5th annual Down by Downtown held in Roanoke

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Published: Apr. 23, 2017 at 1:43 PM EDT
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Roanoke's 5th annual Down by Downtown Music Festival kicked off this weekend.

The festival hosts concerts at more than 10 venues across Roanoke.

Early crowds were sparse because of the weather. It started as a volunteer effort in partnership with the marathon but was taken over this year by Roanoke Outside and Across The Way Productions. That's the group behind Floyd Fest.

"The acts are really kind of next level this year, we haven't had acts that have the following of someone like Lotus, it definitely was able to bring in better sponsors," Julia Boas of Roanoke Outside Events Manager said.