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The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Here, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself. Man have we got talent in Southwestern Virginia!

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Draper MercantileDraper Mercantile | Draper/Pulaski

Live music concert series

website | (540) 980-3048

Blue Ridge Music CenterPick BristolPick Bristol | Bristol

Music videos, history, events listings, glossery of terms and local venues where you can see some of the best in the industry. 

website | (276) 236-5309

CJ's GarageCG's Garage | Bristol

Our goal is to become the venue where every band wants to play and where everyone wants to see them perform! We have a great sounding room with an intimate, casual and comfortable atmosphere. We are seeking to provide family friendly shows, while offering opportunities to help others who are in need. We are a brand spankin' new music venue located at Common Ground, directly across from the main entrance of the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.

Facebook  | (276) 706-6748

Crooked Road General StoreCrooked Road General Store | Bristol

Celebrating the traditions of a true "general store", the Crooked Road General Store is just that...intimate and charming. An official venue along Virginia's Heritage Music Trail: The Crooked Road, the CRGS features homemade southern daily specials, local groceries, and a pickin' porch stage. Live music events every week - check out their schedule online.

website  |  (276) 644-9958

Theater BristolTheatre Bristol | Bristol

Theatre Bristol, founded in 1965, is a classic black-box theatre that seats 100 plus people with clear view of the stage in historic downtown Bristol. Call to rent our space for your next concert, performance or event. We will be more than happy to fax or email you our rate sheet and discuss with you the dates available for rental. An intimate venue perfect for concerts, CD release parties, and artist showcases.

website  |  (423) 968-4977

Blue Ridge Music CenterBlue Ridge Music Center | Galax

The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region.

website | (276) 236-5309

Sun Music HallThe Sun Music Hall | Floyd

The Sun Music Hall is a performance venue as well as a space for classes, workshops and private events, located in downtown Floyd, VA in the Appalachian mountains. In operation as a performance hall for over 10 years, many great acts have pass through our small town. Attracting folks from Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Greensboro, NC the Sun Music Hall has a reputation for being a great place to both perform and be entertained.

website | ( 540) 745-6836

Virginia Tech MusicMusic at Virginia Tech | Blacksburg

The Department of Music produces the University Chamber Music Series and the New River Valley Symphony Series; both series offer ticketed performances. In addition, numerous choral and instrumental ensemble performances are also produced and are free and open to the public. The University Chamber Music series combines the talents of our faculty with internationally known guest artists creating world-class entertainment. The New River Valley Symphony, comprised of the outstanding musicianship of Virginia Tech faculty, students, and artists from throughout the New River Valley, performs masterworks by the great composers of yesterday and today.


The Rex TheaterThe Rex  Theater | Galax

Every Friday night in the City of Galax, Virginia WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater into five states and over the World Wide Web. The show is called Blue Ridge Back Roads and thanks to a faithful group of volunteers has become the cornerstone for the revitalization of this 70 year old theater.

website | (276) 238-8130

Radford Fiddle and Banjo JamThe Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam | Radford

The Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam has been a mainstay of Radford’s music scene since 2000. Bluegrass, old-time and country songs are performed with enthusiasm, skill and wild and wooly abandon, usually to a lively, appreciative crowd.

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Floyd Country StoreFloyd Country Store | Floyd

Some of the finest old-time musicians around turn up on stage at the store, enjoying the energy and enthusiasm of an audience that truly appreciates traditional music. The Friday Night Jamboree happens every Friday, rain or shine, all year ’round.

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Floyd Country StoreLincoln Theatre | Marion

Song of the Mountains showcases the music from the Southern Appalachian Region which includes bluegrass, old time, celtic, gospel and country music. Generally the first Saturday of every month at 7:00 pm you and your family are invited to the beautiful Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA to see and hear the music from the region where it all began. Song of the Mountains started in 2005 with TV tapings for Public TV. These shows were, and continue to be taped before a live audience at the Lincoln Theatre and are broadcast on PBS. Since the 2005 season the show is now syndicated nationally and offered to all PBS affiliates across the United States. Song of the Mountains has won the prestigious Telly Award" and is being aired on over 190 outlets nationwide. Plan to be part of our live TV audience for this season's tapings!

website  |  (276) 783-6093 (423) 323-7829

Jams and Smaller Venues

  • The Cellar | Live Blues, Jazz, and Rock-a-Billy Music
    Performances starting at 9:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday night Open Blues Mic with the Blue Monday Band every Monday at 9:00 pm
    website | (540) 953-0651

  • Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam  | River City Grill
    Bluegrass and old-time mountain music starting at 7:00 pm every Monday night at the River City Grill Join in the jam session or just enjoy the show
    website | (540) 629-2130

  • Friday Night Jamboree | Floyd Country Store
    One of the two best places in the country to listen to Bluegrass music according to Country Living magazine (March, 2000) Bluegrass and Gospel music starting at 6:30 pm every Friday night Traditional Bluegrass and Mountain Music in an informal “round” style jam 2-5 pm every Sunday Americana Afternoons starting at Noon every Saturday!
    website | (540) 745-4563

  • Old Time Jam | Gillies Restaurant
    Old Time music and dancing from 8-11 pm every Tuesday night. Blacksburg
    (540) 961-2703

  • Due South BBQ | Bluegrass Jam
    6:30 pm to close on Thursday nights. Christiansburg
    (540) 381-2922

  • Old Time Jam | Anna’s Restaurant Old Time Jam
    7-10 pm every Thursday night 100 Monroe St in Narrows
    (540) 726-3545

  • Blacksburg's Market Square Jam | Blacksburg’s
    A weekly jam session that takes place on Tuesday evenings in downtown on the corner of Draper Road and Roanoke Street. Every Tuesday from 7:00 – 11:00 PM
  • July 7 and 21 | West Wind Wine Farm Vineyard & Winery
    West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery is situated on a fourth generation homestead, minutes from the New River, in Wythe County, Virginia. A warm, welcoming tasting room will greet you when you visit. You're more than welcome to spend some time enjoying our award-winning offerings on the patio or relaxing in front of our stone fireplace. Cafe Saturdays features delicous lunch offerings, fine wines, and desserts from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Live music is played between Noon and 2:00 PM. 

