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Grace Potter to headline Rooster Walk 12 Music & Arts Festival in Martinsville, Va.

Grace Potter to headline Rooster Walk 12 Music & Arts Festival in Martinsville, Va.

Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival has announced the third and final wave of music performers for the much-anticipated 2022 festival, scheduled for May 26-29, 2022 in Martinsville, Va. Rooster Walk returns with an extraordinarily diverse bill featuring a remarkable selection of roughly 50 artists performing across 6 unique stages over the four-day festival.

Grammy-nominated rock’n’roll artist Grace Potter will bring her full band to the 12th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival for a headlining set. In today’s announcement, she is joined by arena rockers Moon Taxi, 16 more bands, and five Artists at Large.

Described by Spin Magazine as “one of the greatest living voices in rock today,” and heralded as one of the world’s best live performers, Grace Potter has played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio. She’s had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, The Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Mavis Staples, and The Roots, to name just a few. She will be making her Rooster Walk debut at Rooster Walk 12. 

Other new bands added to the RW12 lineup today include: Moon Taxi (arena rock), Ryan Montbleau (singer/songwriter), Town Mountain (honky tonk/bluegrass), Kendall Street Company (jam/rock), Fireside Collective (progressive bluegrass), Dead Reckoning (Grateful Dead tribute), Daniel Donato (cosmic country), TK & Know Nothings (rock), Disco Risqué (funk/hard rock), Goodfellers (bluegrass), After Jack (folk), Into The Fog (progressive bluegrass), TC Carter Band (blues), Jules & The Agreeables (rock/Americana), The McGee Family Band (bluegrass), DJ What (DJ), and Pumphouse Blues (blues).

In addition, Rooster Walk 12 will feature five immensely talented Artists at Large in Ron Holloway (saxophone; Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi Band), John Bryant (drums; Ray Charles), Josh Shilling (keys; Mountain Heart), Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel; The Lee Boys) and Wallace Mullinax (guitar; Dead 27s). This quintet of artists will form the basis of the RW12 Artist at Large Band, which will perform a different themed set on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the festival.

The new additions above join a Rooster Walk 12 lineup that already included:  Little Feat, Lettuce, BIG Something, The War and Treaty, Tab Benoit, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Sammy Rae & The Friends, Fruition, Brandon 'Taz' Niederauer, The Nude Party, Yarn, Mike & The Moonpies, Mountain Heart, Sol Driven Train, The Wooks, Crawford & Power, Los Colognes, Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast, Sanctum Sully, Isaac Hadden Organ Trio, Striking Copper, The Stews, Big Fat Gap, The Wilson Springs Hotel, Pirates of the Piedmont

Rooster Walk will take place Thursday-Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in the rolling countryside surrounding Martinsville, Va. Rooster Walk is a 4-day festival celebrating music, art, and the great outdoors at the idyllic Pop's Farm venue. With roughly 50 bands performing on 6 different stages, an eclectic roster of great music guides the Rooster Walk experience.

In addition to four days of amazing tunes, the family-friendly Rooster Walk will offer a wide variety of kids' activities, craft beer, great food, arts and numerous opportunities to enjoy Virginia's great outdoors with kayak tours, bike rides, yoga, a disc golf course and beautiful on-site camping.

VIP tickets, General Admission weekend passes and camping upgrades are on sale now through Single day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Rooster Walk has been consistently voted as a Top 3 Best Music Festival and Best Family-Friendly Festival by the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Best of the Blue Ridge. It also has been voted the region’s Most Creative Charitable Event by readers of Virginia Living Magazine, among other accolades. The festival was created in memory of late Martinsville natives Edwin “The Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank, who graduated from Martinsville High School in 2000.

A portion of proceeds from the festival will be donated to local and regional charities, including Rooster Walk’s own Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund for students at Martinsville High School, and the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for public band programs in the local city and county school systems.

The festival is produced by Rooster Walk Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in its home of Martinsville-Henry County. Since 2009, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $220,000 to local and regional charities.