May 23-26, 2024 ❘ Martinsville, VA

Review: Rooster Walk becomes Memorial Day weekend tradition

By Lisa Snedeker | Special to the Register & Bee

rw kobMARTINSVILLE — Rooster Walk was dubbed by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine the best “Underground Festival” in the Southeast before Memorial Day weekend.

But after offering musical acts ranging from headliners Leftover Salmon and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk to Asheville’s Sanctum Sully and The Steepwater Band, this festival is going to have a hard time remaining “underground.” And that was just Saturday.

The four-day event got off to a wet start when thunderstorms threatened the VIP party Thursday evening, but numerous bales of straw later followed by three days of sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a great party with even better music than prior years, according to Jessica Beverage of Charlottesville.

“It’s like you’re having a backyard cookout with your friends with music,” she explained, adding that Rooster Walk has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition for her and her two young children. “It’s down to earth. It’s not pretentious. We just dig it.”

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