The Roanoker - January/February 2020 - VL34

VALLEY LIFE

Arts + Culture

those seeking a vibrant cultural destination
west of Richmond have flocked - and continue
to flock - to diverse and dynamic Roanoke. With a
population of 100,000 (bigger than Asheville, North
Carolina!), Roanoke is undoubtedly the place to be in
Southwest Virginia. The Star City's star is rising.
The Berglund Center, Salem Civic Center and
Jefferson Center are the heavy hitters for regional arts
and entertainment. The city also boasts two minor
league sports teams (the Rail Yard Dawgs in hockey
and the Salem Red Sox in baseball), but there are plenty
of options beyond the obvious go-tos for locals and
tourists seeking fresh experiences.
There are numerous high-quality indoor music
venues to choose from, especially in downtown
Roanoke. Martin's Downtown is perhaps the most
prolific and well-known of the bunch, offering live
music from local, regional and national acts five nights
per week. Just around the block from Martin's is 5 Points
Music Sanctuary, a unique auditory haven founded in
2017 that hosts live shows, while supporting music
therapy, music education and hearing loss advocacy.
Founder Tyler Godsey's two children were born with
significant hearing issues, but each eventually received
life-changing cochlear implants. Now they're able to
hear, and Godsey has dedicated his life to pursuing
the power of sound, through his influential nonprofit.
Also downtown - and also a nonprofit - is The
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Spot on Kirk. Though its most noteworthy endeavor is
bringing music (folk, blues, American, singer-songwriter,
hip-hop, R&B and every genre in between) to the Valley,
the intimate venue also serves as a community center.
With a capacity of 130 people, it often plays host
to educational experiences, networking opportunities,
charitable causes and other events that focus on
cultural inclusion. In 2019, The Spot on Kirk hosted the
first-ever Deschutes Kirkfest: a six-hour music, beer and
food festival that celebrated the final day of summer.
Breweries, too, have gotten in on the party. Though
it's not based in Roanoke, Devil's Backbone Brewing
Company brought its Road to Hoopla event to
Elmwood Park in 2019.
The day-long festival allowed four Virginia bands to
compete for an opportunity to perform at the Hoopla
Music and Beer Festival, held annually at Devil's Backbone
Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows in Nelson County.
In 2019, the Road to Hoopla event was free to the
public, and all proceeds from beer sales went to the
Roanoke Outside Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to
make "outdoor activity and environmental stewardship
a core component of our community's lifestyle,"
according to its website.
The Roanoke area has a thriving craft beer scene in
its own right, with Deschutes, Big Lick, Three Notch'd,
Twin Creeks, Parkway, Olde Salem and A Few Old Goats
offering a wide array of delicious hop-and-yeast filled
libations.

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