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The 5th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival is set to go down once again in Martinsville, VA over Memorial Day weekend in the scenic rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The will take place at the Blue Mountain Festival Grounds and this year’s is headlined by a couple of LMB : and ’s . The jamgrassers and incendiary NOLA funk outfit will be joined by other must-see acts like , , , , & Sammy Shelor and more. In total, more than 35 bands will perform during the weekend. Check out more info on the below.

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RW5The addition of and significantly enhances what was already one of the strongest band lineups in the festival’s five-year history. Popular rock/alt-country band (, N.Y.) will perform two nights at RW5, in addition to: (roots rock, , S.C.); (funk fusion, New Haven, CT); & Sammy Shelor (bluegrass, Virginia); (funk, , N.Y.); (/R&B, , Vt.; Sanctum Sully (progressive bluegrass, Asheville, N.C.); the Lizzy Ross Band (rock, Chapel Hill, N.C.); (, Chapel Hill, N.C.); the Kings of Belmont (rock/jam, , Va.); the Floorboards (rock/alt-country, Roanoke); the Stickley Brothers (progressive bluegrass, Asheville, N.C.); L Shape Lot (rock/honky tonk, Wilmington N.C.); Eggar Amber Rubarth and Deoro (progressive jazz/, Brooklyn N.Y.); Foundation (ska/reggae, Asheville, N.C.); Big Fat Gap (bluegrass, Chapel Hill, N.C.); Justin Johnson (slide blues/cigar box guitar, Chapel Hill, N.C.);, Empire Strike Brass marching band (brass band, Asheville, N.C.); and Boy Named Banjo (roots rock/Americana, , Tenn.).

is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to bringing , arts, culture and educational opportunities to the area while supporting various charitable causes, included the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School. The festival was created in memory of two late Martinsville natives, Edwin “the Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank. It has successfully raised over $20,000 so far over the course of its four festivals. The festival continues to gain momentum, and was recently named the “Best Underground Festival” in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine, as well as the “Most Creative Charitable Event” in Southwestern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine.
Aside from all the talented musical acts that will be taking the stage over the course of three days, 5 will offer a multitude of entertaining activities and events for to enjoy. This year will include a free mobile disc golf course presented by Explore Disc Golf. If you’re looking to get off your feet after a long day of musical enjoyment, you can venture over to “ENO Island” and relax in outdoor hammocks, as well as try out other outdoor gear put on by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters.

Rooster Walk sceneFor the savvy arts and crafts aficionados, there will be an area to take advantage of their skills in the scenic backdrop of the venue. The festival will feature educational workshop performances throughout the weekend. There will also be an area for children to take part in a number of activities. A silent auction is set to take place where can bid on numerous items, including a customized Rooster Walk 5 guitar all proceeds going towards their fundraiser.

Title sponsor Bassett Furniture is the presenting sponsor for Rooster Walk 5. Camping is available on site, and the festival will partner with Activate Martinsville/Henry County and the YMCA to put on the Tuff Strutter 5K, billed as one of the toughest 5K trail runs on the East Coast, on May 26th within the festival venue. Other presenting sponsors include The Lester Group, Frith Construction and Miller Lite.

Dumpstaphunk "Put It In The Dumpsta" at JazzFest 5/3/2012


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