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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.


Tab Benoit – Fri,. April 5th – SOLD OUT

30 Mar

Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.


The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.

Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots – a goal that often eluded him when past producers and promoters tried to turn him and his recordings in a rock direction, often against his better instincts. Te Blues Are All Mine, released on Vanguard in 1999 after Justice folded, marked a return to the rootsy sound that he’d been steered away from for several years.

Medicine, Benoit’s latest release on Telarc, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.