Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Top 3 or 4 Music Festivals in SW Virginia

The Infamous Stringdusters, the band that headlined RW3 and played one of the most legendary sets in Rooster Walk history, is returning to Martinsville this Memorial Day weekend for a 2-hour Saturday set!
Rooster Walk
The Dusters sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters’ live shows take improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and a contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd.

Rooster Walk 6 will take place May 22-25, 2014 at the idyllic Blue Mountain Festival Grounds near Martinsville, Va. The family-friendly fest, which features on-site camping and kids activities, will feature two-hour sets of music from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Infamous Stringdusters, Anders Osborne, the Pimps of Joytime, Particle, Yarn and Stephane Wrembel & His Band.

We went last year and found some of the bands who were not the headliners to be my favorite! I discovered some amazing talent there at Rooster Walk! In fact the wallpaper of our funky Coffee Talk Blog here is a photo I took last year at Rooster Walk!


 


Seven stages and more than 50 artists are scheduled for this year’s FloydFest, a four-day celebration of art and music spread over 80 acres on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 170.5. Visit the Global Village for arts workshops and demonstrations from 100 vendors and artisans. Plenty of food, a Children’s Universe and so much more! They don't announce the major headliners until closer to the date (but trust me they are awesome, last year they had:artists include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers (ho hey!), John Butler Trio and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros)

A 4-day celebration of music and art nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia!

Bridging the gap between genres, generations and cultures, the festival features over 50 performers on 7 stages! The 80-acre mountain plateau offers camping, a progressive ‘Global Village’ area of workshops and demonstrations, over 100 artisans and crafters, food offerings ranging from pulled-pork BBQ to fresh sushi to hand-churned ice cream, a comprehensive healing arts area, and a Children’s Universe, featuring stage performances geared toward children, puppetry, workshops, playground equipment and babysitting services.

The festival is located at milepost 170.5 off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
2014 Performers Include:
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Ziggy Marley
Ben Harper and Charlie Mussel White
Ray Lamontagne
Thievery Corporation
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Buddy Guy
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
J.J. Grey & Mofro
Lettuce
AND MORE!!

Admission Fee: Entry, Camping, and Parking fees apply. Please visit www.floyfest.com/tickets for more details.

Black Dog Music Festivals
A yearly staple, the Black Dog Wine & Music Festival series gather folks from near and far. The field packs in music lovers, sun chairs, barefoot dancing and merriment from 11 am to 5 pm each date.

Join us for amazing new bands, a variety of vendors for shopping, fun foods, lots of vino and sassy sangria. Admission includes music, winery tour, tasting and souvenir wine glass. Advance tickets are $25 per event. (Advance tickets will stop being sold at 5:00 PM the Friday immediately before the concert date.)  Children (12 and under) accompanied by a paid adult admission are admitted at no charge!  Bands TBD but they are always great performers!

Young adults from 13 - 20 years of age admission price:  $20.  Gates open at 10 am. Get tickets here.

July 5    The Black Dog Rhythm and Vine Festival (Paul Thorn headlines)

Aug 9    The Black Dog Summer Music Festival

Sep 13  The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival

Oct 11  The Black Dog Beach Music Festival

Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
Saturday May 24, 2014 11AM to 10PM  Bring a chair and a cooler!

The very best in national, regional, and local Bluegrass and Old-time Mountain Music! 6 miles from Floyd Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway (directions here).
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Mary Jo and Charlie Show featuring Bernie Coveney, Ron Pendleton and Tommy Morse, Gravel Road, The Blackberries, Back Porch Cloggers.  Tickets just $20 in advance, $15 at the gate and kids 12 and under FREE. BRING AN INSTRUMENT! JAMMING IS ENCOURAGED!

To learn about more festivals, such as the Blue Ridge Folk life Festival October 25, or the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival Sept 27-28 (both jam packed with live music) click here

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention August 4-9 is amazing, Festival in the Park May 23-25 in Roanoke tons of fun, Lock'n Festival September 4-7 north of Lynchburg is incredible! 

