For non-music related events see: Other Events

Market Square Jam

Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam is an official Crooked Road affiliated venue that provides fun and entertainment on Wednesday evenings, June through September. The Jam takes place at Market Square Park from 8-10 p.m.

Catering to traditional old time music, the Market Square Jam brings regional musicians together to pick a tune, enjoy fun times with their friends and family, and take in all that downtown Blacksburg has to offer.

If you’re a musician or just interested in learning, come on out to the Jam and play with the best. Or, if you’re just looking for a place to kick back on a Wednesday night, bring a chair or a blanket and join us at the park. Note: Minimal bench seating is available in the park. Musicians and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.

The Happy Hollow String Band July 29
Farm Use Only August 5
Sugar Run Band August 12
New River Bound August 19
Mac Traynham and Friends August 26
Indian Run String Band September 2
Sam Linkous and Friends September 9
Hoyt Street Hotshots September 16
Sam Linkous and Friends September 30

Jam Hosting
As a thank you to our musicians and an expression of the town’s commitment to the preservation of heritage music, we happily invite you to serve as a Jam host. Host bands are just what they seem, a group of musicians committed to leading the jam on a particular evening. Host bands are given a stipend of $150 and are welcome to take additional donations from the crowd. The key is hospitality. In partnership with the town, the host band is responsible for creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for all participants and attendees. Hosts are encouraged to interact with the crowd and share stories that would further awareness of this long-standing tradition.

For more information about the jam or to inquire about being a host contact the Community Relations Office at (540) 961-1199 or email

Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of minor inclement weather, the Market Square Jam will go on as usual. However, should the weather be significantly disruptive, there may not be a host band for the evening. Musicians are still welcome to play under the shelter and are encouraged to come out and jam, even in the absence of a host.


Henderson Lawn Stage, Virginia Tech Campus
(Rainsite: Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center)
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Admission: FREE

July 31 - Meagan Jean & KFB (Gypsy/Americana/Other)


Live Blues & Jazz Music on the porch on the 4th Wednesday every month throughout the summer. 6-8pm


Dinnner 7PM
Justin Craig every Friday at 6
7/30 Old Man Kelly

8/1 Jim Sharkey
8/6 2 BOBS 4U
8/13 The Jangling Sparrows
8/15 Doc Greenburg's Patient Jazz
8/20 F.M. Turner, with a Guitar
8/22 Sydney and the Wheatstraws
8/27 American Roots
8/29 Paul Heilker
9/5 Jana Saltz


Open blues mic w/ The Blue Monday Band 9pm-12:30am- No cover! Show up early if you want to play, the sign-up sheet fills up fast! Every Monday.
Monday, August 3-BLUES MONDAY
Monday, August 10-BLUES MONDAY
Monday, August 17-BLUES MONDAY
Thursday, August 20-9:00pm-Live Irish Music
Monday, August 24-BLUES MONDAY
Monday, August 31-BLUES MONDAY


Music is from 6 to 8:30 pm. No cover; tips are appreciated.

Fri July 31 Tim & Maggie, flute & guitar duo, playing folk, classical and jazz

Sat Aug 1 Levi Moneyhun, singer/guitarist playing an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, and indie covers

Fri Aug 7 & Sat Aug 8 no music

Fri Aug 14 Ed Bridge & Dr. John Hassler, classical guitar duets
Sat Aug 15 Leslie Brooks, singer/songwriter performing solo with guitar, playing jazz, blues, and popular favorites

Fri Aug 21 Brian Peters, jazz and popular standards played on vibraphone in the style of a solo pianist
Sat Aug 22 Eric Lanoue, singer/songwriter and guitarist with an eclectic mix of unique styles

Fri Aug 28 Tim & Maggie, flute & guitar duo, playing folk, classical and jazz
Sat Aug 29 Justin Craig, joined by his students, playing classical guitar


Every Week
Tuesday – Karaoke
Thursday – DJ Markus
Friday – Acoustic Act


Every Wednesday Karaoke with DJ Rob

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events

Please contact:
Laureen Blakemore, Director
Tel: 540-951-0454

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