Rollergirls Fund-Raiser at Nanci Raygun
There are all kinds of good causes to support, certainly, but who can argue with the benefits of Richmond having its very own league of roller derby girls, all elbows and ponytails? Certainly not the big heavy rock guys with big heavy hearts, like, for example, RPG, Stem the Tide, Channel 43, The Ripoff and The Hotdamns, playing Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. $7. 353-4263.
Hal Ketchum at Cary Street Café
While there's probably no exact number, it seems unlikely that Cary Street has played host to a lot of Grand Ole Opry inductees. Ketchum has been putting out country tunes pretty seriously for about 15 years, working out a pretty bold country sound that manages to straddle the old-fashioned sawdust-floor music and the bigger, more pop-influenced numbers that sell out stadiums. In the process, there've been a lot of chart-toppers. So his balancing act is still working pretty well. He plays Thursday, July 27, at 8 p.m. with Black Cash and the Bad Trips. $40-$45. 353-7445.
Nuttin' But Stringz at Dogwood Dell
The Festival of Arts reels in a variety of talent every year, but these two brothers from New York are something else again. Damien and Tourie Escobar both took up the violin at an early age and managed to fit as many styles as they could under the strings classical and jazz, sure, but also the involved beats of hip-hop and the relaxed melodies of R&B. It was enough range to get them broadcast across a whole day of TV, from the "Today" show to "The Tonight Show." They'll be crossing violins at Dogwood Dell Friday, July 28, at 8 p.m. Free. 646-3355.
Julie Clark at Ashland Coffee & Tea
Folk and pop spend time together in the storytelling arrangements of Julie Clark, winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition. It's not all pithy honesty, love and heartbreak, though there's that pop side, which tends to catch her songs on the upswing. She plays Friday, July 28, at 8 p.m. $8. 798-1702.
Sick of imports? Love the local talent? Wish you had the chance to show Elliott Yamin that tattoo you lovingly imparted to your right buttock? The second round of the Richmond Idol competition on the Short Pump Town Center stage brings together the 10 best from the previous week, minus the crying Paula and the insufferable Brit, Saturday, July 29, at 3 p.m. 358-3535. S