More Virginia Wine Festivals (which always include great live music) click here
Innkeepers just wanna have fun! (too)
This article brought to you by your innkeepers at The Claiborne House B&B in Rock-y Mount Virginia...walk to The Harvester for live music and big name performers. See the line-up here!

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Walk to these shows at The Harvester!

I put together a new collage for The Claiborne House B&B homepage. Here is a sampling of a few of the shows at The Harvester for 2014! 
 





 






This is just a sampling of the line-up at The Harvester Performance Center as of today April 22, 2014, look below for the current 2014 line-up with more to come!
See our Music Getaway packages here. Stay with us and walk to these shows! 
APRIL
24 Indigo Girls
25 Jerry Douglas Band
26 Carolina Chocolate Drops
29 Rodney Crowell
MAY
1 The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
2 David Mayfield Parade and Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
3 Clay vs. Levi
8 "Whispering" Bill Anderson
9 The Wailers with special guest Makua
10 Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
13 Spirit Family Reunion with The Deer Run Drifters
15 The Holiday Band
16 Jay Farrar (of Son Volt & formerly Uncle Tupelo)
17 Chris Knight w/ full Band with The Howlin' Brothers
18 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
22 Ashley Forrest
23 Hackensaw Boys
24 Shawn McDonald
30 Toad the Wet Sprocket with The Floorboards
31 The Black Lillies
JUNE
3 Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat
4 Whitetop Mountain Band
5 Ken Knox & Company
6 Bill Kirchen & the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
7 David Wilcox
7 Blue Highway
11 Robert Earl Keen
12 Delta Rae
13 Smithereens
14 Eddie From Ohio
18 Bow Benders
19 The Entertainers
20 An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro
26 Restless Heart
27 Chris Smither
JULY
2 Dry Hill Draggers
3 The Catalinas
11 Suzy Bogguss
16 Wolfe Bros. String Band
17 Jim Quick & Coastline
18 Lonesome River Band
19 Carbon Leaf
20 The Milk Carton Kids
24 Ty Herndon
25 The Bacon Brothers
AUGUST
6 The Mavericks
7 The Craig Woolard Band
10 FireFall
13 Tab Benoit
15 Desert Rose Band - Acoustic Concert
16 The Lost and Found
20 Crooked Road Ramblers
21 North Tower
29 7eventh Time Down
SEPTEMBER
3 Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
4 The Legacy Motown Revue
9 Asleep at the Wheel
11 Marshall Tucker Band
13 Livingston Taylor
17 Mark Campbell and Mac Traynham
17 Gary Puckett & Union Gap
18 The Holiday Band
20 Ricky Nelson Remembered
26 BoDeans
OCTOBER
16 The Embers
18 The Crooked Road Theme Show
NOVEMBER

15 The Boxcars
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Recommended Restaurant in the Town on Bedford

One of my favorite restaurants in the nearby Town of Bedford is Liberty Station. This restaurant is in an historic railway station, so to find it follow the train tracks!  When we were there a few years ago a train was actually parked outside and the engineer came out the front door and hopped on the train and they pulled away. It was pretty funny!
Hours of operation and prices etc may change, so for this article, what I am sharing right now is accurate. We always have a hankering for Liberty Station on Sundays, when they are closed! Be mindful that here in the buckle of the Bible belt many businesses keep to the closed on the Sabbath tradition. 

Liberty Station, 515 Bedford Avenue, Bedford, VA (540) 587-9377. Mon-Thur 11AM to 10PM. Sat 12noon to 10PM
Click for larger view
One of the things I have to warn you about in advance is Harry's famous cheesecake, you need to save room to at least split one of these mouth watering NY style cheesecakes. I think the one we had was butterfinger, it was amazing!

Learn more about Bedford and the sights and sounds here. We highly recommend a visit the the National D-Day Memorial. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Both just 50-60 minutes North of The Claiborne House B&B! A very scenic drive through Virginia Farmland and past Smith Mountain Lake. Don't miss the wineries in the area if you enjoy wine tasting!


Speaking of Liberty, did you know the instigator of the American Revolution had a house not far from here? Yes, Patrick Henry. He is also buried there at Red Hill. Another day trip idea for you!
Long live Liberty

 ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updated Musical Line Up at The Harvester in Rocky Mount for 2014!

