Blacksburg's steel drum orchestra brings the music of the Caribbean to Virginia. The PanJammers perform a range of styles, including calypso, reggae, jazz, Latin, and funk, on hand-crafted instruments from Trinidad. Enjoy the sounds of the islands right here in the New River Valley.
Jstop Latin Soul is an exciting Afro-Cuban Jazz project based in Roanoke, VA & features the area's finest musicians. Their fiery blend of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Rumba, Salsa & Cha-Cha will keep you moving!
Lua Flora is the soundtrack of your favorite daydream. The Asheville, NC-based group’s sun-kissed melodies are rooted in the harmonies of Appalachia, rhythms of the West Indies, and lyricism of American folk. Releasing a collection of singles, Lua Flora has collaborated with Sons of Paradise, Richard Vagner, Victor Rice, and Karl Vincent Roth (of Satsang). With stellar reviews from publications such as Face the Current and Top Shelf Music, the outfit has established its unique yet home-like voice.
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Since their formation in Richmond, Virginia back in 2017, Honest Debts has established a unique sound characterized by riff-driven rock & roll steeped in funk, soul, americana, and the blues. Their recorded catalog flows like a curated playlist showcasing diverse musical influences presented with the instrumental prowess of a jam band and lyric-driven songwriting.
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!
YAM YAM formed in late 2015, coming together from playing in an assortment of local bands in central PA. The band is inspired by 1970s soul music, New Orleans roots of jazz music, and modern/vintage funk and jam music. YAM YAM features raw instruments and captures a high-energetic sound. YAM YAM is Mike Dempsey on keys, Jason Mescia on saxophone, Xander Moppin on bass, Tom Fuller on guitar, and Tyler Fuller on drums.
The band released its debut, self-titled album in late 2018 and upon its release, it charted on Billboard Jazz Albums section at No. 17. The band has opened for Lotus, Dopapod, and Keller Williams among others and has been featured in NepaScene, LiveForLiveMusic, TheBurg, and Burg in Focus.
Johanna Vaughan is a Blacksburg-based musician and songwriter. Her style has a foundation based on simplicity through guitar and voice, creating an intimate space for the audience and artist to have. Her airy and almost ethereal voice combined with easy-going guitar allows for an emotion-filled experience. Originally from Toronto, she has produced and performed for over a decade, creating soundscapes textured like water and wind.
Cocobolo, a Southwest Virginia based music duo, tailors its show to any stage with clear vocals, original, story based lyrics, intricate guitar leads and weaving rhythms that combine into something truly unique. This inspired pair brings to you an irresistible mix of acoustic tunes that are soulful and gritty. From the well known music hub of Floyd County, Virginia, comes Singer/Songwriter Stella Trudel (vocals, guitar) and Bob Dillard (guitar, vocals) for an astonishing blend of imagination, years of late night writing, thousands of practice hours, and a shared love of sound that solidly adds up to creativity at it’s best. You’ll be glad you stopped to listen!
Virginia Hollow is a mixture of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Indie, and Rock. A singer-songwriter band that performs songs written by lead singer Carrie Hinkley, along with an occasional handpicked cover or two.
Carrie Hinkley: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Alan Graf: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Sue Winchester: Upright Bass & Harmony Vocals
We play Bluegrass from across the tracks.
Born and raised deep in the black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping song-smith, who wields folk songs and prose that weave a curious and unique life story. His songs tell the story of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County, Virginia and the trials and victories of those who came before. A collector of song and story alike, Vandyke parallels his own songs and delivery to that of Appalachian greats such as Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Ola Belle Reed, Tim O’Brien and Tony Rice. A student of traditional Appalachian folk music, Vandyke presents a captivating contemporary narrative through his banter and songwriting. On July 26 he will be releasing his new single “Texas (Walking on Ashes)” which was cut at Classic Recording in Bristol, Virginia and produced by renowned cellist Dave Eggar and Phil Faconti.
Currently stationed in Bristol, Virginia, he has been performing in the greater Appalachian region and neighboring metropolitan areas for more than a decade. A seasoned performer and multi-instrumentalist, Vandyke can be found performing as a solo songwriter or as one-half of the country swing duo Virginia West. Throughout the last several years he has been affiliated with Johnson City indie-rock acts Pocket Sand and Floyd Strange.
