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Emmylou Harris

A 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2018.

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Cory Wong

Music motivates at the most primal level. 

You instinctually hum a tune in order to get pumped up in the morning, for fuel on the treadmill, to soundtrack your commute, or as the pre-game to a big night out. As much as he treasures his roles as a guitarist, composer, and producer, Cory Wong fashions himself “a hype man, first and foremost. 

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Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band music group

Broke Mountain
Bluegrass Band

They were a “super group” before they were super famous. As a band of barely-21, wet-behind-the-ears college kids who could straight up shred, members of Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band met at the base of the ski slopes in Durango, Colo. They didn’t have hardly any money, but they shared a love of picking until the wee hours of the morning. They were a broke mountain band, so they chose a fitting name, hoping to play their way into more robust bank accounts one day.

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north mississippi allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

After 25 years, twelve albums, four GRAMMY® Award nominations, and sold out shows everywhere, North Mississippi Allstars open up their world once again on their thirteenth album, Set Sail [New West Records], welcoming other family (by blood and by the road) into the fold. As legend has it, Luther and Cody Dickinson started the band in 1996 as a loose collective of like-minded second-generation musicians who shared a local repertoire and regional style. Read More →

Big something

Big Something

Hailing from the North Carolina countryside, or “The Middle of Nowhere,” as it is lovingly dubbed on their debut album, the 6-headed musical monster known as ‘Big Something’ has steadily become one of the most unique and exciting rock bands to emerge from the Southeast.

Huge rhythms paired with soaring guitars, E.W.I (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and soulful vocals rise to the top of their signature sound taking listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. 

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Daniel Donato music performer

Daniel Donato's
Cosmic Country

When people first meet Daniel Donato, they’re not fully braced for this walking tornado of creative energy. “They think there’s something that tips the scale in ways they don’t understand,” says Donato about his over-the-top, slightly manic vibe. “But what actually tips the scale is the amount of thought and analysis I put into my work and art, all of which is taken from the lessons of my life.”

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TAUK Moore music band

TAUK Moore

New York-based rock-fusion band TAUK is teaming up with vocalist Kanika Moore in support of the new music they are writing together. After a number of highly energetic and powerful live collaborations including Electric Forest in 2018, Peach Festival, and Resonance Festival in 2021, they decided to jump in the studio and write a song, which turned into Kanika spending two weeks with the band resulting in Moore songs. The tunes conjured up during this session are the basis of the TAUK Moore tour coming to a town near you.

Jim Lauderdale & The Game Changers

At any given time, you’re likely to find Jim Lauderdale making music, whether he’s laying down a new track in the studio or working through a spontaneous melody at his home in Nashville. And if he’s not actively crafting new music, he’s certainly thinking about it. “It’s a constant challenge to try to keep making better and better records, write better and better songs. I still always feel like I’m a developing artist,” he says. This may be a surprising sentiment from a man who’s won two Grammys, released 34 full-length albums, and taken home the Americana Music Association’s coveted Wagonmaster Award. 

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Dogs In A Pile music band

Dogs In A Pile

The sandy shores of Asbury Park, New Jersey are hallowed ground in the northeast; the rolling waves have ushered generations of venerated musicians to worldwide acclaim. Dogs in a Pile, an eclectic quintet, has emerged as the heir apparent to the town’s rich musical legacy. Merging funk, jazz, and rock and roll with psychedelia, the quintet presents a completely original vibe built on kaleidoscopic soundscapes eerily reminiscent of the days of yesteryear.

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The Seldom Scene

The Seldom Scene was established in 1971 in a basement in Bethesda, Maryland. The original line-up, our Founding Scene Fathers, was John Starling on guitar, Mike Auldridge on Dobro, Ben Eldridge on banjo, Tom Gray on double bass, and John Duffey on mandolin. Charlie Waller, a member of the Country Gentlemen, can be credited for the band’s name… Expressing his doubt that this new band could succeed, Waller reportedly asked Duffey, “What are you going to call yourselves, the seldom seen?” The band performed weekly at the Red Fox Inn before getting a residency at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, Virginia. The rest is history.

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Mountain Grass Unit music band

Mountain Grass Unit

The Mountain Grass Unit consists of three Birmingham pickers, Drury Anderson (mandolin and vocals), Luke Black (acoustic guitar and banjo), and Sam Wilson (upright bass). The Mountain Grass Unit has played music festivals, private functions and multiple music venues, playing bluegrass tunes and adding a bluegrass touch to country, jazz, funk, rock, and even metal.

