Join 5 Points Outdoors at Wasena Park on the Road to FloydFest for a weekend full of great live music!
5 Points Outdoors hops on the Road to FloydFest on Friday, May 21, with the triple threat of Travers Brothership with special guest, Abby Bryant & the Echoes, and Pressing Strings. on Saturday, May 22, with powerhouses The Hackensack Boys, Chupacabras, and Jacob Doss. Join us at Wasena Park for an unforgettable evening of live music with our old and new friends. The Avocado Food Truck will be on site all weekend serving up delicious, fresh-made food for all. Gates open at 5:00pm (Music starts approximately 30 minutes after gates open.) Get there early to take advantage of the 5 Points Power Hour, with $5 Bell’s Brewery drafts from 5:00-6:00pm.
Friday, May 21: Travers Brothership ~ Abby Bryant & The Echoes, Pressing Strings
Songwriters. Singers. Multi-instrumentalists. Brothers. At only 26, twins Eric Travers and Kyle Travers have been writing songs and stunning live audiences for well over half their lifetime. Presenting soulful, bluesy, rock n’ roll spun in psychedelic jam, Travers Brothership; also including singer, bassist, songwriter, Josh Clark, and keyboardist, songwriter, percussionist, Ian McIsaac, create a fierce and balanced team, strengthened by the 13 years they’ve spent together on and off the road.
The band first met in 2007 on a school bus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Soon after the Travers twins were invited by Josh and Ian to get off at their bus stop for a jam in Josh’s garage, little did they know this was history in the making. After numerous jams and a few lessons from Eric and Kyle’s father (and veteran touring musician) “Hurricane” Bob Travers, Travers Brothership was formed in 2012.
Built around a powerful voice and hard-driving rock ‘n’ soul rhythm section, Asheville, NC’s Abby Bryant & The Echoes has secured a fast-growing foothold in the Southeast music scene. Founded by Abby Bryant (vocals, keys) and Bailey Faulkner (guitar), the two formed the band out of distinctly different musical upbringings.
Bryant formed her musical intuition at home and church where she began singing at only five years old under the direction of her music minister father. Hailing from the same hometown, Faulkner developed his musical foundation throughout his youth from his parent’s love of The Beatles and guitar-driven classic rock staples. With Bryant’s ear and voice trained on gospel and hymns and a spiritual connection to music, Bryant set the stage for her future career in music.
Listeners will find it hard not to hear similarities to some of the artists that inspire the two including currently touring acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, and Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. At the same time, one cannot deny that even with Abby Bryant & The Echoes’ youthfulness, the band connects to the roots of the music in the members’ hearts. Looking to artists like Etta James, Sam and Dave, and the integral Muscle Shoals sound to light the way, Abby Bryant & The Echoes carries its own soul-shining torch into today.
What’s in a band name? A little or a lot, depending on how deeply you want to go.
For Annapolis, Maryland-based trio Pressing Strings (Jordan Sokel: Guitar/Vocals, Nick Welker: Bass, Brandon Bartlett: Drums), the guitar guy is outnumbered by the rhythm section, but it all started back when Sokel, as a kid enamored with Dylan, Marley, Strummer, Simon, and Withers, learned to simultaneously play guitar and sing his favorite songs.
Then, guitar in hand, the songwriting bug took hold.
Cutting to 2014, with the current line-up firmed up, the band got to work developing its fanbase in the mid-Atlantic with shows from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas, then headed into the studio to record its Owe The Source album, released in 2015. Not easily tagged, genre-wise, the album deftly mixed a thoughtful soulfulness with union hall rock and roll, and they returned to the road to show it all off everywhere from VFWs to festivals.
Saturday, May 22: Hackensaw Boys ~ Chupacabras
For almost two decades, the Hackensaw Boys have plowed the asphalt bringing their raw, gritty American vernacular sounds to the music halls and streets across the world. Twenty years later, the group continues their burning hot vision of American roots music into a new age, fueled as much by a rowdy punk spirit as by the traditional masters that first inspired them.
The music began in 1999 when four friends from Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley found their collective ways to the roots music hub of Charlottesville. They didn’t waste time getting going, playing a show on the street the day of their first practice. The group let the good times roll and started adding like-minded people until their ranks reached twelve players for their first US tour. As with the folk and punk traditions which form the foundation of their sound, they’ve always operated more as a collective than a band.
Transcending time and space, we welcome you to the other side of reality. Journey with us on this distinct experience. Weaving old-school surf rock with funk and ruminations of psychedelic flavors. One night with Chupacabras is enough to ignite dancers to delight, releasing young and old on a transformative exotic trajectory. A seven-piece band of brothers, Chupacabras peppers Afro-Cuban beats with jazz, rock and a captivating stage presence, inspiring audiences to move, love and live like never before. You’ll be glad you came!
