The third annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is slated May 10 at Heartwood in Abingdon, Va., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Twenty-five bands from throughout Southwest Virginia will be performing on two stages throughout the day, and an “Old Time Square Dance” will take place inside Heartwood from 5-7 p.m. The square dance will feature Shawn Brenneman, caller, and The Lee Highway String Band.
Admission to the festival is $5, adults; $2, children 6-12; and kids 5 and under are free.
“The festival is an opportunity for people to show support for young tradition bearers.” said Jonathan Romeo, Crooked Road’s program manager. “It gives folks interested in the distinctive musical heritage of Southwest Virginia a way to encourage its future growth.”
Festival performers include Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, The Blackberries, The Butcher Family, Changing Lanes, Close Kin – Our Roots Run Deep, The Floyd Jammers, The Friendship Boys, Gravel Road, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, The Jamming Bobcats from Abingdon Elementary School, Kitty & The Stray Cats, Leigh Beamer, The Loose Strings Band, Mountain Music School String Band, Oh Brother Where Am I?, The Patterson Family, Pike City, Tori Bartfai, Travis Starkey & Cheryl Lunsford, Tyler Hughes, Valley Grass, The Yates Family Band, WiseJAMS–Coeburn, WiseJAMS–Big Stone Gap and WiseJAMS–Norton.
The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Abingdon Olive Oil Company, First Bank & Trust Company, Heartwood, Highlands Union Bank, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pepsi Beverages Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program, and Wordsprint.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon and features food, music and crafts of Southwest Virginia.
For more information, call 276-492-2409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.