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Boston-based band Couch infuses pop with funk, rock, and R&B/soul. Their vibrant sound is further defined by the members’ backgrounds in jazz, a cappella, and musical theater. 

Until Spring 2021, Couch members were scattered across the country at various universities; they tackled the challenges of being a “long-distance” band, writing and even recording virtually for three years. Despite these challenges, they celebrated…

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Yarn music group


You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. “That’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction”, singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”

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Caitlin Krisko
& The Broadcast

Known for her soaring vocal performances, Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast is a powerhouse soul rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina.

Established in 2021, Krisko’s electrified and unforgettable performances led to her working with members of Tedeschi Trucks Band and David Bowie’s Blackstar Band on the band’s newest studio album Lost My Sight.

Krisko captivates her audiences, bringing the perfect blend of…

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On April 21, Arkansauce will independently release their fifth album, OK to Wonder. The melodies of the Ozark Mountains’ rolling hills and raging rivers can be heard in this progressive string quartet’s distinct blend of newgrass. The 11-track album is filled with songs of revelry, wonder, insight, and whimsy—inspired not only from their home state of Arkansas, but also throughout their travels.

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rooster walk house band

Rooster Walk House Band

The Rooster Walk 14 Artists at Large:  

★ Jake Dempsey (Dead Reckoning)
★ Ron Holloway (Ron Holloway Band)
★ Florencia Rusinol (Florencia & The Feeling)
★ Wallace Mullinax (The Reckoning)
★ Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart)
★ Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce+++)
★ Slate Lacy 
★ Travis Book (The Infamous Stringdusters)


Each year, Rooster Walk brings in an assortment of immensely talented individuals to serve as “Artists at Large” during the festival. These musical maestros bounce around all four days, sitting in with other bands in the RW lineup. 

But that’s not all! Our Artists at Large also join forces onstage to form the “Rooster Walk House Band” for three special sets over the weekend. Each set has a musical theme, plus special one-day musical guests who are a perfect fit for that particular theme. The core of the RW House Band is always the spectacular Artists-at-Large musicians who will be hustling all weekend at Pop’s Farm. Exciting improv magic ahead… 


Sneezy’s sound is the perfect culmination of all things good in music. It fuses the genres of pop, reggae, hip-hop, and rock, and it has a natural, summery sunshine feel to every track. Their neo-soul undertone provides a little something extra to their music and creates an infectious, addicting rhythm that you’ll be glad to have stuck in your head.

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myron elkins

Myron Elkins

Myron Elkins didn’t set out to become a full-time musician. However, fate had other plans. Three years ago, a relative signed him up for a local battle of the bands. With just three weeks’ notice, Elkins put a band together. Although the group didn’t win (they came in second), the experience opened Elkins’ eyes to a very different career path. Now, at 21 years old, he’s poised to become one of music’s most intriguing new artists with the release of his debut album, Factories, Farms & Amphetamines.

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Josh Shilling
(Artist at Large)

Martinsville, VA native, Josh Shilling is making records all the time. He recently played on a Tom Petty tribute album where he backed Lainey Wilson and Wynonna Judd. He’s still finalizing the album he worked on with Charlie Starr and Marcus King, Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge etc, and that is hopefully set to release in 2025. Mountain Heart, Josh’s band, has a record in the can and we’re about to roll out some singles from it in the coming months. Josh has been touring this past year with Mountain Heart, Wynonna Judd, going to fill in with Diamond Rio, and has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile and Bob Weir in 2024. Josh wrote and sang the theme song for the first series of Serial Killer Capitals and has a new one coming soon. 

A Rooster Walk staple, Josh Shilling is a versatile singer/songwriter and boasts an impressive combination of experience and musicianship. Shilling’s musical forays have been diverse and considerable, ranging from jazz and soul ensembles to Americana and contemporary country, jam-band, Bluegrass and folk projects. He currently serves as the lead singer
and frontman for Mountain Heart, and the keyboard player and backing vocalist for Wynonna Judd’s touring band.

Ron Holloway
(Artist at Large)

Ron Holloway is one of the busiest tenor saxophonists on today’s music scene in any genre! Recently, Ron toured extensively with The Warren Haynes Band. He’s a frequent guest of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Allman Brothers Band. Over the years, he has been a member of an eclectic roster of groups, including; The Warren Haynes Band, the Susan Tedeschi Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Gil Scott-Heron and Root Boy Slim.

