Down by Downtown includes FOUR days of live music at 12 venues in downtown Roanoke. Some shows require tickets, but many shows are free. Saturday’s live music during the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon finish festival is free. Other shows may be subject to a cover charge.
SPAFFORD, Tank & The Bangas, and RubbleBucket
April 13 at Elmwood Park
Spafford has recently been part of a meteoric rise in the jam scene, selling out shows across the
country. They played Bonnaroo last summer and are known for captivating live performances
featuring rock, funk, electronic, bluegrass, gospel, and more. Brian Moss (guitar), Jordan Fairless
(bass), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys), and Cameron Laforest (drums), combine for “electrofunk
therapy” with strong vocals, tight harmonies, and catchy tunes.
You might know Tank and the Bangas as the 2017 winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
The five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles — fiery soul, deft hiphop,
deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz — into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope
of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. The Huffington Post says: “It’s
music that you have to experience.”
Rubblebucket transforms crowds from a skeptical wall of people into one big, happy, silly, jiving,
open-hearted mass with American art-pop and indie-rock. They are slated to play Bonnaroo this
year shortly after the stop in Roanoke.