Traditional Music Jams

The local music jams are free and visitors are encouraged.The jams are a great way to experience authentic traditional music and if you play you are welcome to join in.

 The 1908 Courthouse Jam is held every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Historic 1908 Courthouse, Main Street, Independence, VA.

The Courthouse Jam is well known for the intimate setting. In warm weather musicians gather outdoors at the gazebo and when it's cool outside the tunes are played indoors. Bring a folding chair or picnic blanket and your instrument if you play. Call 276-773-3711  or visit the link above for more information.

The Fries Jam Session at The Fries Recreation Center Theatre, Downtown Fries, Virginia takes place on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. Enjoy the this scenic mill town on the banks of the New River. Call 276-744-2231 for more information.

Watch a video of Joe Wilson taking about the importance of Fries in the history of country music.

Food and Fun in Flat Ridge

In the highlands of Grayson County, visitors are welcome to join the community of Flat Ridge for music performances and open jams, every Saturday night when the weather permits. A country buffet begins at 6 pm. Cost of admission is Adults $9, ages 12 and under $5. ´╗┐Directions to the Flat Ridge Community Center:  From Independence, take Highway 58 west to Old Bridle Creek Road.  Turn onto Old Bridle Creek Road and go to stop sign.  Turn right onto Flat Ridge Road.  Drive about 4 miles, Community Center is on the right.  From Wytheville or Marion (I81 exit 45), take Highway 16 South to Sugar Grove.  Turn at second left past car wash onto Flat Ridge Road.  Go about 8 miles, Community Center will be on left. 276-655-4600 or 276-655-4269 for more information.