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  • Writer's pictureSandra Aranegui

From the Editor:

Updated: Feb 21

Dear Readers, 

I am thrilled to welcome you to the inaugural issue of our magazine, where we celebrate the vibrant and soul-stirring world of live music in southwest Virginia.  As both the editor and an event promoter deeply passionate about this art form, I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you the profound love for live music that permeates our region.

There is something truly magical about the experience of live music.  It has the power to transport us to another world, to connect us with our deepest emotions, and to unite us in a shared celebration of the human spirit.  In southwest Virginia, this love for live music runs deep and is an integral part of our cultural fabric.  It has fostered an incredible community that thrives on the collective joy and inspiration that music brings. 

Our region is blessed with an astonishing array of talented musicians, both seasoned professionals and emerging artists. From the haunting melodies of Appalachian Folk tradition to the foot-stomping rhythms of bluegrass, the soulful sounds of blues, Americana, southern rock, and so very much more, our local music scene offers a diverse tapestry of genres and styles that can cater to every taste.

But it is not just the music itself that makes our community so special; it is the people who make it come alive. Attend any live music event in southwest Virginia, and you will witness firsthand the warmth, camaraderie, and genuine love that exists between the artists and the audience. There is an unspoken bond, a mutual respect that transcends the boundaries of age, background, and upbringing. It is a testament to the power of music to bridge divides and bring people TOGETHER. 

Our local venues, from intimate coffee shops to lively outdoor amphitheaters, serve as the beating heart of this community.  They provide the stage upon which musicians can pour their hearts out, and they offer a space where music enthusiasts can come together to experience the transformative energy of a live performance.  These venues, often run by passionate individuals who share our love for live music, create an atmosphere of intimacy and connection that is hard to replicate elsewhere.

As an event promoter, I have had the privilege of witnessing countless unforgettable moments on stage.  I have seen the tears of joy streaming down the faces of audience members as their favorite songs wash over them.  I have felt the raw energy of a crowd, moving as one, lost in the rhythm of the music.  And I have witnessed the profound impact that live music can have on individuals , inspiring them to create, to dream, and to believe in the power of their own voices. 

In this magazine, we aim to capture the essence of this incredible community and the love affair we have with music.  Through interviews with local musicians, reviews of unforgettable performances, and features on the hidden gems in our music scene, we hope to shine a spotlight on the talent, passion, and resilience that defines our southwest Virginia landscape. 

Together, let us celebrate the artists, the venues, and most importantly, the incredible bond that unites us all through the universal language of music. 


Sandra Aranegui



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