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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.

Martinsville Bulletin: ‘Program puts instruments in students’ hands’

Martinsville High School Band Director Brian Joyce (left) and Bassett High School Band Director Trey Harris (right) hold up instruments that have been donated to the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program, which puts much-needed instruments in the hands of young, aspiring musicians.
Martinsville High School Band Director Brian Joyce (left) and Bassett High School Band Director Trey Harris (right) hold up instruments that have been donated to the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program, which puts much-needed instruments in the hands of young, aspiring musicians.

Used band instruments can be donated to program at Woodall’s Music, Denton Music or the Rives Theatre

By BEN WILLIAMS
Bulletin Staff Writer

Area residents with musical instruments cluttering the attic, take note: The Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program is ready to put that old clarinet or dusty trombone in the hands of a young aspiring musician.

According to Rooster Walk co-founder Johnny Buck, instruments can be dropped off at Woodall’s Music and Sound or Denton Music Company. When instruments are donated, Rooster Walk serves as the clearing house and contacts Martinsville High School Band Director Brian Joyce and Bassett High School Band Director Trey Harris to see if they have a student in need of the instrument.

The late Todd Eure is shown with his wife, Courtney Harrington Eure, and children Leah Ruth Jordan Eure and Daniel Carter Edwin Eure.
The late Todd Eure is shown with his wife, Courtney Harrington Eure, and children Leah Ruth Jordan Eure and Daniel Carter Edwin Eure.

“If they want it, Rooster Walk has donated money to the Henry County School System and the city school system specifically to repair these instruments,” Buck said. “Mark Denton with Denton Music Company has agreed to do all the repairs at a great bulk repair rate. Then they become the property of the Henry County band system or the city band system for entry-level band students in their first two years. The student doesn’t own the instrument; it’s a loaner for up to two years.”

Buck said that the program was created in 2014 with donations made in memory of Todd Eure, a 2000 Martinsville High School graduate who grew up with Buck, William Baptist, the late Edwin Penn and the late Walker Shank.

Buck and Baptist created Rooster Walk to honor the memory of Penn and Shank; when Eure passed away, they wanted to find an appropriate tribute for him, as well.

“He was in the (Martinsville High School) jazz band for three years, along with me, William and Edwin,” Buck said. “Jazz band was still playing the same keyboard they had been playing in the early ‘90s. We partnered with Todd’s employer (American Global Logistics) and matched them on raising the money to buy a new keyboard. Once the keyboard manufacturer realized who was buying it and what it was for, they cut us a really good deal and we had money left over. Then we said, ‘Well, what are we going to do with this? It’s not Rooster Walk’s money. It was raised in memory of Todd.’ That’s where this program started.”

FULL STORY HERE.

 

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Volunteers needed for RW8!

Barter is Better: Volunteer and get in for free!

vol-desk-pic1Did ya miss out on the cheaper ticket prices last month? Wishing your pennies weren’t in such a pinch? Well have no fear, volunteer … and get in for free!

You can earn free entry to Rooster Walk 8 by volunteering either before or during the festival. Folks volunteering ahead of time will be asked to help out at three of our pre-festival workdays. If you want to volunteer during the four-day festival, you’ll be asked to volunteer a total of three, four-hour shifts. We have a variety of areas where we need volunteer help during the fest, including Box Office, Headquarters, ABC, Green Team and more.

You can learn all the other details and/or sign up as a volunteer by clicking the VOLUNTEER tab at the top of our webpage

Martinsville Bulletin: County festival gets $10,000 Virginia grant

Tourism grant awarded

Grant will be used exclusively to market RW8

By MICKEY POWELL || Bulletin staff writer

The annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival has been awarded a $10,000 state grant that will be used toward marketing this year’s event.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Virginia Tourism Corp. Marketing Leverage Program grant on Monday. Grants totaling more than $812,000 were awarded to 39 projects statewide as part of efforts to attract tourists.

“These grants are proven to increase visitation by creating marketing partnerships and effective marketing programs,” McAuliffe wrote in a news release.

Grant recipients must match the state funds with at least twice as much of their own funds.

Piedmont Arts, the Rives Theatre and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.’s (EDC) Tourism Division partnered with Rooster Walk Inc. to come up with a $20,000 local match.

The eighth annual festival, to be held May 26-29 at Pop’s Farm in Axton, will feature 45 bands performing on five stages and 35 arts and crafts vendors. It also will include children’s educational activities as well as the Tuff Strutter 5K, a trail race being held as part of a partnership with the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA.

Portions of festival proceeds will be donated to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School and Rooster Walk Inc.’s Band Instrument Donation & Repair Program for city and county school bands.

More than 4,000 people attended Rooster Walk last year, said co-founder and Executive Director Johnny Buck. Attendance has increased by 15 percent to 20 percent each of the past five years, he said.

Among this year’s headlining acts will be Lettuce, a funk band, and the Sam Bush Band. Bush is a bluegrass mandolin player who is considered one of the originators of the Newgrass style, according to information online.

