Youth Music Festival featuring Gravel Road. Photo credit: Chelsea Yoder photography.
Some of Southwest Virginia's most promising young musicians will showcase their talents at the third annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival, to be held Saturday, May 10 at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Va.
Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m., 25 bands will perform on two stages. An old-time square dance featuring caller Shawn Brenneman and entertainment by The Lee Highway String Band, will wrap up the day's festivities from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual festival highlights groups representing area traditional music programs such as the Mountain Music School String Band, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, WiseJAMS and the Jamming Bobcats from Abingdon Elementary School.
Additional performers this year will include the Blackberries, Tyler Hughes, the Yates Family Band, Travis Starkey & Cheryl Lunsford, Valley Grass, the Loose Strings Band, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, the Patterson Family, the Butcher Family, Changing Lanes, Leigh Beamer, Oh Brother Where Am I?, Gravel Road, Pike City and Close Kin — Our Roots Run Deep.
The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Abingdon Olive Oil Company, First Bank & Trust Company, Heartwood, Highlands Union Bank, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pepsi Beverages Co., the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program and Wordsprint.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.
Heartwood is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, and features the food, music and crafts of Southwest Virginia.
For more information call (276) 492-2409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.