Music & Arts

  • Patsy Stoneman, mountain music pioneer, passes away

    Patsy Stoneman Murphy was born in Galax and ended up near Nashville, a life journey that almost mimics the evolution of the country music her father, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman helped to bring about.

    Normally, uttering the words “Patsy” and “country music” turns the average American’s mind to Patsy Cline, the pioneering female country singer out of Winchester, whose life was cut tragically short in a plane crash at age 30.

  • Venzie's marimba playing takes listeners on musical journey

    Larissa Venzie started out playing the piano at age seven, but after hearing a marimba for the first time a few years later she knew that was her focus.

  • Wilson's memory celebrated in song

    At the Blue Ridge Music Center’s celebration of Joe Wilson’s life last week, the crowd waxed and waned, breezes came and went; but the one constant that shone more fiercely than the sun was an enduring love and pride for Wilson’s legacy.

  • Leaf & String Festival is this weekend

    Originally created 15 years ago as a traditional music event, the Galax Leaf & String Festival has evolved into a showcase for the area’s music, art and culture.

    Bands will perform on Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    This year, Leaf & String is hosting a Art and Craft Fair featuring members of ‘Round the Mountain, Virginia’s heritage craft trail. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will be front and center promoting classes and activities for all ages.

  • Music center kicks off concert series

    Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway as the 2015 concert season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    The Music Center will showcase the talents of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more.

    Shows are Saturdays at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. In mid-September, Saturday showtimes move to 4 p.m.

  • HoustonFest 2015 best yet, organizer say

    Despite a decidedly chilly Friday, the fifth annual HoustonFest, held last weekend in Galax’s Felts Park, saw more people than ever, according to at least two organizers.

    The festival, run as a collaboration between Houston Caldwell’s family and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, celebrates the life of the late volunteer firefighter and musician and honors his legacy through funding scholarships for young musicians.

  • Galax Theatre Guild takes final bow

    The Galax Theatre Guild celebrated 40 years of making memories on stage with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Galax Golf Course country club on April 24.

    Following a dinner, the guild presented a musical revue featuring some of its finest performers over the years.

  • HoustonFest celebrates 'Big Bang' of country music

    HoustonFest celebrates its fifth year with a stellar lineup of artists this weekend in Galax’s Felts Park.

    More than 40 bands will perform on three stages, along with special workshops, the Camp Houston youth stage, exhibits, instrument making displays, food, art and craft vendors.

  • Robinson rides onto the silver screen

    HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie “The Longest Ride” made its debut in theaters on April 10.

    The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns — and hooves — of a quasi-demon bull named “Rango.”

  • Meet the cast and crew of 'Some Enchanted Evening'

    “Some Enchanted Evening,” the 40th anniversary production and final performance by the Galax Theater Guild, opens April 23 at the Rex Theater, with two more shows on April 25 and 26.

    The production is a revue featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Broadway musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and more.

    The cast of the production includes: