Music & Arts

  • Banjo concert to benefit HoustonFest


  • A key player in old time



    Still well remembered in music circles as a unique old time piano player, Haywood Blevins tells stories and tickles the keys in three CDs released by his daughter. Frances Moore, now of Wilkesboro, N.C., released the recordings as a tribute to her father, the well-respected musician who was born in Baywood in 1906.

  • Churches launch talent search


  • Old-Time Saturday Night


    Old-Time Saturday Night, a new monthly concert series at the Rex Theater in Galax, is another opportunity for people to dance to old-time music at the historic downtown venue.
    For several years, the Rex on East Grayson Street has hosted Blue Ridge Backroads Live, a concert series of bluegrass and old-time bands broadcast live on WBRF 98.1 FM on Friday nights.

    • Explore the historic Rex Theater in Galax

  • Driven by friend's memory — WITH VIDEO



  • Artistic Calling

    An auctioneer’s rhythmic chant is not often appreciated as a piece of music, but Tony Goodman of Galax has been using his tongue-twisting verbal skills to move more than houses and cars.
    For three years, he’s been moving the collective hips and bobbing heads of the international art world.

    The veteran auctioneer has been one of the most unlikely stars of the international modern performance art world.

  • Christmas at the Chesterfield Hotel

    When local Brandon Farmer was approached to write an original Christmas play for his church, he wanted to create something that would show the realities of the season.
    “Christmas at The Chesterfield Hotel,” which is to be performed at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church on Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., is not a typical church play, but it brings to light some messages from the Bible, said Farmer.

  • Dance conservatory presents holiday classic

    The Conservatory of Dance & Theatre will present its sixth annual production of the "The Nutcracker" in four performances, Dec. 16-19 at the Galax High School.
    This year includes two performances of the classic "Nutcracker" and two performances of the "Nutty Nutcracker."
    The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows all start at 6 p.m., while the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.
    The Dec. 17 "Nutty Nutcracker" performance is student night. All tickets for those 18 and younger are $3.  

  • HoustonFest grows, nurtured by musician's legacy

     Had his life not been cut short by a motorcycle crash this spring, banjo prodigy Houston Caldwell would have turned 19 this week.

    The soldier, musician, firefighter and community volunteer is missed, but his legacy of service and talent will live on.

  • Concert to honor musician's memory

    The Rex Theater's “Blue Ridge Backroads Live” radio show will host a concert Friday in memory of young musician Houston Caldwell, who passed away on April 30.

    The concert, featuring The Snyder Family Band with Zeb & Samantha, is the first in a series to be held at the Rex, leading up to the first-ever HoustonFest in Felts Park in Galax on May 6-7, 2011.