Italian Lake Music Series Welcomes: Roanoke

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Mother nature can just lay off the rain for a while.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a rainy day (or a rainy night for you Eddie Rabbitt fans) but this has not been ideal outdoor music venue weather this summer.

Myself and a bunch of friends piled in two cars to go see Kesha and Macklemore at Hersheypark Stadium during an absolute day-long downpour a few weeks back. There is still glitter everywhere, but we were shivering because of how cold and rainy it was all day and night. In July?! It was still a great time even though we all risked pneumonia.

My point is, enough with the rain!

Luckily there seems to be no rain in this weekend’s forecast. Unless I just jinxed it. There is a great outdoor show this weekend as the fifth and final installment of the 2018 Italian Lake Music Series welcomes all the way from Nashville, TN the folk sounds of Roanoke on Sunday, August 12 at 6 p.m.

The Italian Lake Music Series are free concerts that are open to the public and kid-friendly. Make sure you bring a few lawn chairs or a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy the music with the beauty of Italian Lake as your setting.

Roanoke is a folk band that has quickly risen up the charts and are getting noticed across the country for their beautiful harmonies and entertaining live show.

I was making my way through their catalog today and there is no doubt they have that Nashville influence to them. However, it is not overwhelming and stands on its own with a bit of a vibe that you may get from listening to The Civil Wars  — and not just because there are a man and woman both harmonizing. There is a touch of an indie sound to them that reminds me of The Lumineers as well. Roanoke is very well written, and well-defined sound.

My favorite track is definitely “Silent Films” from their 2018 EP “Where I Roam.” Give it a listen and let me know what your favorite is:

Their video for “Tennessee Stone” shows the dynamic of two people experiencing the highs and lows of love. They shine a light on how easy it is to lose yourself and start to look for the comforts of home in another form, specifically booze.

I would expect a beautiful and inspiring performance from the Nashville natives.

Head out to beautiful Italian Lake this Sunday at 6 p.m. and wind down your weekend with people you love and the beautiful sounds of Roanoke.

Micah Jacobs
Author: Micah Jacobs

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