Lagesse Baptist AdamsAs a festival gets bigger, it is able to attract more well-known bands, and more people start coming, Buck said.

“If they see bands they know and love (on the itinerary), they’ll come to your festival,” regardless of whether they know anything about the community where the festival is being held, he said.

“Rooster Walk has grown to become one of the premiere cultural events in our community,” attracting visitors from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, said EDC Tourism Director Jennifer Doss. “We know that with increased marketing, this following of loyal fans will continue to grow, boosting area tourism.”

Visitors to Martinsville-Henry County generate $66.1 million dollars in revenue, U.S. Travel Association data shows.

Information provided by the EDC shows that tourism generates about $1.37 million in tax revenues for the city and county annually and 735 people have tourism-related jobs in the community.

Buck said the state grant will become part of Rooster Walk’s marketing budget.

Plans are to market the festival through radio, television and website advertising and social media as well as distributing fliers, he said.

He and Jason Lagesse, president of Rooster Walk’s board, said that in marketing this year’s event, emphasis will be placed on reaching music lovers in metropolitan areas of North Carolina, including the Piedmont Triad, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.

“There are a lot of folks who live within a two-hour drive (of Henry County) who don’t have awareness” of Rooster Walk, Buck said.

Lagesse added that he wants those people to realize, “Hey, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on just across the border!”

This was the first time that Rooster Walk applied for state tourism dollars, said Lagesse, who prepared the grant application along with Phil Wenkstern.

He said it did so in part to help bring money into the community.

Buck emphasized, however, that the festival has been successful over the years largely due to support from the community and local volunteers.

Rooster Walk announces new instrument repair & donation program for Martinsville band

Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics partnered in memory of the late Todd Eure to purchase this new Casio Privia keyboard for the Martinsville High School Jazz Band. Pictured are (from left): MHS Band Director Kevin Lewis; rooster Walk Chief Operating Officer William Baptist; Rooster Walk Inc. Board President Jason Lagesse; Woodall’s Music and Sound owner Sandy Woodall; current MHS senior and Jazz Band member Will Seamon; Rooster Walk Executive Director Johnny Buck; Courtney Harrington Eure; Danny Eure; Carter Eure; and AGL General Manager Blake Shumate.
Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics partnered in memory of the late Todd Eure to purchase this new Casio Privia keyboard for the Martinsville High School Jazz Band. Pictured are (from left): MHS Band Director Kevin Lewis; rooster Walk Chief Operating Officer William Baptist; Rooster Walk Inc. Board President Jason Lagesse; Woodall’s Music and Sound owner Sandy Woodall; current MHS senior and Jazz Band member Will Seamon; Rooster Walk Executive Director Johnny Buck; Courtney Harrington Eure; Danny Eure; Carter Eure; and AGL General Manager Blake Shumate.

MHS band benefits from Eure memorial donations

Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics have partnered to buy one new instrument and create a program to repair numerous older instruments for the Martinsville school system’s band program.

Todd's family pic
The late Todd Eure is shown with his wife, Courtney Harrington Eure, and children Leah Ruth Jordan Eure and Daniel Carter Edwin Eure. (Contributed photo)

The contributions will memorialize Todd Eure, who participated in the city schools’ band program from fifth grade until he graduated from Martinsville High School in 2000. Eure, who died nearly a year ago, played trombone in the concert, symphonic, jazz and marching bands.

Rooster Walk Inc. and American Global Logistics (AGL), Eure’s former employer, made matching $1,000 donations in his memory. Some of the funds were used to buy a new Casio Privia keyboard from Woodall’s Music & Sound for the MHS Jazz Band.

“We’re very proud of the jazz program within our school system, and in order to have a great jazz band, you have to have solid equipment behind that,” said Martinsville High School band director Kevin Lewis. “This keyboard replaces one that’s close to 25 years old.” The jazz band’s previous keyboard began to deteriorate about three years ago, he added.

The remaining funds will be used to create a new instrument donation and repair program that will be overseen by Rooster Walk Inc. As part of the program, Rooster Walk will solicit and accept donations of used instruments from the public. The instruments will be repaired, when cost effective to do so, and donated for use in entry-level band programs by needy fifth- and sixth-grade students.

To read the full story from the Martinsville Bulletin, CLICK HERE.

Rooster Walk receives $146K Harvest grant

For portable stage to use at festival, concert series

Stageline SL100By The Martinsville Bulletin | Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $146,450 grant to Rooster Walk Inc. to buy a portable stage for use at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival and its Turn 5 Concert Series.

Rooster Walk’s mission is to promote music, arts and education in Martinsville/Henry County. It produces live music events that support charities and worthwhile causes in the area.

“By owning our own portable stage, we will save thousands of dollars each year in rental fees, which in turn will be donated to local charities, such as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School. And, we will be able to rent the stage out to other event producers in the region, creating a new revenue stream to increase our charitable giving even more,” said Johnny Buck, Rooster Walk executive director.

