017 6:30-9 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 1/31/17

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Free Giveaway: Tastings at the Taubman (Feb 10)

Presented by The Taubman Museum of Art and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
TWO (2) lucky winners will each win TWO (2) Tickets to the Tastings at the Taubman - Bourbon & Bacon at The Taubman Museum of Art on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:30-9 PM

Total prize package value: $130 each!

Event Description:
Explore the richness of whiskey through bourbon pairings with distinctive pork dishes created by local chefs. 

This event is presented by BB&T Wealth with additional support provided by 101.5 The Valley¹s Music Place.

Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:30-9 p.m.
Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Avenue SE, Downtown Roanoke
Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 day of event

Details and Tickets: www.TaubmanMuseum.org/Tastings or 540.342.5760

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Tastings at the Taubman
International Wine Festival

January 29, 2017 1-4 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 1/22/17

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Free Giveaway: Tastings at the Taubman (Jan 29)

Presented by The Taubman Museum of Art and The Roanoker magazine.

Prize Package Details: 
TWO (2) lucky winners will each win TWO (2) Tickets to the Tastings at the Taubman – International Wine Festival at The Taubman Museum of Art Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1-4 PM.

Total prize package value: $110 each!

Event Description:
Now in its fourth year, this highly anticipated event¹s highlights include:

• Sampling of 30+ wines from around the globe (along with a small
selection of beers)
• Expert food and wine pairings
• Tasting notes from seasoned wine stewards
• "What's HOT" spotlight talk by John Boyer, Senior Instructor, Virginia Tech
• Live music
• Silent auction
• Souvenir wine glass
• Designated driving service sponsored by Coca-Cola (15-minute radius from the Museum)

The International Wine Festival is presented by Kroger with lead sponsorship support provided by Lionberger Construction Company. Coca-Cola is the Designated Driver Sponsor. Additional support is provided by City
Lifestyles Magazine.

Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Avenue SE, Downtown Roanoke
Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 day of event

Details and Tickets: www.TaubmanMuseum.org/Tastings or 540.342.5760

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party 

The Harvester Performance Center 
December 13, 2016 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 12/04/16

Ticket Giveaway: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Presented by The Harvester Performance Center and The Roanoker magazine.

Limit of one entry per valid email address. Contest ends at midnight on Sunday, December 4, 2016.Official Rules. 

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) General Admission Tickets to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Wild & Swingin' Holiday Party at The Harvester Performance Center on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $79!

Event Description:
Together for over 23 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins — has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country's finest symphony orchestras, and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues it's decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences around the world. Read More.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Sierra Hull

The Harvester Performance Center 
November 11, 2016 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 10/30/16

ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) General Admission Tickets to Sierra Hull at The Harvester Performance Center on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $60!

Event Description:
Bluegrass roots inform and inspire this soundscape, but bluegrass does not define or limit Weighted Mind. This is not bluegrass music, or chamber music, or pop music. This is original music, from a virtuoso who tells the truth and speaks from herself.

“If you won’t go where I’m going, then I’ll have to go alone,” she sings. “Choices and changes/ I’m tired of trying to be someone else.” Then she unleashes an octave mandolin solo—first fluttering, then tense and troubled—that could come from no one else.

Hull wrote eleven of Weighted Mind’s twelve songs (and she arranged the twelfth tune), penning some with co-writers Jon Weisberger, Zac Bevill, and Josh Shilling, and writing “Stranded,” “Wings of the Dawn,” “Birthday,” “Lullaby,” “I’ll Be Fine,” and “Black River” on her own.

“The moment you start to be yourself, there’s an honesty about that, that people connect with,” she says. “This album feels like the story of my early twenties, of that searching. Now, it feels like everything worked out the way it was supposed to.”

“I’d like to say to you, ‘Come follow,’” Hull sings on “Compass.” “But you may find my heart’s been hollowed out.”

Now, she knows. If her heart was hollowed, it was only so it might be filled anew, and then revealed. Welcome to a Weighted Mind, at ease.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Blacksburg Brew Do 2016


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Contest ends at midnight on 10/02/16

Prize Package Details: ONE (1) lucky winner will receive TWO (2) tasting tickets to Blacksburg Brew Do 2016. Each ticket includes festival entry and TWENTY (20) 4-oz beer tastings at any brewery at the event. Winners must be 21 or older. 

Total value: $60! 


Festival Description:
The wait is over! The 8th annual Blacksburg Brew Do will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from noon-5pm. It will once again be in the spacious location of 1600 Innovation Drive in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC).

This year the festival welcomes back the best in craft brewers from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, offering another outstanding selection of ales, lagers, stouts, pilsners, ciders, and specialty beers. Delicious food, cooking and brewing demonstrations and live entertainment will compliment a great day of beer tasting.

