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Music & Arts

  • Comic con returns this weekend

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Khan-Con — the Twin Counties’ convention dedicated to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming — returns for a third year this Saturday.

    The family-friendly event has something for the whole family, with appearances by local comic book creators; comic, collectible and toy vendors; artists; games and game demonstrations; an original art auction: raffle drawing; characters in costume and more.

    The convention is also a fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  • Thousands arrive for Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention

    Staff Reports

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this week. Felts Park opened its gates Sunday morning for the 82nd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens tonight, Monday, and lasts through Aug. 12, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • Save Her A Seat

    Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.

  • Old Crow Medicine Show coming to music center

    Staff Report

    Old Crow Medicine Show is bringing a healthy dose of classic American roots music to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Aug. 27, along with rising stars Mipso and Amythyst Kiah.

    With an old-time string sound fueled by punk rock energy, Old Crow Medicine Show has influenced acts like Mumford & Sons and contributed to a revival of banjo-picking string bands playing Appalachian and Americana music.

  • Galax planning downtown mural

    The City of Galax Public Art Committee has announced plans to install the city’s first mosaic mural at the Grayson Street Stage.
    The mural at the stage, located in the parking on the 100 block of West Grayson Street, will highlight plaques already existing that commemorate the Downtown Revitalization Project.
    The mural will depict local flora and fauna, framed within a fence-like setting, according to a recent news release from Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA).

  • HoustonFest 2017: Day 1

    Bluegrass and old-time performances were spread among five stages at HoustonFest, a two-day festival in Galax’s Felts Park on June 9-10.

    The annual event in memory of the late banjo player and firefighter Houston Caldwell benefits the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music programs.

  • Haynes family bonds in band

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    Whether working or just enjoying the music, the Haynes family has attended HoustonFest since it started.

    Today, the family gets to join their favorite bands and take the stage to perform at the music festival in Galax’s Felts Park. The event raises money for both the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music scholarships, which makes the Haynes’ participation significant.

  • HoustonFest opens Friday in Galax

    Each year HoustonFest is presented by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a small army of community volunteers. It’s done all in memory of banjo prodigy and volunteer firefighter Houston Caldwell.

    This year’s festival will be held on June 9-10 in Galax’s Felts Park. Caldwell passed away in 2010 at age 18.

  • Rex concert featues old-time, Irish traditions

    The Rex Theater will host the best of old-time and Irish music on Tuesday for a special concert and CD release.

    Old-time musical traditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains have musical roots from many places in the world. Scots-Irish settlers to the area brought their music over a 150 years ago and influenced the sound of old-time music here today. This concert brings together two traditions of Irish and old-time music and two great bands: the Galax Bogtrotters and Irish musicians Randal Bays, Owen Bays and John Coyne.

  • Local music festivals receive state funds

    Staff Report

    Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) recently awarded sponsorships to 32 Virginia music festivals, including five in the Twin County area.

    VTC awarded a total of $245,448 as part of its 2017 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.

    The 32 awarded music festivals bring in nearly 483,000 in attendance and more than $11 million in ticket sales, with an estimated economic impact of $46.8 million to communities across the Commonwealth, the VTC reported.