The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - VL36
FLOYDFEST IS ONE OF MANY GREAT MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE REGION.
on Kirk, Twin Creeks, 5 Points Music Sanctuary, The Vatican
Bistro, The Q, the Backstreet Cafe, Column Stage, Elmwood
Park, Daleville Town Center, Dr. Pepper Park, an assortment
of breweries and wineries and Awful Arthur's exude success.
Music festivals-Down by Downtown Music Festival, Festival in the Park, The Crooked Road's Mountains of Music
Homecoming, First Fridays and the Henry Street Heritage
Festival-are good showcases. The Harvester in Rocky
Mount has developed a national reputation for the quality
of its performers and Elmwood Park's outdoor amphitheater
has made quite a splash with big acts.
Roanoke's new interest in microbreweries has spawned
its own culture of feasting, drinking and dancing with events
like the Microfestivus Craft Beer Festival, among several. Deschutes Brewery made an almost immediate impact on Roanoke's music scene with downtown festivals it sponsored,
using the proceeds to support charities. Hurley notes that
"bluegrass, country and Americana do well in the clubs; rock
'n' roll and blues, not so much an easy sell," but venues "like
Martin's keep music alive." He says local solo and duet acts
"do well and get a lot of gigs," but that bigger bands often
Shop, eat, create, explore.
There's always something happening in Downtown Roanoke.
Historic Farmer's Market * Unique Shopping * Fantastic Restaurants
Fun Nightlife * Museums and Galleries
Special Events and Festivals
Downtown Roanoke has a lot to offer!
Visit DowntownRoanoke.org for everything Downtown.
Live, Work, Play Downtown Roanoke
36 | 2018 VALLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
FLOYDFEST: KATIE LARRINGTON
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