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Chris Shepard

Combining tight syncopated phrases and hooky riffs that stick to your brain like hot tar with freight train energy and sudden tempo shifts The guitar is like a second voice for Chris and he speaks through it effortlessly, as if he could tell you the entire story without a word.

Hops & Howlers Craft Brew Festival

Abingdon’s second annual brew-tasting and music event, the Hops & Howlers Craft Brew Festival, is slated to return to the Market Pavilion on Saturday, June 20th. So, grab your fellow brew lovers and get ready to Visit Abingdon, where you’ll be able to experience great craft beers & ciders from around the region: nearly 100 different beers from more than 30 breweries, including local brewers Wolf Hills Brewing, Damascus Brewery, Holston River Brewing and Johnson City Brewing. Here are some tips to help you be prepared to enjoy it to the fullest:

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• Get Your Tickets Early: Not only will you save $5 vs buying them the day of….we can’t guarantee we’ll have any left the day of, and you’ll save time in line. BUY HERE!
• Get VIP Tickets: You’ll have your own entrance, get in 30 minutes early, and have exclusive brews & snacks in the VIP Lounge. For only $15 more. Worth It.
• Bring CASH: For food, for swag, and for the tip jars of the Non-Profit groups taking over the Pour for the second half of the fest. Tip them and show them your appreciation for the work they do.
• Park & Ride: Park your car at the Magic Mart lot on Cummings St, or Rose’s on Main St, and ride one of our lovely trolleys right to the entrance without a hassle.
• Plan for a Safe Event: Designated Driver tickets are available for $15, or ride one of the trolleys to your hotel in town. Make a plan, and then enjoy the event. Hops & Howlers is about quality, not quantity.
• Ask Questions! We’ve invited all of the brewery reps, and most of them will have a representative who is knowledgeable about the brews they’re serving. Find out what makes them special, and learn some more about craft beer.
• Wear Sunscreen: We’ve moved the time to 4-9pm, and put the breweries under the shade of the Market Pavilion, but you’ll still get plenty of summer sun. Plan accordingly, and visit us at the Info Tent if you need assistance.
• Share the Fun: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter….we’d love to see how you’re enjoying the festival! #hopsandhowlers #abingdonva #loveva
• Remember the DON’Ts: Don’t leave your ID at home….we won’t let you in. Don’t bring your pet…we won’t let them in. Don’t bring your kids….we can’t let them in, unless they’re old enough, 21+ only. Don’t bring in outside alcohol….we can’t let that in. Don’t forget your pretzel necklace….we WILL let you in with it on!
• Vote for the Best Homebrew: The Homebrew Showcase will offer several homebrew choices to sample and vote on. Give them a visit, have a taste, and give them your feedback.
Most importantly, have fun! If you need help planning your trip, we’re here to help! Give our team a call at 276-676-2282 or visit the tourism site online for lodging, dining and other event listings:http://www.visitabingdonvirginia.com

http://hopsandhowlers.com/

Blue Ridge Music Festival

Two of the biggest names in the entertainment world are coming to Salem, Virginia for one gigantic weekend of country music in 2015. Superstars Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line will headline the Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 30 -31 as the event expands to two action-packed days.

Saturday headliner Brad Paisley and Sunday headliner Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Jerrod Niemann, the Charlie Daniels Band, Dustin Lynch, The Swon Brothers, Colt Ford, Clare Dunn, Chris Lane and other guests to be announced.

Tickets for the two-day festival go on sale Monday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at the Salem Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Two-day general admission field tickets start at $99 plus additional fees. Reserved seat tickets and a limited number of VIP tickets also will be available. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, September 18, at 10 a.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com

The one-day Blue Ridge Music Festival has attracted more than 22,000 fans over the past two years at Salem Stadium. The new weekend format will give even more fans the opportunity to experience twice as many of their favorite performers in one place.

“This is great news for the entire region,” says Carey Harveycutter, Salem’s Director of Tourism. “We can’t wait for the festival to return to Salem Stadium, and we’re already making plans to enhance the fan experience.”

“We’re excited to come back to Salem bigger and better than ever,” states Mike Smardak, President of Outback Concerts.

http://blueridgemusicfestival.com/

Blue Ridge Music Festival

Two of the biggest names in the entertainment world are coming to Salem, Virginia for one gigantic weekend of country music in 2015. Superstars Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line will headline the Blue Ridge Music Festival on May 30 -31 as the event expands to two action-packed days.

Saturday headliner Brad Paisley and Sunday headliner Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Jerrod Niemann, the Charlie Daniels Band, Dustin Lynch, The Swon Brothers, Colt Ford, Clare Dunn, Chris Lane and other guests to be announced.

