Abingdon, VA –Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 3rd Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. 25 bands will perform on two stages throughout the day, and an “Old Time Square Dance” will take place inside Heartwood from 5-7 p.m. The square dance will feature Shawn Brenneman, caller, and The Lee Highway String Band.
The festival will highlight groups representing area traditional music programs such as the Mountain Music School String Band, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, WiseJAMS, and the Jamming Bobcats from Abingdon Elementary School.
Additional performers include the Blackberries, Tyler Hughes, the Yates Family Band, Travis Starkey & Cheryl Lunsford, Valley Grass, the Loose Strings Band, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, the Patterson Family, the Butcher Family, Changing Lanes, Leigh Beamer, Oh Brother Where Am I?, Gravel Road, Pike City, and Close Kin – Our Roots Run Deep.
The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau, Abingdon Olive Oil Company, First Bank & Trust Company, Heartwood, Highlands Union Bank, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pepsi Beverages Company, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program, and Wordsprint.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.