March Music Madness At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music!
Written by Shay Wilson, Breaks Interstate Park
At the heart of southwest Virginia lies the foundation of great music that ranges from nostalgic old time gospel to contemporary bluegrass. No matter where you go, you’ll get an earful of string instruments, unique voices, and the sound of people dancing. We’re listing five of many of our favorite music venues located across the Heart, but don’t stop there! We’re giving you a head start, but there are plenty of hidden musical gems across the Heart that are just waiting to be discovered!
Starting over in Pennington Gap, we have the Lee Theatre. It originally opened in 1947 and was the center of entertainment in Lee County. These days, it’s still showcasing wondrous local talent but in many more ways! You can see something new nearly every week, from local artists giving tribute to classic singers to productions of some of our favorite plays. The Lee Theatre’s also a fantastic place to sit down and watch some of the latest movies. Whatever your fancy, Lee Theatre probably has what you’re looking for.
Don’t have any plans on Friday nights? Head down to Scott County where the Allen Hicks Friday Night Jams will start your weekend off with the sounds of musicians of all levels. The jam sessions start around 7pm and when you really need to take a break from all that toe tapping or dancing, you can head upstairs to try some hot homemade peach cobbler topped with delicious vanilla ice cream! Now if that doesn’t sound like a good time, we don’t know what will! Admission is free, donations would be greatly appreciated.
One of the best combinations in our opinion is music and food. If you agree (which we think you will), Ma & Pa’s Restaurant located in Castlewood will fill your stomach with great food and your soul with even better tunes. Four days out of the week, Ma & Pa’s hosts all types of music and the dancefloor is always rocking. On Mondays, there’s the Bluegrass & Old Time Jam, Fridays and Saturdays offer up various amounts of talents, and on Sunday afternoons, there are free gospel concerts! If that’s not enough, the restaurant has a weekly Cornhole tournament so you won’t ever be bored!
If you love listening AND playing music, we’d recommend stopping by The Pickin’ Parlor Jam Sessions. It’s a music store in Weber City and no matter what time of day you stop by, there’s sure to be someone pickin’ at one of those amazing instruments. Everyone is welcome to jam out, show off their musical talent or just listen to the incredible talent the locals have to offer.
Back in the day, there was a place called the Country Cabin where Appalachian Heritage in many forms was preserved. Nowadays, there’s the Country Cabin II in Norton who are still preserving the great Appalachian Heritage with local and regional musicians. If you have two left feet, the Country Cabin II has you covered, they can teach you mountain-style clogging! Jam sessions are held every Monday night at 7pm, admission is free!
Whether you enjoy listening to music, jamming out with the locals, or just like tapping your foot while you eat dinner, there’s a place for you somewhere in the Heart of Appalachia! Make sure to check these astounding places out and let us know if bluegrass has become your new favorite genre of music! Stay updated with any and all upcoming events in the Heart of Appalachia by liking our Facebook page or following us on Instagram!
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