Amidst his musical tenure he has performed throughout the U.S. and extensively throughout the mid-east Atlantic states. He has performed as a featured opener for Jason Isbell (Telluride Bluegrass Festival), Pokey LaFarge (Thursday Jams Abingdon, Virginia), Blackberry Smoke (Buchanan County Fair), Town Mountain, (Abingdon Summer Concert series), Larry Keel and Natural Bridge (Catawba Music Festival), Sam Lewis (Thursday Jams), Devon Allman Band, as well as performing at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2015, 2019, 2020.
The sound of LP Kelly comes broadly from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons; when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night; when troubadours were tradesmen and not celebrities. From his base of operations in the Appalachian Mountain town of Blacksburg, VA, Kelly has worked tirelessly to encourage a renaissance in music that has a history and a place – not a watered-down Americana that could exist anywhere on the Internet, nor a rigid recreation of the past, but original music that demands the listener dig deeper to find its roots in geography and time. It’s original music that still sounds familiar. A couple of guitars, a banjo or two, a suitcase of harmonicas, and a whole lot of guts.
A veteran of other recording bands (The Jugbusters, The Don’t Tell Darlings), LP Kelly (formerly Old Man Kelly) released his first solo album, Songs, Stories, Shanties, and Shenanigans in 2013 and his second album, Off My Lawn, in 2016. The start of 2021 brings Love Songs For Loners, a new collection of ten original songs. In the intervening time, LP Kelly has made hundreds of public appearances at bars, festivals, swing dances, square dances, radio shows, house concerts, and on any other stage run by folks who understand that American music has both a past and a future, and that being there matters.
Dance.tech kicks off its 24th season of dance in the NRV on Monday, August 15th with classes in every style, at every level, for dancers ages 3+. Our goal is to give each dancer the tools they need to be well prepared, whether they choose to pursue a professional dance career or have other goals. Members of the DT family are role models in the community, performing at local festivals, participating in charity and arts events, competing at the regional and national levels, and starring in 2+ major productions each season. Through themed curriculum and a focus on positive mindset and developmentally appropriate skills, the dance education of our students contributes to the development of responsible, determined, and creative young adults. We invite you to join us for a FREE preview class this fall to see why Dance.tech is "The place you start... the place you stay!".
It's easy to join us:
• The full class schedule can be found online at www.dance-tech.com.
• Stop by the studio at 1101 North Main St. in Blacksburg to tour the facility and meet our Directors.
• For personalized class recommendations please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 540.961.6666.
• Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram @dancetechrocks to stay up-to-date on fun studio happenings!
Little Leapers & LEAP Performing Arts Academy is a safe and inviting atmosphere for all students to express themselves through the artistry and techniques of dance and the performing arts. Little Leapers faculty and staff are dedicated teachers who are committed to dance education excellence. Our varied dance programs and curriculum allows for students to become well rounded, educated dancers at any level. Each class incorporates structured class curriculum fostering creativity and individuality in a fun learning environment. Our classes offer students the opportunity to achieve coordination, poise, grace, self-confidence, and discipline of the mind and body. Little Leapers is known for not only building strong dancers, but strong character and people!
Clogging is nothing more than a circle of friends, with happy feet! We are a group, based out of Floyd, and we enjoy dancing together to all styles of music. Please feel free to join us if you are interested or are just looking to have fun.
Westover Ballet is a community of dancers who love to share the JOY of movement with the New River Valley. Whether it's through ballet performances in the rich classical tradition or lively folk dances from around the world, we hope that our love of movement and joy in dancing will lift the spirits of those who watch us!
If you want to spend a beautiful afternoon in August weeding the garden with the radio on for background noise, stay at home. But if you want to create great memories with wonderful friends, come to downtown Blacksburg for Steppin’ Out 2022, and reminisce with Blue Ridge Vocal Connection. They’re not your typical community chorus. They don’t do Mozart or Muzak. On August 6th, from 4-5 pm on the Community Stage, BRVC will take you and your friends down a musical memory lane celebrating major milestones, like getting a first car, getting married, having a child, or moving into a new house. Paul Anka’s hit song, “Times of Your Life”, inspired the current program, which includes songs, such as Kokomo, Sunrise, Sunset, Circle of Life, You’re Sixteen, and more. Trend-setting original arrangements and exquisite execution will draw you in to an afternoon filled with warm reflections on times past, and exciting anticipation of great days to come.
Virginia Techniques offers gymnastics and Ninja Zone® classes for students from 12 months to 18 years as well as competitive teams, birthday parties, field trips, Kids Nite Out, open gyms, home school classes, summer camps, and more. Our outstanding coaches and low coach-to-student ratios provide a safe and fun learning environment. Our competitive teams have won numerous medals at throughout the state, region, and nation. More information can be found at vatechniques.com.