The band lineup for Rooster Walk 11 is now complete! Please make welcome the following additions to the RW lineup: Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Ghost Light, The Steel Wheels, ‘Yarn Morrison,’ Runaway Gin, The Trongone Band, Sanctum Sully, Disco Risqué, Kate Rhudy, Adar, The Folly, Chamomile & Whiskey, The Drove, PHCC Jazz Band and MHC Praise Band.
RW11 will take place May 23-26, 2019 at the idyllic Pop’s Farm in the rolling hillsides near Martinsville, Va. These new acts join a lineup that already features names such as Galactic, Shovels & Rope, The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, King & Strings, Turkuaz, BIG Something, The Lil Smokies and many, many more. Click here for a Full List of Bands.
The festival features beautiful on-site camping, food, art, crafts, a lauded kids’ area and outdoor activities. Ticket prices will never be cheaper, and you can get all the ticket info HERE. Prices will increase based on quantities sold, meaning that some of our most popular tickets (like VIP Weekend Passes) will increase in price within the first day or two of being on sale. Based on past years, we expect VIP tickets and RV Passes (both VIP & GA) to be some of the fastest selling ticket options. RV Passes, in particular, may sell out extremely quickly.
CALLING ALL VENDORS!
We are now accepting vendor applications for Rooster Walk 11, May 24-27 (Memorial Day weekend). RW11 will take place at Pop’s Farm, which is located just outside of Martinsville, Va., in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will accept vendor applications until March 15th and notify those selected no later than April 1st.
Every year, we pride ourselves on having some of the best food, arts, crafts and healing arts vendors the East Coast has to offer. This year will be no different! Please note that if selected, vendors will be required to complete a vending agreement with Rooster Walk and show proof of insurance. In addition, Henry County requires vendors to purchase a peddler’s permit ($50 one-time fee for all of 2018).
Thanks for your interest in Rooster Walk, a community nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in our home of Martinsville-Henry County!
Read on for more details…
Full Meal Vendors
Full Meal Vendors will receive a vending space with 15-20 foot frontage and a mutually agreed upon number of staff tickets and free camping for staff. The exact number of staff tickets will be agreed upon if/when you are chosen as a Full Meal Vendor. Full Meal Vendors will have power at their booth sites and access to PSA running water. The fee is $725 though in-kind trades will be discussed (food vouchers that can be redeemed for free meals from your booth). We will only have 6-8 Full Meal Vendors at the festival. All vendors must be able to arrive on Wednesday (5/22), though earlier arrival can be coordinated with Full Meal Vendors. Food vendors will also be required to use compostible serving ware, which is available for purchase through a festival partnership with a local provider.
Specialty Food Vendors
Specialty Food Vendors (those serving only one food item, such as ice cream) will be charged $350. They will receive 10-to-15-foot frontage and 2 staff tickets, plus free camping. Specialty Food Vendors will have access to PSA running water. Most will also have power at their booth sites. All vendors must be able to arrive on Wednesday (5/23). Food vendors will also be required to use compostible serving ware, which is available for purchase through a festival partnership with a local provider.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Arts & Crafts Vendors will receive a space with 10-foot frontage for $200. This will also include two General Admission weekend tickets and free camping. We do not allow camping behind all vending locations. Additional staff tickets can be purchased as needed in advance of the festival. Most booths do not have power. Arts & Crafts vendors are asked to arrive Wednesday and be set up by Thursday afternoon. They are also asked vend until dusk or later each day. All vendors must be able to arrive on Wednesday (5/22).
Healing Arts Vendors
Healing Arts Vendors (for example: massage, reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy, psychic readings, etc.) will receive a space with 15-foot frontage and at least 10 feet of depth for $200 or mutually agreed upon trade. We will only accept 7 Healing Arts Vendors. The vending spaces are located on the banks of the lake, beneath hardwood canopy, in a tranquil and fun environment. Limited electricity is available for things such as small fans, peaceful noise makers, lights etc. PSA Water is available at the fest but not directly at the Healing Arts Vending area. All vendors must be able to arrive on Wednesday (5/22).
Nonprofit Vendors that are selected will receive a space with 10-foot frontage free of charge. This will also include two General Admission weekend tickets and free camping. Only 4 nonprofit vendors will be admitted, and nonprofits local to Martinsville-Henry County will received preferred application status. We do not allow camping behind nonprofit vending locations. Additional staff tickets can be purchased as needed in advance of the festival. Booths may not have power. Nonprofit vendors are asked to arrive Wednesday and be set up by Thursday afternoon. They are also asked vend until dusk or later each day. All vendors must be able to arrive on Wednesday (5/22).
To be considered as a vendor, please fill out the online form below. You must fill it out completely to be considered.
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RW10 tickets now on sale!
ROAD TO ROOSTER WALK: PAUL HOFFMAN OF GREENSKY BLUEGRASS TALKS SONGWRITING
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.”
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL READ.
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!
Hey 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 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.
Originally 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.