Tickets for the two-day festival go on sale Monday, September 22, at 10 a.m. at the Salem Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Two-day general admission field tickets start at $99 plus additional fees. Reserved seat tickets and a limited number of VIP tickets also will be available. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, September 18, at 10 a.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com

The one-day Blue Ridge Music Festival has attracted more than 22,000 fans over the past two years at Salem Stadium. The new weekend format will give even more fans the opportunity to experience twice as many of their favorite performers in one place.

“This is great news for the entire region,” says Carey Harveycutter, Salem’s Director of Tourism. “We can’t wait for the festival to return to Salem Stadium, and we’re already making plans to enhance the fan experience.”

“We’re excited to come back to Salem bigger and better than ever,” states Mike Smardak, President of Outback Concerts.

http://blueridgemusicfestival.com/

New River Brewfest

Nesselrod Brewfest 15 LogoNesselrod Bed and Breakfast in partnership with the Radford Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual spring festival on Saturday, April 11th from noon until 6pm in the Sunken Garden Amphitheater. There will be food vendors at the festival so no outside food, drinks or coolers will be allowed.

The first 600 tickets sold online will have a chance to win gift certificates to a local business and a festival pint glass to add to your collection.

Thank you for your support, tell all your friends and we look forward to seeing you soon at our 2015 Spring Festival. Cheers!
Website: http://www.newriverbrewfest.com/
Ticket Sales Tab: http://www.newriverbrewfest.com/ticket-sales.html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverBrewfest?ref=hl

August Update!

Summer is almost over,
but we still have a few fun events before the brisk chill
of Fall sets in!

Did you know that August is VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH? There is plenty to celebrate with the opening of a slew of new breweries around our region, and a fun contest, “Hop on The Loop,” to motivate you to get out there and taste their wares!


What is this Beer Loop, you ask?

Well, during the month of August, craft beer enthusiasts can visit each of six participating breweries and have a card validated that will enter them to win gift certificates and merchandise. Completed entries will be eligible for a Grand Prize of $150 in Gift Certificates to the breweries, among other prizes. To be eligible you must be 21 years of age or older.

Participating breweries in “Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beer Loop” are Big Lick Brewing Company, Callaway Brewing Company, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Flying Mouse Brewery, Parkway Brewing Company and Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers.

Official Entry Forms with details and brewery information can be found atwww.visitroanokeva.com/things-to-do/breweries/blueridgebeerloop/.


Join us as we toast to a great year for Craft Beer in the Roanoke Valley!

This year Parkway Brewing is proud to be the sole beer provider for BACONFEST! Come sample a variety of bacon-inspired cuisine & wash it down with your favorite locally-produced, cold libations! Everybody loves Beer & Bacon!
BACONFEST:
Saturday 8/2, 10-5 pm
Elmwood Park, $5 General Admission
Live Music, Kid-Friendly & Beer By PARKWAY!
www.baconfestva.com!


“Book Signing & Beer Drankin’
with BETH MACY!”

Come meet our own “Factory Girl,” BETH MACY and, if you haven’t already, you can pick up a copy of her best-selling book, “Factory Man.” Beth might even sign your six-pack if you ask her real nice. Meet her now before she’s too big for her britches!
Sunday, August 10th, 3-5pm
Parkway Brewing Co.


But that’s not all!

Parkway Brewing will also be the solo beer vendor at this year’s New Castle Bluegrass Festival featuring The Steeldrivers! Join us August 23rd, starting at 2 pm at the Country Campground in New Castle. Gen admin tix are $20. Seewww.newcastlebluegrassfestival.com for bands & more info.


Body by Parkway

The Thurs. Night “Body by Parkway” Runner’s Club: 5K Run from the brewery starting at 6 pm.
3 Runs gets you a Penny Pint! Join us!


Fall will be here before you know it – bringing back some old favorites & some new experiments: Brewmaster Ryan has big plans for your palate!

There’s always more fun brewing at Parkway Brewing Company – “Like” our Facebook page to keep up with the latest details of what’s going on at the Tasting Room – we can be kinda “Last Minute” sometimes – but that’s just how we roll!

Floyd Yoga Jam

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Our mission is to create a yoga, music & arts inspired event that contributes to sustainable social change within our community and region. The idea is to recreate a dimension in which different doors are open to take the way to an evolved self: from the healing power of massage, to the respect of natural product, to the beauty of arts and the bliss of Yoga & Music. August 29-31 2014
floydyogajam.net

Front Porch Swing

As a solo artist, with various duos and with his bandmates in Front Porch Swing, Scott recreates and celebrates American music including blues, jazz, honky tonk and vintage rock & roll. He also performs original songs that capture the “old school” sound of the recognized masters of those genres.

