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.
“Root Down,” is a collection of jazz enthusiasts from SWVA. We are a diverse group of musicians who have worked together in various settings for the past decade. The more recent “Root Down,” group aspires to bring our love of jazz, funk, & blues to audiences and venues throughout our region. The quartet consists of Justin Craig-guitar, Doug Norton-keys, Brian Peters-drums & Nick Romantini-bass. This performance will include special guest Bruce J Coluccio on alto sax. Be prepared for some groovy tunes complete with plenty of surprises due to the improvisatory nature of this group.
Jstop Latin Soul is an exciting Afro-Cuban Jazz project based in Roanoke, VA & features the area's finest musicians. Our fiery blend of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Rumba, Salsa & Cha-Cha will keep you moving.
The Jared Stout Band was created in 2018 after Jared Stout moved to Denver, Colorado to start his songwriting career. When his single "Home" was released, he began receiving overwhelming attention and support from his home town of Blacksburg. Jared moved back home, gathered the best musicians he could, and started the band. The band just released their first studio album, "The Jared Stout Band", and are currently touring throughout the Mid-Atlantic to promote that album. The Jared Stout Band brings the beat of the mountains to the rhythm of your everyday blues. They set the stage with high energy, emotive songwriting and a well rounded performance. Rocking a versatile sound of Their own Appalachian Rhythm and Blues The Jared Stout Band is ready to take the stage, and own it.
Kendall Street Company is a jam-alt rock band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. From late
night jam sessions at the University of Virginia to main stages at venues and festivals
throughout the country, Kendall Street Company has broken the mold of improvised rock and
entered a world of jazz-grass infused psychedelic bliss. The band's musical style incorporates
elements of jam, folk, jazz, funk, and psychedelic rock. They embrace mind-altering riffs as well
as soulful and jazzy wit, while remaining true to their folksy songwriting roots.
“The Space Race” is Kendall Street Company’s first single off their highly anticipated
pop-ambient space opera double LP “The Year the Earth Stood Still,” (set to release summer
2021). Recorded in the midst of the covid 19 pandemic, the record was born as a collective
improvisational experiment over a 5 day period in a rural farmhouse studio in Louisa, VA. With
imaginations running wild and sessions lasting through to the wee hours of the morning, the
record quickly took on a life of its own as a time capsule of the band’s thoughts, feelings, and
creative drive in a year of great uncertainty over their own future, and that of humanity at large.
Averaging over 100 shows per year since 2013, KSC has performed at festivals such as Lockn’,
Roosterwalk, Floydfest, Resonance, and Domefest and has opened for acts such as Pigeons
Playing Ping Pong, moe., Papadosio, Umphrey's McGee, Goose, and Leftover Salmon. All the
while, the band has released myriad records, EPs, and singles to national acclaim.
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
Kat Mills is a singer-songwriter, wife, mother, and activist based in Blacksburg and known throughout the region for her down-to-earth style and powerful voice. With a vintage Martin guitar, bell bottoms, and soulful original songs, Kat Mills reminds you of another era--but her work is for the here and now. She has four studio albums, has been a regular at Steppin Out and Floyd Fest, and has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Dar Williams and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Join Kat for a relaxing, inspiring set—and be ready to sing along!
We play Bluegrass from across the tracks.
Annie Stokes is a dark Americana songstress from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by a wide array of musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, The Replacements, and Nick Cave, she started putting her poetry to music in college and quickly started playing cafes, festivals, wineries, nightclubs, holes-in-the-wall, and nationally-renowned venues. She recently released her third album, "The One That Gets Away", to critical acclaim. When she's not performing music, she's gardening, making handcrafted espresso, and trying to keep her baby from eating crayons.
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!
Dance.tech Performing Arts Studio is in its 21st season as the largest dance studio in the New River Valley. Our Tutus & Tiaras dance classes are designed to offer a gentle introduction to dance with a focus on imagination and creative movement. Jewels & Adult classes cover a breadth of styles and techniques, offering a fun, challenging activity for students to try something new. Our Pre-professional Classes and Performing Arts Company inspire self-confidence, discipline, and respect for the arts, giving dancers the tools they need to become responsible, determined, and creative adults.
Why choose Dance.tech for your child’s dance education?
Low student-teacher ratios
Highly trained, professional instructors
Over 70 classes offered weekly for ages 3-adult
State of the art facility with 3 studios
Closed-circuit TV’s & free Wifi in the lobby
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.
We are 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!