Holloway will be making his fourth consecutive appearance as an Artist at Large for Rooster Walk.

Jeff Sipe
(Artist at Large)

A four-time Grammy nominee and multi-year Artist at Large for Rooster Walk, Jeff Sipe is one of the world’s most talented drummers. Rooster Walk fans may be remember him for playing drums on both of the King & Strings sets at Rooster Walk.

Sipe, an alumni of Berklee College of Music and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, has been recording, touring and teaching professionally since 1982.

Sipe wrote a book entitled Rhythm Patterns for Drum Set, which is available at

Sipe has toured and recorded with many highly renowned artists, including:

*John Mclaughlin (Meeting of the Spirits tour songs from the Mahavishnu Orchestra)

*Warren Haynes

*Bela Fleck

*Phil Lesh & Friends

*Jimmy Herring Band

*Trey Anistasio Band

*Sarah Siskind & guest Bill Frisell

*Susan Tedeschi

*Derek Trucks

*Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit

*Leftover Salmon

*Darrell Scott and his Electrifying Trio

*Jazz is Dead

*Alex Machacek

*Charles Hedgepath

*Zambiland Orchestra

*Debashish Bhattacharya

*Jonas Hellborg,Shawn Lane and Jeff Sipe (Hellborg Lane & Sipe)

*The Jeff Sipe Trio (w Mike Seal & Taylor Lee)

*Oteil & Friends

*Oz Noy

*Project Z (Jimmy Herring, Ricky Keller, Greg Osby, jason Crosby, Oliver Wells, Count MButu, Derrick Trucks)

(…And many more)

Jake Dempsey
(Artist at Large)

Jake Dempsey is a beastly bass player and a super nice human from Roanoke, Va. He has been a part of multiple Rooster Walk House Band lineups over the years, including in 2022. Jake plays with numberous bands and musicians, but he is most often seen these days holding down the low end with The Dead Reckoning. 

Slate Lacy
(Artist at Large)

Slate Lacy is a Martinsville native who has performed at countless Rooster Walks over the years, including the very first one in 2009. Lacy has been an avid, devoted Grateful Dead fans since his early teenage years, and has come as close as you’ll find to mastering the nuance and intricacies of Jerry Garcia’s vocal and guitar work. Lacy will sing and play lead on the RW House Band’s Thursday night set, which is a tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia.

Florencia Rusinol

Florencia Rusinol
(Artist at Large)

Florencia Rusiñol grew up in East Tennessee, with Argentine parents who instilled in her a love of music–ranging from Argentine folklore to Stevie Wonder to Manhattan Transfer–from an early age. After attaining a degree in music therapy from Queens University of Charlotte, in 2015 she moved to Ecuador and taught music, but Rusiñol never lost her love of composing and performing. While in Ecuador, she released a self-titled EP in 2018, which garnered Rusiñol instant recognition.

She moved back to the US in 2019, and continued to seek out her primary love, music. She reconnected with musician friends from her high school days who went on to become her bandmates in Florencia & The Feeling: Austin Herron (drums) and Nick Castro (bass). The two had spent the previous decade touring with acts such as Doctor Ocular, Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass, and the pair bring an electric energy to the band, incited by their background in progressive rock and jamtronica genres.

Since their conception in April 2021, Florencia & the Feeling has been impressing crowds and getting folks on their feet. With their up-beat funky grooves, heartfelt songwriting, and all-around good vibes, this jazz-laden, pop-funk fusion band with Latin roots has hit the scene running with no plans of slowing down. The band released their first studio album, Birthday, in March 2023 which VentsMagazine called, “pure, unadulterated fun.”

wallace mullinax

Wallace Mullinax
(Artist at Large)

Wallace Mullinax is a Charleston, SC based guitarist. He has been a member of Dead 27s, Elise Testone Band, and The Reckoning. A four-time recipient of Charleston City Paper’s guitarist of the year, Wallace has shared stages with Oteil Burbridge, Darius Rucker, and Kevin Bacon; as well as members of Umphrey’s Mcgee, Marcus King Band, and Galactic. Among these, he recounts opening for B.B. King as a favorite. Wallace’s hobbies include gardening, fly fishing, cooking, and squirrels. But NOT cooking squirrels.

