The Floyd Country Store in the hamlet of Floyd, Va., some 35 miles away from Roanoke, will be hosting a grand 're-opening' gala on the weekend of June 22-23. The store, which is known nationally for its Friday Night Jamboree, is not really closing, but rather it will be open for longer hours to make it more like a 'real store.' Store owner Woody Crenshaw announced this decision at a recent concert at the establishment.
The June 22 jamboree will feature Olen Gardner and Friends as well as bluegrass musician Wayne Henderson from Grayson County (Va.) as well as The Looping Bros.
Henderson has said that bluegrass legend Doc Watson sometimes stops by his shop in Rugby, Va., to play some tunes.
There will also be a June 23 concert at the store that weekend. The concert will feature Jim Costa, Tina Liza Jones and Rounder Recording artists King Wilkie, a bluegrass band from Charlottesville.
There are also many interesting concerts and events at the neighboring venue, the Sun Music Hall. Like the Country Store events, many of the following performances were arranged by local concert promoter Dylan Locke, who was formerly with the rock band Yams from Outer Space.
This includes the following:
Sat., June 2_ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Kat Mill at 8 p.m. The band is described as a blues-rock quartet.
Sat., June 9_Contra Dance with The Avant Gardeners and Jim Roeder
***Sun. June 24 New Riders of the Purple Sage
Fri, Aug. 10 Floyd County Roots Revue
Sat., Aug. 11 Contra Dance with Toss the Possum
Fri, Aug. 24 Scott Miller and The Commonwealth
For more info on these events, here are some useful links: