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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:LAGNIAPPE PRODUCTIONS AND GOODWORKS ENTERTAINMENTANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF RHYTHM&ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVALINITIAL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOONRhythm&Roots Music Festival, a longstanding arts celebration, will return toCharlestown, RI,this Labor Day Weekend,September 2,3,and4. The event, now in its 24th year, will celebratethe end of summer in its original location,Ninigret Park. The announcement follows the newsof anunexpected cancellation, originally attributed to health concerns from founder and ownerofLagniappe Productions, Chuck Wentworth.Subsequently, Lagniappe sold the festival toindependent, community-mindedHartford, CT-basedGoodworks Entertainment, clearing theway for the festival’s return.Goodworks brings twenty years of extensive experience in concertand festival production to the endeavor, enteringthe partnership with an overarching intention-maintaining the same charm that carried the festival through over two decades.“Goodworks is a perfect fit to take over the festival…”said Wentworth.“…their underlyingphilosoph[ies] mirror that of thoseexemplified by Lagniappe Productions for the past 23 years.”“We don’t plan on making any major changes to Rhythm & Roots as we will strive to continuethe legacy that Chuck and his family have built over the years,”explained GoodworksEntertainment CEOand co-founderTyler Grill.“Furthermore, Chuck and the family will stay onas consultants to aid and assist in the transition process as we take over the day-to-dayoperations of the festival.”
“What drew us to Rhythm & Roots, was the idea of tying together community, culture, and thearts, along with the big appeal of working with Wentworth,” added Goodworks co-founderDave Rosenfeld.”This will be our first time in Rhode Island, and we want it to be a win-win.”Grill and Wentworth, both acclaimed promoters in the northeast, will continue the tradition ofbooking top-tier talent from across the nation. Currently, the team is collaboratively selectingthis year’s musical talent and finalizing remaining logistics. Initial artist lineup and ticketingdetails will arrive in the coming weeks.Rhythm&Roots 2021.###
We asked Rhythm & Roots fans to “keep the vibe alive” after last year’s cancellation, and you delivered. You had faith that we’d put together a diverse lineup for the 23rd Rhythm & Roots festival, and it was a great success.
It takes an extended family of hundreds of volunteers to produce a three-day festival of music, food and dancing, with 1,000+ campers, 24 bands and more than 40 performances on three stages. The jobs are big and small, but each task is essential. Artisans and food vendors, many of whom have been with us from the beginning, brought their own flair to the festival.
It was rewarding to see everyone working together – face to face! – for a common goal: to create a musical experience that will be remembered for years to come. A 2020 without Rhythm & Roots has made us even more grateful for your hard work and for the music lovers and dance enthusiasts who make R&R a ‘must-do’ every year. Thanks go to each one of you.
We’re already planning the 24th Rhythm & Roots Festival, set for Sept. 2, 3 and 4, 2022.
Let us know your favorites and any new bands you’d like to hear because roots music is constantly evolving. We’ll keep you informed as the lineup develops.
Thank you all again and stay tuned,
Chuck, Deb and the entire Wentworth family
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The Rhythm & Roots Festival
Charlestown, R.I.; Sept. 3-5
Miles from Boston: 90
From Creole to Cajun, this one has it all. What, you need more? Fine, how about folk, funk and rock? This little jam hosted by our neighbors to the south gets back in action with sets from Donna the Buffalo, John Hiatt, local piano whiz Veronica Lewis, Ward Hayden & the Outliers and a score more.
is happening on September 3, 4 and 5, 2021
at Ninigret Park in Charlestown RI
After a long dry year and a half without live music and festivals, we know you are as excited as we are to gather and celebrate, so make sure you’re not left out. Due to the probable state and local limited capacity mandates, tickets will be in short supply this year, so be sure to reserve your spot early, as our allotment of available tickets is limited and will most likely sell out.
So, this brings up the big question — how do we proceed to plan (and attend) a festival safely around the limitations necessitated by the Covid virus? For starters, we are adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the State of Rhode Island for large events. These mandate that there will be a limited amount of attendees allowed on site, and that we follow guidelines for mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and all of the other CDC protocols.
These rules are changing and loosening up every couple of weeks, and we are anticipating that the situation will be much more advantageous for the festival by the end of the summer. In our favor is our new governor, Daniel McKee, is an advocate of tourism and opening up the parameters for large events and festivals in the state. Whatever occurs though, our main concern will be the health and safety of all of our festival patrons. Please be assured that we will do whatever is necessary to keep everyone safe and secure.
Tickets go on sale May 12 at 10:00 am, so be sure to get yours ASAP! You don’t want to miss out, but tickets will be limited, and if you snooze, you may lose.Thanks! Stay safe, get vaccinated and we hope to see you on Labor Day Weekend! “Keep the Vibe Alive In 2021.”