Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Mountain Song Inn is booked on Saturday, but we have one room left for Sunday. Come for Fandango! A great way to spend the 4th.

Don't overlook Floyd Fandango

The annual music, beer and wine event will be held Saturday and Sunday.

JJ Grey
JJ Grey
Anders Osborne
Alligator Records
Anders Osborne
Dangermuffin pics courtesy
When it comes to regional festivals, FloydFest gets most of the attention. But it has a potent younger sister, Floyd Fandango, at the same site. The annual music, beer and wine event, which bills itself as "the hippest July Fourth event in the region," is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
A variety of beer and wine makers will be pouring their products on-site, and food will abound. But who would drive out to the border of Floyd and Patrick counties without the music that FloydFest and Fandango organizers bring to the yard?
Here is a breakdown of what's available this weekend.
JJ Grey & Mofro, which added heat to FloydFest's Saturday afternoon bill last year, is Fandango's top-billed act. The Florida band -- whose latest CD of swampy roots, rock, blues and soul, "Georgia Warhorse" (Alligator), is named for a hearty grasshopper -- will play the main stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Anders Osborne, whose slide guitar chops and facial hair are equally massive, leads his trio on both days, headlining the main stage on Sunday. Osborne's most recent release, "American Patchwork" (Alligator), is a sometimes brilliant look at a collapsing personal life amid the damage of his home base, post-Katrina New Orleans.
These United States, a band that sounds at times like an electrified version of The Avett Brothers or a more backwoods version of U2, is set to play both days, including Saturday's wrap-up set at the beer garden stage.
Western North Carolina-based Acoustic Syndicate, a progressive bluegrass act loaded with high-quality musicians, is scheduled for main stage sets each day.
Dangermuffin, from Folly Beach, S.C., is less a beachy band than a power trio that combines space blues and roots rock. Everything grooves with the 'Muffin, which plays both days.
Butch Robins' Imagicnation features the world-class banjo work of Robins, whose resume includes working with Bill Monroe, Leon Russell and New Grass Revival. Imagicnation plays both days.
Nary a July passes without Blue Mule playing either FloydFest or the Fandango. Hear Roanoke Valley bluegrassers jam some Jethro Tull, Grateful Dead and originals on both days.

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