Chamber prepares for big show

Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce is working on its annual Little Roy and Lizzie Show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Kenbridge Community Center in Kenbridge.

The event, sponsored by the chamber, will include a performance by Stoney Ridge, a well-known bluegrass band in Southside Virginia, which consists of two Keysville residents: Spider and Julie Gilliam.

“I’ve got 16 sponsors on this thing,” Chamber President Mel Payne said. “This will be the seventh year in a row that they’ve been back by popular demand,” he said of The Little Roy and Lizzie Show.

The bluegrass, country and gospel group is from Lincolnton, Georgia.

Last year’s event brought a large crowd to the community center, and Payne hopes for the same this year.

“They’re opening,” he said of Stoney Ridge.

Tickets, which go on sale Monday, April 3, are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at Benchmark Community Bank’s offices in Kenbridge, Victoria, Crewe, Blackstone and Farmville, Victoria Drug, Mildred’s Meals, Kenbridge Supply and Wilson Bros. Barbecue in South Hill.

Those interested can also purchase tickets from Payne by calling (434) 696-3626.

“There will be concessions. It hadn’t been decided,” he said of the specific vendors.

Payne will emcee the show. “I’ve been promoting these bluegrass shows over there for 12 years at the Kenbridge Community Center back in (my) WSVS (Radio Station) days.”

“It’s just one of the best shows you’ve ever seen,” Payne said. “You don’t have to be a bluegrass fan to love the show. I’ve had so many people that did not like bluegrass music came to me after they came to the show (saying), ‘That’s the best show I have ever seen,’” he said of those who attended.

“It’s just an entertaining show. They’re not just great pickers and singers, but they’re entertainers. They put on a show that you can’t get enough of and you can’t wait for them to come back.”

Payne said one of his favorite aspects of the show was “the upbeat format,” citing it being fast-paced with lots of comedy and entertainment.

“They’re some of the best pickers and singers in the United States,” Payne said.

He called it “a moving show. It lifts your spirits. It lifts your heart. They have some gospel in their show, but it’s not a gospel show. But when you leave there, you’re so glad you went.”

For information on the Little Roy and Lizzie Show, visit

Stoney Ridge, a well-known bluegrass band in Southside Virginia, will perform May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenbridge Community Center. The group has been chosen to share the stage with The Little Roy and Lizzie Show during their annual performance. Stoney Ridge is based out of Halifax County. The show is sponsored by the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce and supported by businesses. Pictured are, from left, Spider Gilliam on bass, Jay Kaczor on mandolin, Julie Gilliam, vocals, Doug Francis on guitar and Ken Peade on banjo.

Mel Payne