Music

With a chorus of seasonal hometown festivals and country store jams nearly every day of the week, Franklin County soulfully combines the charm of casual venues, musicians by the dozens, and the authentic soundtrack of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unrivaled, toe-tapping experience. With sentimental country songs, fiddle and banjo dance tunes, heartfelt ballads, crisp bluegrass harmonies and joyful black gospel singing, The Crooked Road in Franklin County is all about real music, real people and real memories for the making.

Between jams, take an intermission in heritage at the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at Ferrum College. Just a short drive from downtown Rocky Mount, it’s the first of eight major venues along The Crooked Road, home of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and also recognized as Virginia’s Center for Blue Ridge Folklore.

The newest addition to the local music scene is the Harvester Performance Center – a new, mid-size music venue in historic downtown Rocky Mount. The venue officially opened in April of 2014 and is expected to host 175 shows, in a variety of genres, annually. It features a main room with seating for up to 475 people or 700 standing, and another lower level music room with seating for up to 200 people or 350 standing. The 40-foot wide stage in the main room and state-of-the-art audio, lighting and video systems will make every show a premiere concert experience.

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Attractions & Venues

77 Restaurant

  • Jam session Mondays, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Food for sale, coffee and water available.

    Fees: none

  • (540) 365-7197

Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum

  • At Ferrum College, the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, highlighting folk traditions of western Virginia. The Farm Museum highlights life on 1800-era Virginia-German farmstead. Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, fourth Saturday in October. A Major Venue along the Crooked Road.

    Hours: Galleries and store open year-round, Monday-Saturday. Farm Museum open weekends mid-May through mid-August or by group reservation any day, April through October.

    Fees: $5 adults, $4 children

    Wheelchair accessible.

  • (540) 365-4416
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DQ Bluegrass Band

  • The DQ Bluegrass Band performs each Thursday morning, September through May, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m at the Dairy Queen in Rocky Mount (on Route 40 West). Other musicians are welcome to participate.

    Fees: none

    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail Affiliate

  • (540) 483-7987

Harvester Performance Center

  • A new, mid-size music venue in downtown Rocky Mount showcasing live performances by local, regional, national, and international artists in a variety of genres. Its intimate setting combined with state-of-the art audio, lighting and video systems, make every show a premiere concert experience and may be the reason it’s been named  the Best Live Music Venue in Southwest Virginia.

  • (540) 484-8277
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J&J Hall

  • The Blue Spruce Band performs Tuesdays, from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Buffet food served at 8:30 p.m. Band featuring “sit-in musicians” follows from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.

    Fees: $5, includes meal

  • (540) 721-4009

Pigg River Community Center

  • Crooked Road Gospel Sing program from March through November on the second Saturday night of the month. Call to confirm schedule and time.

    Fees: none (except for special performances)

  • (540) 483-9135

Redwood Community Building

  • Live country and bluegrass music and dancing every Saturday night from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Food and drinks available.

    Fees: $5

  • (540) 243-0045

The Crooked Road

  • As the eastern gateway to the Crooked Road, Franklin County soulfully combines the charm of casual venues, musicians by the dozens, and the authentic soundtrack of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unrivaled, toe-tapping experience.

  • (540) 483-3040
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Waidsboro Ruritan Club

  • Jam sessions September through May on first and third Thursdays, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Food and drinks available.

    Fees: none

  • (540) 483-1514