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VALLEY LIFE

Arts + Culture

Across the Way Productions, meanwhile, has established itself as
perhaps the premiere event planning company in Southwest Virginia.
In addition to producing Floydfest, an annual five-day music festival
that routinely draws upwards of 15,000 people, the Floyd Countybased company also created, designed and executed three other
large events in 2019: the Roanoke GO Outside Festival, the Down by
Downtown Festival and the Big Chill - A Floydfest Ball.
Floydfest, however, remains Across the Way's staple event. Held,
aptly, in Floyd, it celebrated its 18th anniversary in 2019, and has
featured world-renowned musicians, including Jason Isbell, Kacey
Musgraves, Citizen Cope, Thievery Corporation and many others.
The Daleville Town Center Pavilion, located in nearby
Botetourt County, is somewhat new to the scene. But it has grown
into a stellar outdoor venue - one that hosted the Virginia Beer
and Wine Festival in 2019.
Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges in Roanoke is another quality
open-air venue that features music, movies and the occasional
event, such as the annual Dr. Pepper Day.
Though the Appalachian Mountains are famous for bluegrass,
the Roanoke area has produced talented artists across a spectrum
of genres in recent years.
In 2018, a panel of six prominent individuals within the region's
music community - most of whom are musicians themselves -
voted on the city's top 10 hottest musical acts.
They decided, in no particular order, on Fat Daddy, Marie
Anderson, Lazyman Dub Band, Groova Scape, The Kings, The
Worx, Radar Rose, the Lenny Marcus Trio, Hoppie Vaughan and the
Ministers of Soul and Jo Jo Stockton and SoulacouStix/Hott Sauce.
That group of artists sums up the eclecticism of the Star City's
vibrant music scene (as does the fact that legendary singer Wayne
Newton was raised here), but there are countless other artists
making their names known around town.
The Star City is more than just a live music destination, too.
Visual and performing arts also thrive here. Since the turn of
the century, the Open Studios Tour has given the public an
opportunity to celebrate local visual artists by offering a unique
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glimpse into how those artists live and work. The tour lasts two
days, and winds through five neighborhoods: Southeast Industrial
Park, South Roanoke, Old Southwest, Southwest Roanoke/
Raleigh Court and Grandin Village.
Sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, assembling, jewelry,
photography, fiber and ceramics are the featured mediums,
and the artists who participate describe and demonstrate their
processes to the public. The aim of the nearly 20-year-old
tradition is to educate and excite future collectors and creatives.
Those with a flair for the dramatic will also find much to
love in the Valley. Mill Mountain Theatre is perhaps the most
established live theater in the region, hosting 12 annual stage
productions on its 345-seat Trinkle Main Stage.
The venue also produces titles with a riskier bent in its Fringe
series, held on the Waldron Stage - a 99-seat house that hosted
two shows in 2019.
Roanoke also boasts a professional ballet company (Roanoke
Ballet Theatre), a world-class symphony (Roanoke Symphony)
and perhaps the most renowned opera in Southwest Virginia
(Opera Roanoke).
For those brave enough to share their own stories, they can
participate in Hoot and Holler, a themed live storytelling event
for any and everyone.
Museum-goers will also be satisfied in and around Roanoke.
Beyond the Taubman Museum of Art - the premier art museum in
Southwest Virginia (and purportedly the only museum in the region
that offers free admission) - locals and tourists alike can explore
the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Harrison Museum of
African American Culture, the Science Museum of Western Virginia
and (perhaps most eccentric of all) the Roanoke Pinball Museum.
Though Roanoke is best known for its blooming springs
and foliage-filled falls, it boasts a plethora of arts and culture
offerings for all four seasons. From warm-weather outdoor
concerts and art tours to chillier days spent inside museums
and indoor music venues, the Star City is a cultural juggernaut
all year round. 

BOTETOURT OPEN STUDIOS: DAVID HUNGATE ./ THE SPOT ON KIRK: DOUG CHEATWOOD

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