Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Anyone who has been to the Floyd County Store in Floyd, Va., just south of Roanoke, knows that the 100-year-old store is more than just shopping—it’s one of the region’s most popular music venues for bluegrass and old-time jam sessions, drawing people from near and far to get a taste of the local music scene. People like Wally Johnson, who visited the store nearly ten years ago and decided to bring the music back with him to Loudoun County.
For the last 9 years, Johnson has hosted monthly bluegrass jam sessions at The Old Furniture Factory in Round Hill. Like the Floyd County Store, The Old Furniture Factory is also a century-old building that, quite literally, got its start as a furniture factory. It was then used for a few decades as a general store before being purchased by Johnson in the 1980s as the site for his wood-working company. Nowadays, the factory has an eclectic vibe, functioning partially as a community art space and music venue.
A staple in the local Loudoun music scene, the jam sessions are free, open to the public, and welcoming to any musician who wants to play. The informal sessions unfold freely, ebbed by the creative juices of the musicians present. Set lists are unplanned, completely open to request. “It’s a free-flowing format,” explains Johnson. “Just show up and bring your instrument!”
November’s jam session will take place this Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 p.m.-midnight. A barbecue dinner, catered by Savoir Faire, will be available for purchase, as well as a cash bar and snack bar. Word of The Old Furniture Factory jam sessions tend to spread by mouth, so consider this your invitation! Bring an instrument, bring a friend, or just bring your listening ears!
What: November Bluegrass Jam
Where: The Old Furniture Factory, 6 West Loudoun St., Round Hill; 540-338-5050
When: Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m.-midnight
How much: Free entry!