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ROANOKE'S 10 BEST BANDS

LENNY
MARCUS TRIO
LENNY MARCUS TRIO, HOPPIE VAUGHN & THE MINISTERS OF SOUL: JEFF HOFMANN / JOJO STOCKTON: DAN SMITH / THE WORX: NICOLE SERVIDO COLWELL / THE KINGS: COURTESY OF THE KINGS / FAT DADDY BAND: COURTESY OF FAT DADDY BAND / RADAR ROSE: BRIAN MUNCY / MARIE ANDERSON: DRUMZANDSPACE PHOTOGRAPHY

HOPPIE VAUGHAN
& THE MINISTERS OF SOUL

THE KINGS

THE WORX

JOJO STOCKTON

FAT DADDY BAND

The Worx has been "a juke
box band" for more than a quarter
century, playing up and down the
East Coast. "They don't do much
original work, but they bring people
out in the 25 to 45 demographic,"
says a panelist. "They're good at what
they do."
Radar Rose is a veteran folk/
rock band featuring the singing of
Anastasia Thompson and Jane Gabrielle, a professional artist who was
once called "The erstwhile earth
mother of Roanoke's [music] scene." The band bills itself as playing
"singularly exciting, dynamically
vigorous and eloquently powerful,
unadulterated acoustic rock."
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Lenny Marcus Trio is led by
a psychiatrist (at the VA Hospital
in Salem) who's hardly in it for the
money, but this sophisticated jazz
group is the best of its type in these
parts. He has studied and played with
people like Ellis Marsalis and Charlie
Byrd and is often compared to Vince
Guaraldi, Oscar Peterson and others.
Lazyman Dub Band plays
reggae/rockabilly/jam/funk and is "a
pretty good band with great horns,"
says a panelist. The band was formed
in 2007 and has played every type
of venue from small clubs to huge
festivals (it has its own festival in
Roanoke). "They sell out clubs," says
a panelist. "Good party band with

RADAR ROSE

upbeat music. They sell a lot of beer"
for clubs.
Marie anderson is the only
solo act on the list and she is likely
the busiest, according to a panelist
who would know. "She's on stage
five to six nights a week, playing a
variety of music with her guitar and
her [drum pedal, harmonizer and
loop pedal]. She probably knows
400-500 songs [actually, she claims
1,500] and does her own thing. She's
one of the hardest workers in town
and, truth be told, I don't know how
she gets the gigs she gets." Her music
ranges from 1930s ballads through
just about every form, including her
own compositions. I

MARIE ANDERSON

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