MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The roar of stock cars and trucks racing around the Martinsville Speedway aren’t the only sounds that are going to be heard this race weekend in Southwest Virginia.
For the third year, organizers of Rooster Walk Inc., a community non-profit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville and Henry County, have organized two nights of free music in conjunction with the fall NASCAR race weekend.
The Turn 5 concert series will feature four bands on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and four more bands on Saturday beginning 4 p.m. at 423 Clover Road in Ridgeway, near the entrance to Martinsville Speedway’s official fan campgrounds.
A portion of proceeds from concession sales will be donated to the Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund, the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, the local Boy Scouts of America and PHCC’s Racing College of Virginia motorsports program, according to Rooster Walk co-founder Johnny Buck.
“Last year’s Turn 5 Concerts raised $10,000 for local charities,” Buck said.
Among the acts scheduled to perform is Mountain Heart lead singer and Bassett, Va., native Josh Shilling, who will perform with Fuzzy Logic, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Fuzzy Logic is a five-piece popular Roanoke-based band that Shilling helped found.
Since performing in October 2013 at a sold-out Rives Theatre as the lead singer of bluegrass band Mountain Heart, Shilling has gotten married, witnessed the birth of his first child, made his national acting debut and played on stage with some of the biggest names in modern music, according to a Rooster Walk release.
“This year, I’ve shared the stage with folks like Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers), Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Paul Riddle (The Marshall Tucker Band), Barry Waldrep (Zac Brown), John Cowan (The Doobie Brothers), and many more. I just got back from a weekend at The Festy outside of Charlottesville, Va., where I was featured on Hammond organ and vocals with my good pals from The Infamous Stringdusters and folks like Nicki Bluhm,” Shilling said.
On Saturday night, Shilling will be singing lead, playing some guitar, and “pounding on the piano and Hammond organ,” he said.
Friday’s music will begin at 6 p.m. with Southern Funk Orchestra, which is led by Martinsville native Joey Philpott. At 7:30 p.m., Wilmington, N.C., roots-rock band L Shape Lot will perform. At 9:30 p.m., Motley Crue tribute band Red, White & Crue will begin playing, and Guns N Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction is set to take the stage at 10:30 p.m.
Shilling and Fuzzy Logic are part of an eight-band lineup at the free Turn 5 Concerts this weekend. Saturday’s music will begin at 4 p.m. with Ferrum rockers Kerosene Willy. At 6 p.m., legendary blues guitarist Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin will take the stage. Shilling and Fuzzy Logic will play at 8 p.m., followed by country/southern rock singer Sunny Ledfurd at 10 p.m.
Shilling said he was honored to be a part of the event, especially because it is in his hometown.
“Most hometowns don’t support like Martinsville, and I’ll never take it for granted. I’m definitely looking forward to performing there, and I can’t wait to shake hands and hug friends, neighbor, and family,” he said in the release.
“It’s so awesome to see events like Rooster Walk and concerts at The Rives Theatre and Turn 5 taking place back home, and it’s especially awesome to see the impact it’s having on the community. Raising money for charities around town, bringing top notch entertainment to the area, and being able to provide a free night of music this year is incredible.”