Proceeds from this event will benefit The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit organization working to enhance the quality of life in Blacksburg. For more information about The Blacksburg Partnership, visit stepintoblacksburg.org.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

_Opera Roanoke Presents

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

South Pacific


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Contest ends at midnight on 09/25/16

Prize Package Details: 
Two tickets to Opera Roanoke's performance of "Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific" at the Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:30pm or Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00pm (your choice of shows.) Total value $150!


Event Description:
Opera Roanoke opens their 41st season with one of the great “American Operas” from Broadway, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s World War II-era classic, South Pacific. With its signature balance of wit and warmth, and characters whose stories engage us, South Pacific continues to entertain, inspire, and provoke us. Following his acclaimed production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, J.J. Hudson returns to direct an all-star cast, including local favorites, Corey Crider (Sweeney Todd, ’15), in his role debut as Emile de Becque, and Ariana Wyatt (The Pirates of Penzance, ’13), making her role debut as Nellie Forbush. Artistic Director Scott Williamson leads the musicians of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in what is bound to be one of the most talked-about shows of the season.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase


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Contest ends at midnight on 09/18/16

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) VIP tickets to the Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase at the Berglund Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 3-7 p.m. 

Total value: $119.50!

Event Description:
Sip and savor Virginia spirits at the first-ever 100% made-in-Virginia distilled spirits festival. Meet master distillers from more than 20 Virginia distilleries, sample unique cocktails, and get new recipes. All in a fun atmosphere with live music, a food truck, and even a few of the best Virginia craft beers. Live music provided by My Radio Band. Plus, you won't want to miss the Battle of the Bartenders! 

The VIP Experience 
A VIP pass gets you 10 tasting tickets plus admission to a whiskey OR moonshine class and tasting from 3-4pm. Sit, sip, relax and learn from Virginia’s distilled spirit experts. Learn about the history of the drink. VIP Lounge Access with Buffet Dinner for the entire event also included. Be first in line for drinks and tastes from the distillers. Souvenir etched glass for drinks and tastings included.

Plus, all VIP attendees will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to see BOB DYLAN perform live right next door immediately after the Showcase!

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

An Evening With Buddy Guy

The Harvester Performance Center 
September 22, 2016 8:00 PM


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Contest ends at midnight on 09/14/16

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) General Admission Tickets to An Evening with Buddy Guyat The Harvester Performance Center on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Total value: $205!

Event Description:
At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Read More.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion


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Contest ends at midnight on 09/06/16

Prize Package Details: 
Two 3-day wristbands to the 2016 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion on State Street in Historic Downtown, Bristol, VA/TN. on September 16-18, 2016. 

Total value: $200! 


Festival Description:
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival is an electrifying music experience that features the very best roots music. Held annually the third weekend in September in historic downtown Bristol TN/VA, the three-day music is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. The Festival digs down deep into the roots of the traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights. It all happens in the heart of the Birthplace of Country Music.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Zoo Do 2016


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Contest ends at midnight on 08/23/16

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) tickets to Zoo Do 2016 at the Mill Mountain Zoo on Friday August 26, 2016 from 6-10 p.m.

Total value: $100!

Event Description:
Join us for the Zoo’s biggest night of the year! Your ticket opens the gates to an evening of great food provided by Lib & Amy and pumpernickel pickle catering co., music under the stars by DJ Vicki Thompson of Creative Entertainment, souvenir caricatures by Kyle Edgell and so much more! Enjoy your craft beer and wine provided by P.A. Short in your free Kleen Kanteen tumbler or wine glass. Bring your Kleen Kanteen tumbler from last year and get one extra drink ticket. Don’t forget about the Zoo Choo rides all evening until dark! All for only $50 per person.

Our Silent Auction will be full of great items headlined by family passes to Disney’s Magic Kingdon, wonderful art by local artists and some by our animal residents, VIP Tours of the Columbus Zoo and the Louisville Zoo, overnights at McCorn Winery and B&B in New York State’s beautiful Finger Lakes wine region and so much more!

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

The Beach Ball:
Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds 

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary With Special Guests Al Jardine And Blondie Chaplin


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Contest ends at midnight on 08/07/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Three (3) lucky winners will each win Two (2) tickets to The Beach Ball: Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds, Celebrating The 50th Anniversary With Special Guests Al Jardine And Blondie Chaplin at Elmwood Park Amphitheater in Downtown Roanoke at 7:30 p.m. on Aug 20, 2016. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) Total Value: $110 per prize package!

Event Description:
FloydFest and Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. are excited to present the “Totally Rad Roanoke~Star City Concert Series” in 2016 at the beautiful Elmwood Park Amphitheater in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Situated in the heart of downtown Roanoke, this 4,500-seat amphitheater offers both the pristine beauty of mountain vistas and proximity to the liveliness of vibrant downtown Roanoke, including restaurants, lodging, boutique shopping and night life.

Taking place on April 20, May 12 and August 20, the Totally Rad Roanoke Star City Concert Series will feature all the usual hallmarks of an AtWP event — fantastic live performances backed by great food, craft beer, attention to detail and top-notch customer service.

