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Music & Arts

  • String band class raising money for instruments

    INDEPENDENCE ― Instructor Eddie Bond has seen several young musicians come a long way through the Grayson County High School String Band program; and says he is encouraged to see so many of the newer generation so interested in keeping a part of the area’s history alive.

    But as the interest expands, so does the need for equipment. Fortunately, an upcoming event at the high school could help put fresh new instruments into the hands of their students.

  • 'Mountains of Music' to expand

    Staff Reports

    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, announced its third annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event will take place June 9-17, 2017, in more than 50 communities throughout 19 counties in Southwest Virginia.

    Galax’s two-day HoustonFest is one of the featured performances, and Hillsville will host one of the celebration’s new “feastivals,” which combine farm-to-table food with live music.

  • Dance conservatory to present 'The Nutcracker'

    The magic and beauty of The Nutcracker will return to local stages Dec. 10 and 11 with The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre’s 12th annual production of this classic holiday ballet.

    The Nutcracker ballet is timeless; from the dancing, to the characters, to the famous musical score, to the costumes and set designs.

    Appropriate for children of all ages, the conservatory has always promoted its version of The Nutcracker as a ballet “for children, by children.”

  • Return of the 'Parasite'

    There was a time when Frank Levering of Cana was more than just a stage director, playwright and orchard owner.

    There was a time when he made a monster.

    This Saturday night, that creature crawls out of cinematic obscurity to terrify audiences again, as the Friends of the Sidna Allen House hosts a fundraiser featuring a screening of “Parasite,” co-written by Levering.

    The movie will be shown at the historic Rex Theater in Galax on Oct. 29.

  • Local creators are guests at NRCC Comic Con 3

    DUBLIN — If you’re interested in comics and/or classic cars, New River Community College in Dublin is the place to be on Saturday.

    NRCC’s third annual comic con will be held at 117 Edwards Hall and is sponsored by the library. A new event, sponsored by the automotive technology department, will feature classic cars at a “Campus Cruise-In” in parking lots G and H. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are family-friendly, open to the public and free of charge.

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • 'Show for Joe' features all-star band

    An all-star lineup of traditional music greats performed Sept. 2 at the Joe Wilson Memorial Festival at the Blue Ridge Music Center, including a “supergroup” consisting of Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas and The Whites.

    All shared stories of Wilson, a longtime music promoter and historian who lived in Fries after his retirement, and how he worked to preserve American roots music.

    “Joe’s heart and soul is in this place,” said Skaggs.

  • First-time festival brings musical mix to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Music lovers were entertained during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville at the first-ever Hillfest music festival.

    Created by Brian and Laura Beth Parnell with Parnell Productions, the event featured such bands as The Church Sisters, The Hackensaw Boys and Annabelle’s Curse.

    A variety of local, regional and nationally known musicians took to the three stages during the three day festival, which featured camping, arts vendors, crafts, food, children’s activities and hot air balloon rides

  • Wilson responsible for mountain music revival

    A legendary promoter and preserver of Americana music, the late Joe Wilson will be remembered again at this year’s Joe Wilson Memorial Festival at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    Wilson — who lived in Fries in his later years, until his death last year — touched the lives of many performers, and some are playing at the festival to honor his memory. Among them is dobro player Jerry Douglas.

  • Festival will bring Hillsville alive with sound of music

    HILLSVILLE – A new music festival is coming to town, giving residents and tourists another option for their Labor Day weekend celebrations.

    With the annual flea market taking place along West Stuart Drive, South Main Street will be abuzz with music, food and vendors of a different type inviting attendants to “shake off the fleas.”