Youth music fest set


Young musicians from Southwest Virginia attended the Crooked Road Youth Music Festival last year. This year’s event is slated to be held Saturday in Abingdon. (Contributed photo by Leah Prater.)

Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 6th annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, $2 for children aged 6-12. Children aged 5 and under are free.

Fifteen bands and traditional music programs will perform throughout the day at the fest which will highlight regional traditional music programs including Floyd JAMS, Franklin County JAM Program, Grayson County High School String Band, Henderson JAM, Honaker FFA Band, the Miss Ellie String Band, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time String Band, Washington County JAM Program, WiseJAMS-Big Stone Gap, WiseJAMS-Coeburn, and WiseJAMS-Pound.

Additional performers include the Childress Girls, the Kempa Sisters, and the Yates Family.

The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by Heartwood, National Endowment for the Arts, Ratcliffe Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Heartwood – Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, and features food, music, and crafts of Southwest Virginia.

For more information call (276) 492-2409 or email:


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