He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. On Saturday, August 20, Brian Wilson will bring to life the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds — for the last time ever on tour — and you’re invited. Tickets on sale April 1, 2016.


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2017 Readers' Choice

Dining Awards Ballot

Dining Awards 2016

Our 31st Annual Readers' Choice Dining Awards Survey offers you the chance to WIN a $100 Gift Card simply by voting for your favorite restaurants! Ballot Closes at midnight on Aug 3, 2016

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

FloydFest 16: Dreamweavin'


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Contest ends at midnight on 07/10/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) 3-day general admission Friday-Sunday tickets to FloydFest 16: Dreamweavin' on July 29-31, 2016. Total Value: $460!

Festival Description:
"FloydFest's mission is to be the best music festival experience of our time. To sell a limited quantity of tickets to the highest quality event experience, bar none, celebrating music, art and life in an intimate, visually stunning environment."

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

2016 Horse & Hound Wine Festival


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Contest ends at midnight on 06/26/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
FIVE (5) lucky winners will each win FOUR (4) tickets to the 12th Annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival at the Peaks of Otter Winery on July 9, 2016, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

Each ticket is good for admission plus a FREE wine glass for tasting (must be 21 or older) or free general admission for under 21 or a dog.

Total value of each prize package: $80

Festival Description:
The 12th annual festival takes place on the grounds of Johnson’s Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery at 1410 Elmos Rd, Bedford Va 24523. Enjoy live music, food, events, arts, crafts and of course, wine from 8 of Virginia's finest wineries!

Activities: 

• Equine events provided and directed by The Campbell County Bits N Pieces 4-H Horse Club

• Demonstration of Lure Coursing given by Laura Cormier. Lure coursing is a humane sport which re-creates the chase of the hare by the pursuing hound.

• Muskrat Races. This event uses the Jack Russell Terrier's highly developed prey drive to swim through water in pursuit of an artificial lure.

• Kiddie Korral: Supervised activities for children simulating rodeo games and quiet games include: games such as, cornhole, stickhorse races, hand-painting a horse, duck pond with prizes, active games similar to horse activities.

• Daredevil Dogs and Divas: We’re looking for pets that can dance, beg, shake hands, catch a Frisbee, play dead, smile, speak, sing, take a bow, or do something really amazing. Can your pet do a single trick or do an entire dance routine? 

• Jousting demonstrations provided by the Natural Chimneys Jousting Club 

AND MORE!

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

2016 Miss Virginia Pageant
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Contest ends at midnight on 6/19/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
ONE (1) lucky winner will win TWO (2) tickets to the 2016 Miss Virginia Pageant at the Berglund Center on June 25, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Total value: $100

Event Description:
The Miss Virginia Pageant, a scholarship pageant, was held for the first time in Roanoke in 1953. That year, Elizabeth Bowles, a member of the Valley Junior Woman’s Club went to Atlantic City and requested a franchise for the Miss Virginia Pageant for her Club. She was successful in getting the franchise and the pageant was directed and produced by the Valley Junior Woman’s Club until 1963. In October of 1963, a non-profit organization, the Miss Virginia Pageant, Incorporated, headed by Jack C. Smith, Executive Vice President of the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, was formed, and the franchise was granted to that group by the Miss America Pageant. The pageant celebrated its 50th year in Roanoke in June 2003.

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Free Ticket Giveaway

Win VIP Passes to 19 Southern Highlands Attractions!

Total Value: More Than $900!
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Contest ends at midnight on 6/19/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
One (1) lucky winner will win a pair of VIP Passes granting FREE admission to all of the 19 Southern Highlands Attractions listed below: 

• Barter Theatre
• Biltmore Estate
• The Blowing Rock 
• Cherokee Historial Association
• Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park
• Gatlinburg Sky Lift
• Grandfather Mountain
• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
• Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
• The Lost Sea
• Luray Caverns
• Museum of the Cherokee Indian
• Nantahala Outdoor Center
• Old Salem Museum & Gardens
• Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies & Ripley's 7 other TN attractions
• Rock City
• Ruby Falls
• Shenandoah Caverns
• Tweetsie Railroad

Total Value: MORE THAN $900!

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

"American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" Exhibition

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “No Swimming,” Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” June 4, 1921, Norman Rockwell Museum Collections

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “No Swimming,” Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” June 4, 1921, Norman Rockwell Museum Collections

Contest ends at midnight on 5/30/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
TWO lucky winners will each win two (2) tickets to the "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art. Don't miss out, this unique exhibition ends June 12, 2016! 

