More shots from the reopening of the Floyd
County Store and the Friday Nite Jamboree.
Jamboree favorites Clyde Williams (top) and
his band closed the evening. Other acts performing included the Snake Hollow String Band (above), Old Dominion Cloggers (left) and Mac and Jenny Traynham
Local musicians donated their time and talents Saturday night for a benefit concert to help the Floyd library raise enough money to qualify for matching funds for their expansion project.
Those who shelled out $10 apiece saw and heard music ranging from blues, country rock, bluegrass, old-time mountain, jazz and easy listening from groups like Accoustic Review (above) and Mac and Jenny Traynham (below) while M.C. Rob Neukirch (right) kept the audience in stitches with a collection of jokes and constant patter (that's bass player Chris Luster in the background).
Bernie Coveney put the show together at the Floyd County Store where owner Woody Crenshaw donated the space.
It was, by all accounts, an evening with just the right mixture of fun and fundraising.
If you missed the show you can still help the fundraising effort by getting out your checkbook and dropping it by the library in Floyd.
The spring sports season is upon us. This shot is from Friday night's Floyd County High School soccer match against Patrick County.
Barbershop Grass (above and left), one of the anchor bands of Floyd's famous Friday Nite Jamboree, felt like a red-headed stepchild in a recent photo shoot that ran on this blog and in The Floyd Press.
Seems I had a photo of every band that played during the reopening of the country store except them. It wasn't a slight but an oversight.
I took a break for dinner from 8:30 to 9:30 during that shoot and that's when BG almost always appears on stage for the Jamboree.
I had a couple of photos of the band but neither made it into the final layout.
So I went back Friday night to concentrate on the band and the crowd during the 8:30 to 9:30 hour.
The visit also gave me a chance to capture some crowd favorites from the weekly event (below) and add more faces to my portfolio. Floyd County blogging dean Fred First was somewhere in the madness as well but we missed each other but Fred also has a report over on his Fragments from Floyd site.
Mac and Jenny Traynham perform at Oak Grove Pavillion at Zion Lutheran Church Saturday night. Threatening weather earlier in the day gave way to a pleasant evening as the Traynhams entertained with their traditional country selections.
Among those in the audience was local music legend and instrument maker Arthur Connor. Shot some video as well and hope to post it soon.
Lord Botetourt High School handed the Floyd County Lady Buffs their first loss of the season with a one-point win last week in Daleville so the team was looking for revenge Monday night when the Cavaliers came to town.
But it took overtime for the Floyd girls' to beat the pesky team from LB 65-61.
With three minutes to go in regulation, Floyd trailed 54-50 after leading by as much as 10 points in the third quarter. Floyd came back to tie it 54 all as time ran out. With time running out in OT, the Cavaliers were down by just Carmen Bolt stole an LB pass and took it downcourt for a layup to put the game out of reach.
A close call for a Floyd team that is expected to make a fourth straight appearance in the state finals in Richmond next year.
The boys' Varsity and JV basketball teams play their last home games of the year Wednesday night and next week on the 22nd.
Be sure to come out support our school's athletic teams. They always provide exciting games.
Music from the big band era wafted over U.S. 221 from the pavilion at Pine Tavern Saturday night was Sway Katz played to a large crowd. Here's a slide show of scenes from the evening.
Who says a dog's life is bad? In this case, man's best friend rides along in his master's motorcycle sidecar. Ah, life is good.
The bike is a Ural, a Russian made machine that features several sidecar models and has a cult following. A Ural motorcycle group was in the area over the weekend.
The music may be what attracts the crowds to the Friday Night Jamboree but, for a photographer, the people are the show.
Young and old, short and tall, skinny and not-so-skinny -- the mixture of bluegrass music fans and those curious enough to see what the fuss is all about make each visit to the Jamboree interesting.
Friday's mixture included a collection of Radford University students checking out the show along with visitors from as far away as Turkey and Japan.
Friday also marked the return of crowd favorite Clyde Williams to the Jamboree following surgery on his hand and a fourth group kept the music hopping until close to midnight. Floyd County Store owner Woody Crenshaw is expanding the facility with additions to the building, a new stage and sound system and a larger dance floor.
Other plans for for an ice cream and soda fountain and lunch counter, But the Jamboree is, and always will be, the music and the people. It's Friday night in Floyd, the music is humming and everyone is having a good time.
It's safe to say this young lady was having a good time at the Friday Night Jamboree.