Blue Moonshine

Good time music.

“What we play is good time music,” says lead guitarist Will Farmer. “It’s bluegrass, it’s Americana, it’s a lot of things. Mostly we just call it good time music.”

Making music together in the mountains of southwest Virginia since 2003, Blue Moonshine’s blend of tight harmony, hot licks, and strong songwriting is a crowd pleaser anywhere from rowdy bars and festival stages to backyard parties and corporate events. “We have fun playing music together,” explains rhythm guitarist Phil Norman, “and it shows on stage. That energy is infectious, and so the audience has a great time, too.”

That energy also translates to their recently released 5-song EP, “Distilled,” giving you an immediate sense of the singing, songwriting, and instrumental prowess of the band. From the opening fiddle & mandolin hook of “Your Love is On My Mind” to the tender emotion of “Buddy’s Backyard,” this is a collection of songs that showcases why Blue Moonshine was voted a favorite local band by the readers of The Roanoke Times after the release of their album “New Mountain Music” in 2005.

Fiddle player Shannon Wheeler puts it this way: “the world doesn’t need another bluegrass band playing nothing but standards all night long. People want to have a great time when they hear live music, and we’re to make that great time happen.”

Blue Moonshine starts with the high and lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and ends with your toe tapping and a smile on your face.

Blue Moonshine is good time music.

Tobacco Apache

The Apache sound is a mix of original old school, southern, and roots rock, and other genres, blended into one dynamic sound. Sam Fochtman (guitar/vocals), Josh Lynch (bass/vocals), and Chance Taylor (drums) entered the scene as “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” with their first gig at Mike Aid II in June of 2010. From that point on, the fellas made sure to bring the heat to every show!

Blue Mule

Blue Mule – a unique group of musicians working in a bluegrass context
with heavy doses of jazz, rock, blues and country.

Blue Mule – playing everything from Miles Davis to Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe
to Jethro Tull.

Blue Mule – creative song writing bringing a fresh perspective to
modern acoustic music.

Blue Mule – a performance that is one of intensity, spontaneity
and the pursuit of “playing that lick just a little bit better than the night before”.
Danceable, listenable and hopefully, memorable long after it’s over,
a set by Blue Mule is unlike any you’ve heard.

Blue Mule – it’s what you’re doing this weekend!

Front Porch Swing

As a solo artist, with various duos and with his bandmates in Front Porch Swing, Scott recreates and celebrates American music including blues, jazz, honky tonk and vintage rock & roll. He also performs original songs that capture the “old school” sound of the recognized masters of those genres.

Blue Moonshine

Good time music.

“What we play is good time music,” says lead guitarist Will Farmer. “It’s bluegrass, it’s Americana, it’s a lot of things. Mostly we just call it good time music.”

Making music together in the mountains of southwest Virginia since 2003, Blue Moonshine’s blend of tight harmony, hot licks, and strong songwriting is a crowd pleaser anywhere from rowdy bars and festival stages to backyard parties and corporate events. “We have fun playing music together,” explains rhythm guitarist Phil Norman, “and it shows on stage. That energy is infectious, and so the audience has a great time, too.”

That energy also translates to their recently released 5-song EP, “Distilled,” giving you an immediate sense of the singing, songwriting, and instrumental prowess of the band. From the opening fiddle & mandolin hook of “Your Love is On My Mind” to the tender emotion of “Buddy’s Backyard,” this is a collection of songs that showcases why Blue Moonshine was voted a favorite local band by the readers of The Roanoke Times after the release of their album “New Mountain Music” in 2005.

Fiddle player Shannon Wheeler puts it this way: “the world doesn’t need another bluegrass band playing nothing but standards all night long. People want to have a great time when they hear live music, and we’re to make that great time happen.”

Blue Moonshine starts with the high and lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and ends with your toe tapping and a smile on your face.

Blue Moonshine is good time music.

Front Porch Swing

As a solo artist, with various duos and with his bandmates in Front Porch Swing, Scott recreates and celebrates American music including blues, jazz, honky tonk and vintage rock & roll. He also performs original songs that capture the “old school” sound of the recognized masters of those genres.

Chris Shepard

Combining tight syncopated phrases and hooky riffs that stick to your brain like hot tar with freight train energy and sudden tempo shifts The guitar is like a second voice for Chris and he speaks through it effortlessly, as if he could tell you the entire story without a word.

