Organizers of Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival have shared the initial lineup for the 12th annual edition of the Martinsville, VA festival, set to take place on May 21st–24th, 2020.
Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters lead the “early bird band lineup” alongside Melvin Seals and JGB, Fruition, BIG Something, Yarn (x2), The Vegabonds (x2), Big Daddy Love (x2) and Sexbruise?.
“This is just a taste of the 40-plus-bands that will perform at the festival this year, and it’s an exciting start,” said Johnny Buck, a Rooster Walk organizer. “We can’t wait to have The Infamous Stringdusters play for the first time at Pop’s Farm; they haven’t been at Rooster Walk since back in the Blue Mountain days. Melvin Seals & JGB will bring authentic Jerry Garcia Band tunes, which will no doubt be a highlight, and Fruition is a great roots-rock band that we’ve always wanted to have at the festival. Even better, we’ve got a lot more bands to come, including the top two headliners.”
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In addition to four days of music, the family-friendly Rooster Walk will offer a wide variety of kids’ activities, craft beer, great food, arts, and numerous opportunities to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors with kayak tours, bike rides, yoga, a disc golf course, and beautiful on-site camping.
Rooster Walk has previously been voted the region’s “Most Creative Charitable Event” by readers of Virginia Living Magazine. The festival was created in memory of late Martinsville natives Edwin “The Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank, who graduated from Martinsville High School in 2000 along with Buck and fellow festival co-founder William Baptist. A portion of proceeds from the festival will be donated to local and regional charities, including Rooster Walk’s own Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund for students at Martinsville High School, and the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for public band programs in the local city and county school systems.
For more information about Rooster Walk, head to the festival website here.