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Floyd Fest Enter.jpg
The entrance to FloydFest
Genre Various: rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, or Zydeco, African, Appalachian, world music, etc.
Location(s) Blue Ridge Mountains
Floyd, Virginia
Years active 2002-present
Official Site

FloydFest is a world music and arts festival held annually near Floyd, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The event began in 2002, and spans four days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, or Zydeco, African, Appalachian, and world musicperformers.

In addition to music, the festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, morning yoga lessons, story telling, poetry readings, and a Children's Universe tent.

Each year, Floydfest features a theme:

  • 2002: Floyd County World Music Festival
  • 2003: Out Of This World Music
  • 2004: Midsummer's Dream
  • 2005: Rock of Ages
  • 2006: Roots Alive
  • 2007: It's in the Mix
  • 2008: Family Affair
  • 2009: Revival
  • 2010: Breaking Ground
  • 2011: The eXperience
  • 2012: Lovers Rock
  • 2013: Rise & Shine


Each of the following sections has a list of notable performers for that year.

2002: Floyd County World Music Festival[edit]

The Neville Brothers[1]
Sam Bush[1]
Rhonda Vincent[1]
John Scofield[1]
Doc Watson[1]
African Showboyz[1]

2003: Out Of This World Music[edit]

Baka Beyond
David Grisman Quintet
Garaj Mahal
The Larry Keel Experience
Old and in the Gray
The Hackensaw Boys
Nickel Creek[1]
Reeltime Travelers[1]
David Grisman Quintet[1]

2004: Midsummer's Dream[edit]

Acoustic Syndicate
Dar Williams[1]
Del McCoury Band[1]
RailRoad Earth
Donna the Buffalo[1]
Sam Bush[1]
Scott Perry
Steep Canyon Rangers
Tom Ohmsen
Tricia Carter
Vulgar Bulgars
Zen Fisherman

2005: Rock of Ages[edit]

Ani DiFranco[1]
Xavier Rudd[1]
Donna the Buffalo
Railroad Earth
The Avett Brothers[1]
J.D. Crowe
Hot Tuna
Corey Harris
Kruger Brothers
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
Franck Biyong & Massak
Bryan Vargas & ¡Ya Está!
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
Baba Ola Jagun & His Ancestral Rhythms
Jim Lauderdale
Porter, Batiste, Stoltz
DJ Williams[disambiguation needed][1]
Snake Oil Medicine Show
Dread Clampitt
Asylum Street Spankers
Raquy & The Caveman
Blueground Undergrass
Floetic Ascent Aerial Dance Company
Soldiers of Jah Army
African Showboyz
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth
Kusun Ensemble
Jan Smith
Dub Is A Weapon
Jackass Flats
Cadillac Jones
Appalachian Roots
Michael Farr
Wild Turkeys
Tortured Soul
William Walter
Beggar's Circus
Hoorah Cloggers
The Non-Profits
Bebop Howdown
Mando Mafia
Scott Perry
Discordian Society
Old School Freight Train
Blue Mule
Mood Cultivation
Kat Mills
Vulgar Bulgars
None The Wiser
Magic Bronson

2006: Roots Alive[edit]

The Avett Brothers
Los Lobos[1]
Tim O'Brien[1]
Cyro Baptista[1]
Eddie From Ohio[1]
Iris Dement[1]
Rory Block[1]
Balfa Toujours[1]

2007: It's in the Mix[edit]

The Hackensaw Boys
North Mississippi Allstars
The Duhks
Sons of Bill
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Red Stick Ramblers
The Seed
Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers
Rose's Pawn Shop

2009: Revival[edit]

