High Five: #SaveOurStages

NIVA | National Independent Venue Association

Independent venues were the first to close, and they’ll be the last to reopen. 5 Points Music Sanctuary is joining NIVA in asking Congress to provide @NIVAssoc with critical funding so that our independent venues can survive this pandemic. By going to SaveOurStages.com, you also can take meaningful action in just 30 seconds.

Contacting your Senators and Representatives is simple at nivassoc.org. Please take action today in support of independent venues and the artists we serve. #SaveOurStages

Cheryl Lunsford – Guitar/Voice Teacher

(540) 473-DOJO

Music Therapy, Art as Work Training, Guitar Lessons – a few of the “so much more” aspects of 5 Points Music Sanctuary you may not be aware of. Our lower level has become a haven of the arts as a salve for our troubles or a gateway through difficulties in life.

While most musicians are honing their craft with even more time, creativity and dedication, some are just discovering their talent. That’s where Cheryl Lunsford steps in. Along with The Guitar Dojo in Fincastle, Cheryl has been offering guitar and voice lessons out of The Sanctuary. Now she’s moved her operation online and you can be in Fincastle, Roanoke, or Timbuktu and still take take lessons from a master of her instruments.

A little history…

Cheryl Lunsford, guitarist, singer/songwriter is known in Virginia as The Guitar Dojo.

Growing up playing rhythm guitar in her father’s band in the Roanoke Valley, not far from the Crooked Road, she is one of the finest female guitarist today. Cheryl is the only female to win and place on the Flat-picking guitar contest circuit.

Whether playing electric, acoustic or bottleslide guitar, Cheryl is a female ‘Guitar Diva” and performs many different styles and genres of music from Doc Watson’s Windy & Warm, to Scott Fore’s Ragtime Annie, and Glen Campbell’s Classical Gas.

Cheryl graduated from Chilton Guitar Studio and went on to study voice and obtain her BA degree from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. Cheryl has also studied guitar under Scott Fore, National Guitar Champion, as an apprentice for the Virginia Foundation For the Humanities, and she is recognized as a Virginia folk artist, playing on the Virginia Stage at the National Folk Festival in Richmond.

Cheryl teaches professionally, guitar, bass and voice in her private studio, The Guitar Dojo Studio, located in Fincastle, VA. She conducts guitar and vocal workshops and Summer Guitar Camps.

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Tonight: Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Stream

“Sure to be a crowd pleaser, 6/17/91 is one of only two shows in the Grateful Dead’s archive recorded to 48-track analog tape, providing spectacular and unprecedented audio quality. The show features fan favorites such as “Eyes Of The World,” “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band,” along with Grateful Dead rarities including “Saint Of Circumstance,” “Might As Well,” “New Speedway Boogie,” and much more. Mixed by Jeffrey Norman in glorious surround sound at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, with video from the multi-camera live edit, this will be the first time the Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick line-up has ever appeared on the big screen.” – Dead.net


That’s it for this week’s High Five. Stay safe and be well!