ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) — Harvester Performance Center’s General Manager Gary Jackson will retire from his post at the venue in February.
Jackson brought more than 1,000 shows and acts — including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kenny G, the Indigo Girls, Marty Stuart, and Ricky Skaggs — to the Rocky Mount venue. He became the general manager in 2013, nearly a year before the venue’s opening in 2014.
When COVID-19 shuttered venues worldwide, Jackson responded by moving the music outside. Under the Harvester Outdoors banner, Jackson held a number of shows at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market and The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake.
“Gary Jackson did amazing things for Rocky Mount. He helped establish the Harvester Performance Center as a world-class music venue, then shared that reputation within the music industry and brought in well-known acts for people to enjoy. This brought thousands of people to Rocky Mount. In doing so the Harvester became, and is, an important economic development investment for the town that benefits our businesses. Rocky Mount is very grateful and thanks Gary Jackson for all his hard work and dedication. He will be missed. We wish him well in his retirement.”Rocky Mount Mayor Steven Angle
Jackson credits the whole Harvester team and the involvement of the community for the venue’s accomplishments.
“Everyone at the Harvester deserves a lot of applause. The staff helped me set the table night after night and create the magic that happens when talented musicians and music lovers come together as one. And our wonderful family of volunteers — the best in the industry. They have greeted thousands and thousands of music fans. It was their dedication that helped folks from all walks of life enjoy a night of incredible live music.”Gary Jackson
Jackson’s retirement is effective Feb. 5.
The Town of Rocky Mount will announce plans for the Harvester’s management in the near future.