Keeping the music on the streets of Floyd

The musicians who provide the Friday night free street show in Floyd are working with the town to try and work out a way to provide the music and a safe place for the fans to watch, dance and enjoy themselves.

They are moving their performances to safer areas along Locust Street, including Lineberry Park to try and avoid the congregations of crowds on the street where some motorists have complained of traffic delays and county deputies fear someone will be struck and injured.

Many who flock to Locust Street on a Friday night consider the street music that plays along the street to be one of the best parts of the night’s experiences.

Nuthin’ Common, a popular local band that draws large crowds for their regular appearances, is working to help accommodate the concerns fo the town.

Mark Vaughn, Dwight Vaughn and Anthony Blackburn — the trio that is Nuthin’ Common — plans to be back on the street Friday night after a few weeks absence and asked fans on Facebook to come by and join them.

Friday nights on the streets, of course, kicks off the weekend in Floyd and the area.

The Floyd Auto Fair and Vintage Swap Meet opens on Friday and runs through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the three days.

Floyd Artisans display their wares at the Community Market at 205 South Locust Street from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The music on the streets starts any place on the streets where musicians begin to play up and down Locust Street.

The Friday Night Jamboree kicks off at the Country Store at 206 Locust Street with Olin & Francis Gardner with Friends at the Gospel Hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by The Buck Mountain Band at 7:30 p.m. and the Kuntry Store Band at 9:00 p.m.

Dogtown Roadhouse features The Jeff Thompson Trio at 302 South Locust Street.

Woodberry Restaurant and Bar hosts Karaoke Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 182 Woodberry Road, SW, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

On Saturday, The Floyd Farmers Market fills the Community Pavilion at 205 South Locust Street from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Market of the Mountain is on from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Harvest Moon at 227 North Locust Street.

Floyd County’s 9th Annual Antique Fun Run starts at 9:00 a.m. at 992 Christiansburg Pike and runs until 6:00 p.m.

Americana Afternoon kicks off at noon at The Floyd Country Store at 206 South Locust Street with folk singer Ron Ireland, followed by the Zuzu Welsh Band at 1:15 p.m. and Calvin Mischke at 2:30 p.m.

Wildwood Farms Country Store hosts Crusher Run Bluegrass at 2380 Floyd Highway South from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The 39 Steps Theater Show is on stage at June Bug Center at 251 Parkway Lane South at 7:00 p.m.

The Riverbank Ramblers hit the stage at Dogtown Roadhouse at 302 South Locust Street at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday offers a Cruise-In at Wildwood Farms Country Store at 2380 Floyd Highway South from 1:30 p to 5:00 p.m.

The Floyd Country Store at 206 South Locust Street has music jams starting with Old Time Country from  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Bluegrass from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The 17th Annual Willis Fire Department Gospel Singing is at the Willis Fire Station from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The 39 Steps Theater Show is at June Bug Center at 2:00 p.m.

Open Mic at Dogtown Roadhouse at 302 South Locust Street kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

Have a safe and fun weekend in Floyd County.

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