Here I am to update the lineup after a few more amazing performers have been added to the lineup for 2014 at The Harvester
The Bacon Brothers here July 25th at The Harvester
I can barely believe the line up of performers who will be playing a couple blocks from us here at The Claiborne House B&B!
APRIL
24 Indigo Girls
25 Jerry Douglas Band
26 Carolina Chocolate Drops
29 Rodney Crowell
MAY
1 The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
2 David Mayfield Parade and Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
3 Clay vs. Levi
8 "Whispering" Bill Anderson
9 The Wailers with special guest Makua
10 Dave Mason's Traffic Jam
13 Spirit Family Reunion with The Deer Run Drifters
15 The Holiday Band
16 Jay Farrar (of Son Volt & formerly Uncle Tupelo)
17 Chris Knight w/ full Band with The Howlin' Brothers
18 BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
22 Ashley Forrest
23 Hackensaw Boys
24 Shawn McDonald
30 Toad the Wet Sprocket with The Floorboards
31 The Black Lillies
JUNE
3 Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat
4 Whitetop Mountain Band
5 Ken Knox & Company
6 Bill Kirchen & the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
7 David Wilcox
7 Blue Highway
11 Robert Earl Keen
12 Delta Rae
13 Smithereens
14 Eddie From Ohio
18 Bow Benders
19 The Entertainers
20 Jake Shimabukuro
26 Restless Heart
27 Chris Smither
JULY
2 Dry Hill Draggers
3 The Catalinas
11 Suzy Bogguss
16 Wolfe Bros. String Band
17 Jim Quick & Coastline
18 Lonesome River Band
19 Carbon Leaf
20 The Milk Carton Kids
24 Ty Herndon
25  Bacon Brothers 
AUGUST
6 The Mavericks
7 The Craig Woolard Band
10 FireFall
13 Tab Benoit
15 Desert Rose Band - Acoustic Concert
16 The Lost and Found
20 Crooked Road Ramblers
21 North Tower
29 7eventh Time Down
SEPTEMBER
3 Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
4 The Legacy Motown Revue
9 Asleep at the Wheel
11 Marshall Tucker Band
13 Livingston Taylor
17 Mark Campbell and Mac Traynham
17 Gary Puckett & Union Gap
18 The Holiday Band
20 Ricky Nelson Remembered
26 BoDeans
OCTOBER
16 The Embers
18 The Crooked Road Theme Show
NOVEMBER
15 The Boxcars
WALK TO THE SHOWS FROM THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE B&B!

ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?

Recommended Spring Hike from The Claiborne House!

Rock Castle Creek Gorge
Hiking Upward shares: If you are ever near Floyd, VA, be sure to put this hike on your to do list. There is a heart pounding climb at the beginning of the hike, some gentle hiking through meadows on top of the ridge and then mostly down for the last 4.0 miles. You will see an old Appalachian Trail shelter, chimney of an old homestead and then the Austin House beside Rock Castle Creek. (This is if you start on top near the Blue Ridge Parkway)

There are multiple places to start this hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we recommend starting at the convergence of Rock Castle Creek and Little Rock Castle Creek in the gorge. Basecamp at the primitive camping area 0.25 miles upstream on Rock Castle Creek on fire road, and do it as a day hike. (This is where I will give you directions below):

It is not easy to find the small parking area, parking on Rock Castle Rd. 36.80759, -80.33105. 

It is a very scenic 35 miles drive from The Claiborne House B&B. If you continue up VA-8 you will arrive at the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
Directions here:
Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy near the river (details here). 
Three reasons why the Claiborne House innkeeper love this hike: 
  1. Flora and fauna. You will see woods, river, meadow and a variety of flora and fauna. Wildflowers and wild birds! 
  2. Historic. You will see old mills, homesteads and even a shelter from the Appalachian Trail before they moved it to the other side of Floyd! You can hike and think about the hard scrabble life these mountaineers had, and 
  3. Easy or difficult, you choose the pace and the distance. 
See our list of hikes here on The Claiborne House B&B website, put together with you in mind!
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A BLUE RIDGE DAY Y'ALL?