As threatening storm clouds loomed overhead Friday night, the streets of Floyd teemed with residents and visitors alike. As I walked among the throng, it quickly became apparent the town has become a desired destination not just for music lovers but also for those just curious about what is happening in this Southwestern Virginia hamlet.

Friday Night Jamboree mainstay Clyde Williams (above) held court in the alleyway between the Floyd Country Store and Angels in the Attic, leading a jam session of musicians. Across the street, Dogtown Pizza dished up stone-oven baked dishes from the back of a pickup truck.  Just down the street, a sketch artist offered sidewalk portraits. Cars and motocycles circled the streets looking for a place to park.

Music spilled out of venues from Oddfellas at one end of Oxford Street to Cafe del Sol at the other. Anchoring the festivities, of course, was the Jamboree at the Country Store.

There’s a magic on the streets of Floyd on a Friday night and that magic now extends into the weekend. The summer season also brings Saturday night music to Pine Tavern on U.S. 221 north and the Oak Grove Pavilion at Zion Lutheran Church.

On June 20, music will officially open the Warren G. Lineberry Park between Winter Sun and Angels in the Attic. Area wineries also feature weekend music throughout the summer.

Y’all come.

(Photo from 2008. Sorry, I didn’t shoot any new photos Friday night. I was too busy enjoying the music.)