Blue Ridge Mountain 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.

One of our newest additions to the local music scene is the Harvester Performance Center – a mid-size music venue in historic downtown Rocky Mount. The venue officially opened in 2014 and showcases 175 shows annually from comedy to country, bluegrass to blues, reggae to rock, and more! Shows feature an impressive list of entertainers – from world-class artists to local rising stars. 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 make every show an intimate and unforgettable concert experience.

Attractions & Venues

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

  • The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore, documenting the folk traditions of western Virginia, old and new. Explore folklife’s many facets – music, crafts, foodways, decorative arts and more – through rotating gallery exhibitions and the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives collection.

    Every October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival puts authentic craft, music, and events like draft horse working and coon-dog racing on display.

    Galleries open year-round. Admission is free.

    ADA accessible • Charter Groups welcome

    The Crooked Road Major Venue

  • (540) 365-4416
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Dairy Queen – Rocky Mount

  • Share a cup of morning coffee and enjoy a bluegrass jam session by the DQ Bluegrass Band every Thursday morning, September through May, from 9 – 10 a.m. Musicians welcome, bring your own instrument.

    Fees: none

    ADA accessible • Charter Groups Welcome

    The Crooked Road Affiliated Venue

  • (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 an unforgettable concert experience.

  • (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
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Redwood Community Center

  • Live bluegrass music and dancing every 1st & 3rd Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. Musicians are welcome to participate. Food and drinks available.

    Admission: $7 Ages 12 & up, Free under age 12

    ADA accessible • Charters Groups welcome

  • (540) 243-0045
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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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