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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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& FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Vinton Relay for Life, May 1. William Byrd High
School, Vinton. 774-2716, relayforlife.org.
Community School Strawberry Festival,
May 1-2. Elmwood Park, Roanoke. 563-5036,
7th Annual Derby Day Gala, May 2.
A fundraising gala benefiting Mill Mountain Zoo.
Rockledge, Roanoke. 309-1781,
Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 2. Downtown
Roanoke. 206-2414, cincodemayroanoke.com.
36th Annual Virginia State Championship Chili
Cook-off, May 9. Elmwood Park, Roanoke.
4th Annual Vinton Food & Wine Festival,
May 16. Vinton War Memorial, Vinton. 343-1364,
Fun Night for Charity, May 16.
Knights of Columbus Roanoke will host a casinostyle fun night. Thunderbird Club, Roanoke.
Festival in the Park, May 22-24. Elmwood Park, Roanoke.
24th Annual Spring Roanoke Valley Gem,
Mineral & Jewelry Show, May 22-24. Salem
Civic Center, Salem. 384-6047, toteshows.com.
The Winemaker's Dinner, May 24.
Chateau Morrissette, Floyd. 563-2865,
Festival in the Park, May 22-24. Elmwood Park,
Roanoke. 342-1452, roanokefestival.com.
St. Elias Lebanese Festival, May 29-31. St. Elias
Maronite Catholic Church, Roanoke. 293-4011,
Country Returns to its Roots in Salem
Virginia, home to the likes of
hundreds of local gigs in and
June Carter Cash, Patsy Cline,
around his home state. By
and Big Kenny of Big & Rich,
the time he got to Nashville,
big brother," Zach says. "He's
just to name a few, welcomes
Lane had discovered his true
only a text message away. He's
a new crop of singers for the
passion: country music.
in our corner." Also in their
third annual Blue Ridge Music
"Coming from the sports
fellow country artists.
"Blake [Shelton] is like a
"corner," fellow Oklahoman
Festival coming up at Salem
world, I had a real passion
Carrie Underwood. Talk about
Stadium May 30-31. Here's a
for football and baseball. I
sneak preview of a few of those
had no clue I would have a
deeper passion for music and
You," has roots in their gospel
background, and though
Chris Lane: Something
magical happened when a
Today, that passion has
Their latest single, "Pray for
religion in country music
young man from Kernersville,
produced a record deal with
has received some backlash
North Carolina, first picked up
Big Loud Mountain and Lane's
recently, the brothers take it
a guitar. Sidelined from a sports
career due to a knee injury,
The Swon Brothers: They've
"We're doing more than
Chris Lane turned to music
been performing together since
singing music," Colton says.
while recovering from surgeries.
they could make noise. Literally.
"We're saying something.
From singing in their family's
You just got to focus on the
been an influence," Chris
gospel group in their hometown
says. "He's the sole reason I
of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to
wanted to learn how to play
touring with Brad Paisley on his
Brothers will join headliners
Country Nation Tour, Zach and
Brad Paisley and Florida
Colton Swon are following their
Georgia Line at the festival.
Chris Lane will perform at the Blue Ridge Music
Festival, May 31. Salem Stadium.
BIG LOUD MOUNTAIN
"Keith Urban has always
It began with guitar lessons,
then singing lessons, and then
dreams, with a little help from
Chris Lane and The Swon
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - May/June 2015
The Best of Roanoke 2015
Rockledge: The Grand House on the Hill
Fantasy Sports: Diehard Drafters in Every Season
Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks All in One Book
Tastes of Asia: Visits to 4 Vietnamese Dining Rooms
Letters & Worth a Click
From The Editor
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
The Roanoker - May/June 2015