With a chorus of seasonal hometown festivals and country store jams nearly every day of the week, the lake soulfully combines the charm of casual venues, musicians by the dozens, and the authentic soundtrack of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unrivaled, toe-tapping experience. With sentimental country songs, fiddle and banjo dance tunes, heartfelt ballads, crisp bluegrass harmonies and joyful black gospel singing, The Crooked Road in Franklin County is all about real music, real people and real memories for the making.
Between jams, take an intermission in heritage at the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at Ferrum College. Just a short drive from downtown Rocky Mount, it’s the first of eight major venues along The Crooked Road, home of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and also recognized as Virginia’s Center for Blue Ridge Folklore.
One of our newest additions to the local music scene is the Harvester Performance Center – a mid-size music venue in historic downtown Rocky Mount. The venue officially opened in 2014 and showcases 175 shows annually from comedy to country, bluegrass to blues, reggae to rock, and more! Shows feature an impressive list of entertainers – from world-class artists to local rising stars. It features a main room with seating for up to 475 people or 700 standing, and another lower level music room with seating for up to 200 people or 350 standing. The 40-foot wide stage in the main room, and state-of-the-art audio, lighting and video systems make every show an intimate and unforgettable concert experience.
On Friday, June 15th, don’t miss Nikki Hill. Those who have seen this Carolina girl sing her you know what off—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a “whiplash” moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t you heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of her yet…you will very soon. And once you see her perform, you won’t forget her!
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