Blue Mule

Blue Mule – a unique group of musicians working in a bluegrass context
with heavy doses of jazz, rock, blues and country.

Blue Mule – playing everything from Miles Davis to Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe
to Jethro Tull.

Blue Mule – creative song writing bringing a fresh perspective to
modern acoustic music.

Blue Mule – a performance that is one of intensity, spontaneity
and the pursuit of “playing that lick just a little bit better than the night before”.
Danceable, listenable and hopefully, memorable long after it’s over,
a set by Blue Mule is unlike any you’ve heard.

Blue Mule – it’s what you’re doing this weekend!

Sloan River Project

Sloan River Project has been performing and leading congregational music at churches, conventions, conferences and concerts around the country since 2009.

They perform traditional service music and concert tunes with influences from across the spectrum of folk, rock, latin, pop, funk, and reggae, effectively blending styles to create arrangements appropriate for each setting and event.

The Ridgeliners

The Ridgeliners features Mike Gangloff of The Black Twig Pickers and Pelt sawing on the fiddle and testing the structural integrity of that chair. The Black Twig Pickers have just released a new LP called Rough Carpenters, and Pelt have released a new LP called Effigy.

Nikki Talley

Nikki Talley is a hardworking, energetic, mountain girl with a big voice. She is one half of a FULL TIME touring husband & wife DUO based out of Asheville, NC contributing acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo & of course her trademark stunning vocals. She & husband Jason Sharp, who accompanies her on guitar as well as bass & harmonies, play around 200 shows annually throughout the Southeast touring out of their Chevy van, Blue Bell, they bought w/ money raised from a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Recent:
*Magnolia Fest (Live Oak, FL headliners Willie Nelson, Jon Prine, Kris Kristofferson)
*Frank Brown International Songwriters Fest (Gulf Shores, AL)
*Bristol Rhythm n Roots Fest (Bristol TN with Lucinda Williams, James McMurtry, Jim Lauderdale & more)
*Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest (Silk Hope, NC)
*30A songwriters festival (South Walton, FL with Ani Difranco, Richard Thompson, John Oates & more)

Won 2007 Carolina Star Title beating out 300+ contestants and receiving $10,000 prize
She recently received an honorable mention in the Telluride (Colorado) Bluegrass Troubadour Festival (2013) as well as winning Boston’s prestigious songwriter shoot out at the Lizard Lounge just this June (2013).

Nikki’s last studio album, Beautiful Charmer has help from a number of collaborators including Grammy-winning alt-country icon Jim Lauderdale. It garnered the #7 spot in WNCW’s top 20 regional releases of 2010 and #23 in top 100 releases.

Awards and Accolades for Parkway Brewing Company


BOV2014_CertificateVirginia Living Magazine: “Best Of Virginia Winner 2014” GOLD: Best MicroBrewery in SW VA


IPADThe Roanoker Magazine: GOLD: “Best Place for a Beer with The Boys,” PLATINUM: “Best Affordable Entertainment (tied with Salem Red Sox)


urlBlue Ridge Outdoors Magazine: Best of VA


url-1People’s Choice Award at the New River BrewFest


52d94c351eb9e.preview-300Roanoke Times “So Salem” Best of Salem Awards:
FIRST PLACE: “Best ‘Hidden Jewel’ in Salem that more people should know about”
FIRST PLACE: “Best place to meet new people”
SECOND PLACE: “Best place to take relatives from out of town”
SECOND PLACE: “Best place to hear local music”
THIRD PLACE: “Most fun thing to happen in Salem in the past year”

PARKWAY BREWING was proud to reach the Final Four in Blue Ridge Outdoors’ 2014 MicroBrew Madness Tournament! 

With over 58,000 votes cast between 32 of the top brewers in the SouthEast, Parkway was pleased as punch to even be in the company of such esteemed contenders as Asheville’s Lexington Avenue Brewing, Highland Brewing and winner Devil’s Backbone. Not too shabby for a year old brewery in Salem, VA! Thanks to all our “Parkway Loyal” fans in the Roanoke Valley and beyond! Cheers to good beers!

Blue Moonshine

Good time music.

“What we play is good time music,” says lead guitarist Will Farmer. “It’s bluegrass, it’s Americana, it’s a lot of things. Mostly we just call it good time music.”

Making music together in the mountains of southwest Virginia since 2003, Blue Moonshine’s blend of tight harmony, hot licks, and strong songwriting is a crowd pleaser anywhere from rowdy bars and festival stages to backyard parties and corporate events. “We have fun playing music together,” explains rhythm guitarist Phil Norman, “and it shows on stage. That energy is infectious, and so the audience has a great time, too.”

