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“Absolute Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jefferson Center

Jefferson Center
541 Luck Ave, Suite 221, Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 345-2550
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Ranked #12 of 55 things to do in Roanoke
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Owner description: Jefferson Center is a nonprofit organization that enriches and educates diverse Western Virginia communities by producing high quality performing arts programs, by providing long and short term rental space for community partners and individuals, and by providing educational outreach.Built in 1924, the Jefferson Center's historic facility originally served the community as Jefferson Senior High School. The high school was closed in the 70's and after sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Jefferson Center Foundation was formed to renovate the space into the beautiful arts venue that serves Roanoke and the surrounding region today. Jefferson Center offers world class concerts featuring a diverse array artists such as Wynton Marsalis, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Del McCoury, Esperanza Spalding, Rosanne Cash, Bobby McFerrin and so many more. Additional, Jefferson Center offers long term rental space to 20+ non-profits and locally owned businesses, as well as short term rental space for community meetings, weddings, celebrations and many other events.
Roanoke, Virginia
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“Absolute Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place is an absolute gem. Historically, it demonstrates the commitment that Roanoke city leaders have made to a vital down town when they renovated and repurposed a former high school into a stunning entertainment space. As season ticket holders we enjoy a steady stream of diverse Grammy award winning entertainment that is outsized for a city the population of Roanoke.

Visited April 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your dedication as a Season Ticket Holder. We look forward to serving up some of the finest music you'll find anywhere in the world again this year!

Jefferson Center's transformation in the late 80's into the arts center you know today could not have happened without the support and vision of City leaders, as well as the thousands of individual donors who have supported Jefferson Center and our mission as a non-profit focused on world class performances, providing community short term and long term space, and as an education hub for local kids interested in music.

Thank you for your kind words and we hope you continue to enjoy your time at Jefferson Center!
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“Wonderful Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great theatre, great shows, jazz favorites and bluegrass too.
Good view from any of the seats. Sold out shows may
Make parking difficult , so allow time to park. Refreshments
Available at concession .

Visited June 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for the kind words. Our Artistic Director consistently strives to bring a diverse lineup of performances to the Star City, so it is nice to hear that you enjoy the diversity in programming!
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“Gorgeous, great shows, great experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I've been going to the Jefferson Center for concerts since it first opened as a venue about 10 years ago. We've seen Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, and Lyle Lovett here. Most recently, my husband and I went to see Bobby McFerrin in April, 2013. The place is simply gorgeous, immaculate, and easy to navigate. The acoustics are wonderful. Really easy parking and lots of help from volunteer (?) staff to help guide your parking for sold-out events. I love this place and can't wait to attend more performances here.

Visited April 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Thank you for the review. It has been an honor to bring those names and many more to Southwest Virginia since opening Shaftman Performance Hall. And thank you for acknowledging our incredibly dedicated Volunteers. As a non-profit we rely on those good folks to keep Jefferson Center running smoothly on show nights!
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“Fantastic Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Took my husband to see Corey Smith for our anniversary. The place is beautiful and the staff was fantastic. Thanks, Fred!!

Visited June 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed the show. Come by and see Fred anytime!
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“Glad to see this building restored”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

What beautiful architecture and the restoration work is superb. So glad it has been brought back to life in such a grand way.

Visited May 2013
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JeffersonCenter, Public Relations Manager at Jefferson Center, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Thank you for the kind words. Thank goodness we had a fantastic original design from the 1920's era Jefferson High School to work from! We are proud to have restored and now maintain this historic facility to further the arts in Southwest Virginia.
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