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Publicity Photo: Leftover Salmon will headline Rooster Walk 5 this Memorial Day weekend. The slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, making the band the architects of the jam grass genre.

Friday, May 24, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is set for this weekend, starting today, at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds on Coopers Mountain Road in Franklin County.

It's a charity fundraiser that takes place every Memorial Day weekend and is operated by Rooster Walk Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to music, arts and education in the area.

Last spring, Rooster Walk 4 drew roughly 3,500 people to see 32 bands over the course of four days.

The festival, which features on-site camping, as well as arts, crafts, food and children's activities, donates its proceeds to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship at Martinsville High School. In the past four years, Rooster Walk has raised $20,000 for the scholarship fund for seniors at MHS.

Rooster Walk was created in memory of two Martinsville natives who passed away while still in their 20s -- Edwin "the Rooster" Penn and Walker Shank.

Rooster Walk has been named one of the top 100 events in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine and highlighted in Southern Living magazine, among other honors and accolades.

Rooster Walk 5 will take place May 24-26.

This year's lineup includes Leftover Salmon, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Yarn, Kung Fu, Larry & Jenny Keel with Sammy Shelor, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Dangermuffin, Stephane Wrembel & His Band,

Space Capone, Josh Panda & the Hot Damned, Sanctum Sully, The Steepwater Band, Kings of Belmont, Lizzy Ross Band, Mandolin Orange, The Stickley Brothers, Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, The Floorboards, L Shape Lot, After Jack, Dave Eggar, Amber Rubarth & Deoro, Common Foundation, Funk Punch, Big Fat Gap, Hotel de Ville, Yankee Dixie featuring Tara Mills, Justin Johnson, Hot Twang, Boy Named Banjo, Empire Strikes Brass, Levi's Gene Pool , Virginia All Steel Orchestra, Gunchux, Bear Mountain Picnic, The Patriot Players, The Broken Levees and Riggs Roberson.

Tickets for the day or weekend passes can be purchased at Binding Time Cafe at 1115 Spruce Street in Martinsville, Woodall's Music & Sound at 2163 Virginia Ave. in Collinsville, and Ripple at 112 Market Street SE in Roanoke.

They can also be purchased online at

Blue Mountain Festival Grounds is located at 1920 Coopers Mountain Road in Snow Creek.

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