The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - VL34
y any measure available, the Roanoke Valley is the hub of the arts community, and not
just commerce, in Western Virginia. Arts and
culture are used by just about every organization and individual to lure professionals and well-positioned retirees to a community with lively-and even
Outstanding live theater has become a centerpiece both nationally and regionally for development
of the wide variety of crafts within art form. The Roanoke Symphony has proved a powerhouse in selling
tickets, attracting contributions and opening its world
to a wide audience and not just the traditional elites.
Music festivals, Opera Roanoke, ballet and visual arts
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communities such as the Taubman Museum of Art are
busy, successful and inclusive. Music for the young is
loud, insistent and readily available in many formats
The music never stops in the Roanoke Valley and
comes in all shapes and sizes. Blues man Kevin Hurley,
former owner of Blue 5 Restaurant, host of a radio show
and an event producer, says, "A lot of people here love
music. The Valley has great talent."
Support can be spotty for the clubs and contemporary venues, Hurley says, but big events tend to last:
FloydFest and Blues Festival, for example. Venues like
Berglund and Salem Civic Centers, the Jefferson Center, Martin's, Sidewinder's, Sweet Donkey Coffee, Spot
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