Performers Friday, August 6th, 2021

Main Stage

Grace Campbell

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Grace Campbell is a singer/songwriter from Princeton, WV with a charm all of her own. A world traveler and classically trained vocalist, Grace's multifaceted influences have coalesced into a well versed, intelligent young performer.

Grace's impeccable songwriting skills and charismatic personality have warranted her quite the fan base in Southern West Virginia. Her inaugural performance at Culturefest in 2019 (and later in 2020), gained her the attention and respect of many. She was awarded early admission to The Berklee College of Music and is now studying at West Virginia University.

Grace is a bright light in the Grassroots district of Mercer County, WV. As a former barista at Appalachian Coffee House, a shining star at Stages Music School and a regular at Open Stage Nights at the Riff Raff Arts Collective in Princeton, West Virginia. Grace can be found performing in local venues such as The Room Upstairs, The Sophisticated Hound, Weathered Ground Brewery, Bucha Brewhouse, Appalachian Coffee House, Coal Country Candies, and many more.

Now living in Morgantown, WV, Grace is ecstatic to see where her future in music will go.

Seph Custer

Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Seph Custer is a Southwest-Virginian singer and songwriter, known in the local circuit for his versatility of performance. His albums and concerts have ranged between indie rock, folk music, blues, classical, bluegrass, funk, soul, country, and traditional American music.

Seedpicker

Friday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

The Seedpicker Trio, with special guest Willis Greensteet on sax, consists of the songwriting duo of Henry Lazenby and Marcus Morris along with the steady rhythms of David Gregory on drums. Based out of the Roanoke and New River Valleys, this team of musicians has been bringing the soul, funk, reggae, and blues to local audiences since 2014. You’re sure to enjoy a variety of feel good tunes listening to this unique combo of styles. Their latest release, Virginia Rhapsody, tells the story of their journey in music and life, and features other great local talent and regular band members to fill out the sound. It’s available on CD both at live shows and through Bandcamp (where it is also available to download), and on all major streaming platforms.

Hedonistas

Friday 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Hedonistas is a five-piece funk/pop/rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018, they released their debut record, The Way Things Were, highlighted by Vulfpeck's Cory Wong sitting in on their hit song On the Run. Their energetic performances have propelled them to several sold out shows in Georgia, as well as spots on festivals around the southeast. Their latest EP, Bad Decisions, released March 15, 2021.

Music Road Co

Friday 9:45 PM - 10:45 PM

Join Music Road CO, a cooperative of common creative companions conspiring to command your cognitive locomotion. This crew digs through a wide and deep catalog of tunes and musical traditions to get you groovin’ and your hip bones movin’!! Where does Music Road Co finds its inspiration? And why does it connect so perfectly with audiences of all ages and backgrounds? The answer might lie in their widespread roots. Coming from such diverse places as South Africa, Ecuador, Key West, Maryland and Virginia, the band brings many cultural influences together to produce music without boundaries. Moving fluidly from funk to reggae, rock to afrobeat, their sound bounces from blues and soul to island dance and back again, bound together by one common ideal: Music should feel good and spread positive vibes. They get on stage to lift themselves up to a higher frequency and they won’t stop until they bring the entire audience with them!

Acoustic Stage

Crowe Hollerers

Friday 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Around the time he learned to walk, Luke Sage started beating on five-gallon buckets in the backyard of his Atkins, Virginia, home. It wasn't long before his younger brother, Blane, got in on the action and the two started making music together. Eventually, they began beating on something besides empty paint cans and started playing in their room. From there, they ventured out on the streets of towns in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, drawing crowds to their self-styled country jug punk. Now a trio – joined by Wise County's Ashlyn Mullins on the bass – the Crowe Hollerers are still busking, still Frankensteining instruments and still looking for crowds across the five-state region. Their music, fueled by guitars, banjos, kazoos and an assortment of homemade and store-bought instruments, is feel-good event when it's all about feeling bad.

The Crowe Hollerers' debut album, “Mother's Other Son,” is available on all streaming services. The trio is getting ready to head into the studio for a sophomore effort, “Murder of Crowes.” Find the Crowe Hollerers on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Bruce Mahin

Friday 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Trailblazing singer songwriter Bruce Mahin augments his solo performances with a wide variety of pre-recorded and spontaneous musical instruments. The combination of traditional folk music influences, live improvisation, and interactive technology has prompted his music to be called New Wave Americana. It has something for every generation and every musical taste.

Ash Devine & F.M. Turner

Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 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. F.M. Turner is a long time musical collaborator of Ash Devine. The two have been recording together and performing as a duo since 1998.

American Roots

Friday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

American Roots is a father and son (Fred & Jon Benfield) guitar and harmony vocals duo that have been performing in the region for about 25 years. Included in their repertoire are delta and piedmont blues, traditional Appalachian ballads, folk tunes, hot fiddle tunes (played on guitars), swing tunes, rags, and a little jazz.

Sun v Set

Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SUN V SET, based in Richmond, VA, is the musical expression of Linnea Morgan. Their songwriting is grounded in nature elements and paints a dreamy landscape interwoven with siren melodies and mystical chords. A spellbinding fusion of folk, mysticism, and self reflection.

The Jugbusters

Friday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Jugbusters are bringing their signature mountain music back to Blacksburg for Stepping Out! The Jugbusters have been a staple of the New River music scene, playing dances and stages in various forms since the 80s. Perhaps best known for their multi-year runs at the Floyd Country Store (FCS) and as The Cellar's Honkytonk Thursday house band, they have re-emerged recently with appearances at the Newport Jamboree and The Floyd Country Store. Their authentic mix of Old Time, Honkytonk, and Original music always brings good time dance crowds to their feet. The Jugbusters unique Flatfoot and Two-step dancing music can be heard on two studio albums: No Easier Way and Honkytonk Hymnal; their BandCamp site also has two re-mastered live shows: Live at the Rex and Keep the Crows Out from the FCS.

Community Stage

Raq Roanoke Bellydance

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Raq Roanoke is a collective of local bellydancers--professional and enthusiast which aims to bring wider appreciation and understanding of Middle-Eastern and Arab forms of dance. Their desire is to bring about a stronger connection between people of all backgrounds through the joy and beauty of this unique artform.

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

HoloRhythm Drum School Performance and Drum Circle

Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 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.