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Free community festival brings musicians and artisans together in Floyd

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Festival season is upon us, and live music can be heard throughout the state. A nexus of roots music in southwest VA is hosting one of the smaller gatherings this weekend.

“It’s a very organic local, festival, it’s really, it’s Floyd, it’s a true Floyd festival.”

Alan Graf says the Floyd Americana Music and Arts Festival is smaller than other festivals, but still boasts 3 stages with over 20 musical acts and local artisans and vendors.

“The vision of it, which is my vision, was to combine local artists and artisans with local musicians”

Unlike some other festivals, Graf says the vendors and the music are not separated.

“We’re combining it all, so as people shop and look at all these cool handmade crafts, which all have to be mad in the local area, they get to listen to the music as well.”

Graf, a lawyer and musician, moved to Floyd ten years ago. He says he was attracted by the music and art, and the festival allows to him share that with others.

“It’s a work of love. I don’t get paid, as a matter of fact I lose money each year. Anyhow it’s just something I like doing and like seeing all these musicians getting together and play for appreciative audiences and all these folks who are doing pottery and baskets and weaving and community drumming, woodworking. I mean there’s all sorts of really cool stuff.”

The Floyd Americana Music and Arts Festival, this Sunday September 18th from noon to 6:00 in downtown Floyd.

Floyd Americana Music and Arts Festival

Free admission

A Best Kept Secret The Floyd Americana Music Scene

Luke has been affiliated with WVTF for many years, with first contact in 1980 on assignment for the Virginia News Network. From the late 80s to the mid 90s he volunteered for Voice of the Blue Ridge and answered phones during fund drives. He was a station stringer reporter in Charlottesville in the early 00s, contributing to Studio Virginia and later working at the station's Water Street studio.