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Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2018 celebrates 18 years with OCMS, Railroad Earth, The SteelDrivers, Annabelle’s Curse, and many more Sept. 21-23

Some 45,000 music lovers from all over the world will gather on State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia for the 18th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival on Sept. 21-23. The event honors the twin cities’ unique history as the place where the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions were recorded.

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LOCKN’ Festival featuring Lettuce, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sheryl Crow and The Judy Chops is set for Aug. 23-26, 2018, in Arrington, VA

The Lockn’ Festival is celebrating its sixth year Aug. 23-26, 2018, in central Virginia featuring four days of continuous music, food, craft beer and more under the stars.

This year’s event includes collaborations including bringing Branford Marsalis back together with Dead & Co. As if that wasn’t enough, legendary Led Zeppelin Drummer Jason Bonham will be sitting in with Umphrey’s McGee. According to the website, collaborations are a LOCKN’ tradition, and fans expect to see a lot of spontaneous joining.

Can’t make it to the festival? You can still catch the music live thanks to Ben & Jerry’s and Airstream at 

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Yarn to play at Pop’s Farm on Friday, Aug. 10

Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival favorite Yarn  will perform on Friday, Aug. 10,  at Pop’s Farm just outside Martinsville, Virginia.

The Brooklyn-based Americana/alt-country band will hit the Pine Grove Stage at 9 p.m.

Fans are invited to camp, eat, drink and dance. Deschutes Brewery beer will be on tap, plus wine and food from Hylton’s Wood Fired Grill. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the gate, and camping is just $10 per vehicle.

Outside coolers, lawn chairs, blankets etc are OK, but outside alcohol is not permitted.

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Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.


Sat., Sept. 8th – Brewster Walk in uptown Martinsville – Click here for more details. Tix $30 GA // $55 VIP. Buy ’em here.

Fri., Sept. 28th – Kat Wright at Pop’s Farm – Click here for more details. Featuring opening band Propserity’s Folly. Tix $12/$15. Camping $10. Buy ’em here.

Sat., Oct. 27 – Skydog (a tribute to the Allman Brothers) at the Rives Theatre on Halloween weekend! Click here for more details. Tix $12/$15. Buy ’em here.
Sat., Nov. 10th – AJ Ghent at the Rives Theatre. Click here for more details. Tix $12/$15. Buy ’em here.


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Labor Day Weekend 2018 offers myriad music festival opportunities for fans in Virginia, North Carolina

Listen up music festival lovers: Labor Day Weekend 2018 has plenty of opportunities in North Carolina, Virginia and beyond. Continue reading

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Front Porch Fest celebrates 10 years of music, memories over Labor Day Weekend 2018

Tired of listening to the same old music? Front Porch Fest, held at the picturesque Spirit Haven Farm in Stuart, Virginia, over Labor Day weekend, may be just the ticket. You’ll not only be exposed to some new tunes, you’ll also have the opportunity to support some great causes.

“Front Porch Fest is a great place to hear someone you have never heard of and leave with new music in your heart,” festival Executive Director Chris Prutting told me in 2015. “I’ve grown up with music and friends playing in bands. I love the bands no one has heard of. If you come to Front Porch Fest, you will leave with a whole new catalog of music. We’ve always prided ourselves on getting bands right before they make it.”

Among the acts lined up for Front Porch Fest set for Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 include Perpetual Groove, Zach Deputy, the Larry Keel Experience, Big Daddy Love, Annabelle’s Curse, the Couldn’t Be Happiers, Urban Soil, Slick Jr. & the Reactors, among others. A distinctive feature of this festival, which attracts a few thousand attendees, are its three stages with no overlapping sets so music lovers don’t have to miss a beat.

I personally love the laid back feel of this festival that is smaller more intimate version of some of its neighbors including FloydFest and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival.

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Steep Canyon Rangers, the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters return to Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 14

From the good folks over at the Blue Ridge Music Center, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virgnia:
The Steep Canyon Rangers are perennial favorites at the Blue Ridge Music Center and fans look forward to their annual show. Playing together since 2000, the the group has developed a sound all their own. Combining original songs, traditional tunes, and a whole lot of fun in their shows, they received IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award in 2011 as well as a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. Their dynamic live performances include a great deal of humor and playfulness.  With tight harmonies and instrumental dexterity, the band plays bluegrass and beyond, incorporating elements of folk, country, Americana and pop music to create a unique take on their “traditional plus” sound. As they approach their second decade, the Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, searching for new horizons and musical vistas.
With their hard-driving old-time rhythm, the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters are a favorite among flatfoot dancers and mountain fiddle music fans. The group takes its name from the original Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, a popular Galax string band during the 1930s that was a frequent winner in the early years of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

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Scythian, David Childers to play benefit for Water For People at Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 4

Celtic rock band Scythian and folk singer-songwriter David Childers have announced they will perform on Saturday, Aug. 4, in downtown Raleigh’s the Lincoln Theatre at a benefit concert for Water For People.
Doors for this all-ages show will open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50.
Water for People is a non-profit dedicated to providing water and wastewater education, training, and service in an effort to protect public health and the environment.

“We are always excited to come back to North Carolina and Raleigh in particular hold a lot of great memories for us with IMBA and the First Night Raleigh show we’ve played,” explains one of Scythian’s frontmen Danylo Fedoryka (vocals, guitar, accordion).

“To link a return show to a great cause makes it twice and meaningful for us and we hope that people will come out and support a great cause.”

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