Isaac Hadden Organ Trio music band

Isaac Hadden
Organ Trio

Isaac Hadden Organ Trio is a heavy-hitting, improvisational, cosmic groove ensemble, carving out a distinct voice in the world of funk, jazz, rock, and R&B. The group performs intricate yet accessible original music and fresh arrangements of classic tunes. Bridging the gap between deep improvisation and airtight song craft, the group strives to transport listeners to places outside themselves. IHOT is serving up powerful dynamic music guaranteed to rock mind, body, and soul.

Sol Driven Train music band

Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train is a 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, featuring rotating lead vocalists and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own Southern brass-kickin’ roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity over two decades within the Jam and Americana music scene.

J and the Causeways music band

J & The Causeways

At the core of soul music is a vibrant, embracing spirit, one aimed at connecting the dots of humanity that reside on both sides of the microphone.

“It doesn’t matter if there are 10 people in the audience or a 1,000,” says Jordan Anderson, lead singer/keyboardist for J & The Causeways. “It’s that sacrifice we make of our art, so that people can feel it that much harder the first time they hear you.”

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Sticks N Thorns

It’s a friendship and musical partnership that goes 20 years.

Guitar player Jon Stickley and banjo player Andy Thorn’s friendship and subsequent musical relationship began in a North Carolina middle school – Thorn had been on the wrestling team with Stickley’s younger brother and all three had the same guitar teacher. Thorn was getting into bluegrass and acquired a banjo at his neighbor’s yard sale, and he pushed the…

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Travis Book & Friends

Life can be a minefield of thoughts and the rollercoaster of emotional states. I write songs, in part, to help me process and understand what I’m experiencing. It’s therapy fleshing these things out, getting them out of the realm of inner monologue so I can hold them in my hands, turn them over, look at them and marvel at their strangeness. “How odd that love would make me afraid. That I’d feel jealousy about this or that.

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The Collection

“Entropy / ˈentrəpē/ noun. ‘lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.’

On the surface, the name of NC band The Collection’s new album, ‘Entropy,’ may seem deceptive. Over the four years since the release of their chamber pop, 25-piece ensemble debut, ‘Ars Moriendi,’ the band shed enough weight to become an efficient touring band, garnered praise from NPR and American Songwriter, toured nationally with bands like The Oh Hellos and Lowland Hum, and performed dynamic sets at CMJ and New Music Seminar as an official “Top 100 Artists On The Verge.”

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Kaira Ba

Kaira Ba ecstatically explores the spiritual songs, stories, and rhythms of Senegal’s millennia-old Mandé culture…

The band formed in North Carolina in January of 2011, shortly after Cissokho’s immigration to the US. Kaira Ba has produced three full length albums, toured extensively in the US, and traveled twice as a band to Senegal. In 2014, Kaira Ba was nominated for the prestigious continent-wide All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) in the category “Best African Group”…

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Colby T. Helms the music performer

Colby T. Helms & The Virginia Creepers

At the bottom of the Southwest Virginia foothills half-a-mile from the nearest neighbor, 21-year-old Colby T. Helms resides in an “underground house” built by his late father on land his family has owned for generations. Colby first dreamed of making music his life at age 12, when a group of Blue Ridge Mountain old-time and bluegrass players performed songs like The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ “Standing On The Rock” and the gospel classic “A Beautiful Life” at his father’s funeral in Boones Mill, VA. 

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holler choir

Holler Choir

Led by the lyrical craftsmanship of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Clint Roberts, the distinctly Appalachian, old-time sound of Asheville’s Holler Choir combines haunting harmonies, stirring string compositions, and heart-wrenching ballads, yet hardly conforms to a stereotypical genre. Call it a confluence of old-time, Americana, and bluegrass, but, by its own exceptional design, the sound and atmosphere of Holler Choir are singular. Robert’s wordcraft and explosive vocal range is met with the dulcet clawhammer banjo plucking of long-time collaborator Helena Rose and the sturdy timekeeping of upright bassist Norbert McGettigan. With a rotating cast of gifted musicians featured on Holler Choir’s recordings and electrifying live performances, it’s no wonder they are the band to watch in 2023.  

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Clay Street Unit

Based out of Denver, CO, Clay Street Unit is a seven piece group rooted deep in homegrown southern folk/country and branches into the bluegrass sound that’s heard throughout the Appalachian hills. Forming in early 2021, the band just recently released their first EP and is working on developing and pushing their own unique sound, with a high energy, fresh take on the tradition of American folk and country music that is sure to keep you moving.

