The SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace is home to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, an organization that recognizes and supports places where traditional acoustic string music is performed. Hear musicians play and talk to them at concerts in our live performance area. Listen to our huge collection of local old-time, bluegrass and gospel music CDs and DVDs, and take some music home with you. Explore exhibits about how this authentic roots music grew and continues to thrive here.

Explore the rich musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at the SWVA Cultural Center – and glimpse the frontiers of fusion with other traditions and instruments. Share on X

The SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace is also a performance place for the frontiers of this music, as performers explore new instruments, fuse with other musical traditions or push their horizons toward new forms of expression in special concerts and other events.


Live Music

Every Thursday night at the SWVA Cultural Center is live music beginning at 6:30 PM from The Crooked Road and a special SWVA Cafe menu. The Cafe is open from 5:30 -7:30 PM every Thursday night.


Open Jam Nights

First, third and fifth Thursdays are open jam nights. Bring your instrument and join a circle. Don’t play? That’s okay! We welcome everyone to join us for dinner or just grab a drink and walk around and listen.


The Crooked Road Youth Showcase

Second Thursdays are showcase nights for Southwest Virginia youth musicians from around the region.

The Crooked Road

Head to The Crooked Road website for more information.

Call For Musicians

Musicians interested in performing at the SWVA Cultural Center can contact event planner Carrie Beck at