Performers Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Play at Steppin' Out 2018!

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Main Stage


Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Blacksburg Community Band is an all-volunteer community wind ensemble open to musicians of all ages and ability levels from the New River Valley. The band, with 70 active members, rehearses and performs year round. For more information go to


Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Blacksburg's 30-piece steel drum orchestra brings the music of the Caribbean to Virginia. The band performs a range of styles, including calypso, reggae, jazz, Latin, and funk, on hand-crafted instruments. Guaranteed to get you dancing!


Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is an indie folk-rock trio with a full band sound. Based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN, the band has toured full-time since June of 2012 throughout North America, sharing their collective sound. Now touring in support of their third studio album "Into the Looking Glass", You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast. Find out more at


Saturday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gabe Morales is a guitarist, musician, song-writer and performer. His music includes elements of blues, jazz, classic rock and influences from Latin American folk music. In addition, his music is energetic, and at the same time invites listeners to reflect on daily challenges, feats, and defeats. When performing the blues, Gabe brings the blues legends of past and present to the stage and stands on their shoulders as he tells their stories and bends the strings of his red SG.

In 2013, Gabe was a featured guest on the internationally touring band Snarky Puppy's live CD/DVD recording at the Jefferson Center: Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol. 1. The same album was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway. Gabe Morales has opened for the Robert Cray Band, The Wooten Brothers (with Jayna Brown), and Tommy Castro and The Pain Killers.


Saturday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Seph Custer & The Papa Tom Band is a collective of local musicians, songwriters, and music instructors, and are quickly one of Southwest Virginia'a fastest rising independent acts. Utilizing roots and influences in blues, rock, alternative, Americana, soul, funk, hip-hop, and jam band music, they put a unique spin on classic handmade music. Notable 2017 appearances include Rock The Blocks in Blacksburg, Floydfest & their On The Rise Competition, Hops For Hope, the Norfolk Folk Festival, and Floyd Fandango.


Saturday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annabelle's Curse is an alt-folk band from Bristol, TN/VA. Its members are Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (percussion), and Tyler Luttrell (bass). As an independent band, Annabelle's Curse's fan support has been instrumental to their success. They have released three full-length albums; the most recent two, Hollow Creature and Worn Out Skin, were fully funded by fans. Since forming in 2010, Annabelle's Curse has toured extensively, developing a devoted fan base throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic. Annabelle's Curse has supported acts such as Anderson East, The Black Lillies, HoneyHoney, and Humming House.


Saturday 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM

Erin and the Wildfire is an emerging band based in Charlottesville, VA. Their unique brand of soulful rock has helped to establish them as one of the premier up-and-coming acts in Central Virginia's vibrant local music scene. The group's sound combines the raw funk-infused energy of the Wildfire - a rock outfit made up of Ryan Lipps on guitar, Nick Quillen on drums and Matt Wood on bass alongside Jackson Shurlds and Garen Dorsey on horns - with powerful and expressive lead vocals from frontwoman Erin Lunsford.

Acoustic Stage


Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A duality of acoustic ambiance and vocal presence, creating a sound that is easy listening and relaxing. Originally from Toronto Ontario, Jémeaux has been producing music for over a decade, creating soundscapes textured with water and wind. Every performance is unique, creating an intimate space for the audience and artist to share. Jémeaux incorporates acoustic guitar with layered vocal progressions and simple instrumentals producing an airy sound laden with emotion.


Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

McConkey is a country/Americana singer-songwriter from Nelson County, Virginia. Music is her favorite thing to do and she has been writing and singing her own songs since about the age of 12. She's also a Hokie, so Blacksburg is very near and dear to her heart. Find her on Facebook @julietmcconkeymusic .McConkey has a self-released EP called "Singin' a Love Song" available on iTunes/Apple Music/Spotify.


Saturday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Solo, soul folk live shows. Layered, collaborative recordings. Kat Mills is a writer, singer, guitarist and seeker rooted in GenX, nodding to 70s troubadours, and openly commenting on the aches and triumphs of the moment.

Kat is based right here in Blacksburg, and has been a favorite on the Acoustic Stage for years. She has recently released her fourth studio album, SILVER, a collection of groovy, original songs featuring an A-Team session band. At a time when we have almost forgotten how to be still, to listen, to reflect and then engage, Kat Mills helps us remember.


Saturday 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Kylie Odetta, is lighting a fire within the underground music scene. With music that is powerful, dreamy, and full of passion she uses the piano & raspy vocals to draw you in. By incorporating elements of studio magic yet keeping the instruments organic, her music will take you on a mellow but all-inspiring journey. Kylie has been called an old soul and penned over 200 songs. Her southern roots make for a unique twist in her vocal character as she emits an iconic sound that is both refreshing and original and emotional. You might call her an indie artist but with hints of jazz, soul and pop influences. Kylie O has become a seasoned performer as she has carried the big stage solo having had the opportunity to open for music artists Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, Mat Kearney, Austin Mahone and Kelly Pickler as well as 100’s of her own shows. Kylie is on a mission to share her music with others and truly connect with people through the lyrics. She notes that people and everyday life and the emotions that we all feel inspire her. "My goal is to create art that moves people deep inside their souls, brings love to light, & enhances the beauty and power of emotion" (Kylie Odetta)


Saturday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Rusty Seesaws are a college Folk/Bluegrass band out Virginia Tech. Established in 2015, TRS now has a brand new lineup of bandmates with lots of new material to help you #GetFolkedUp ! They do fresh-sounding arrangements of traditional American songs, country classics as well as their own original tunes. Check out their tracks at the link below:


Saturday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Crossties is: Avery Davis on fiddle, Craig Counts on guitar and vocals, Gerry Skenderian on bass and vocals, Craig Willoughby on mandolin and vocals, Tom Snediker on guitar and vocals, Timmy Mills on banjo and Pete Hastings on harmonica. We play Bluegrass from across the tracks.

Community Stage


Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

This event is one of our favorite Blacksburg traditions! Members of the Performing Arts Studio PowerPAC, as well as featured Tutus & Tiaras and Jewels dancers will perform at the Community Stage, located on Roanoke Street at the National Bank of Blacksburg parking lot, at 11:30am on Saturday, August 5th. Our performance features award-winning routines from our 2016-2017 competition season and adorable dances presented by our tiniest performers. Stop on by, relax in the shade, and enjoy the show!


Saturday 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

WHAT IS LITTLE LEAPERS?: We are a curriculum based children’s dance program offered throughout the United States. Our program will enrich the lives of every student with the use of movement and literacy to help them develop as not only as a dancer, but a student. Our curriculum foster’s every child’s imagination and love for dance through movement, play, costumes and props.


Saturday 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

We clog to Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Pop, etc. We have performed at various places and events. We have all ages and levels on our team and always looking for more to join us. We are based out of Christiansburg, VA. but live all across the New River Valley.


Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

The academy is designed to extend to children and adults the benefits that can be derived from an educational and professional dance program. Dance is the most physically and mentally demanding subject within the Performing Arts field. I strive to instill in my students the knowledge of dance techniques and style, feeling of movement, and the emotional qualities needed to dance.


Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our mission at Virginia Techniques is for students to reach their full potential safely, happily, and successfully. Our programs help develop self-esteem, confidence, coordination, flexibility and strength while having fun. Our small coach to student ratios allow our coaches to give each child the personal attention they need to learn new skills and reach their goals.