Music

Virginia Tech

The curtain rises next month in Blacksburg on a new ‘state of the art,’ Center For the Arts at Virginia Tech.  They’re busy putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for opening night. 

Changes for Interlocken Festival

Aug 20, 2013

The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’.  Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.

The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.

Shape Note Singing

Aug 5, 2013
Shenandoah Harmony

Since the mid 18th century, Americans throughout New England and the South have been gathering for shape note singing, a form of a capella sung mostly from a popular tune book called The Sacred Harp.

Now there's a new tune book that captures some of Virginia's musical past.

Click here for more information about Shenandoah Harmony.
 

It’s been 44 years since 400,000 people descended on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in upstate New York, making history with the Woodstock Festival. 

Now, Virginia is preparing for its own outdoor rock event - one that could swamp rural Nelson County or charm visitors and locals alike. The Interlocken Festival set for September  5th through the 8th on an estate halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

One of the nation’s top music festivals gets underway in Floyd this weekend, and a Charlottesville-based band will use the event to launch an unusual tour – designed to entertain and raise awareness about one of America’s biggest environmental problems.

Some bands partner with tobacco or liquor companies, credit cards or energy drinks to provide the cash needed for their tours, but a Charlottesville group called the Infamous Stringdusters decided to make theirs a musical mission.  Bass player Travis Book, who hails from Nelson County, explains.

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