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RW10 tickets now on sale!

RW10 tickets now on sale!

JJ Grey & Mofro, the heralded “southern swamp” rockers from Florida, headline the early bird band lineup for Rooster Walk 10. Tickets are now on sale at this link. The family-friendly festival, set for May 24-27, will take place at the idyllic Pop’s Farm music venue located in Axton, Va., just outside of Martinsville.
Other early band announcements include the return of The Marcus King Band (southern psychedelic rock), Billy Strings(progressive bluegrass), The Jerry Douglas Band (progressive bluegrass), Yarn (Americana/alt-country) and The Commonheart (R&B/rock).
Of these acts, The Marcus King Band, Billy Stirngs, Yarn and The Commonheart are slated to play two sets each.
Rooster Walk 10 will feature roughly 50 bands when all is said and done, as well as arts/crafts/food vendors, kids’ activities, outdoor activities, on-site camping and more.



Live For Live Music is running a six-part series looking at the process and craft of songwriting. Each story in the series features a band leader who will perform at Rooster Walk 9. The second story focuses on Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass.

From the story:

“I’ll apply similar ideas emotionally, but not necessarily a linear story, so maybe they don’t tell a story or make sense together, but I like the way they convey an emotion together,” he said. “So when I’m halfway (done), I kind of have to look it and be like, ‘What’s missing to this point, here? This line’s cool; this line’s cool. I like how they conjure this feeling that works together, but, like, what do they mean? And what’s not there?’ And that’s how I kind of analyze them or edit them and then finish them.”


Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers top RW9 band lineup

Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers top RW9 band lineup

Progressive stringband Greensky Bluegrass and legendary reunited reggae band The Wailers will top the lineup for the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, set for May 25-28, 2017 just outside of Martinsville, Va. The two bands were announced Tuesday along with new additions Anders Osborne, Anderson East, The Motet, Susto, Misison in the Rain, Juliana MacDowell and “artist at large” Josh Shilling.

Rooster Walk, which was named one of the top five festivals in Virginia by the Richmond-Times Dispatch last year, will announce additional bands in the coming weeks.

“Rooster Walk has grown each and every year thanks to an amazing family of fans, supporters and volunteers,” said festival co-founder Johnny Buck. “We’re excited to bring these fantastic bands to Martinsville-Henry County. Greensky Bluegrass will continue our tradition of world-class, cutting edge, progressive bluegrass. The Wailers, meanwhile, have reunited and will bring three original members from Bob Marley’s iconic group to Pop’s Farm. It’s shaping up to be a pretty special weekend, for sure.”

Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country’s most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They’ve become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule.

The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and recently rejoined in solidarity with original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, this modern version of The Wailers is now producing a sound more authentic than anything since the early 1980s. From Familyman’s signature booming bass to Junior and Donald’s electrifying rock/blues guitar licks and leads, the sound, the power, the heartbeat of Reggae music will have you calling out for more.

Other acts currently announced on the RW9 lineup are The Marcus King Band (southern rock; Asheville, N.C.), Billy Strings (progressive bluegrass; Nashville, Tenn.), Eric Krasno Band (rock/jazz fusion; New York, N.Y.), Yarn (roots/rock; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Susto (indy-rock; Charleston, S.C.), Erin & The Wildfire (R&B/soul; Charlottesville, Va.), The Trongone Band (southern rock; Richmond, Va.); Mission in the Rain (Jerry Garcia Band tribute; Western N.C.), Juliana MacDowell (singer-songwriter; Loudon, Va.) and artist-at-large Josh Shilling (soul/rock; Nashville, Tenn.), a native of nearby Bassett, Va.

In addition to four days of amazing music, the family-friendly Rooster Walk will offer a wide variety of kids’ activities, craft beer, food/arts vendors and beautiful on-site camping.

Rooster Walk Inc. is a community-nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in its home of Martinsville/Henry County. A portion of festival proceeds go to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship as well as the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for entry-level band programs in Martinsville/Henry County public schools. The festival is proud to have Bassett Furniture return as its title sponsor once again.

