Performers Friday, August 3th, 2017

Main Stage

Beyond the Current

Friday 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Beyond the Current is comprised of guitar and vocalist Ethan Rutherford, guitarist Andrew Zimmerman, bassist and vocalist Matthew Neal, and drummer Holden Trimmer. We are four students from Auburn High School, who have been playing as independent musicians for several years, who have now decided to come together and form a band.

Groova Scape

Friday 3:55 PM - 4:45 PM

Milo in the Doldrums

Friday 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Milo in the Doldrums is an indie rock band from the sandy beaches of Northern Virginia. The band combines modern melodies with nostalgic hooks, tinged with melancholy and uplifted by a love for life and friends.

The band has released three EP's, to date, most recently their July 2018 release "Built for No One EP".

The band is comprised of Robert Mays, Richard Smith, Ryan Wisgerhof, and Ryan Burke as well as whichever friends are brought along for the ride that is Milo in the Doldrums. Names starting with R not required.

Sol Roots

Friday 9:45 PM - 11:00 PM

The Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues,
energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. Sol is a
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has toured with many roots,
funk, and blues legends around the world as a part of Music Maker

The Sol Roots band has shared the stage with acts such as Jon Cleary,
Soulive, Dumpstaphunk,The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph, Eric
Lindell, Booker T Jones, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Shemekia
Copeland, Jackie Greene and more.

Paying homage to the greats, and with a love of Universal Music as the
guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a powerful group unique
and talented band of musicians. For Steppin' Out Festival the band
will include the Freedom line-up with master drummers "King" George
Penn and Janiah Allen, super solid bassist Jake Dempsey, and some
surprise special guests.

Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist and a "Next
Generation" Music Maker Relief Foundation artist.

"Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer" - Jambase.

"Sol is an impressive guitar player! Sol has an assured, confident
voice that matches well with the bravado of his guitar playing"- J.
Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

"Sol is an exceptional guitarist & a wonderful spirit....with an
extraordinary ability to fit the perfect approach and composition."-
Fred Cannon - a Senior VP at BMI

Acoustic Stage

String Theory

Friday 12:15 PM - 1:10 PM

String Theory Trio features Bruce Mahin on guitar, Georgeanne Lavery on mandolin and Steve Lavery on bass. We have been performing in southwest Virginia for 13 years, first playing occasionally for church services before branching out to feature more traditional acoustic folk numbers and our own original tunes. Our EP "By a Thread," released in 2017, features "13 Hours to Go" and "After You Came Along." Our first full album release is due in December.

Highlands Jazz Group

Friday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The HJQ (Highlands Jazz Quintet) is a collection of jazz enthusiasts in the NRV. We are a diverse group of musicians who have worked together for the past ten years to bring our love of jazz music to audiences throughout our region. We are Justin Craig-guitar, Paul Deck-piano, Lou Madsen-sax, Bill Ray-drums and Nick Romantini-bass.

American Roots

Friday 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Virginia Hollow

Friday 4:10 PM - 5:10 PM

Virginia Hollow is a band and a sound born from the hills, valleys and mountains of Appalachia. Their performances
and music take you on a journey fraught with raw emotions and stories of love, trust, betrayal and longing. When all is
said and done, the haunting melodies of Carrie Hinkley's soulful voice are hard to shake off and instead keep
returning and replaying in one's mind, like an untamed mantra of beauty and tragedy. This is a band whose time has
come and needs to be reckoned with.
Carrie Hinkley: Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Alan Graf: Guitar, Banjo, and Mandolin
Sue Winchester: Upright Bass and Harmony Vocals

Indian Run Stringband

Friday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

"Indian Run Stringband plays old-time music the way it ought to be played – as a living, breathing art form still as vibrant and relevant today as it was a century ago. From dance tunes to the blues, the Indian Run Stringband plays with love and abandon. They make old-time music fresh and new."
Ralph Berrier- The Roanoke Times

Java Brothers Bluegrass

Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Java Brothers Bluegrass Band is from Radford, Virginia. We are progressive, but pretty much only to the extent that we'll play new songs as hard driving bluegrass. We love Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, The Seldom Scene, JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Sam Bush, the Country Gentlemen, the Beatles, the Stones, the Grateful Dead, and all the greats. The Java Brothers have a fun live show that mixes standard Bluegrass and Newgrass with fiery original tunes.

Community Stage


Friday 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SWVA students participating in this outreach program showcase their fantastic science projects.

Blacksburg Pilates and Fitness Studio

Friday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

In Balance Yoga

Friday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mainstream Music Student Performances

Friday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mainstream Music proudly presents another installment of

Students of all ages will share their musical talents, from soloists, duets, trios, and full bands.

These shows never disappoint and often feature original musical compositions by our students.