Total value of each prize package: $25

Exhibition Description:
The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major exhibition exploring the legendary American illustrator and artist Norman Rockwell and his unparalleled role as an icon-maker and storyteller. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and features original works drawn from its permanent collection. Norman Rockwell (American,1894-1978) painted the best of America, creating indelible images of the lives, hopes, and dreams of Americans in the 20th century. The exhibition includes such beloved and well-known images as Triple Self-Portrait (1960), Girl at Mirror (1954),Going and Coming (1947), and Art Critic (1955) as well as preliminary sketches, Saturday Evening Post covers, photographs, color studies, and detailed drawings. The rare exhibition chronicles Rockwell’s career during 65 years of painting and highlights his unique artistic legacy that profoundly influenced American perceptions and ideals.

"American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" is the inaugural exhibition in the museum’s new Special Exhibition Gallery and is on view through June 12, 2016. "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" on view at the Taubman Museum of Art is presented by Friendship Living, with additional generous support made possible by WDBJ-7; Kroger; Boxley Materials; Carilion Clinic; Kate and Drew Parker; the Virginia Commission for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Henry Luce Foundation; Curtis Licensing, a division of The Saturday Evening Post; Norman Rockwell Family Agency; and the Stockman Family Foundation.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Mountain Music Festival

Ace Adventure Resort
Minden, W.Va
June 3-4, 2016

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Contest ends at midnight on 05/22/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) lucky winners will each win a pair of 2-Day (Friday-Saturday) All Mountain Pass tickets to Mountain Music Festival on June 3-4, 2016. 

Included With Each Pass: 
• 2-day festival pass for Friday & Saturday
• 2-night campground reservation - Car Camping 
• Parking
• Full day ACE Lake Pass for Saturday.

Total Value: $400 per prize package!


Festival Description:
"We really like outdoor adventures, and we really like music, so we wanted to create a weekend where we could do both at the same time. This became the Mountain Music Festival, and probably the best weekend of the summer in West Virginia (or at least our favorite).

The stage sits right in the middle of ACE Adventure Resort, a 1,500-acre outdoor adventure property in the heart of the New River Gorge, WV. This way, festival attendees are always close to the gorge’s best outdoor activities, ranging from the country’s best white water rafting, to rock climbing, to world-class mountain biking, and basically anything in between. Not to mention, the kind of comfortable cabins and nice bathrooms/showers that you’ll find on an established campground like ACE. And because of the simple ethos behind the festival, you’ll be surrounded by a community of like-minded outdoor adventures who don’t mind a little moonshine with their music, or the other way around.

2014 was our inaugural year, and it was a big hit. We kicked it up a notch in 2015 and had even more fun. Ever since the moment it ended (or rather, after we made up for all the sleep we DIDN’T get that first weekend in June), we’ve been working hard and looking forward to our third year - with new and old friends who love the Appalachian Mountains and its soundtrack as much as we do.

– Jerry Cook and Ernie Kincaid"

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Mayday! FloydFest

Presents Blondie


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Contest ends at midnight on 05/01/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Three (3) lucky winners will each win Two (2) tickets to Mayday! FloydFest Present Blondie at Elmwood Park Amphitheater in Downtown Roanoke at 7 p.m. on May 12, 2016. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) Total Value: $90 per prize package!

Event Description:
FloydFest and Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. are excited to present the “Totally Rad Roanoke~Star City Concert Series” in 2016 at the beautiful Elmwood Park Amphitheater in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Situated in the heart of downtown Roanoke, this 4,500-seat amphitheater offers both the pristine beauty of mountain vistas and proximity to the liveliness of vibrant downtown Roanoke, including restaurants, lodging, boutique shopping and night life.

Taking place on April 20, May 12 and August 20, the Totally Rad Roanoke Star City Concert Series will feature all the usual hallmarks of an AtWP event — fantastic live performances backed by great food, craft beer, attention to detail and top-notch customer service.

On Thursday, May 12, FloydFest and Blondie invade Elmwood Amphitheater for MayDay! For the last four decades, Blondie has become and remains a true national treasure; a punk band from New York City whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have kept their ears to the ground, creating trends, never following them. They helped push punk onto the dance floor at the dawn of the new wave era and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

The 2016 Butterfly Ball


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Contest ends at midnight on 05/01/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
One lucky winner will win two (2) general admission tickets to the 2016 Butterfly Ball at the Science Museum of Western Virginia from 7-11 pm on May 7th, 2016. Total value: $130!

Event Description:

The perfect way to celebrate Mom and support a worthy cause!

Surprise your Mother a day early with elegance and merriment at the Science Museum of Western Virginia’s 3rd annual Butterfly Ball on Saturday May 7th, 2016. From 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, drink, and dancing with live music provided by Le Hotclub de Biglick jazz troupe – all set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Downtown Roanoke skyline from the rooftop of Center in the Square. 

All proceeds from this spectacular evening will support the transformation of the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Please contact Rachel Hopkins at (540) 224-1202 for tickets and sponsorship packets.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

SML Beer & BBQ Festival

Downtown Moneta
May 7th, 2016
1-7 pm

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Contest ends at midnight on 05/01/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
One lucky winner will win Two (2) tickets to the Smith Mountain Lake Beer & BBQ Festival in Downtown Moneta on May 7, 2016 from 1-7 p.m. Total Value: $60!

