Mrs. Fin and I ventured south to North Cackalacky to the little town of Grassy Creek for the New River Blues Festival on Sunday at the River House Inn. the festival was hosted by Peggy Zamagni, an accomplished bass player and founding member of the King Bees. The festival is in it’s ninth year and showcases some legendary artists they have worked with in the past.

New River Blues Festival site.

It’s a small festival but has a big heart. There was a little rain but most people put up an umbrella and hung in there. There’s a bed and breakfast on the site, but it was closed to visitors that day so no pictures of that. The folks on the porch said that it was always full for events. There were several cottages in view going up the hill from the house. Here’s a video tour of the site.



There was a food tent, fortunately we like Carolina style BBQ. You could have anything you want as long as you wanted BBQ. Actually they had some yummy cookies and I heard there was some salad, but didn’t pursue that avenue!

Mrs. Fin had some issues with the availability of the internet…

Sometimes there just isn't any internet, is there At&T?

I had some with the beer selection…

I still drank it...

I’m pretty sure they have some good beer in North Carolina but none of it made it to the hinterlands of Grassy Creek. We had a good time none the less! Not to give away the secrets or narc anyone out, but I did see some beverages in the crowd that weren’t for sale at the alcohol stand.  Wish I could have snagged one of those Fat Tires. They do have a no cooler rule and I saw no coolers. They also had a selection of wine and some premixed Bloody Mary’s, Margarita’s and Cosmo’s which were pretty tasty actually. For $5 they could have been a bit more generous with the portions.

We enjoyed the music, The King Bees played three sets with various artists sitting in throughout the afternoon. It’s always great to hear some originals mixed in with some old standards done well.

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins with The King Bees.

The festival is about 2 hours from Roanoke and worth a look on a holiday weekend. The Sunday date doesn’t conflict with many other events and the drive is pleasant both ways. We came in from Marion and went out through Hillsville. the Marion route is prettier but the Hillsville way is faster. you could combine the festival with the big Hillsville sale and make a weekend out of it!

Lassaz les bon temps roulez!


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