That energy also translates to their recently released 5-song EP, “Distilled,” giving you an immediate sense of the singing, songwriting, and instrumental prowess of the band. From the opening fiddle & mandolin hook of “Your Love is On My Mind” to the tender emotion of “Buddy’s Backyard,” this is a collection of songs that showcases why Blue Moonshine was voted a favorite local band by the readers of The Roanoke Times after the release of their album “New Mountain Music” in 2005.

Fiddle player Shannon Wheeler puts it this way: “the world doesn’t need another bluegrass band playing nothing but standards all night long. People want to have a great time when they hear live music, and we’re to make that great time happen.”

Blue Moonshine starts with the high and lonesome sounds of bluegrass, and ends with your toe tapping and a smile on your face.

Blue Moonshine is good time music.

Chris Shepard

Combining tight syncopated phrases and hooky riffs that stick to your brain like hot tar with freight train energy and sudden tempo shifts The guitar is like a second voice for Chris and he speaks through it effortlessly, as if he could tell you the entire story without a word.

The Ridgeliners

The Ridgeliners features Mike Gangloff of The Black Twig Pickers and Pelt sawing on the fiddle and testing the structural integrity of that chair. The Black Twig Pickers have just released a new LP called Rough Carpenters, and Pelt have released a new LP called Effigy.

Pintfuls of pleasure: A guide to nearby breweries

By Tony Barbour | Special to The Roanoke Times

After the fun and festivities of the holidays are over, it’s easy to feel a little bit at loose ends. It’ll be a long time before that first daffodil puts in an appearance, football season is winding down and you never want to set foot in a mall again.

Winter can be a dark, depressing, dull time of year, full of frozen pipes and seasonal affective disorder. But take heart! It’s a great time of year to explore some of the fine breweries that have sprung up in our area over the past several years. Brewery tours allow visitors to learn how beer is made, meet the fun folks who make it and have a glass of something tasty to keep the chill away.

You can also take the good times home. Many breweries sell and fill reusable glass jugs called growlers. An unopened growler should keep beer fresh and fizzy for at least a week or so, and after it’s all gone, you can take the growler back to the brewery for a refill.

Here’s a guide to some nearby breweries where craft beer lovers go to get their fix. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned beer enthusiast, you can have a great time seeing how beer is made and enjoying the enthusiastic yet laid-back vibe of the craft beer community. Whether you’re seeking a porter, a pilsner, a pale ale or just a place to meet some friends to celebrate the end of another week, this list should set you on the way to quenching your wintertime thirst for fun.


Parkway Brewing Company

Parkway Brewing Co. has become a neighborhood fixture on Kessler Mill Road in Salem, with its tasting room and beer garden frequently filling up with people who live within walking distance. The Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail runs past the front door, and it’s a stone’s throw from the excellent network of trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, so cyclists often stop by to take in a little refreshment after a day of hard riding.

Owner Mike “Keno” Snyder and brewmaster Ryan Worthington learned some tricks of the trade working at Roanoke Railhouse before striking out on their own. They only brew ales, but with a range of styles from a light and refreshing kölsch to a down and dirty porter. Just look for the building with the huge mural or the beer bus parked out front.

Location: 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem

Phone: 314-8234

Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 to 8 p.m.

Website: Parkwaybrewing.com

Open since: Jan. 28, 2013

Owners: Lezlie and Mike “Keno” Snyder

Brewmaster: Ryan Worthington

Signature suds: Bridge Builder Blonde, Get Bent Mountain IPA, Magella Belgian Dark Abbey Ale, Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter

Food: Served by a variety of food trucks, but feel free to bring your own (Mamma’s Pizza is right around the corner)

Live entertainment: Yes

Tours: No regularly scheduled tours, but if Keno’s there, he’ll be happy to show you around.

Blue Mule

Blue Mule – a unique group of musicians working in a bluegrass context
with heavy doses of jazz, rock, blues and country.

Blue Mule – playing everything from Miles Davis to Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe
to Jethro Tull.

Blue Mule – creative song writing bringing a fresh perspective to
modern acoustic music.

Blue Mule – a performance that is one of intensity, spontaneity
and the pursuit of “playing that lick just a little bit better than the night before”.
Danceable, listenable and hopefully, memorable long after it’s over,
a set by Blue Mule is unlike any you’ve heard.

Blue Mule – it’s what you’re doing this weekend!