Abingdon, VA – Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 8th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood) in Abingdon. Fifteen bands and traditional music programs (ca. 200 youth musicians) will perform throughout the day.

The festival will highlight regional traditional music programs including Bland County High School Old Time String Band, Bristol Bearcat Bluegrass Band, Floyd JAMS, Galax JAMS, Grayson Highlands String Band, HendersonJAM, Miss Ellie String Band, Montgomery County JAM, New River JAM Band, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time String Band, WiseJAMS–Big Stone Gap, and WiseJAMS–Wise. Additional performers include Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder and the Kempa Sisters.

The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by the Town of Abingdon, National Endowment for the Arts, Ratcliffe Foundation, Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, Tazewell Music Club, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program.

The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.

For more information call (276) 492-2409 or email: info@thecrookedroad.org.

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