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Music & Arts

  • Class of 1940: Morrison writes a novel

        Jim Morrison has several non-fiction books to his credit, some written  while he worked for the Department of Defense.

  • R&B artist celebrates new release here

        Will Preston, an R&B artist who lives in Atlanta, Ga., will come to Bedford, Saturday, for a listening party to celebrate his new release “#reacquainted.”

        Why is a rhythm and blues artist from Atlanta coming to Bedford to promote his new album?

  • County joins Artisan Trail Network

        The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), in partnership with Bedford County citizens, announced last week the initiation of the development of the Artisan Trail Network program in Bedford County.

  • Off to FloydFest

        Kooper Jodoin just graduated from Staunton River High School last month, but he’s already working on recording his first musical album. Every track consists of music that he composed.

        “I write music in my head before I play,” Jodoin said.
        Jodoin describes his compositions as “compulsive.”
        “It’s kind of hard, melodic rock,” he said, going on to say that it’s hard rock, but not heavy metal.

  • Enjoying Bluegrass at Sedalia

        Sedalia Center’s annual Bluegrass at Sedalia had a line-up that included the oldest continuously performing Bluegrass band in America — the Virginia Mountaineers. It was started by Clinton King more than 60 years ago.

        “Clinton started this band in 1947,” said Larry Hall, who now leads the band. Hall was 15 when he started with the band in 1959 and took over leadership after King’s death.
        “He was my second cousin,” Hall said of King.

  • Local enthusiasts get a look at Plan 9

        A science fiction film shot primarily in Bedford, got at good response from the 1,300 people who attended MystiCon, a sci-fi convention held in Roanoke over the weekend. A three-minute scene from the feature-length motion picture was named the MystiCon Fan Favorite Film.

  • Art in 3 dimensions

        From the time he was a young man, Joe Collins has always loved art, with an interest in three-dimensional art forms.

        “They were so expensive I thought, ‘I can’t afford them, so I’ll make them,’” Collins said.
        So, he became a sculptor.
        “I started out carving wood 35 years ago,” he said.

  • Bedford man recognized for digital art

        A change of career direction is getting Bedford resident Jerome Sturm attention in the art world.

  • GI Jive features music from World War II

        Music played a big part of the culture in the 1940s with its patriotic and sentimental themes as World War II raged around the world.

        On Saturday, Feb. 9, after a four-year hiatus, area residents will get a chance to relive those times as the National D-Day Memorial brings back the GI Jive 1940s dance. The event will be held, this year, at the Elks National Home.
        Karen Nichols and her Quartet will bring the sounds of the times to the stage.

  • Movie combines features from actual cases; local talent was used in film

        After months of work, Finding Faith premiered at Thomas Road Baptist Church Saturday night.