    Ron Ireland and Jason Beam will play a mix of traditional, classic country, and original music.
    website  | (276) 699-2020

  • July 7 | Floyd Rhythm & Vine Fest
    A wine and music festival to benefit Floyd County Cares, Inc. & The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.Regular admission includes free wine glass and wine tastings at each participating winery's booth.
    website | (540) 745-2784

  • July 13 | Ron Ireland Handmade Music at the Palisades Restaurant
    Located in the former Pyne's General Store, the Palisades Restaurant offers contemporary cuisine in a unique countryside setting, warm hospitality and unparalleled service in an historic landmark building. The Palisades is truly a neighborhood restaurant.
    website | (540) 626-2828

  • The Farmhouse Ghost live at O'Mainnin's Pub | June 27.
     The Farmhouse Ghost is a band. Singer/Songwriters, Drew Plowman on acoustic guitar and JB Forrester on bass, like to write songs about mamas, trees and whiskey. Drew looks an awful lot like Justin Bieber, it's kind of sad. J.B. is Papabear, and he likes his porridge hot. Cepheus is from another universe, and he plays the drums. He met Drew and JB at Ike's Wednesday night bluegrass jam. Kris has a guitar pedal that plays radio waves. He used to be Drew's boss at a call center in Virginia. They play a variety of covers that should please any listener, fused between well-crafted originals that will make you laugh, dance and cry....well maybe not cry, but check 'em out. You won't be disappointed


    Contact: O'Mainnin's Pub
    Phone: 423-844-0049

  • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion | Bristol
    Friday, September 16, 2011 - Sunday, September 18, 2011
    The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul--a celebration of Bristol's heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present and future. The Reunion offers 22 stages of live music that include four outdoor stages, a dance tent, 16 indoor venues and a children’s stage on Saturday for a free event for families on Saturday from 9am-1pm. The best part, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is among the most affordable music festivals around!
    website | (423) 573-4898

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention | August 20
    Whether you make music or just love to listen to good old down-home mountain music, you will not want to miss the Fries Fiddler’s Convention in the Fries Town Park always held the third weekend in August. Two nights of fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, folk song, dance and band competition. Come and camp for $5.00/site/night. Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 12 are free with a paying adult. Grounds open at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of the festival. Handicapped access available upon request. Come to Fries and enjoy great music, friendly people and delicious food. We regret that we cannot accommodate pets.

  • April 14 | Annual Wolf Creek Heritage Music Festival (The Crooked Road)
    Saturday, 4pm - $3.00; 10/under Free - Civil War & Heritage Music played by banjo, fiddle, and other strings. Includes bluegrass, oldtime, gospel, etc. Sponsored by Wolf Creek Ruritan in cooperation with The Crooked Road. Food available. Ruritan Community building, Penvir Rd. Info: 726.2638

  • Newport Jamboree | Newport Rec Center, 7pm
    • June 16 | Newport Jamboree
      The Porch Loungers and The Black Twig Pickers

    • July 21 | Newport Jamboree
      Fort Vause and Indian Run Stringband

    • August | Newport Jamboree
      Windfall and Rosco P and Coaltrain

    • September | Newport Jamboree
      American Roots and The Java Brothers

  • May 18-19 | Giles Fiddler's Convention
    Join us for a weekend of music, camping, and canoeing on the majestic New River! A positive weekend focused of family entertainment with music, canoeing, and primitive camping. The beautiful 30 acre Whitt-Riverbend Park on the New River will be transformed into a community event with bluegrass and old time competitions, activities for kids, and fun on the river for all ages.

  • Henry Reed Fiddler's Convention | June every year
    Concerts on Friday and Competitions on Saturday. We are now selling ads for the Souvenir Book, and Looking for judges. If anyone wants to advertise, or be a part of the committee, contact us. Thanks for everyones' support. This is truly a community festival, and its the people who support it that makes this such a wonderful event.

  • Floyd Fandango | July
    Celebrating Independence Day the Independent way- with music, mountains, and a cool craft beverage! Whether your choice is a cold microbrew or a fine Virginia wine, the Floyd Fandango has the best of both, all yours for the sampling at our beautiful 80 acre Blue Ridge Parkway venue.
    website | (888) VA-FESTS

  • Floyd Fest | July
    A perfect conglomeration of music, art, food, people and one of the most breathtaking venues in the country. Great place to hear a variety of roots and world music for a fair price.
    website | (888) VA-FESTS


Travel On Virginia’s Crooked Road,
Mountain Music Lights the Way

Published: May 20, 2011
Through the farmland, pastures and one-light towns along Virginia’s Crooked Road, there is a single, unifying sound: old-time, foot-tapping homegrown music.


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