Explore the rich musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace – and glimpse the frontiers of fusion with other traditions and instruments.
The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace is home to The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, an organization that recognizes and supports places where traditional acoustic string music is performed. Hear musicians play and talk to them at concerts in our live performance area. Listen to our collection of local old-time, bluegrass and gospel music CDs and DVDs, and take some music home with you. Explore exhibits about how this authentic roots music grew and continues to thrive here.
The Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace is also a performance place for the frontiers of this music, as performers explore new instruments, fuse with other musical traditions or push their horizons toward new forms of expression in special concerts and other events.
Once we can host large-scale events again, we host music very Thursday night at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace. Music from The Crooked Road begins at 6:30 PM.
Once we can host large-scale events again, we host open jams every first, third, fourth and fifth Thursdays. Bring your instrument and join a circle. Don’t play? That’s okay! We welcome everyone to join us for dinner or just grab a drink and walk around and listen.
Once we can host large-scale events again, second Thursdays are a showcase night for Southwest Virginia youth musicians or TCR venues from around the region. Head to The Crooked Road website for more information.
Southwest Virginia has it all: vibrant craft, traditional music, friendly people, charming towns. Heartstopping scenic beauty and opportunities for every kind of outdoor recreation.