Event Description:
New name. New date! The Smith Mountain Lake Beer & BBQ Festival, Saturday, May 7th from 1pm – 7pm on Route 122 in Downtown Moneta.

Enjoy the juiciest, most tender BBQ Smith Mountain Lake has to offer. From Kansas City to North Carolina style BBQ, indulge in fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender pulled pork, and melt-in-your-mouth brisket. NEW this year, 20 local and regional craft breweries and cideries representing 60 craft beers. Enjoy live music and check out over 60 quality craft vendors.

Rain or Shine! No coolers allowed. Children 6 and under free.

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Free Gift Card Giveaway:

Win a $50 Nature's Emporium

Gift Card to Pamper Your Pet


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Contest ends at midnight on 04/24/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
One (1) lucky winner will win one (1) $50 Gift Card to Nature's Emporium, located at 3912 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke, VA 24018

About Nature's Emporium:
Nature's Emporium provides customers with the finest products and services. Treat yourself to a Wild Shopping Experience. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the right products for your loving pet in our newly remodeled store. In addition to a wide selection of pet food and supplies, we offer grooming services for dogs.


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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
live at the Jefferson Center

Allison Miller

Contest ends at midnight on 04/21/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) tickets to Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 7:00pm. Total Value: $60! 

Event Description:
Powerhouse drummer-composer Allison Miller has a tendency for coloring outside the lines. Her melodies are overlaid with a whirlwind of percussive imagination; her swing is edged with ferocity. Miller’s been the rhythmic force behind such popular artists as Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant, but it’s in the jazz world that she fully shines. Her group, Boom Tic Boom, has been selected by NPR as Top Five Bands to Discover, with their recordings making “best” lists in Downbeat and the LA Times.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Huey Lewis & The News
With Special Guest Love Canon
Live at Elmwood Park Amphitheater
April 20th, 2016
 

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Contest ends at midnight on 04/11/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Three (3) lucky winners will each win Two (2) tickets to Huey Lewis & The News With Special Guest Love Canon at Elmwood Park Amphitheater in Downtown Roanoke at 7 p.m. on April 20, 2016. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

Event Description:
FloydFest and Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. are excited to present the “Totally Rad Roanoke~Star City Concert Series” in 2016 at the beautiful Elmwood Park Amphitheater in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Situated in the heart of downtown Roanoke, this 4,500-seat amphitheater offers both the pristine beauty of mountain vistas and proximity to the liveliness of vibrant downtown Roanoke, including restaurants, lodging, boutique shopping and night life.

Taking place on April 20, May 12 and August 20, the Totally Rad Roanoke Star City Concert Series will feature all the usual hallmarks of an AtWP event — fantastic live performances backed by great food, craft beer, attention to detail and top-notch customer service.

On Wednesday, April 20, iconic rockers Huey Lewis & The News — with special guest Love Canon — take over Elmwood Park Amphitheater for FloydFest 4/20. Huey Lewis & The News are truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 37th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. Huey Lewis & The News will be joined by special guest Love Canon, who “doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnaps it and takes it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride.” Get ready to go back to the future, folks.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Opera Roanoke's "La Traviata"

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Contest ends at midnight on 03/27/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two tickets to Opera Roanoke's "La Traviata" at the Shaftman Performance Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday 04-8-16 OR 3 pm on Sunday 04-10-16, 2016 (your choice of shows.) Total value $120!

Event Description:
Violetta Valery is the quintessential operatic heroine, and a benchmark role for the
soprano voice. From covering acclaimed diva Renée Fleming at Houston Grand Opera,
to opera companies across the USA and Europe, Amy Cofield Williamson (Carmen, ’12;
Julius Caesar, ’14) has made Verdi’s La Traviata her signature role. With a cast including
star baritone Levi Hernandez (Cinderella, ’15), Opera Roanoke’s 40th Anniversary Season
closes in a crescendo of passion with one of the greatest dramatic masterpieces in the
operatic repertoire
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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Louisiana Live
FEATURING REBIRTH BRASS BAND AND CEDRIC WATSON & BIJOU CREOLE

Live at the Jefferson Center

LOUISIANA LIVE

Contest ends at midnight on 03/23/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) tickets to LOUISIANA LIVE FEATURING REBIRTH BRASS BAND AND CEDRIC WATSON & BIJOU CREOLE at Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall on Friday April 1, 2016 at 8:00pm

Event Description:
Rebirth Brass Band and Cedric Watson & The Bijou Creole bring Louisiana to Roanoke for what’s sure to be a hot and spicy evening of music. Seen on HBO’s “Treme,” Rebirth Brass Band blends funk, hip-hop, and traditional brass band music to create their own Grammy-winning signature sound. Singer, fiddler, accordionist, and songwriter, Cedric Watson leads a Cajun-Creole-Zydeco group with an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips.

“Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to, but it’s more like a party than a machine.” - New York Times

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Norman Rockwell
Opening Shindy

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Contest ends at midnight on 03/13/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
TWO lucky winners will each win two (2) tickets to the Norman Rockwell Opening Shindy at the Taubman Museum of Art on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 7-11pm. 
The total value of each package is $98!

Event Description:
Join The Taubman Museum of Art for a “shindy” as we celebrate the opening of our new gallery and 1940s Rockwell! 

Come in your retro dress and enjoy big band tunes courtesy of the Star Dusters, Americana Hors d'oeuvres, and a first look at the museum’s inaugural exhibition in the new gallery space featuring the timeless work of Norman Rockwell. Capture the moment with memories that last forever with themed photo opps and learn some moves for the dance floor with led instruction during the event's cocktail hour.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Menopause The Musical

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Contest ends at midnight on 02/29/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) tickets to the Friendship Foundation Presents: Menopause The Musical at the Berglund Center on Tues. March 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Event Description:
"Menopause The Musical® - COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD!

Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!

It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®" 

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Patty Griffin
With Sara Watkins & Anais Mitchell

live at the Jefferson Center

Patty Griffin With Sara Watkins & Anais Mitchell

Contest ends at midnight on 02/18/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) tickets to Patty Griffin With Sara Watkins & Anais Mitchell at The Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall on Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 7:30pm

Event Description:
In a highly anticipated national tour, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin arrives in the Star City with Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins and folk luminary Anais Mitchell for an unprecedented celebration of American songwriting. More than just a three-act program, this special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on Shaftman Performance Hall stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening. The melding of these artists’ distinct voices—Griffin’s bluesy itch, Watkins’ earthy purity and Mitchell’s alternative twang—will give Roanoke song-lovers a night of shimmering music they won’t soon forget.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Mummenschanz
live at the Jefferson Center

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Contest ends at midnight on 01/28/16 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details: 
Two (2) tickets to Mummenschanz at The Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

Event Description:
Playful. Inventive. Transcendent. Wonderfully Strange. In the wordless universe of Mummenschanz, the ordinary blossoms into the extraordinary. The Swiss theatrical troupe, which has toured the world for over 40 years, combines the timeless arts of mime and puppetry in an astonishing celebration of life, over-sized balloons, giant hands, clay masks, free-range abstractions, and the most inspired use of toilet paper ever to hit the stage. The Jefferson Center show will feature both classic audience favorites, as well as brilliant new creations seen for the first time.

Since its founding in 1972, Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater. The troupe has toured in 60 countries on five continents and was featured for a three-year run on Broadway. As founder and performer Floriana Frassetto says, “[w]e hope that our show will awaken the little child in everyone.”

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Kenny Rogers
Once Again It's Christmas Tour

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Contest ends at midnight on 12/8/15 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details:
Two (2) tickets to the Kenny Rogers Once Again It's Christmas Tour at the Berglund Center on December 16 at 7 p.m.

Event Description:
Rogers released his first new Christmas album in seventeen years on September 25 via Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville. Titled Once Again It’s Christmas, the festive set is Rogers’ first Christmas release since Christmas From The Heart (1998), and his sixth Christmas release overall. Since the release of his first-ever Christmas album, Christmas, in 1981, Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour, which continues this winter as the Once Again It’s Christmas Tour featuring Linda Davis.

“I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been doing another Christmas album—it’s my favorite time of year. Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some of the songs I was raised listening to and grew to love as a child. The process also allowed me to make many new memories working with some very talented people. I’m excited about all of the special guests who joined me for this, and hope you enjoy it, too,” Rogers said.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Wine, Pine & Pint

Wine Pine Pint 2015

Contest ends at midnight on 11/15/15 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details:

Four tickets to Wine & Pine at the Berglund Hall on December 3 at 5 p.m.

Event Description:
Wine, Pine & Pint is a great option for your company holiday party or just a chance to celebrate the season!

Included with your tickets you will receive:
• Complimentary wine glass
• Plated Dinner
• Entertainment by Dueling Piano's - The FUNKEYS

• Wine and Beer Tasting

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

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Contest ends at midnight on 11/8/15 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details:

Two (2) tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 p.m.

Concert Description:
"This year marks the 31st Anniversary of the Christmas Tour and release of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry."

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

Opera Roanoke's Sweeney Todd

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Contest ends at midnight on 10/25/15 - Enter Now

Prize Package Details:
Two tickets to Sweeney Todd at the Shaftman Performance Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday 10/30/15, or 3 pm on Sunday 11/1/15 your choice. Total value $120!


Event Description:
Opera Roanoke launches its Ruby Anniversary season with Sweeney Todd, one of the greatest dramas from the American musical theatre stage. Stephen Sondheim’s “musical thriller” has always been popular with opera companies, whose exceptional production and musical values set a new standard for such genre-defying repertoire.