To learn more or purchase tickets, Click Here.

Save the date – RW9 is May 25-28, 2017!

Save the date – RW9 is May 25-28, 2017!

72431280_DSC_1022Hey music fans! Go ahead and mark your calendars for Rooster Walk 9 on May 25-28, 2017. Our ninth annual family-friendly festival will take place at the idyllic Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va.

RW9 will be better than ever! We’ll have tons of amazing music, kids’ activities, craft beer, food/arts vendors and beautiful on-site camping. Early-bird tickets for the fest will go on sale (online only) the week of Thanksgiving and increase in price when early-bird supplies run out (or by Jan. 1st). We expect VIP tickets, VIP/GA RV Passes and VIP/GA Car Camping Passes to sell very quickly, so don’t miss out! Links for buying online tickets will be available at this website. Physical tickets will be available from local outlets in 2017.

Rooster Walk is a community-nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in our home of Martinsville/Henry County. A portion of festival proceeds go to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship as well as the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for entry-level band programs in Martinsville/Henry County public schools.


Brewster Walk moving INSIDE the Rives

Brewster Walk will be INSIDE the Rives Theatre this Saturday

Due to a rainy, windy weather forecast, Saturday’s Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival and Concerts has been moved indoors.

Originbrewster-schedule-2016ally scheduled to occur on the 200 block of East Church Street, Brewster Walk will now take place inside the historic Rives Theatre, located at 215 E. Church St. in uptown Martinsville. The event will feature a wide variety of craft beers from across the country, as well as musical performances from Grammy winners the Steep Canyon Rangers, plus The Trongone Band and Relacksachian.

“The chance of steady rain and potentially strong wind made this the best move for all involved,” said Johnny Buck, executive director of Rooster Walk Inc. “All of the concerts will take place on the theatre’s stage, and we’ll also bring the beer taps inside, as well. Regardless of Saturday’s weather, we hope folks will come out to enjoy amazing beer and music in the friendly, dry confines of the Rives Theatre.”

‘When it Rains, It Pours’

As part of the change, organizers have also adjusted the perks that come with each ticket. VIP ticket holders will now receive unlimited beer samplings, while General Admission ticket holders will receive 20 free beer samples, up from 15. All patrons will also get a Brewster Walk pint glass upon entry to the festival.

VIP tickets cost $50 each, and GA tickets cost $30 apiece. Both are still available from the Daily Grind coffeehouse in uptown, Rising Sun Breads bakery on Brookdale Avenue, and online at HERE.

The event will open to VIP patrons at 1 p.m. Saturday, and GA attendees can enter beginning at 2 p.m. Relacksachian will also begin playing at 2 p.m., followed by The Trongone Band at 3:45 and the Steep Canyon Rangers at 5:30.

A portion of event proceeds will be donated to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School and the Rooster Walk Band Instrument Program for entry-level band students at Martinsville, Laurel Park and Fieldale-Collinsville middle schools.

Steep Canyon Rangers to headline Brewster Walk!

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The GRAMMY award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers will headline the second annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival & Concerts! The beer festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 8th in uptown Martinsville, Va., on the street in front of the Rives Theatre (215 E. Church St., Martinsville). The event is supported by AutosbyNelson and BB&T.

The event will feature more than 60 delicous craft beers, plus live performances from the Rangers, The Trongone Band and Relacksachian.

Gates open to VIPs at 1 pm and to GAs at 2 pm. The music will end at 6:45 pm (last call) and the beer festival will officially conclude at 7 p.m.

A total of 500 General Admission tickets will be made available. GA tickets cost $30 and will include the commemorative Brewster Walk sampling glass, 15 3-oz.samples of delicious beer, admission to the event beginning at 2 p.m. and all three concerts.

