I’d never been to a Groove-off before. I grew up with Battle of the Bands at the Surf in Hull, MA but never knew what they were. This one was between Floyd’s own Spoon Fight and the Virginia/Atlanta band Sound Wave. It was MC’d by Eddie McClain, who also sang and rapped with Spoon Fight. […]
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I appreciate New Orleans jazz and a big brass band sound, but I’m more of a rock and roller at heart. I grew up loving Motown, singer songwriter folksongs, psychedelic rock, Led Zeppelin and the rest. I like some funk, rhythm and blues and am a fan of all the great lead guitarists. While staying […]
Morgan Wade is a young singer songwriter who grew up in Floyd. I met her at Oddfella’s Tapas bar last week and liked her spunk. So, I made a point to check her out when I learned she was opening for the Riverband Ramblers at Dogtown Roadhouse last night. I was in for a surprise. […]
I waited 30 years to see my first performance of The Nutcracker ballet. I saw it with my 4 year old grandson Liam, whose attention was good (although his enthusiasm was above a whisper). He stayed engaged at least until intermission. We were very proud that a member of Floyd’s Springhouse Community School (a project-based […]
While in D.C. visiting the art museums, we made a point to go to the Hirshhorn Museum. You can’t miss the Hirshhorn because the building is round. Upstairs, we saw an exhibit called Speculative Forms, which was displayed on two floors. Some of the pieces made me gasp, crave to touch or chuckle out loud […]
Even the escalators seem like part of the art installations at the Hirshhorn Art Museum in D.C. Is that a real bathroom sign or part of the exhibit? Hey, where can I get linoleum like that? I love larger than life Alice in Wonderland installations that stretch the boundaries of reality. According to exhibiting artist […]
I don’t know how art can unglue me so. There’s nothing else like it but lovemaking. In D.C. on Sunday I welled up with emotion at the National Gallery of Art’s Andrew Wyeth exhibit, an exhibit I had been waiting three decades to see. Finally standing in front of the vivid scenes of Wyeth’s world […]
“You’re buying a book tonight from an independent book store in a solid family business. I really appreciate that,” said author Neil Sagebiel at the noteBooks local book launch of his new book, Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish that Shocked the World. The book launch party spread out from […]
It was a warm reception for Alwyn Moss and her art exhibit at the Village Center in Warm Hearth Village, a Blacksburg retirement community where Alwyn is a resident. My dear and longtime friend, writer poet, animal rights activist, environmentalist, and past Waldorf kindergarten teacher says this in her artist statement: I began painting […]
A’Court Bason was the Lao Tzu of Floyd (along with his older brother Will). He was a self-described butterfly mystic from Across the Way, the English translation of his home farm, Travianna, or what he liked to call Kooky Town. He came to Floyd with his family at the age of 13. A pioneer of […]
We are abandoned here on this earth, left to fall irreparably in love with gravity’s garden, trying our lives to persuade a different ending or some other sense of time while our souls swagger towards eternity.~ Mary North The setting was so intimate – theater in the round in Blacksburg’s new Center for the Arts […]
I may not know much about the classical pieces that were played, but I know a masterful performance when I hear it. I know a masterful performance when I feel it. Even when I was no longer consciously listening, I could feel her music affecting my body, changing the expression of my face, altering my […]
My choice for Best in Show, titled and created by Laura Byler for the Make Me Laugh show currently up at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts.
Do you keep it up all year long?” I asked my long time friend Alwyn Moss about her blue planet Earth flag. We were in the garden behind her apartment in a local retirement community, enjoying the wild cats, the flowering phlox and azaleas, and each other’s company. “No, I can’t,” she answered with an […]
There’s still time to see the 7th Annual Youth & Student Art Exhibit at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. The show, which showcases the talent and creativity of the youth in the Floyd community, is up until January 28. Blue Mountain and Floyd County Schools are well represented. Winter hours at the center are […]
What can I say? They’re hippie, hick, old-time, hobo troubadour and a little punk all at once. They’ve played their Appalachian fiddle tunes, folk songs and jug band blues at the Grand Ole Opry, on Austin City Limits, Late Night with Conan and Prairie Home Companion. They opened for Dolly Parton, were personally invited by […]
I’m a big fan of Donna the Buffalo and Jeb’s Puryear’s guitar work. They played at the Dogtown Sun Music Hall Friday and Saturday and we danced our socks off. Watch another clip HERE.
Blue Mountain School student art projects done with art teacher Lora Giessler who has since move to Portland. We miss you Lora!