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(extremely) Rough Guide to Catawba Farm Fest 2012

If you are going to be in or around the New River or Roanoke Valleys this weekend you might want to check out the Catawba Farm Fest. The inaugural Catawba Farm Fest, the festival grounds are conveniently located in the middle of nowhere but still very easily accessed from Roanoke and Blacksburg.

Here I’m going to highlight some of the artists who will be playing this weekend

Malcolm Holcombe: Longtime readers of this site will know this name, definitely THE must see artist of the weekend. Watch the video below to understand why. Playing Friday evening.

Hans Chew Band: Funky piano honky tonk and rock, Leon Russell with a sledghammer. check out the video below. Playing Saturday afternoon.

JP Harris and The Tough Choices: Wife cheatin’ bar fightin’ honky tonk. JP and the boys will be playing 2 sets in the dance tent, Saturday night and Sunday night.

Another Roadside Attraction: I’ve tried to explain this band before but I always have difficulty. Gypsy jazz folk punk? Whatever it is, it’s a good time. Check them out in the dance tent on Saturday.

D. Charles Speer and The Helix: This band is pretty intertwined with Hans Chew so I expect he will likely be performing with them as well. The guys put on a great show, lots of rock, lots of country, lots of soul. Appearing Saturday night on the main stage.

Black Twig Pickers: simultaneously the finest purveyors tradition laden mountain music, and masters of experimental extended improvisational jams, you never know what you’re going to get with the Black Twigs, but you can bet it will be good. Appearing sunday afternoon on the main stage.

Wayne Henderson: Well known in bluegrass circles as the finest guitar builder on the east coast, he also picks one pretty good. Appearing sunday right after the Black Twigs.

Billy Coteau Cajun Band: The dance tent seems to be where the action is Sunday evening, starting with Billy Coteau Cajun band it’s gonna be hard NOT to dance to these guys

The Jugbusters: Well known around Blacksburg, parties just seem to break out whenever these guys play. Appearing Sunday evening.

Happenings in and around Blacksburg/Roanoke the next few days

Last weekend I forgot to inform everyone of the Down By The River festival in Roanoke featuring Jay Farrar on Friday and Neko Case on Saturday. That was kind of a big deal for the area….of course I couldn’t attend either show, but I heard Farrar did a great set (haven’t heard from anyone who went to Neko yet). So as to keep on top of things, I thought I should talk about some of the things going on around the area this weekend:

  • Fri-Sat-Sun: Giles Fiddler’s Convention at Whitt-Riverbend park near Pearisburg, VA. This is the inaugural Giles Fiddler’s Convention, and will feature competitions, workshops, dances, etc… (basically what you would expect from a fiddler’s convention).
  • Sat: Ralph Stanley at The Pulaski Theater in Pulaski, VA. Ralph Stanley with The Clinch Mountain Boys, this is sure to be a great show, and I’m kind of surprised to see him playing in Pulaski. Word is they recently renovated the Pulaski Theater so hopefully they get a good turnout to keep bringing in more artists.
  • Sun: Blue Moonshine at Fork in The Alley in Roanoke, VA. Blue Moonshine have a standing gig at Fork In The Alley every other sunday, with the Acoustic Endeavors (whom they share a mandolin player with) playing the alternating Sundays. What that means is no matter what sunday you go, there will be good music.
  • Tue: D. Charles Speer & The Helix w/ Zachary Cale and The Black Twig Pickers at The Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. This one I’m pretty excited about. I’m a big fan of The Black Twig Pickers already (expect a post on them sometime soon). D. Charles Speer & The Helix are a country-rock honky-tonk type band, the Black Twig Pickers are so old time they make the Carolina Chocolate Drops look like Marilyn Manson…..found this vid below of a collab between the two:


That’s mostly the pickers there, here is D. Charles from the same show