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The fourth annual Rock the Blocks Music & Arts Festival is  fast approaching and is scheduled to take place March 27-28, 2015. For two days, more than 40 bands and DJs will perform in eight venues across downtown Blacksburg. There will be
daytime and nighttime music performances, art installations, and workshops.
Artists from around the country will perform at popular locations such as Frank’s Bar, Gillie’s, Ceritano's, and Champs. This year, Rock the Blocks is partnering with the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS- and Virginia Tech to feature innovative art installations with following the theme of “Emotion and Electroacoustic Music.” The exhibits will be available for viewing at various locations including XYZ Gallery.

Music genres featured at the festival will include rock, folk, indie pop, electronic dance music, and hip hop. The festival brings underground artists into the spotlight, and connects them with touring favorites such as People’s Blues of Richmond and SUN CLUB.
All-access festival wristbands can be purchased online starting March 3rd. Tickets will be sold in a tiered system starting with discount early bird sales, followed by regular pre-sales, and finally, day-of sales. Wristbands will be available at the box office, located at the Community Arts Information Office next to Gillie’s. Wristbands grant entrance to all venues and workshops throughout the weekend. Individual showcase tickets can be purchased at the door of each venue on both Saturday and Sunday. Some age restrictions apply for certain shows.

More than 3,000 attended Rock the Blocks 2014 and the event is highly anticipated throughout the New River Valley and beyond. With the support of local organizations like Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., this festival is able to continue in its fourth year.
For additional information about Rock the Blocks Music & Arts Festival and updates on tickets,
the lineup, and more, please visit:


“Old Time Jams” series, 7pm-10pm.
When the Market Jams end for the summer, they move indoors at the Alexander Black House and Cultural Center. We will host the “Jams” the first Thursday of each month, October thru May. Bring your instrument and join in or just come out and enjoy the music!


Justin Craig, every Friday night @ 6pm.

3/5 Nate Montgomery
3/7 Peter Fitzgibbon
3/12 Jeff Miller
3/14 Hatfield and Honey
3/19 American Roots
3/21 Furious Jones
3/26 Kevin Wood
3/28 Michael Roche

Late Night
3/1 Not So Late Night (7PM) w/ Concord America, What Moon Things, and The Lady Comes First (donation based show)
3/14 (10 PM) Remnose and The Curls (two bands, donation based show)
3/21 Rock the Blocks Prefest Part ft. TBA
3/27-28 Rock the Blocks ft. TBA

All scheduled dinner acts outside of Friday are set to start at 7 PM. Late night performances start at 10 PM


Time is 6 to 8:30 pm. No cover; tips for musicians are suggested.

Fri, Feb 27 Ed Bridge & Dr. John Hassler, classical guitar duets
Sat, Feb 28 Tim & Maggie, flute & guitar duo, playing folk, classical and jazz

Fri Mar 6 Leslie Brooks, singer/songwriter performing solo with guitar, playing jazz, blues, and popular favorites
Sat Mar 7 Tim & Maggie, flute & guitar duo, playing folk, classical and jazz

Fri Mar 13 RagTop, vocal and guitar duo, performing classics from the Great American Songbook to easy listening hits
Sat Mar 14 Brian Peters, jazz and popular standards played on vibraphone in the style of a solo pianist

Fri Mar 20 Ed Bridge & Dr. John Hassler, classical guitar duets
Sat Mar 21 Eric Lanoue, singer/songwriter and guitarist with an eclectic mix of unique styles

Fri Mar 27 Marc Baskind, singer/guitarist playing jazz standards, Latin jazz, and swing
Sat Mar 28 Ed Bridge, playing solo classical guitar


Open blues mic w/ The Blue Monday Band 9pm-12:30am- No cover! Show up early if you want to play, the sign-up sheet fills up fast! Every Monday.

Tuesday, February 24-Lou Woodall Jazz
Thursday, February 26-Ryan and Paul Jazz
Saturday, February 28-3-Minute Lovin
Monday, March 2-BLUES MONDAY
Tuesday, March 3-Highland Jazz
Thursday, March 5-The Dirty Harries
Monday, March 9-BLUES MONDAY
Saturday, March 14-Indian Run Stringband
Monday, March 16-BLUES MONDAY
Thursday, March 19-9:00pm-Live Irish Music
Saturday, March 21-3-Minute Lovin


Every Week
Tuesday – Karoke
Thursday – DJ Markus
Friday – Acoustic Act

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events

Please contact:
Laureen Blakemore, Director
Tel: 540-951-0454

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  |  P.O. Box 233  |  Blacksburg, Virginia 24063  |  (540) 951-0454  |