The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is a charity fundraiser that takes place every Memorial Day weekend (late May) at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds just outside of Martinsville. The festival, which features on-site camping, as well as arts, crafts, food and more, donates its proceeds to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship at Martinsville High School.
Want a free ticket to Rooster Walk 6? Just volunteer! Volunteers who are selected will work two shifts of 6 hours each over the course of the weekend. In exchange, they will receive a free general admission weekend pass to the festival. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click HERE.
Each week, we will be featuring different bands that will be performing at Rooster Walk 6. This is part 4 in the blog series. Read the other sections: part 1 | part 2 | part 3.
Here are some of the awesome bands that you can enjoy at Rooster Walk 6!
The Pimps of Joytime
If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT's live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show, and track-by-track. Over the course of the past five years, The Pimps have evolved into a road tested and audience approved groove machine. The exponential growth of the band's fan base can be partially attributed to an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afro-beat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica.
William Walter & Co.
William Walter played 239 live shows last year, entertaining fans on an international scope from the United Kingdom to South America. As a festival favorite, in 2009, William Walter & Co. won "Best Emerging Artist" in a vote of 14,500 Floyd Fest attendees. The song "When I Leave for California" received national radio airplay and was nominated for the International Songwriting Competition in 2010. He has four albums of independently released original material.
Sunliner is a roots rock band that fuses the artistry of Travis Book and Sarah Siskind. Featuring the songs of Siskind, one of the world's most celebrated young songwriters, stories of heartbreak, self discovery, love and life are sung by Book and Siskind. The sound is unique, encompassing rock, folk, country, jazz fusion and blues, but the music remains firmly rooted in the Virginia soil where they now make their home.
Yankee Dixie combines the soulful folk & bluegrass roots of Tara Mills, the driving punk & country style of John Howard, and the rock and roll edge of Turtle Zwadlo to create a truly unique and original sound mixing modern day Americana, folk & bluegrass. This popular Charlottesville band is returning to RW6 after making their debut last spring.
Left Hip Pocket
Formed in Martinsville Va., Left Hip Pocket will make your ears smile. Riggs Roberson, Austin Janey, Griffin Haley, Camry Harris, Wenn Harold and Ted Alt blend their wildly varied backgrounds and influences into something far greater than the sum of its parts. Between their unique spin on jazz, rock, and blues and their striking original tracks, Left Hip Pocket is sure to leave you wanting more."
Buttertub is a Richmond-based band playing an eclectic mix of rock music. The band consists of Ben Eberline (electric guitar/keyboard, vocals), Matt Coyle (drums), Mac Fridell (bass guitar) and Martinsville native Davis Franck (electric guitar, vocals).