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