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Written by: Beth Stinnett
Tuesday May 16, 2017

Every year Southern Virginia rocks all the way through Memorial Day weekend on Pop’s Farm in Axton, VA. This year marks the 9th year of the Rooster Walk Music & Arts festival (May 25th-28th) that showcases local, regional and even national talent. With musical genres including funk, rock, bluegrass, country, blues, reggae, jazz, Americana and more. In May of 2016, Rooster Walk was named one of the Top 5 rock festivals in the state of Virginia by the Richmond Times Dispatch.

 In addition to four days of amazing music, the family-friendly festival offers a wide variety of kids’ activities, craft beer, great food, arts and numerous opportunities to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors with a 5k trail race, yoga, a disc golf course and beautiful on-site camping. Rooster Walk is very family friendly and children 12 & under receive free admission with a paying adult. Greensky Bluegrass will headline RW9 with a two-hour set on Saturday night. The Wailers (Reunited!), Anders Osborne, Anderson East, Mandolin Orange, The Motet, Pimps of Joytime, the Marcus King Band and many more will perform over the four-day festival.

This unique festival experience is crafted to cater to all genres of festival goers. If you are looking for family oriented vacation ideas, Rooster Walk is the perfect place for you. It has a designated Kids Zone with a playground, stage for live music, crafting area, and a massive slip’ n slide. If you consider yourself a foodie, the festival offers a wonderful range of food vendors that will leave you wanting more. Rooster Walk is also a perfect match for the craft beer enthusiast as a range of craft beers is offered at different locations throughout Pop’s Farm. You can also experience the festival day and night by camping on site. Whether you are an avid camper or a first-timer, there are camping options for everyone to enjoy. If you enjoy running outdoors be sure to check-out the Tuff Strutter 5K during the weekend. It is an annual trail race that will not leave you disappointed. Rooster Walk is not just a music festival. It is designed to appeal to all of the senses, with elements of different types of festivals, nestled inside of one big event. Plus the unique scenery at Pop’s Farm showcases the true beauty of Virginia.

The full Rooster Walk 9 line up: Greenksy Bluegrass (progressive bluegrass/Kalamazoo, Mich.) The Wailers (Reggae/Kingston, Jamaica), Anders Osborne (rock/ New Orleans, La.), Anderson East (R&B Soul/ Nashville, Tenn.) Mandolin Orange (folk/ Chapel Hill, N.C.), The Motet (funk/Boulder, Colo.) Pimps of Joytime (funk/Brooklyn, NY), Marcus King Band (southern rock/Greenville, S.C.), Mountain Heart (progressive bluegrass, Nashville, Tenn.), Billy Strings (progressive bluegrass/Nashville, Tenn.), Eric Krasno (rock-jazz/NYC), The Nth Power(funk/soul; New Orleans), Mipso(Americana; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Yarn (roots rock/Brooklyn, NY), Susto (indie rock/Charleston, S.C.), Love Canon (bluegrass tribute to 1980s rock; Charlottesville),  Jon Stickley Trio (bluegrass/jazz; Asheville, N.C.), Stop Light Observations (rock; Charleston, S.C.), The Commonheart (R&B/soul; Pittsburgh, P.A.), Erin & The Wildfire (rock soul/Charlottesville, VA), The Trongone Band (southern rock/ Richmond, VA), Empire Strikes Brass (brass band; Asheville, N.C.), Mighty Joshua (reggae; Richmond, V.A.), Sanctum Sully (progressive bluegrass; Asheville, N.C.), Violet Bell featuring Lizzy Ross (folk; Durham, N.C.),  After Jack (folk; Rocky Mount, V.A.), Mason Via Funk Band (funk/soul; Danbury, N.C.), GOTE (rock; Roanoke, V.A.), Mission in the Rain (Jerry Garcia Band tribute/Black Mountain, NC), Disco Risqué (funk/rock; Charlottesville, V.A.), Monster Atlantic (rock; Roanoke, V.A.),  South Hill Banks (progressive bluegrass; Richmond, V.A.), Martinsville-Henry County Praise Band (Gospel/praise; Martinsville, V.A.), ShadowGrass (youth progressive bluegrass; VA & NC), Rex McGee & John Garris (bluegrass/jazz; North Carolina), The Delics (punk rock/ Collinsville, VA), The Fernandez Sisters (bluegrass; Durham, N.C.), The Wildmans (youth bluegrass; Floyd, V.A.), The Bucket Brothers (youth jazz; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Julianna MacDowell (easy listening/Loudon County, VA) and The PHCC Jazz Band (big-band jazz; Martinsville-Henry County, V.A.).

Fans can expect various cross-collaborations among the performers, craft beer, outdoor excursions, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and camping in a gorgeous setting. May 25th-28th in Axton, VA.

Tickets and additional information can be found at www.RoosterWalk.com.  

Tags: Festivals, Music, Rooster Walk