Opera Roanoke favorite Carla Dirlikov (Carmen, ’12; The Flying Dutchman, ’13; Julius Caesar, ’14) makes her role debut as Mrs. Lovett, opposite exciting young baritone Corey Crider, praised by Opera News for his “seductively sympathetic” portrayal of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street title character.

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Free Ticket Giveaway:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grandin Theatre

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Contest ends at midnight on 10/25/15 - Enter Now

Prize Package Details:
Four tickets to The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grandin Theatre on Friday October 30 at 9 p.m.

Event Description:
For the first time in the new millenium, the Grandin Theatre proudly presents the return of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!!!

9 pm showing. Rated R - This showing will be RUDE.

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Live-Action Shadow Casting for these two screenings will be provided by the TOLLS OF MADNESS troupe from Virginia Tech. Basic accessory packs will be available for $2 (rice, playing cards, newspaper, toilet paper, rubber gloves, and noise maker) and $1 extra for small water gun.


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Free Ticket Giveaway:

The Price is Right Live!

The Price is Right Live!

Contest ends at midnight on 10/18/15 - Enter Now

Prize Package Details:

Two tickets to The Price is Right Live at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

Show Description:
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase.

Playing to near sold-out audiences for nearly nine years, the Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.

If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.


Get $20 OFF Tickets to
The Illusionists

Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. at the Berglund Center

Use Promo Code: ROANOKER 

Promo Code Expires at 11:59 p.m. on 10-1-15

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Congratulations to Cathy W., winner of our FREE ticket giveaway!


If you still want to see THE ILLUSIONISTS, here's your chance! Just click here and use the promo code ROANOKER to receive $20 off your tickets to the 9 p.m. show while supplies last!
 
Valid on select seats only.
Promo code expires 10/1/15 at 11:59 pm

Regular Price: $67
YOUR Price: $47 
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Free Ticket Giveaway:

The Illusionists

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Contest ends at midnight on 9/24/15 - Enter Now!

Prize Package Details:

Two tickets to Broadway in Roanoke: The Illusionists at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on October 2 at 9 p.m.

Show Description:
Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.


2016 Readers' Choice
Dining Awards!

Dining Awards 2016 Ballot

This year’s Readers' Choice Dining Awards Survey offers you the chance to WIN a $100 Gift Card simply by voting for your favorite restaurants!

VOTING ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON AUG 2, 2015

Cast Your Ballot Now!

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FloydFest Ticket Giveaway
Complete the short form below for a chance to win TWO 3-day Passes to FloydFest 14: Fire on the Mountain!

Floydfest 14

Contest runs from 5/29/15 to 7/19/15 - Enter Now!

Presented by The Roanoker and Blue Ridge Country magazine.

Prize Package Details:
(2) 3-day tickets to FloydFest 14: Fire on the Mountain - Venue: Blue Cow Pavilion, Floyd, VA
Date/Time: July 24-26, 2015

Festival Description:
"FloydFest's mission is to be the best music festival experience of our time. To sell a limited quantity of tickets to the highest quality event experience, bar none, celebrating music, art and life in an intimate, visually stunning environment."


Beach Boys Ticket Giveaway
Win FREE tickets to see The Beach Boys Perform LIVE at the Berglund Center!

Beach Boys

Contest runs from 5/27/15 to 6/22/15

Prize Package:

  • TWO tickets to see The Beach Boys perform live at the Berglund Center on Tuesday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Show Description:
In addition to permanent members Mike Love, guitarist Jeffrey Foskett and singer-keyboardist Bruce Johnston, the Beach Boys' touring lineup includes bassist Randell Kirsch, keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, drummer John Cowsill and guitarist Scott Totten. Though not on the road, Brian Wilson, Jardine and guitarist David Marks remain members of the Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys formed in 1961. The title track to the band's 1962 debut album, "Surfin' Safari," reached No. 14 on the singles charts. The hits celebrating Southern California's surfing and car culture came in waves, including the No. 1 singles "I Get Around" and "Good Vibrations."


John McCutcheon & Lost and Found Ticket Giveaway

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Contest runs from 5/27/15 to 6/11/15

Enter for a chance to win 4 VIP passes to see John McCutcheon and Lost and Found perform LIVE at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on June 20.

Prize Package Details:

  • THREE lucky winners will each receive 4 VIP passes!

Show Description:
"The Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming is pleased to present The Entertainers, a concert featuring John McCutcheon and Lost and Found at the Harvester Performance Center. Great entertainers in concert together. Johnny Cash admired his musicianship, and the Washington Post once referred to McCutcheon as a “rustic renaissance man.” He came to Appalachia in his 20s to learn from local storytellers and musicians, taking our traditions to heart. Since then, he’s performed globally, an able ambassador for Appalachian culture. Likewise, Lost and Found has been influential in their genre. Allen Mills’ well-crafted songs have long been part of the universal bluegrass repertoire and the presentation is just as well-crafted as the songs. VIP seats are "best seats in house" and are guaranteed seats up till show time. With VIP tickets, there is no need to get there early for a great seat. The Harvester Performance Center is located at 450 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, VA 24151. "


Win a Family 4-pack to the Science Museum of Western Virginia’s Butterfly Garden!