Penn-Shank scholarship will increase to $4,000

Penn-Shank scholarship
Edwin G. Penn IV (left) and Walker Shank on the day they graduated from Martinsville High School in June of 2000.

Rooster Walk Inc. will increase the amount of the annual Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship from a single $1,000 award to a $4,000 scholarship awarded over a four-year period.

This spring’s Penn-Shank scholar will receive $1,000 per year for four consecutive years, so long as he or she remains in good standing with their college or university. The merit-based scholarship is awarded each May to one outstanding senior at Martinsville High School through a double-blind jury process.

“We are thrilled to be able to quadruple the value of the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship,” said Jason Lagesse, president of Rooster Walk Inc.’s board of directors. “With the rising costs of college, and the continued growth of Rooster Walk Inc., and its events, we felt it was important to increase the scholarship’s payout. All of our sponsors, supporters, attendees and volunteers deserve major credit for helping to make this possible. We wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”

To read the full story in the Martinsville Bulletin, CLICK HERE.

Turn 5 raises $10,000 for local charities

Rooster PHCC Motorsports donation
Students from Patrick Henry Community College’s Racing College of Virginia are pictured with Rooster Walk Inc. Executive Director Johnny Buck (center). The Student Motorsports Association received a $1,000 donation from Rooster Walk Inc. as thanks for the volunteer hours provided by students at the Turn 5 Concerts Oct. 24-25 beside Martinsville Speedway. Students pictured (from left) are: Adam Maitland, Jessica Jacobs, Vito Pesce, Michael Iseman, Ethan Gardner and Travis Maxey. (Contributed photo)

Rooster Walk Inc. will donate a total of $10,000 to local charities using proceeds from its recent Turn 5 Concert Series beside Martinsville Speedway, which drew more than 3,700 attendees over the course of the Oct. 24-25 weekend.

Event organizers will make donations of $5,000 to the Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund, $3,000 to the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, and $1,000 each to the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Student Motorsports Association and the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.

“We’re thrilled that the Turn 5 Concerts, which were completely free to the public for the first time, did well enough for us to donate $10,000 to local charities,” said Jason Lagesse, board president of Rooster Walk Inc. “A huge thank you goes out to our sponsors for making the event possible, as well as our volunteers, staffers and the nearly 4,000 music fans who attended at least one night of Turn 5.”

The Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship is Rooster Walk Inc.’s primary charitable cause, created in memory of late Martinsville High School alumni Edwin G. Penn IV and Walker E. Shank. Each year, one senior at Martinsville High School is selected as the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholar. With this donation, Rooster Walk Inc. has more than $39,000 to the endowment fund since it was established in 2009.

Rooster Walk Inc. donated $3,000 from this fall's Turn 5 Concert proceeds to the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell (left) is seen accepting the donation from Rooster Walk Inc. Executive Director Johnny Buck.  In two years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated a total of $8,000 to the foundation with proceeds from the Turn 5 Concerts. (Contributed photo)
Rooster Walk Inc. donated $3,000 from this fall’s Turn 5 Concert proceeds to the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation. Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell (left) is seen accepting the donation from Rooster Walk Inc. Executive Director Johnny Buck. In two years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated a total of $8,000 to the foundation with proceeds from the Turn 5 Concerts. (Contributed photo)

The Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the lives of children in Martinsville and Henry County. Founded in 2001, the foundation operates separately and independent of Martinsville Speedway.

“We are grateful for all the hard work that everyone with Turn 5 puts in every year to make the race weekend concerts such a success,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “We appreciate the funds they raise for the Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, and the opportunity they give our race fans every fall for two nights of fun and entertainment.”

Rooster Walk Inc. will donate $1,000 to the Patrick Henry District of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Martinsville, Patrick County and Henry County. Specifically, the donation will go toward the STEM Summit for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math that will take place in January at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. More than 60 youth from inner city, low-income and rural areas are expected to participate in the Summit, at no cost to the scouts.

Nearly two dozen students from PHCC’s Racing College of Virginia served as volunteers during the Turn 5 weekend. Rooster Walk’s donation of $1,000 will go to the Student Motorsports Association to provide flexible funding for both classroom and non-classroom activities, including student field trips.

Bands that performed at Turn 5 this fall were: Sunny Ledfurd, Josh Shilling with Fuzzy Logic, Appetite for Destruction, Red, White & Crue, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin, L Shape Lot, Kerosene Willy and Southern Funk Orchestra.

Turn 5’s presenting sponsors were: Bassett Furniture, Blue Ridge Beverage – South Boston Division, Frith Construction, Carter Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley – Kent Cox, Taco Bell, Jim Mills Nissan, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Daniel’s of Eden, PHCC’s Racing College of Virginia and Martinsville Speedway. In addition, there were more than 20 other local businesses and individuals who supported the event financially or through in-kind donations.

Rooster Walk Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville and Henry County. The company’s keynote event, the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, is slated for May 21-14, 2015 at a new outdoor music venue in Axton, Va.