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Explore the Melodies of the Mountains

Weekly JAM Sessions 

Local Jam sessions are held weekly in the area. Bring your instrument and your dancing shoes and join in the fun! The jams are a great way to experience our authentic, traditional music.


VFW Hillsville 

701 W. Stuart Drive 
Hillsville, VA 


Mathews Living History Farm 
6:00pm Potluck Supper and Music Jam 

476 White Pine Road 
Galax, VA  
(late May through September) 

Creek Bottom Brewery 

307 N. Meadow Street 
Galax, VA 


Historic 1908 Courthouse 
6:30 – 9:00pm 

107 West Main Street 
Independence, VA 

(276) 773-3711 


Fries Community Center HISTORIC Theater 
6:30 – 9:00pm 

316 W. Main Street 
Fries, VA 

(276) 340-3448 


FREE live music is presented on the covered breezeway from noon to 4 p.m. every day the Music Center is open. Midday Mountain Music features local musicians who play, sing, and tell stories about the songs, people, and traditions of the area. Come sit a spell to listen, learn, and enjoy. 

The Blue Ridge Music Center 

700 Foothills Road
Galax, VA 

Galax Old Fiddlers Convention

The Galax Fiddlers Convention is a cherished annual event that brings together musicians and music enthusiasts from all corners of the country to celebrate the rich heritage of Appalachian and bluegrass music. This week-long event features nightly competitions, lively jam sessions, and performances by some of the most talented old-time and bluegrass musicians around. This event occurs the first full week in August.

Blue Ridge Music Center

Located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, the Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Visitor Center and Museum are open May through October. Admission to the Visitor Center and Museum is free. The grounds are home to an outdoor amphitheater and an indoor interpretive center.

The indoor center features a theater, gift shop, and museum that highlights the American musical culture still thriving in the region. Guests are welcome to dance to and learn about the music we are proud to support.

While the outdoor amphitheater is a magical, natural venue to enjoy live music by bluegrass, old-time, blues, folk, and Americana artists from across the region and country with the mountains as a breathtaking backdrop

Legends of Grayson Old Time Weekend 

The festival includes music performances,  master-led open jams, workshops, lectures, film screenings and concerts.

More resources on the history of Old Time Music in Galax: 

Wayne Henderson Music Festival

On the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition features some of the region’s best traditional musicians!

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