Floyd’s Friday Night Jamboree is known as much for the music played by musicians on the street as for the ones appearing on stage. When the weather is cool, as it was this past Friday night, some gather in the rooms upstairs (above) to jam, sometimes playing by the light of a single lamp. Others braved the cold and played outside but the night chill of early Spring has not yet passed and the sounds of music could be heard from the rooms upstairs. Downstairs (right), the dance floor was hopping. This week marked the return of the former Barbershop Grass band (below) with Abe Gorsky (below right) filling in for the departed Ralph Hayden on guitar. The band has a new name (Little River Grass or New River Grass — they were referred to both ways Friday night) but their sound provided many of the traditional selections that Jamboree fans enjoy. Todd Christensen, associate project director for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, brought some friends by Friday so see the Jamboree. Christensen’s agency is funding the downtown rennovation project for Floyd. It was his first visit to the Country Store since it reopened in February following expansion and remodeling. Christensen wanted to know how folks felt about the expanded story. The crowded dance floor provided the answer.
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