Pods & Tickets & Parking: Get the ‘skinny’ here
Parking is plentiful, nearby the entrance gate, and easy to find. Check out the available FREE parking options on our convenient parking map (see left).
Get the lay of the land with the pod locations so you can lock in the seat of your choice. GA pods are first come, first served, so get there at 5:00pm to get the best GA spot. Check out the site map with labeled pods (see right). Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and camp chairs, but coolers and outside food is not permitted. Please, no popup tents that will block the view shed.
Check out our FAQs to answer all of your burning questions about a night with 5 Points Outdoors.
5 Points Power Hour
Gates open at 5:00pm, and you’ll want to be Johnny-on-the-spot to pick your best seat and cash in on our special Power Hour deal: $5 drafts from Bell’s Brewery from 5:00-6:00pm. Set your alarm and pack the car the night before to make sure you’re there on time.
5 Points Pre-party at The Green Goat
Join us for lunch at The Green Goat for the official 5 Points Outdoors pre-party. The Green Goat will be offering specials on food and beverages. You also might catch some of our staff handing out 5 Points and Bell’s Brewery swag.
5 Points Exclusive Deals
5 Points Music Sanctuary is pleased to partner with Walkabout Outfitter’s two locations around the Roanoke Valley to offer you a discount of $10.00 off a purchase of at least $50. Please show this coupon at checkout to receive the discount.
5 Points Staff Picks
At 5 Points, the staff practice what they preach with frequent visits around the Roanoke Valley. Whether a hike, activity, or place to eat, the 5 Points crew has you covered with their favorite places to visit around the valley
Jill ~ I love 5 Points Outdoors because there are so many fun activities and places to eat around the Greenway. There’s Mr. Smiley who fixes bikes and sells affordable used ones, R&D Coffee Shop, The Lady Tattooers at Electric Eye Tattoo, convenient river access, the climbing gym and my favorite restaurants: Tacos Rojas, Bloom, and The Green Goat. I recommend the actual Rojas Tacos; they are insane.
Kellee ~ No trip to Roanoke is of any merit without an afternoon drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and a visit to the Roanoke Star, overlooking the greater Roanoke Valley. Hot summer days in the city become cool breezes in the mountains. Be sure to stop at the many overlooks along the way to take in the breathtaking vistas of SW VA.
Tim ~ My favorite thing to do around the area is to explore the city by bike. RIDE solutions has created an extensive list of Socially Distant Bicycle tours that are great for learning more about connections in the city, while enjoying some of the great things that Roanoke has to offer
Trevor ~ I love going for Bike rides on the Greenway and fishing! My favorite place to eat around town is Fork in the Market.
Will ~ My favorite thing about Roanoke is that we are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love all of the local and organically sourced food options around town. We have such a great music scene too, especially at 5 Points. When I’m not driving around town in my 71 VW Bus, you can definitely catch me around Wasena on the Greenway, hammocking with my dog, Daisy.
122 Blocks and So Much to See!
The 122 blocks that make up Downtown Roanoke represent the heart of our region. Every time you step out to explore, you’ll find something new to see and experience. From the oldest, continuously operating Farmer’s Market in the state, to our unique Restaurants, Shopping, and Cultural opportunities, the options are endless.
Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Recommendations
From urban delights to small town charm; from front row at the symphony to rugged outdoor recreation, Virginia’s Blue Ridge features countless opportunities for fun and adventure. We hope you’ll stay a few days and explore this part of Virginia’s mountains.
- Local Spots Offering Heated Outdoor Patio Space Cooler temperatures won’t stop you from enjoying a meal or drink on a patio in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. You’ll find a variety of outdoor setups, ranging from chairs around fire pits, tables with built in heating systems, outdoor fireplaces, temporary tents with heating systems, and patios with portable heaters.
- The VBR Cheers Trail Features Craft Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries Cheers to Virginia’s Blue Ridge and its collection of breweries, wineries, and craft spirits producers. The Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail is a celebration of our local craft beverages and a fun way to discover the unique flavors of the region.
- 10 Great Hiking Trails to Explore The Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a region full of fantastic trails. With over 600 miles of trails, you’ll want to make sure you have your hiking boots when you visit.
- Discover the Charming Small Towns of the Region You’ll find local charm, hidden gems, history, outdoor adventures, and unique flavors – all of the things that make Virginia’s Blue Ridge the perfect metro mountain destination.
- Have Your Camera Ready for the Can’t Miss Views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Sightseeing is a great way to spend time in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. We love long, beautiful drives to our favorite destinations, and we look forward to delicious stops along the way. There’s no way we could keep these gems to ourselves!
WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO SAFETY
In an effort to stay safe and healthy, masks requirements are enforced along with efforts to ensure a properly distanced experience. All guests will be screened before entry and 5PTS staff will be working diligently to ensure a welcoming and comfortable event for everyone. For more information about our safety protocols, please click HERE.