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Contest runs from 5/5/15 to 5/24/15
Prize Packages:

  • FIVE lucky winners will each receive a family pack of 4 vouchers valid for entry to the Butterfly Garden at the Science Museum of Western Virginia!

About the Butterfly Garden:
The crowning jewel of the reinvented Science Museum, our year-round Butterfly Garden lets you interact with more than 40 species of live exotic butterflies from around the world.


Mother’s Day Prize Package Giveaway
Win FREE Dinner, Flowers and a Show!

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RSO Solo Showcase May 2015

Contest runs from 4/10/15 to 5/3/15
Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Solo Showcase on Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • One $50 gift card to Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant
  • One $100 gift card for free flowers from Creative Occasions

Concert Description:
Hear RSO musicians in solos, duets, trios and quartets at this Saturday, Destination performance. RSO Principals William P. Parrish Jr., Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Kelley Mikkelsen, and Tracy Cowden perform music by Baroque and Classical masters in the beautiful and resonant acoustics of Calvary Baptist Church. Don't miss this special opportunity. Musicians will also be available to "meet & greet" following the concert.


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Share Your Pet Story and Win!

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Contest ends 4/30/15

In our March/April 2015 issue we shared stories about some of our own pets - now it's your turn! Tell us about your pet for a chance to be featured online and to WIN a $50 Gift Card!

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_"Dinner and a Show" Giveaway
2CELLOS /
Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

2 Cellos
Update, 4-28-15: Unfortunately this show has been cancelled due to an injury to one of the performers. We will award the winner of this contest with a similar package of equal value as soon as arrangements can be made. We regret the inconvenience.

Contest runs from 4/14/15 to 4/28/15 - Enter Now!
Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to see 2CELLOS perform live at the Jefferson Center on 5/5/15 at 7:30 pm. (Editor's note: this show is ALREADY sold out, but you can still WIN tickets here!)
  • One $50 gift card to Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Show Description:
“…Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60’s…”  Elton John

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC.

2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.


"Dinner and a Show" Giveaway
Cécile McLorin Salvant / Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Cecile Salvant
Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to see Cécile McLorin Salvant perform live at the Jefferson Center on 4/18/15 at 9 p.m.
  • One $50 gift card to Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Show Description:
When you hear the sometimes smoky, sometimes crystalline voice of Cécile McLorin Salvant, it’s impossible not to think of legendary jazz vocalists of the past. As the New York Times has pointed out, "If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.” Classically trained at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in France, Salvant was unknown when she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center in 2010. The young singer’s well earned confidence, almost palpable flexibility and theatrical expression combine in a rare talent—one which may have Roanoke music lovers saying many years from now, “I heard her when…”


"Dinner and a Show" Giveaway
Step Afrika! / Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Step Afrika
Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to see Step Afrika! perform live at the Jefferson Center on 3/29/15
  • One $50 gift card to Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Show Description:
An energetic exploration of the human form, Step Afrika! delivers a riveting mix of dance, body-percussion, and spoken word certain to inspire audiences of all ages. The first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Africa! promotes teamwork and cross-cultural understanding worldwide through its spirited and artistic interpretations. Join us as the group's stomping feet and chanting voices transform Shaftman stage into a rare and joyful space--one where movement is embraced for all its power, humor, and grace.


"Dinner and a Show" Giveaway

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
/ Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Brian Blade

Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to see Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band perform live at the Jefferson Center on 3/6/15
  • One $50 gift card to Luigi's Italian Gourmet Restaurant

Show Description:
It is no overstatement to say that Brian Blade is among the best jazz drummers in the world. The son of a preacher and musician from Louisiana, Blade absorbed the unique drumming styles of the American South and distilled them over the years into a powerful, swinging, percussive trademark. Having played with everyone from jazz greats Joshua Redman and Kenny Garrett, to popular icons Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Joni Mitchell, Blade last appeared at Jefferson Center with Chick Corea and Christian McBride. He and his Fellowship Band now bring their brilliant, atmospheric compositions to Shaftman Performance Hall.


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Valentines Giveaway
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Presented by The Roanoker magazine Complete our short survey for a chance to WIN Free Flowers, Dinner and a Show! (Limit of one response per household. Official Rules.)

Prize Package:

  • Two tickets to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s “Tchaikovsky’s Romantic First concert” on February 16th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Shaftman Performance Hall at the Jefferson Center
  • One $50 Gift Card to Luigi’s Italian Gourmet Restaurant
  • One $50 Gift Card to Creative Occasions Events Flowers & Gifts
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