We’re only selling 150 VIP tickets to Brewster Walk. VIP tickets cost $50. Gates will open one hour early for VIPs (1 p.m.). VIP ticket holders also get the commemorative glass, 25 samples of delicious beer and access to the Rives Theatre (our VIP Hospitality Area). Plus all three concerts. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

The event is open to patrons age 21 years and older.

Volunteers still needed for Beer Fest this Saturday

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Rooster Walk is excited to partner with the Martinsville Mustangs once again for their Ballpark Beer Fest from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th at Hooker Field. The event will feature 60 craft beers, plus food and a full night of live music from The Low, Low Chariot!

We’re still  in need of volunteers to help us pour beer during the festival. Early shift volunteers will help from 5-9 pm, and when you’re off the clock at 9 you get to stick around as our guests and drink unlimited free beer samples until 11 pm. Second-shift volunteers will help us from 8:30-12:30am; in exchange, we’ll give ya a free ticket to the July 15th concert at Pop’s Farm, featuring Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, plus Left Hip Pocket.

To sign up as a volunteer, or to get more information, email roosterwalk-at-gmail.com. Thanks!

Jones named 2016 Penn-Shank Scholar

Cameron Jones
Cameron Jones

Cameron Jones, a senior at Martinsville High School, has been selected as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship winner for the current graduating class at MHS. The scholarship is worth up to $4,000 over the next four years.

Jones, who will attend Old Dominion University beginning in the fall, was senior class president at MHS and a Wendy’s High School Heisman award recipient. An avid swimmer, he qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2013 as a member of the USA Swim Team. A team captain of the MHS swim team since 2012, he broke school records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard Individual Medley. He was also a member of the Martinsville Marlins club swim team and of the Bulldogs’ varsity indoor/outdoor track team, according to his scholarship application.

Jones plans to major in criminal justice at ODU with the goal of becoming a police officer and ultimately a member of the strategic task force unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he stated in his application essay. In 2016, he interned at the Martinsville Police Station.

Jones is the son of Jovita Saunders-Jones and the late Carlton Jones.

The Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of the late Edwin G. Penn IV and Walker Shank, each of whom graduated from Martinsville High School in the spring of 2000. Penn, an Eagle Scout, went on to become a skilled carpenter and woodworker for Burr Fox Specialized Woodworking. Shank, who graduated from the University of Virginia with an economics degree in 2004, was a mortgage specialist living in Long Island at the time of his passing.

The merit-based scholarship is funded by Rooster Walk Inc., a community non-profit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville and Henry County. In seven years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $50,000 to the scholarship fund, plus an additional $40,000 to other local and regional charities, including the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program. The company’s keynote event, the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, takes place this weekend.

RW8 named one of state’s top 5 festivals!

Virginia’s best outdoor rock music festivals: LAVA, Rooster Walk, Red Wing Roots, Floyd Fest & Lockn’ this summer

With a 151-acre music venue in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rooster Walk in Martinsville is a favorite with families and music lovers alike. The multi-day festival offers food, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, camping, craft beer and wine, a six-hole disc golf course, guided float trips on the Smith River and more.

“Rooster Walk is a little more rockin’. We went last year and had a blast,” Jeter said. “They have a beautiful kids’ area and a very family-friendly vibe.”

The festival’s motto is to “appreciate the present” with music, family and friends in a laid-back setting. Performers this year include Lettuce, Sam Bush, Perpetual Groove, The Revivalists, as well as more than 40 other bands and musicians.

Cost: single-day tickets $25-$55 in advance, $30-$65 at the gate; $120-$150 for three- and four-day passes; extra fees for parking and camping. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

Float the Smith River during RW8!

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Ticket for two costs just $45!!

Smith River Outfitters is offering a Float Trip on the Smith River on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm! The cost is only $45 per couple.

Paddlers will meet at the festival’s Outdoor Headquarters in the New Belgium Pine Grove at 9:45 am, and be shuttled to and from the Smith River. Boats, paddles, safety equipment and shuttle service are provided with the ticket SmithRiverOutfitters Logo_2016fee. Children under the age of 14 are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Check out the River Float Trips page for all the info!

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