Off Our Rockers
Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Off Our Rockers are an energetic group of long-time Blacksburg residents who enjoy great old rock and roll, and aren't ready yet to sit on our rockers, watching the sunset. We play fun music from the past, and love when people get up and dance and sing along with us. We're sure to get your adrenaline flowing.
Seph Custer & The Flatbreaks
Friday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Seph Custer & The Flatbreaks bring a wide range of musical stylings and genres to the stage with one through line - it’s all entirely improvised! Brian McKee on percussion and John Rardin on bass provide a solid rhythmic platform for Seph to take advantage of; this allows him to dip into his original music and old favorites, while the band weaves in and out of blues, funk, rock, R&B, hip hop, alternative, and whatever they may have heard on the radio on the way to the performance. Each show is guaranteed to be unique and energetic, and offers a little something for everyone to enjoy!
Friday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Cinémathèque is a surf rock / exotica dance band that comes to life with unique world rhythms and familiar themes on guitar, keys, bass, drums, horns, and aux percussion.
Jared Stout Band
Friday 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Bringing the beat of the mountains to the rhythm of everyday blues, The Jared Stout Band is an alt-country powerhouse based out of southwestern Virginia. Formed in 2018 after the release of “Home”, they became an area favorite, winning the regional 2020 Rockn to Lockn competition. Bringing energetic and soulful originals, Stout's powerful voice fronts a group of dynamic musicians that makes a performance like no other. With their sophomore album set to release Fall ‘22, The JSB is no show to miss.
Performing in Blacksburg with a five-piece band, Deau Eyes' performances are sometimes loud and punky and sometimes subdued and sweet, varying from song to song. As a spectator, you understand the emotion of the music as much from her captivating presence as you do through her skillfully crafted song lyrics. When the floor is hers, she is disarmingly earnest.
Deau Eyes’ sophomore album Legacies — a sprawling, majestic exploration of what it means to “leave things behind that have integrity and meaning” — began when one of her exes called her up, asking if she wanted to go to Moscow with him in a couple of years and hop on a train to Beijing. Part of her loved the idea, but an older, wiser part knew that wasn’t her anymore.
She turned this personal inflection point into “Moscow in the Spring,” a dreamy pop number haloed in the hazy glow of starry synths and tinkling sleigh bells. Thibodeau wanted the song to sound like “an Icelandic airport… like you’re in a waiting room and you’re going somewhere really exciting.”
Recorded between her closet and the respective home studios of co-producers Scott Lane and DJ Harrison, Legacies came together with more intention than the flash-bang intensity of her Let It Leave debut, which was taped in a matter of days with longtime friends Jacob Blizard and Collin Pastore (known for their work with Lucy Dacus, illuminati hotties, and Julien Baker). Over the course of four months, Thibodeau spent her days waitressing, then would rush over to Lane’s studio to craft the sounds of Legacies deep into the night. The resulting 10-song set is an undeniably cinematic journey, informed by her love of artists from Brandi Carlile to Emily King to Fiona Apple.
Dean Trimble on acoustic guitar playing Classic Country and Soft Rock music from the 70’s and 80’s.
Friday 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Kat Mills is a singer-songwriter, wife, mother, and activist based in Blacksburg and known throughout the region for her down-to-earth style and powerful voice. With a vintage Martin guitar, bell bottoms, and soulful original songs, Kat Mills reminds you of another era--but her work is for the here and now. She has four studio albums, has been a regular at Steppin Out and Floyd Fest, and has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Dar Williams and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Join Kat for a relaxing, inspiring set—and be ready
to sing along!
Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
American Roots is a father and son (Fred & Jon Benfield) guitar and harmony vocals duo that has been performing in the region for about 25 years. Their performances may include Appalachian blues and ballads, delta and piedmont blues, trad-country, swing, trad-jazz, hot fiddle tunes, and "folkgrass" (folk tunes played at bluegrass tempo).
