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July 23, 2006|By LORI SEARS

FloydFest

Sorry, Pink Floyd fans. Despite the name, FloydFest isn't exactly for you. It is, however, for music fans of a different sort. The Floyd Fest 5: Roots Alive music festival celebrates world music as well as bluegrass, folk, reggae, African and Appalachian sounds. Oh, and the name? FloydFest takes place near Floyd, Va. This year's festival kicks off Thursday and runs through July 30 in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With acts such as Los Lobos, Eddie From Ohio, Iris Dement, Cyro Baptista and Beat the Donkey, Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble and Gabby La La, the festival offers an eclectic mix of tunes each day. The festival also features a vast arts-and-crafts marketplace and foods of all kinds.

FloydFest takes place just south of Floyd, Va., off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tickets are $30 per day for Thursday or Friday, $45 for Saturday and $40 for July 30. A four-day pass is $110. Children's tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a four-day pass. Call 540-745-FEST or visit floydfest.com for directions and camping information.

[LORI SEARS]

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