Other Music Venues
The Rex Theatre
Every Friday night in the City of Galax, Virginia WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater into five states and over the World Wide Web. Listeners may be in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee or as far away as Egypt enjoying the traditional music show from the comfort of their own homes, or they may be sitting back in one of the 475 seats at the Rex. The show is called Blue Ridge Back Roads and thanks to a faithful group of volunteers, it has become the cornerstone for the revitalization of this 70 year old theater.
Now owned and operated by the City of Galax, the Rex continues to expand its offerings with vintage movie nights, Saturday concerts and community plays.
Historically important and designated landmark on the Crooked Road, the Rex remains the jewel in the crown of the City of Galax.
The Earle Theatre
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Originally known as the Earle many years ago, the theater was built in 1938 by Earl Q. Benbow and Percy A. Boone who also owned the Grand Theater across the street. The cinema gained considerable national attention when it was selected to present the premiere of Shirley Temple's film "Just Around the Corner" in 1938. On March 22, 1940, the cinema hosted one of the southern premieres of "Gone With The Wind." In 1958, the premiere of "A Face in the Crowd," Andy Griffith's first movie, was featured at the Earle.
The use of the original name is part of the Surry Arts Council's vision for further expanding the cinema. The theater will house exhibits and artifacts from the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall, which is moving from its former space on the lower level of the Andy Griffith Museum.
WPAQ's Merry-Go-Round, the second longest-running live radio broadcast in America, will continue to be held in the theater each Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. along with jam sessions from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Voice of the Blue Ridge, a monthly concert with a live radio format, will continue to be held every third Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Alleghany Jubilee
Sparta, North Carolina
In a downtown storefront that used to house Sparta's movie theatre, Agnes and Ernest Joines have created The Alleghany Jubilee. With a small stage, and plywood dance floor, and photos of friends and relations covering the walls, the Jubilee is a hub for the traditional music and dance of Alleghany and surrounding mountain counties. Here you will see a variety of mountain dance styles, such as buck dancing, flatfooting, and in particular the snappy mountain two step.
The Jubilee, as it is know in Sparta hosts events through out the week, including jam sessions and dances year round.
Wednesday Night Old-time Mountain Music Jam
1908 Courthouse, Independence, Virginia
What started out as informal get together between musical friends Clint McCain and Bob DeSanto under a tree in the courthouse yard, has grown to a year round gathering of Old-time musicians from around Grayson and surrounding mountain counties. Every Wednesday year round musicians young and old gather to share tunes and songs. In the warmer months the session moves to the historic bandstand on the courthouse yard.
at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
Yadkinville, North Carolina
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The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is a location for creativity, arts and community in Yadkin County. It is a privately owned facility, open to the public six days a week. The Center was created to provide a home for the arts and a gathering place for the community. The building housing the Center holds a rich history in downtown Yadkinville. It once housed a car dealership, Whiff’s barbecue restaurant, a roller rink and more. The facility houses the Wellborn Gallery, The Third Branch Cafe, the Willingham Theater, as well as a number of artist studies.
The Willingham Theater is a wonderfully intimate venue that seats 193 patrons. It is the only venue for theatrical performances, live music concerts, and film screenings in Yadkin County
The Willingham Theater has a state of the art sound and light system that allows it to accommodate any performance.
Its 17-foot wide movie screen can show films in Blu-Ray technology.