Ball & Chain
Friday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Local Favorite Ball & Chain is the wife/husband duo Jon & Lucinda Piro. Original americana with an edge. Passion, fun, and sass pervade Jon’s and Lucinda’s blend of rockin’ roots, blues, R&B, alternative. A boy from the Bronx, a girl from the Virginia mountains. A captivating blend of musical tension and reconciliation. Years ago Jon put an ad in the Village Voice for a front person. Lucinda answered. The band eventually broke up, but Jon and Lucinda kept together, married, raised a couple of kiddoes, and never stopped creating music together. Ball & Chain is a triumph of creative collaboration and fierce commitment. They’ve played locally and toured throughout the U.S. Known for their outstanding vocals and unique harmonies that stroke your soul. And if you don’t have a soul, then you’ll simply enjoy some damn fine music.
Jon: vocals, lead guitar
Lucinda: vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin, bass, hand percussion, harmonica
Ash Devine & Co.
Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The award-winning and versatile Appalachian-folk-fusion singer-songwriter, teacher, and arts program designer Ash Devine is based the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and Blacksburg, VA and has been referred to as one of the last ‘true folk troubadours’. Devine is known for her unique finger-style ukulele and guitar capabilities, and for her participation in activism through music, education, and the arts. In addition to producing several albums of original music, Ash has performed and studied along side Nobel peace prize nominee Patch Adams M.D., Smithsonian folk ways award winner Sheila Kay Adams, Grammy award nominee David Holt, and a number of other renowned folklorists, musicians, and social activists. Her versatile Appalachian folk revival-fusion sound is bursting with stylistic variety, relatable story, and historical facts. Her music is infleunced in style by Traditional Appalachian, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Jean Richie, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Maybelle Carter, Leslie Riddle, Ani Difranco, Kate Wolfe, Bob Dylan, and reggae/world music influences such as the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and west African traditional music.
Friday 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Seated in southern Appalachia, Laura Beth and Clover Hollow embody the authentic roots music that surround them while producing a signature sound that is original, sharp and refreshing - blues-rock, bluegrass, old time, and old-school-country all meld together into the soul of their music.
Laura Beth and Clover Hollow members have an immediate and unique chemistry that is reflected in how their talents groove together. It’s easy to hear in their successful debut cd, The Mill Sessions - recorded live in an old grain mill in southwest VA. Laura Beth’s songwriting is authentic and smooth and her vocals will cut straight through to your heart. Together, these top-notch musicians transport you to whisky weeping heartbreak to quiet introspection to rhythm stomping anthems of revelry.
Inspired and skillful leads are offered up by Chris Printz (mandolin), Chris Burgoyne (guitar), and Joe Abercrombie (banjo and dobro), while John Munsell (string bass) holds up the groove. Laura Beth sings lead, plays rhythm guitar and writes the tunes that are now staples far beyond their hometown of Blacksburg, VA.
You can stream or download Clover Hollow tunes from your favorite digital music platform.
Youth Experiencing Science (YES) will share their research from Virginia Tech labs. Say YES to Science and support these budding scientists as they present on current research areas including water purification and alternative energy sources.
Story Time with Joelle
Friday 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
One of Joelle's favorite things to do, in the entire world, is read stories. Out loud! With a background in theatre and teaching, Joelle brings stories to life through high energy meaningful interactions, and a TON of imagination! When she's not providing story time, you can find Joelle on stage, watching foreign movies, or exploring new places.
Pil Seung Tae Kwon Do
Friday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pil Seung Taekwondo has been providing martial arts in the Blacksburg area for 14 years.
All staff members are certified blackbelts and we promote a family atmosphere.
Our school is under the direct instruction of Master Rupert Cox who is an internationally certified instructor and trains under 9th Dan Grand Master Dragon Kim
Virginia Tech String Project
Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The mission of the Virginia Tech String Project is to provide high quality and inclusive string music education for our community; and to prepare Virginia Tech's undergraduate music students for success in their futures as music educators. Come hear children in our program perform on violin, viola, cello, and bass!
HoloRhythm Drum School Performance and Drum Circle
Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
What is HoloRhythm Community Drum School? We are a school centered around the traditional music of West Africa. But we are more than this. When one picks up a drum, you are doing more than taking your hands, generating energy into an instrument made of the flesh of a goat, wood, metal and nylon; you are being with yourself, in your present moment, joining heart to heart with every member of the group. What you feel is what is created. Ultimately, it is not about drumming, it's about self-awareness. The djembe drum is a tool which reflects ourselves to oneself, and to one another, to share intimately our state of being. So, in essence, HoloRhythm Community drum school is a place where people come together to celebrate being. Visit HoloRhythm.org to learn about classes in your area.