RW9 band lineup is complete!

RW9 band lineup is complete!

Mandolin Orange, Pimps of Joytime, Mountain Heart and more than 20 other bands have been added to Rooster Walk 9, completing the Memorial Day weekend festival’s band lineup. Progressive stringband Greensky Bluegrass and legendary reunited reggae band The Wailers were announced in early January as overall headliners of the festival.

Rooster Walk, scheduled for May 25-28, 2017 at the idyllic Pop’s Farm festival venue just outside of Martinsville, Va., was named one of the Top 5 festivals in Virginia by the Richmond-Times Dispatch last year.

With more than 40 bands performing on five different stages, an eclectic roster of great music guides the Rooster Walk experience. In addition to four days of amazing music, the family-friendly festival offers a wide variety of kids’ activities, craft beer, great food, arts and numerous opportunities to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors with a 5k trail race, yoga, a disc golf course and beautiful on-site camping.

Other new band additions include: The Nth Power (funk/soul; New Orleans), Love Canon (bluegrass tribute to 1980s rock; Charlottesville), Mipso (Americana; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jon Stickley Trio (bluegrass/jazz; Asheville, N.C.), The Commonheart (R&B/soul; Pittsburgh, P.A.), Stop Light Observations (rock; Charleston, S.C.), Empire Strikes Brass (brass band; Asheville, N.C.), Sanctum Sully (progressive bluegrass; Asheville, N.C.), Mason Via Funk Band (funk/soul; Danbury, N.C.), After Jack (folk; Rocky Mount, V.A.), Mighty Joshua (reggae; Richmond, V.A.), South Hill Banks (progressive bluegrass; Richmond, V.A.), Violet Bell featuring Lizzy Ross (folk; Durham, N.C.), Disco Risqué (funk/rock; Charlottesville, V.A.), GOTE (rock; Roanoke, V.A.), Monster Atlantic (rock; Roanoke, V.A.), The Fernandez Sisters (bluegrass; Durham, N.C.), Rex McGee & John Garris (bluegrass/jazz; North Carolina), Martinsville-Henry County Praise Band (Gospel/praise; Martinsville, V.A.), ShadowGrass (youth progressive bluegrass; VA & NC), The Delics (teen rock/punk; Collinsville, V.A.), The Bucket Brothers (youth jazz; Chapel Hill, N.C.), The Wildmans (youth bluegrass; Floyd, V.A.) and The PHCC Jazz Band (big-band jazz; Martinsville-Henry County, V.A.).

“Booking a festival lineup is a lot like working a jigsaw puzzle,” said Johnny Buck, a co-founder of Rooster Walk. “We’re really proud of the way this one turned out. It’s a really fun combination of bands that features a good mix of genres, as well as a variety of first-time Rooster Walk performers and returning, ‘fan-favorites.’”

Mandolin Orange, a critically acclaimed folk band from Chapel Hill, N.C., first performed at Rooster Walk in 2010. Since then, the band has built a groundswell of national support through countless miles on the road and appearances at numerous festivals, including Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits Fest, and Telluride Bluegrass. In addition to Rooster Walk 9, Mandolin Orange is booked to perform at Bonnaroo and Red Rocks this summer.

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Pimps of Joytime are known for their infectious, dance-inducing brand of funk/soul music. The band has created a devoted following across the country and in the state of Virginia, in particular, with past performances at Rooster Walk and FloydFest, and countless club gigs.

Led by vocalist, piano player and Bassett native Josh Shilling, Mountain Heart has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. Mountain Heart or its members have been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM and CMA awards. The Nashville-based band has appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, and has shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and many more.

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.

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 Thanks!

Jones named 2016 Penn-Shank Scholar

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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!

Memorial Hospital: First 100 runners to sign up get FREE Sunday ticket!

Tuff Strutter Memorial HospitalThanks to the generosity of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, the first 100 runners to sign up for the Tuff Strutter 5K Trail Run will receive a free Sunday ticket to Rooster Walk 8!

The race, which only costs $25 if you sign up before May 14th, will take place on Sunday morning of the festival and wind through the wide, well-maintained trails of Pop’s Farm. The race and its subsequent awards ceremony will conclude before the first band begins playing that day, but now runners have a chance to stick around for more than 12 extra hours of music, fun and games FREE OF CHARGE! To learn more, check out our Tuff Strutter Page.

That’s right, if you’re one of the first 100 registrants for the Tuff Strutter, you will also receive a free Sunday-only ticket to Rooster Walk 8, courtesy of our friends at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, who are the title sponsors of the race.

In addition to the free Sunday-only ticket, all runner who sign up before May 14th are also guaranteed a Free Tuff Strutter Tshirt!


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