Oak Grove closes out 2012 season

Oak Grove Pavilion closed out its 2012 summer music series Saturday night with a rousing performance of traditional music by Roscoe P and Coal Train, a Roanoke Valley-based string band.

From a season that began with the farewell concert by Upland Express and featured a record-breaking crowd at last week’s traditional appearance by Whitetop Mountain Band, the pavilion, operated by Zion Lutheran Church, continues to offer quality music for free.  Donations are accepted at intermission for local charities but there’s no admission costs, no stickers or armbands, and no one at the door with a hand out for money.

Whitetop Mountain Band’s appearance last week not only set an attendance record but also collected a record amount for charity.

Congratulations to Oak Grove for another season of proving that some places still exist in Floyd where it’s about the music, not money.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the video and kind words for Roscoe P and Coal Train’s concert at Oak Grove Pavilion last night. Tho the attendance was sparse I believe a good time was had by all. This is one venue that needs much more press. It is one of the nicest settings I have had the pleasure of playing at.

  2. Well it is about the money for charity and for the bands. The bands are paid by sponsors, if anyone is getting paid, let’s hope it’s the band. A truly lovely venue! I agree that it needs better press.

    • Chris, I agree that the money Oak Grove raises for charity is great and having sponsors pick up the tab for the bands is good. My comments were directed at the idea of providing music without charge to the public. Hotel Floyd provides free concerts with its Thursday night music series and the music on the streets is always free on Friday nights but the cost of listening to a good band is going up at many music venues at a time when people have less discretionary income. I applaud Oak Grove for helping keep free music a reality in Floyd.

  3. Thank you Doug for the publicity! We love what we do at the Oak Grove Pavilion!

    The Oak Grove Pavilion has one more (scheduled) event – sadly, it’s not “free.” On Sept. 15th we’ll be holding our fundraiser for Christmas for Children & Silver Bells…cost is $10 advance/$12 at the door (for a meal & music). All proceeds will be split between those two grioups. It’ll be Cajun night (music and food) so I hope folks will come out and dance to Billy Coteau Cajun Band and support these two beneficiaries! Dinner will begin at 5:30PM.

    We did have to cancel one event (Ashley Blankenship) due to weather – we’re trying to see if we can reschedule….and that one will be anothe “free” event!

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