Performers Saturday, August 4th, 2017

Main Stage

The Blacksburg Community Band

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 1:15 PM - 2:15 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!

Blues Monday Band

Saturday 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

The Blue Monday Band plays original and classic Chicago blues and rock-n-roll. We’ve been hosting the blues jam every Monday night at the Cellar for 13 years. With Paul “Doc” Herling on guitar and vocals, Bill Smith on bass and vocals, Richard Wallace on drums, and Rich Rittenhouse on harmonica, the Blue Monday Band delivers rockin’ blues. Bring your dancin’ shoes!

Mateo Monk

Saturday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The music of Mateo Monk is beyond classification. It is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture. Mateo performs solo on the guitar, flute, synthesizer, and melodica, utilizing a looper pedal to create fully-textured rhythms, adorned with virtuosic melodic musings, all seamlessly woven into the song form in real time. It's a modern spin on the iconic idea of the "one man band", executed by a one-of-a-kind artist with deep emotional sensibility and dazzling instrumental finesse. Mateo has been performing for 23 years and has worked with many influential artists, including Thievery Corporation, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, and members of the legendary reggae group Culture.


Saturday 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Adar is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia and formed her band, ADAR, in the summer of 2016. The band quickly gathered an enthusiastic following with their compelling original songs and charismatic performances. ADAR draws from a deep well of original compositions and introduces new takes on covers that transcend genres including Soul, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more.

ADAR has become an integral part of the Central Virginia music scene, and within their first year, played alongside two-time Grammy nominated band SOJA. They’ve performed at music festivals throughout Virginia, some of which have hosted three-time Grammy Award winning band Snarky Puppy, The Hackensaw Boys, The Steel Wheels, The War on Drugs, Sister Sparrow and The Dirtybirds, Larry Keel, Carl Anderson, and many more.

Ka Bodies

Saturday 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Ka Bodies is an electro-soul/contemporary R&B group that features individual as well as collaborative works by Jamiel, Sarah Bowles, & Sam Lunsford (Stimulator Jones)


Saturday 8:45 PM - 9:45 PM

SHAED is a D.C. based electro-pop trio comprised of powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee and multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst. Lee’s vocals proudly pour over the Ernst twin’s production and sound design, further bolstered by the band’s melodic and dynamic songwriting. SHAED’s unique presence most recently landed the trio a sync in a national TV ad campaign with Victoria’s Secret and has garnered glowing press from the likes of Interview Magazine, Billboard, The Washington Post and more.

Acoustic Stage

Johanna Vaughan

Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

David Simpkins

Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Kat Mills

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

Cocobolo, a band that blends magic and mystery into melody, plays thought provoking, entertaining original music written by it’s members, all of whom currently call Floyd, Virginia home. You are sure to love the creative and intricate leads of Bob Dillard, a lifelong guitarist, who brings excitement to the stage with his enthusiasm and skill. The sensitive and seductive bass accompaniments of Christopher Luster, playing electric stand up fretless bass, often surprisingly with a bow, and the warm haunting vocals of singer, Stella Trudel, whose commitment to writing unique lyrics, and singing from the heart weaves stories into harmonies that stir emotions and leave listeners wanting more.

Harwell Grice Band

Saturday 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

The Harwell Grice Band has been thrilling audiences throughout the Mid Atlantic US since 2003. Their original bluegrass combined with a large repertoire of traditionals and popular covers has left listeners captivated during live performances. They have performed on the stages of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Floydfest, and have shared the stage with artists such as Blue Highway, Chatham County Line and the Larry Keel Experience. Their combination of strong vocal harmonies and technical musicianship are some of the best in the business, resulting in a very entertaining show. The group is led by Josh Grice on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Gabe Robey brings lead and harmony vocals, along with lead guitar to the quintet. Brian Muller adds his mastery of mandolin along with vocals. Greg Honeycutt holds down the low end on bass, and banjo extraordinaire Stewart Werner leads the hard driving sound on the five string. With unbridled energy and enthusiasm, the Franklin County based group brings an exciting stage presence to all of their performances, leaving audience members wanting more. Their two studio releases, “No Place to Call My Home” and “A Million Miles” demonstrate that the future of bluegrass is in good hands and that the Harwell Grice Band is a force to be reckoned with!


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 11:15 AM - 12:00 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!

New River Irish Dance

Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

New River Irish Dance aims to spread and embrace Irish traditions by offering traditional Irish dancing lessons in downtown Blacksburg to both boys and girls from ages 3-adult to the New River Valley and its surrounding areas.​ Find more information regarding the Fall class schedule and enrollment on

Little Leapers

Saturday 1:15 PM - 2:15 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.

Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers

Saturday 2:45 PM - 3:30 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.

Pil Seung Martial Arts

Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

VA Techniques

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.