Down by Downtown weekend is here! Four days of live music across multiple venues in Downtown Roanoke coincides with Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon race weekend. And it all kicks off THURSDAY with Dead by Downtown featuring The Dead Reckoning at 5 Points Music Sanctuary! Our Courtyard Bar will open at 6:30pm and Longfin Grill Food Truck will be here serving up high-end dishes with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Presale ticket prices end today – just $12 for general admission. Or go for the DXDT All Access Pass for the entire weekend. $60 gives you entry to Spafford, Tank and the Bangas, Rubblebucket, John Scofield, A Place Called Home, The Concerns and more!


That stuff you don’t need today could be somebody else’s treasure tomorrow. That’s why the 5 Points Music Foundation is holding a Spring Indoor Yard Sale on Sunday, April 28.

We’re pulling items from our storerooms and our collections for the sale. We will also feature hand-painted furniture and arts and crafts from Assignment Ready Training, a program that uses art to teach workplace skills to young people with learning disabilities. A.R.T. is housed on the lower level of the Sanctuary.

But we need more. We need you. This is your chance to support the 5 Points Music Foundation mission of providing group music therapy programs and raising awareness and support for those with hearing loss. We’re looking for a few good donations. Bring us items that we can turn into treasure. They will find a new purpose and will support a purpose – The Power of Sound.

Bring your donations to the rear entrance of the 5 Points venue at 1217 Maple in Old Southwest Roanoke between 10am and 2pm Sunday, April 28th. And be sure to come to the event. The music will be playing and the bar will be open.


It was a lively, energetic evening the first time Cheick Hamala Diabate played The Sanctuary. We are thrilled to welcome him back on June 7th! Cheick (pronounced “shake”) is a West African historian in the Griot tradition, and a world-recognized master of the ngoni, the traditional Malian instrument. A sought after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada, Cheick Hamala began touring in the U.S.in 1995. His performances have been featured at such notable venues as The Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and many of the top festivals across the United States. Tickets on sale now!