Blue Ridge Rocks started as a simple idea: A website that would shine a light on the talented artists who ply their trade in the Roanoke music scene, and an events calendar for fans to find those acts. In the 21 months we’ve been here, we’ve featured more than 75 local and regional artists, sharing…
I attended my first hardcore punk show in the spring of 2011. I was a senior in high school and had started to discover new music and new genres daily thanks to the advent of high speed internet and MySpace. MySpace was directly influential on Roanoke’s music scene and allowed my group of friends to slowly discover others who enjoyed similar music.
I attended a few metal shows and while very enjoyable, the music couldn’t keep my attention long. This changed the day I went to my first hardcore show. It was a catharsis.
Through the internet, my music taste was ever-growing. My friends and I discovered different bands that we came to understand as hardcore bands. These bands carried themselves with the mentality of punk bands: DIY; but sonically carried more than just the punk sound. These bands had a wide array of influences: Punk, metal, and even somehow, alternative. It was a whole new realm.
“I got my start working on Shakedown Street at Grateful Dead shows selling posters as a single mom. That was the creative catalyst for my artwork. I’m pretty blessed, I’ve been capturing musicians through art for fifteen years now. There are more than 7 billion people on this planet, I figure even if just one of them likes my paintings then I’ve made a connection. That’s why I put all my mojo into my art. My ultimate goal is to be the first white woman selling rock & roll blues art at Jazzfest in New Orleans.”
“We recently found out we are pregnant, but still wanted to come out and experience Rooster Walk. The layout is grand. The stages are well spaced and there are lots of woods for hammocks and comfortable camping. It’s great when a festival really seems to have it together. We’re especially digging the grassy backbone here. There’s been a lot of good variety in the music, but we mainly came for Tauk and Lettuce. Both banks are super funky and we’ve been digging them for years. Shuffle, play, repeat … just can’t seem to get enough. Those cats will bring us back every time.”
We absolutely love festivals. That’s what we do with in our spare time, we go to music festivals. Every year for Christmas, Charlie gets two VIP passes to FloydFest and a camping pass. There isn’t any trip or international vacation we could go on and have more fun. Rooster Walk has been fantastic too.The location is beautiful and the music is phenomenal. I absolutely love Larry Keel and I really want to try and book him this year for our annual Halloween party. Depending on good I am, I might be able to pull that off. We’ll see!
All summer we go from festival to festival catching our favorite bands. It was recently my birthday, so we drove eight hours from Philly to see Lettuce. I’ll be right down on the rail tonight when they go on. Motet, Cabinet and PBR (People’s Blues of Richmond) have also been amazing. I love the energy these bands bring. Rooster Walk has been my favorite festival so far this season. It’s nice to get out of the city and come south. The people we’ve meet have been some of the best.
“We were raised in the 70’s on Classic and Southern Rock. During our dating years we made mix tapes of hip hop, R&B and what is now known as old school rap. But it was a few years into our marriage that we discovered our love of live music. A co-worker gave us two tickets…
Music is my therapy. It alters my mood and my mind. It picks me up, spins me around. and changes my perspective. Through music I am able to relive a special memory, laugh, cry, dance, and become empowered.
Nothing quite compares to seeing a band play live. Each is a new experience and little compares to the energy and vibe. There is also the social aspect; the connections you make at shows and festivals are special. There are kindred spirits everywhere. I’ve had powerful friendships stem from the bond of music.