For non-music related events see: Other Events


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.

3/19 American Roots
3/21 Furious Jones
3/26 Kevin Wood
3/28 Michael Roche

Late Night

3/21 (10 PM) Dr. Robinson's Fiasco and Johanna Vaughan (Rock the Blocks Prefest Party) - $5 or free for Rock the Blocks wristband holders purchased by 3/20

3/27 (10 PM) Newman, Dreez, AF THE NAYSAYER(name is all caps), and Metatron-Sic Hop (Rock the Blocks/Multiple Arts Collective) - $10 or free for Rock the Blocks wristband holders
3/28 (10 PM) Night Idea, Roz & the Ricecakes, and Atoka Chase (Rock the Blocks) - $10 or free for Rock the Blocks wristband holders

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 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


Thursday, March 19th - Nomadic - cover TBA
Satuday, March 21st - Camp Barefoot Showcase: Urth, Cloyd the V, Matt Jones and the Bobs, Dr. Bacon - $8 cover
Tuesday, March 24th - BADASS Raves: 540 Edition - $2 cover
Friday, March 27th - The Band Concord w/ William Wild - $5 cover
Saturday, March 28th - Lindroot w/ Nefarious Characters - $5 cover

Thursday, April 2nd - ELM w/ Imperial Blend - cover TBA
Friday, April 3rd - WUVT Spring Radiothon - $7 cover
Thursday, April 9th - Trainfare Home w/ TBA - cover TBA
Friday, April 10th - Giles McConkey w/ TBA - cover TBA
Tuesday, April 14th - BADASS Raves presents: TBA - cover TBA
Thursday, April 16th - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - $10 cover
Friday, April 17th - The Broadcast - $10 cover
Saturday, April 18th - The Fat Catz w/ TBA - cover TBA
Thursday, April 23rd - Big Something - $10 cover
Friday, April 24th - Brushfire Stankgrass - $5 cover
Saturday, April 25th - The Fritz w/ Threesound - cover TBA
Tuesday, April 28th - BADASS Raves presents: TBA - cover TBA


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.

Thursday, March 19-9:00pm-Live Irish Music
Saturday, March 21-3-Minute Lovin

Monday, March 23-BLUES MONDAY
Tuesday, March 24-Mike Mitchell Jazz Trio
Thursday, March 26-Country Greek Pop
Saturday, March 28-Black Twig Pickers
Monday, March 30-BLUES MONDAY
Tuesday, March 31-Lou Woodall Jazz
Thursday, April 2-The Dirty Harries
Saturday, April 4-3-Minute Lovin
Monday, April 6-BLUES MONDAY
Thursday, April 9-Reggae Greek Fusion
Saturday, April 11-Black Twig Pickers
Monday, April 13-BLUES MONDAY
Thursday, April 16-9:00pm-Live Irish Music
Friday, April 17-Turkish Belly Dancing
Monday, April 20-BLUES MONDAY
Thursday, April 23-Fat Catz
Monday, April 27-BLUES MONDAY
Tuesday, April 28-Lou Woodall Jazz
Thursday, April 30-Apple Butter Jam Session


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

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