Martinsville, Virginia


First 3 Rives on the Road concerts announced

By: Jessica Wilson, Rooster Walk

December 19, 2022

Entertainment, Music

First 3 Rives on the Road concerts announced

Organizers of the Rives on the Road concert series announced their first three events of 2023 recently.

The series, which will total at least five concerts and take place at venues throughout Martinsville-Henry County, will begin on Feb. 18 at Forest Park Country Club in Martinsville, with roots-rock band, Yarn, performing a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. The Jared Stout Band will kick off this annual “opening party” event with a set of music, and all patrons attending the show will receive catered dinner and open bar.

A special concert and storytelling session celebrating the late Doc Watson will take place March 11 at the HJDB Event Center in Bassett.

On March 17, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country will headline a concert that also features a set from the TC Carter Band at the New College Institute in uptown Martinsville.

Music fans can purchase individual tickets to each show, or buy a 2023 Season Pass for $125 that will garner free entry to the opening party on Feb.18, as well as the March 11 and 17 concerts, plus at least two more shows in 2023.

Season Passes are transferrable to friends and family for any given show during the year, and Presenting Sponsors of the concert series are being sought for a $500 fee. Presenting Sponsors will receive their business name on a banner that is displayed at all shows, as well as four 2023 Season Passes.

The ‘Rives on the Road’ concert series is organized by ‘Arts at the Rives,’ a subcommittee of Rooster Walk Inc.’s board of directors.

Rooster Walk Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit company, absorbed a nonprofit named "Arts at the Rives" in 2016 and began organizing and promoting concerts at the Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. In the fall of 2019, the Rives Theatre tragically caught fire and was a total loss. It has not been rebuilt. To keep the music alive, Rooster Walk Inc., now offers "Rives on the Road" concerts each year. These "pop-up shows" take place in various venues in the Martinsville-Henry County community, and cover a wide range of genres, from rock and blues to bluegrass, country, jazz and more. 

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by mailing a check written to Arts at the Rives to PO Box 3067, Martinsville, Va., 24115.

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