Floyd artists and musicians gear up for Sunday festival | Community

The third annual Floyd Americana Music and Arts Festival takes place this weekend, featuring Floyd artisans and musicians at Warren G. Lineberry Park, Outdoor Space and The Floyd Hotel.

Admission is free and the first acts on Sunday, September 18 begin at noon on each of the three stages.

Vendors set up for the festival will include local nonprofits and artisans who live in the Floyd area, such as Betse Dunham of Betse Dunham Pottery, Mike Belcher of Blue Ridge Metalsmith and Jim Grant of Jim Grant Woodworking.

Outer Space’s lineup for the festival includes Paul LeMay (noon), Maggie Blankenship (1 p.m.), Jake Retting (2 p.m.), Michael Kovick (3 p.m.), Kat Mills (4 p.m.) and Starroot and Willbilly (7 p.m. ).

The Floyd Hotel Amphitheater Stage is set to host Junior University (noon), Seph Custer and David Cannaday (1 p.m.), Eric and Addie (2 p.m.), Skieebo Wyms (3 p.m.) and Earl White and Adrienne Davis (4 p.m.).

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Floyd’s Mystic Witches will kick off at Warren G. Lineberry Park, with a noon performance, followed by Appalachian Space Train. Henry Hardt’s Mudcats will follow at 1 p.m., Cocobolo at 2 p.m., Brad Collier and The Easy Answers at 3 p.m., Virginia Hollow at 4 p.m. and Solacoustix Duo at 5 p.m.

Other vendors for Floyd Americana Festival 2022 will include CBExpressions, Chestnut Ridge Farm, Fit to be Tied, Heartwood Farm and Cabins, Highland Farm Baskets, HoloRythm Community Drum School, Timber and Tide Woodworks, Mama Bean Stalk LLC, Plant Matters, Pocahontas Press, Talley-Forte, Virginia Glass Girl Studio and Yarn Over Floyd.

The June Bug Center, Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, and Floyd County Humane Society are some of the nonprofits slated for the event.

Outer Space is located at 412 S. Locust St., and Warren G. Lineberry Park is in the center of downtown (284 S. Locust St.). The Floyd Hotel is within walking distance with paved walkways leading to the hotel at 300 Rick Lewis Way.

Floyd County High School graduate Fox Slife and festival founder and organizer Alan Graf produced a half-hour documentary in November 2021, which features video from last year’s festival and interviews with Stella Trudel from Cocobolo, Will and Jodie Norton from junior college and Carrie Hinkley, a Dublin native and longtime member of the Floyd music scene, who is in Virginia Hollow alongside Graf.

Titled “A Best Kept Secret: The Floyd Americana Music Scene”, the short film describes the local American scene as a new approach to bluegrass and early music that was influenced by other genres to develop a unique sound.

“It’s different from other traditional music which is more visible, which the public comes to see,” Graf said.

Hinkley said there was no other place like the music scene at Floyd.

“It’s a little bluegrass, a little rock ‘n’ roll, a little country, all mixed together,” Hinkley said. “I can’t find it anywhere else in this area, less than 50 miles from my home.”

Watch the documentary on www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=mNO70m-zMjM.

Learn more about each of the vendors and musicians who will be performing at the 2022 Floyd Americana Music and Arts Festival online at https://sites.google.com/view/floyd-americana-music-and-arts/home.

Join the party in town from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.

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