Join Blue 5 Restaurant as we celebrate some of the delicious new brews from one of America's champion brewers. Come taste some of the freshest new offerings that Troeg's is brewing up. From the perfectly hopped Solid Sender pale ale to the dangerously easy to drink Nimble Giant DIPA, this event will be "Hopping".
Groova Scape brings a fresh, powerful vibe to their bluesy shows, which are always packed with fun and surprises. World-class vocalist Brittany Sparks and veteran guitarist Henry Lazenby front this five-piece known for its startlingly good original tunes. Groova Scape has a super solid foundation provided by the spot on and exhilarating drumming of Matt Leonard and tight funky bass grooves provided by Scott Sutton. Ben Hite tops it all off with fresh Jazzy keyboard lines and vocals.
When Sparks turns loose those pipes, audiences sit up and take notice, then howl for more.
“Those guys have written some truly great songs,” says longtime promoter and music scene guru Gary Jackson. All of it adds up to a festival-tested band that is ready to move to the next level after six years and hundreds of shows worth of seasoning on the stages of Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland and West Virginia.
The products of that experience are blues/rock arrangements that conjure up all sorts of jazzy, funky surprises. Groova simply knows how to find the groove every single night, and they'll do it without assaulting your ears or insulting your intelligence.
In recent years, Groova has opened for top acts such as Dave Matthews’ sideman Tim Reynolds and TR3 (twice), for Zach Deputy; for EOTO; for RAQ, for Thievery Corporation, for Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, for the Bridge, for U-Melt, for Basshound and numerous others.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Groova Scape has drawn a strong international following over the internet with especially heavy regular listenership in California, Texas, and North Carolina, plus the United Kingdom and France. The band has made numerous appearances on regional television and traveled to make appearances in the prestigious Crozet Music Festival in Charlottesville, Culturefest and Pink Moon festivals in West Virginia, and the Day-Glo Music Festival in North Carolina, among others.
Bryan Elijah Smith
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Smith's unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice go hand in hand with The Wild Hearts raw energy making this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities crossing a wide array of genres. With over 700 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13 & 14, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience 4 & 5, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1 & 2), a Fall 2013 & January 2015 Australia Tours and having NASA take notice & use 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'Water Falls' movie trailer; Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts have proven themselves to be studio journeymen and road tested workhorses.
Xmas in July Celebration
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us in celebrating our annual X-mas in July event. Who needs a "seasonal" beer? We deck the halls and then our taps with some of the most dark, delicious, cellar-aged, rare brew around. Carols around our tap handle X-mas tree, ugly sweater contest for some awesome Blue 5 swag, and of course all the delicious rare draught brew that we should've drank in December. This year looks to be the best yet, which is hard to believe if you saw last years line-up. Remember ALL of these brews have been aged for a minimum of 6 months, a few go as far back as 2013. To name just a couple brews that made the "nice list" :
Hardywood GBS, X-mas morning (2013), and Bourbon GBS (2013), Dog Fishhead Bitch's Brew (year), Founders Backwoods Bastard (2014), St Bernardus Xmas (2014), Clown Shoes Luchador (2015), Terrapin Cinnabon Wake n Bake(2015), Alesmith Speedway (2015), Bruery 8 Maids-a-Milking (2014), Alagash St. Klippenstien Ale (2014), Heavy Seas Siren Noire (2014), Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (2014), Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy (2015), Duclaw Retribution (2013), Bells Kalamzoo Stout (2015), and many more, including some breakfast stouts you may have heard of.
Brent Johnson & The Call Up
A guitar prodigy from the age of four, South Texas born Brent Johnson always knew where he wanted his playing to take him. Drinking in the very best of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Punk, Country and World Music, by the time his family moved to New Orleans in his teens, he was predestined towards a career in music.
Writing his own material, Brent formed several bands, then joined ‘Under The Gun’, who built a considerable following on the local live circuit in Louisiana and beyond. As admiring of the style of The Clash, Albert King, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins or Black Flag and Thelonius Monk, Brent's passion for playing was immediate and intense for his audience.
New Orleans’ legendary ‘Braille Blues Daddy’ Bryan Lee heard Brent's playing and immediately recognized his virtuosity, drive and dedication. At 22, Brent was seconded into Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band with whom he has recorded and toured nationally and internationally for the past ten years. Brent credits Bryan as an ever encouraging mentor, sharing and expanding his deep love of the Blues and playing guitar; “ playing with Bryan has really helped me open my ears. Bryan always had keyboard players before I joined him – so I had to learn how to play like an organist, like a horn section – how to play rhythm like a group of instruments... instead of solely like a guitarist. I’ve learned how to swing, how to play be-bop and also how to take that aggression that I love and give it room to move – new colors to paint with”.
Brent has played festivals around the world and has shared the stage with legends such as Buddy Guy, Lonnie Brooks, Eddie Shaw, Gatemouth Brown, Michael Burks, David Maxwell, Bruce Katz, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Howlin Wolf associate Hubert Sumlin.
In between tours with Bryan Lee, Brent went out on the road with John Perkins (drums) and Bill Blok (bass) playing Brent's original compositions. They garnered a great response and decided to go into the recording studio, with the inclusion of Wayne Lohr on keyboards.
Brent Johnson and The Call Up released their debut album ‘ Set The World On Fire’ in ‘2014’ through the renowned Justin-Time Records out of Montreal. Renowned musicians Sonny Landreth and Alvin Youngblood Hart guest on several tracks.
“My sound is rooted in the Blues, though I don’t pretend to be a purist, and I don’t want to be” he explains, “I believe there are no limits – I’m going to have fun with this for a long time!”
Starr Hill IPA Jamboree
Join us as we celebrate all things Hoppy! Come taste some of the amazing & EXCLUSIVE IPA's on tour from Starr Hill's IPA Jamboree Festival. We are going to Crozet to hand pick the best of the best and bring them right here to you in Roanoke, at VA's #1 craft beer bar, Blue 5. An array of hops from all sides of the spectrum will be on tap for a sensory overload of flavor. We will also have a few things on for those hop haters among us from the delicious Starr Hill Brewery. Don't miss your chance to taste some history!
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.