Blues Traveler (with special guest "Survivorman" Les Stroud)
6 Day Bender
The Acoustic Burgoo
Adrienne Young & The Old Faithful
American Dumpster
Barline & Collins
The Bittersweets
Blount Harvey
Blues and Lasers
Broken Wire
Cure My Enemy
Dance Afire
Dave Schultz & Skyline
Doug & Telisha Williams
Dry Hill Draggers
Electric Chameleon
Farm Vegas
Folk Soul Revival
Frank Newsome
Galen Kipar Project
Gerald Anderson & Spencer Strickland
Grupo Fantasma
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Jesse Chong Band
The Jugbusters
Kill-basa Bill's Roadshow
Kings of Belmont
The Mantras
Mariana Bell
My Radio
Nathan Moore
New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The New Familiars
Toubab Krewe
Donna the Buffalo
No Strings Attached
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar
Railroad Earth
Yard Dogs Road Show
The Felice Brothers
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
Panjea with Chris Berry & Michael Kang
Emmitt-Nershi Band
The Duhks
Forro in the Dark
Lee Boys
Hot 8 Brass Band
The Horse Flies
Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth
The Belleville Outfit
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
The Sadies
Raw Dawg
The Rogan Brothers
Rooster Blues
Rose's Pawn Shop
Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers
The Steve Johnson Band
Sol Driven Train
Stop, Drop & Roll
Mad Tea Party[disambiguation needed]
Luminescent Orchestrii
Sxip Shirey
Boulder Acoustic Society
William Walter & Co.
The Old Ceremony
Spiral Hoop Dance
Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun
Barcelona Institute of Gospel
The Whitetop Mountain Band
Blue Mule
Kat Mills
Ananda Bellydance
3 Minute Lovin'
The Smart Brothers
Stephanie Rooker
The Transmitters
Trees On Fire
The Wave[disambiguation needed]
Thousands of One

2010:Breaking Ground[edit]

Old Crow Medicine Show
Dot Dot Dash

2012:Lovers Rock[edit]

Alison Krauss & Union Station (feat. Jerry Douglas)
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jackson Browne
Brandi Carlile
Leftover Salmon
Drive-By Truckers
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Sam Bush Band
Galactic (with special guest Corey Henry)
Punch Brothers
Gary Clark Jr.
Garage A Trois
Toubab Krewe
Locos Por Juana
David Wax Museum
Big Tony & Trouble Funk
The Mighty Wonders
MarchFourth Marching Band
The Pedrito Martinez Group
Steep Canyon Rangers
Darrell Scott Trio
Anders Osborne
Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band
Drew Emmitt Band
Gregory Alan Isakov
The Rogues
Hoots & Hellmouth
Jonathan Wilson
The Dead Kenny G's
Marco Benevento
American Dumpster
American Aquarium
Jonathan C Ward
Joshua Panda Band
Dot Dot Dash Ha Ha Tonka

2013:Rise & Shine[edit]

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Lumineers
Old Crow Medicine Show
John Butler Trio
Brandi Carlile
Gogol Bordello
Citizen Cope
Yonder Mountain String Band
Trampled by Turtles
Railroad Earth
Hot Tuna
The Infamous Stringdusters
Xavier Rudd
Blitzen Trapper
Michael Kiwanuka
North Mississippi Allstars
Donavon Frankenreiter
The Devil Makes Three
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
The Hackensaw Boys
Delta Rae
Ben Sollee
Lake Street Dive
The Last Bison
Rising Appalachia
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Bright Light Social Hour
Baaba Seth
Field Report
Bronze Radio Return
Longhorne Slim and the Law
Megan Jean and the KRB
Lizzy Ross Band
Larry and His Flask
Nick Driver Band
Spirit Family Reunion
Boston Boys
L shaped Lot
Yancarlos Sanchez
Blue Mule
Primate Fiasco



"Voted Best Large Music Venue in Southwestern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine!"

Floydfest '04

"Some larger festivals boast a similar peace, love and music philosophy, but Floyd actually lives it, not just for one weekend, but throughout the entire year." ~Glide Magazine

Floydfest '05

"Floyd sits in a timeless, beautiful section of Virginia, far enough from bigger cities like Roanoke and Danville to feel like it's truly in the middle of nowhere" ~Musictoday Live Review

"The only thing constant on the festival grounds was the flow of culturally powerful music and mud covered feet." ~MSN Music Review

Floydfest '08

"Floydfest is an epicenter of culture for Southwest Virginia" - VA Senator, Mark Warner


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Berrier Jr., Ralph (22 July 2007). "FloydFest highlights: 2002-2006". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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