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Rooster Walk 7 Music and Arts Festival announces initial lineup, early-bird ticket sales for May 21-24, 2015, event event

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Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival organizers have announced the initial lineup for Rooster Walk 7 set for May 21-24, 2015. The event will feature Yarn (Saturday and Sunday), Southern Culture on the Skids (Thursday), the Kings of Belmont, After Jack, Major & the Monbacks and Lizzy Ross.

“We’re super excited to welcome SCOTS into the fold for the first time, and thrilled to bring the other five Rooster Walk vets back again,” says Johnny Buck, Rooster Walk executive director.

Rooster Walk 7 will be held at new venue known as Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va. “While it’s closer to Martinsville and Danville, it’s still in a beautiful country setting,” Buck explained. “You will find that we have more room — no more gridded camp sites and now we have room for RVs in General Admission camping — and cell service, among other perks.”

Early bird ticket prices are good until Jan. 1, or while supplies last. There are a number of VIP tickets and VIP RV Passes on sale, as well as 4-Day General Admission tickets and General Admission RV Passes.

“We feel like Rooster Walk has gotten better each and every year and Rooster Walk 7 will be no exception,” Buck added.

The Harvest Foundation recently awarded a $146,450 grant to Rooster Walk to buy a portable stage for use at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival and its Turn 5 Concert Series.

Rooster Walk Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to music, arts and education in the Martinsville/Henry County area. It produces live music events that support charities and worthwhile causes in the area, according to Buck.

“By owning our own portable stage, we will save thousands of dollars each year in rental fees, which in turn will be donated to local charities, such as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School,” Buck said. “And, we will be able to rent the stage out to other event producers in the region, creating a new revenue stream to increase our charitable giving even more.”

Rooster Walk debuted in 2009 when some 600 people gathered in a field north of town to listen to some live music by a few local bands over Memorial Day weekend to commemorate the lives of two lost friends. Organizers say they weren’t sure at the time there would be a Rooster Walk 2. What a difference a few years makes. On May 22-25, Rooster Walk 6 drew more than 5,000 music lovers to hear 35 performers on three different stages at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds including headliners Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Infamous Stringdusters, singer-songwriters Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, Anders Osborne, the Pimps of Joytime, Particle, Yarn and Stephane Wrembel & His Band.

In fact, the festival has grown so much that it made Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s list of top 10 summer fests, which includes FloydFest, Bonaroo and Bristol Rhythm and Roots, for readers in their area that reaches from Maryland to Georgia.

“If you find huge crowds to be a drag, consider this low-key fest while it’s still a best-kept secret. As the event’s impressive line-up of roots music keeps getting better, the masses will soon be making the journey to the scenic foothills of Martinsville—a former furniture mecca making a comeback through arts and outdoor recreation,” the magazine writes. “No need to leave the festival grounds to stretch your legs. On Sunday, the fest hosts the Tuff Strutter 5K—billed as one of the toughest trail runs on the East Coast.” Learn more here.

“It’s a huge honor to be listed alongside 10 other festivals that we respect and admire so much,” Buck said. “Rooster Walk isn’t the biggest festival around, and we plan to keep it that way. It’s the music, the vibe and the people that make our event a special experience. We have no intentions of changing the recipe.”

The family-friendly Rooster Walk, which features on-site camping, food vendors, music workshops and kids’ activities, also won first place in the Virginia Living magazine’s third annual “Best of Virginia” contest as the best charity event.

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