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SOLD OUT: Yarn Morrison for opening party at FPCC on Saturday Jan. 25th

18 Dec

This show is SOLD OUT.

Sat., Jan. 25th Schedule:
7 pm – doors open/bar open
7:30 – dinner served/Lizzy Ross solo set begins
9-ish – Yarn Morrison takes the stage

Yarn will be joined by special guests Josh Shilling, Lizzy Ross and the Bulldog Horns (Kevin Lewis/Jimmy Jordan/Mark Blankenship) for a tribute to Yarn Morrison on Sat., Jan. 25th at Forest Park Country Club in Martinsville. This is our annual Opening Party that includes catered dinner and open bar at the show.

We will be selling $75 season passes that don’t include the opening party. These passes will garner free entry to 4  concerts in 2020 (one of which is Lonesome River Band). Stay tuned for the announcement on when these $75 passes go on sale.

SOLD OUT: Crawford & Power play Dec. 13th

6 Dec

The concert will start at 8 pm. We’ll be selling water, soft drinks, beer, wine and slices of pizza at the show. Sorry, but season passes are not accepted.

BIG Something is Sat., Nov. 30th

21 Nov

Join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for BIG Something at the Heritage Conference & Event Center in Bassett, Va. Season Passes are accepted! Tickets will cost $20 adv and $25 at the doors. Music starts at 9 pm.


Town Mountain + Jon Stickley Trio @ Pop’s Farm on Nov. 2nd

11 Oct

Sat., Nov. 2, 2019Come join us for an amazing outdoor co-bill of Asheville, N.C., bands at Pop’s Farm! Gates open at 7 pm, the first band starts at 8 pm, and both will play full-length sets. Tickets cost $15 advance and $20 day of show. Season passes are accepted! BUY TICKETS HERE.

On-site camping is available for this show! Car Camping is $10 per vehicle, and RV Camping is $25 per RV or tow-behind vehicle. (All RV sites are dry – no water or electric.)


Rives Theatre destroyed by fire; concerts will continue

12 Sep

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On Sunday, Sept. 8th, the Rives Theatre was destroyed by fire. The building cannot be saved, but thankfully, no one was hurt in the blaze, and no other buildings were damaged. The Rives Theatre was built in 1928 as a playhouse, enjoyed more than 60 years as a movie theatre, and has served as Martinsville’s primary indoor, live-music venue over the past 10 years. We are heartbroken to lose the Rives, which has been a mainstay in our community’s cultural (and physical) landscape for nearly 100 years.

70558270_10105188386708256_1017279917638811648_nOrganizers of events at the theatre – Arts at the Rives and its parent nonprofit company, Rooster Walk Inc. – are not sure what the future holds on the venue side of things. ART and Rooster Walk were leasing the building (we did not own it). We are just beginning the process of exploring our short-term and long-term options as we pursue the goal of continuing to bring amazing live music to Martinsville and Henry.

Countless individuals have reached out asking how and where to donate. All donations are tax deductible, and will be used to help Arts at the Rives’ mission of bringing high-quality live music to Martinsville-Henry County during this transition period.

Donations can be made by clicking HERE, or via check to “Arts at the Rives” and mailed to Arts at the Rives, PO Box 3067, Martinsville, Va., 24115.

Brewster Walk is Sat., Sept. 7th!

22 Aug

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Join us for an awesome craft beer festival on the street in front of the Rives, with performances from Mountain Heart, C2 & The Brothers Reed and Isaac Hadden Band.

Tickets are $30 for General Admission and $55 for VIP. All the info can be found HERE: 

Aug. 10 – JGBCB at Pop’s Farm!

22 Jul

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Click HERE to buy tickets!

MOVIE: True Grit – Thr., July 11th

2 Jul

Thr, July 11, 2019 – VisitMartinsville and the Rives Theatre are partnering to Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia by showing a series of Throwback Thursday films. The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Virginia is for Lovers slogan launched in 1969, so we are showing some of the biggest blockbuster hits from that year this summer at the Rives Theatre. Join us on July 11th for True Grit!

Movies begin at 7:00 p.m. $5 admission. All tickets are sold at the doors of the theatre on July 11th. Learn about all the ways VisitMartinsville is celebrating 50 Years of LOVE by going to

Watch U.S. Women’s team play at noon Sunday on the theatre’s big screen – FREE

13 Jun

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Join us this Sunday to cheer on the U.S. Women’s World Cup team takes on Chile at noon. We’ll have the game broadcast live on the theatre’s movie screen, and admission is free to all ages.

The U.S. will be lookng to improve to 2-0 in Group F after their historic, 13-0, win against Thailand. Chile, meanwhile, will try to even their record following an opening-match loss to Sweden, 2 to nil.

Doors to the theatre will open at 11:30 a.m. The theatre  will be selling full concessions, including popcorn. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Wild Ponies w/Dean Owen – Thr. April 11th – Season Pass Show

9 Apr

Welcome Martinsville natives Doug & Telisha Williams back to their hometown on Thursday, April 11th when Wild Ponies and Dean Owens perform at the Rives. Wild Ponies are on tour in support of their new album Galax. The touring band consists of Doug and Telisha Williams, Fats Kaplin, Katie Marie, and for some select dates other musicians who played on the Galax sessions. Released August 25th on Gearbox Records, Galax was recorded in a shed behind Doug’s grandparent’s farm in the mountains of Virginia.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard, and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skillfully crafted stories and memorably heart-twisting melodies, he is a compelling and engaging live performer, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. In September 2017 he became the first Scottish musician to officially showcase at the prestigious Americanafest in Nashville. His visit included a guest spot with the Mavericks at their “all-star” show at the Basement East… and a mention in Rolling Stone. The trip was supported by PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund and The Saltire Society.

Tickets $15 advance & $18 at the doors. Season Passes gladly accepted.



Buy Tickets HERE.