2/10: Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball

The Blue Mountain School presents the 9th Annual Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Dogtown Roadhouse.

Enjoy a full night of eclectic, soul moving music featuring six bands and performers on the main stage that benefits Floyd’s Blue Mountain School and it’s not just music you’ll feast your senses on.

The music line-up includes headliners Sol Roots and Lagniappe. Local musician Seph Custer, the Jordan Harman Duo, Flirting with Chemicals and Music Road Company.

The Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. Sol is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has toured with many roots, funk, and blues legends around the world as a part of Music Maker Revue. Sol’s talent stretches from fiery rock to laid back jazz, and from funky innovative grooves to soulful ballads, drawing on a deep background in raw down-home blues.

The Sol Roots band has performed at many premier festivals and venues across the east coast US, and have shared the stage with acts such as Jon Cleary, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk,The Wood Brothers, Robert Randolph, Eric Lindell, Booker T Jones, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Shemekia Copeland, Jackie Greene and more.

Paying homage to the greats, and with a love of Universal Music as the guiding light, Sol steps out on a path with a powerful group unique and talented band of musicians.


Lagniappe is all-star band comprised of some of Floyd and Southwest Virginia’s best musicians.

Seph Custer is a musician / songwriter from Boones Mill, Va, offering a fresh look at American and handmade tunes. With many years of experience arranging music for groups in SW Virginia, as well as backing up groups and artists on stage, he’s combined his talents to offer a diverse variety of acoustic songs, full-band jams, and intriguing covers.

As well as solo shows, Seph is often joined on stage by Chris “TK” Wimmer (djembe/Drumset) and Alex Young (bass, guitar) for an even larger sonic experience.

Since picking up guitar, he taught himself how to play slide guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, fiddle, and how to sing. He’s performed all of these instruments onstage with Surefire Plan, Crawdawg and Company, Jacob Crawford, David Cannaday, The Souvenirs, bigmama joy, Small Town Renegades, Dave Fason, Carrie Hinkley, The Harwell Grice Band, Shogi, Happie Daze, Forever Now, Filmont Station, and many, many, more

His first solo effort ‘Where You Are’ was released January 19th, 2016, featuring 3 songs with violinist Laurel Brooke. It has been featured on 101.5 FM The Valley’s Music Place, The Roanoke Times, and on various blogs online.


Jordan Harman is a musician based out of Roanoke, VA. In our world of sugar-sweet, mass produced, auto-tuned, musical McProduct, can soul still exist within the pop realm? Ask Jordan Harman. Somehow he has managed just that. He creates music that speaks something while retaining a great pop sensibility; something that is increasingly rare today.

Ask Jordan Harman to describe the songs he writes and he’ll tell you that it’s all about the soul. His smooth vocals, rhythmic guitar playing, and infectious hooks add up to a performance sure to please any crowd. The laid-back grooves will pull you in and, before you know it, you’re dancing to the music and singing along.

With influences such as Bill Withers, Donnie Hathaway, D’Angelo, James Brown, The Meters, Otis Redding, and The Roots there are many different elements to his unique brand of soul.


Flirting with Chemicals, Floyd Virginia’s Neo-psychedelic dance band draws inspiration from many sacred sources including Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, The Byrds, Sparklehorse, Brian Eno and Bob Dylan. The song writing team of Barb Gillespie and Jeff Liverman deliver haunting lyrics coupled with elegant melodies and rhythms. Stephen Wallace on keyboard, Rick Hall on bass and Fred Harris on drums join Jeff and Barb in Flirting with Chemicals. Their skill and talent perfectly support the music and experience.

Flirting with Chemicals positions itself at a strange country crossroads. Hailing from a tiny, but musically significant town of Floyd, Virginia, they have one foot in the Appalachian Mountains and the other in the gritty sounds of the city. In the other orientation, their sound is of today but ghosts from the past creep into their arrangements and compositions. Echos of Neil Young’s plaintive voice, Charlie Patton’s gravel road vocal and the hypnotic musings of Eno make their way into this strange, beautiful and highly intoxicating music.

Flirting With Chemicals Facebook Page

Music Road Company is a Floyd, VA based band that plays a great music featuring elements of rock, funk, reggae and fun for your dancing and listening pleasure designed to groove and move you. Featuring members of both Spoon Fight and the Color J.

Link: Music Road Company

Take in the lounge stage, where a variety of unusual and brilliant acts will impress and delight throughout the evening. The silent auction is your opportunity to get your hands on some of the finest local wares and services that Floyd has to offer!

Lounge stage acts include musicians Whitney Lewis, Jake the Snake Retting and Paul LeMay & David Hall, Magician Nelson Oliver and Hooper Michaela Perdue.

Other special activities & events include:
• Photographic Dreams Photo Booth: Have your picture taken and take it home, too!
• Crowning of Floyd’s Mardi Gras King & Queen
• Free Buffalo Mountain Kombucha for designated drivers!
• Kiddy Gras Pajama Party returns at the June Bug Center so the kids can get down while you get your groove on.
• Authentic Cajun delights at the Krewe du Bleu Dinner with Chef Richard L. Perry

Advance tickets are $15.00 for designated drivers and $20.00 for regular attendees.

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Dogtown Roadhouse, Republic Of Floyd, Visit Floyd, VA, and Blue Mountain School.

Tickets can be purchased online at: this link.

Must be 18 or older unless attending the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party.

In case of inclement weather, the make-up date will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

For more information, visit: our website or our event page or our school page.