The Jared Stout Band

From a cross country busking tour to opening for people like Blues Traveler, Phil Vassar, 38 Special, Cassadee Pope, and Eric Paslay, The Jared Stout Band has made leaps and bounds in just a short time. Looking to download the full bio, discography, and latest updates from The Jared Stout Band? The JSB is a media-savvy band who love to collaborate on a variety of projects, and are always on the…

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lillie mae

Lillie Mae

Music has always been a major part of Lillie Mae’s life. At the age of 3, Mae started performing and playing with her family band at churches, fairs, festivals and theme parks. The family moved to Nashville when she was 8, expanding their profile and her own experience as traveling and performing became the norm… 

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Kind Hearted Strangers

Hailing from all corners of the country, Kind Hearted Strangers began in the foothills of Colorado –  where an impromptu open mic performance quickly evolved into a dynamic touring band capable of bridging the gap between all out rock n’ roll and their harmony-driven roots.  Since the release of the debut record “East // West” in 2021, the band has grown into a road-driven force, hungry for live music, delivering high-energy rock shows across the country

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mighty joshua

Mighty Joshua

Independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua engages audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. Conscious lyrics flow freely to create distinctive refrains that pulse with pride against rhythms rooted in percussion. His soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern day.

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TC Carter Band

From the time he was four years old, in the hills of Patrick County, VA, rhythm, blues, and a whole lot of soul has been running through lead guitarist, TC Carter’s veins. With the help of his mother, Della Carter, he would become a child prodigy in rhythm and blues on the lead guitar. Coming from a long line of musicians before his time, TC Carter was born to play the guitar.

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Lua Flora

Creating in a state of constant adventure, Asheville, NC-based Lua Flora has successfully unified sounds that typically don’t go together. The electrifying passion and introspective lyrics of songwriter Evan Button, meet a mesmerizing blend of Caribbean, Eastern, and American music to create a previously undefined genre; “Beach Folk.” This cultural phenomenon lends itself to easy listening from the perfect barrels…

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Big Fat Gap

Big Fat Gap is a Carolina Bluegrass band. 

Florencia & The Feeling

Florencia Rusiñol is a Latin American singer-songwriter from East Tennessee. Her musical style is influenced by her Argentinian roots and her jazz-singing background, and is combined with her love of pop and funk music. Florencia’s first EP is available on all music streaming platforms. Florencia & the Feeling have spent 2021 touring the Southeast…

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The Shoaldiggers

The Shoaldiggers’ nine pieces produce a one of a kind sound that is completely unique, yet familiar enough to embrace. From rolling seascapes to the hollers of the smokey mountains, Shoaldiggers shows are a swamp grass blast!

Jules & The Agreeables

Juliana MacDowell is a sonically sensational and sensitive singer-songwriter who unflaggingly delivers spirited performances at every show. She splits her time between the hills and hollers of Loudoun County, VA and the riotous rock that is Key West. When not performing with illustrious D.C. guitarist, Mike Ault, or her band, The Agreeables, Juliana works on songwriting and recording.

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Sela Campbell

Sela Campbell is a country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Loudoun County, Virginia. At just seventeen years old, Sela has performed over 200 shows in the last three years across Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. She was voted Best Local Band/Musician in the Loudoun Times Mirror’s 2023 Best of Loudoun competition, and she won best soloist in the 2022 Loudoun County Battle of the Bands. She is known for her beautiful voice and plays all types of country music.

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DJ What

Magician Hunter Rhodes

Magician Hunter Rhodes returns with his magic! Hunter is a must see, Dynamic, hip, entertaining magician, Based in Richmond, Virginia. With a background in music, Hunter creates his show with the emotions you get from a band concert. His style also delivers comedy, and a likeable charm that leaves an audience smiling, laughing, and wondering what the heck is happening right now?! The performance is designed for any age limit. But wait, There’s more! Hunter will also be roaming throughout the festival, and VIP area performing close-up magic. So be ready when a magician walks up to you and starts adding more magic to your experience here at Rooster Walk.

Raffi Kids' Set

Miles Andrews of Big Fat Gap performs a full set of Raffi’s favorite songs for all ages. 


Sugarbush is the product of a reactive, attractive, and eclectic collective.

Powerful rhythm and mesmerizing melodies make Sugarbush a band you have to see for yourself. 

Come ready to groove and move to this sonic set of acoustic-electric, folk-funk mayhem.  

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