Shinedown, Papa Roach and Oliver Anthony perform an acoustic set in the camping area after Blue Ridge Rock Festival is canceled for 2/4 days.

Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Oliver Anthony Play Impromptu Acoustic Show at Blue Ridge Rock Festival Campground After the Festival is Canceled Saturday and Sunday at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on September 9, 2023

Featured image shared from Oliver Anthony Music Facebook page. Credit Photographer



Even though the last two days of Blue Ridge Rock Festival at ViRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia were canceled over weather concerns according to the festival website, memories were made on Saturday, September 9th when headliner Shinedown  decided to play anyway. They brought along tourmate Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Virginia’s recent viral country artist Oliver Anthony to the campground for a popup acoustic show. There were no stage lights or microphones, but only a tiny wooden stage where they performed on a few guitars with three dogs under foot. This impromptu concert thrilled remaining fans who sang along with nearly every word and provided a little consolation for the festival being cut short.

Offsite media were not allowed back into the venue on Saturday, so I have included videos and photos taken by others. The feature photo above is courtesy of Oliver Anthony Music’s Facebook page.

Brent Smith of Shinedown, along with Papa Roach and Oliver Anthony performed “Simple Man (cover by Lynyrd Skynyrd).” The video below is courtesy of Joe Kirkum and Rock Ambassadors Media‘s YouTube channel.



Check out Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach singing “She Loves Me Not” – video courtesy of Mike Spencer Photography’s YouTube channel


Check out “Scars” by Papa Roach – video courtesy of Bronzie Fain’s YouTube channel.


Check out Oliver Anthony along with Shinedown and Papa Roach performing “Rich Men North of Richmond” –
Video courtesy of Joe Kirkum and Rock Ambassadors Media YouTube channel.


A few of the other artists slated to perform on Saturday and Sunday included Parkway Drive, Megadeth, I Prevail, Memphis May Fire, The Used, Spiritbox, Pantera, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Babymetal, Shevelle, Jinjer, and Pierce the Veil. See the complete schedules below.


Blue Ridge Rock Festival Stage Set Times for Saturday September 9, 2023 Blue Ridge Rock Festival Stage Set Times for Sunday September 10, 2023


Heartsick, Fight from Within, Scars Remain and I Set my Friends on Fire closed the night with a popup show at the campground’s Heartsick tent.





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