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Rhythm & Roots Festival: You Asked For It, You Got Taj Mahal, Steve Earle

 

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. – Aug. 8, 2018 – PRLog — Rhythm & Roots asked, and music lovers answered. In a survey last year the Taj Mahal Trio was the most-requested artist and Steve Earle & the Dukes was No. 2. So that’s exactly who will be headlining the 21st annual music and dance festival, which transforms Charlestown’s Ninigret Park into a three-day, family-friendly party from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Calling this year the “People’s Choice” festival, producer Chuck Wentworth says Taj Mahal, a legendary bluesman and Rhythm & Roots fan favorite, has performed in Charlestown three or four times. “I don’t think he’s ever had a bad show that I know of. He delivers every time.” Earle is performing as part of his 30th anniversary celebration of Copperhead Road, his breakthrough bluegrass-meets-metal album. His band will also pay homage to Earle’s love of outlaw country music.

Popular requests also included the Texas Western swing and country favorite, Asleep at the Wheel, and Boulder, Colo.-based Leftover Salmon, one of the original jam bands that play what they describe as a “poly-ethnic, Cajun slamgrass.”

“Having these favorites in there is going to make for a really good show,” Wentworth says.

About 5,000 visitors per day, from as far as the Virgin Islands, California and Louisiana, are expected to take in the laid-back groove that has made the festival an annual reunion of sorts for families and friends who appreciate all forms of roots music: blues, swing, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun and Americana. Performances are held every day from 1 p.m. to midnight on four stages. Buy tickets at rhythmandroots.com or call 401.783.3926.

While popular acts on the festival circuit have been requested this year, “We haven’t abandoned the concept of bringing in new music,” Wentworth says, noting that he is introducing fans to the “fantastic” 18-year-old duo from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nick Earle and Joe Coffin, discovered on one of his music trips to Canada.

Also new to Rhythm & Roots this year: Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a New Orleans blend of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop; Larry Campbell,formerly with Levon Helm and the Midnight Ramblers, and Teresa Williams, a married couple who will perform Delta blues, folk and Americana music; bluegrass quartet Hot Rize, is celebrating a milestone and will play with the country quartet Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. “I couldn’t resist bringing them in here for their 40thanniversary,” Wentworth says.

This year’s lineup may represent the widest spectrum of roots music yet. Rhythm & Roots always offers a heavy dose of Louisiana music (Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters, Bonerama, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band to name a few),and this year offers a sampling of Americana music(Girls, Guns and Glory and Session Americana, both from the Boston area) blues(Taj Mahal Trio and Earle and Coffin), bluegrass (Hot Rize), Tex-Mex (Los Texmaniacs) and swing (Asleep at the Wheel).

Music lovers can set up the blankets and chairs and relax at the main RHYTHM STAGE, which features at least seven performances a day, or check out daily music workshops followed by extended performances and jams at the ROOTS STAGE. The DANCE STAGE, with its covered, 4,400-square-foot wooden floor, attracts dancers from 40-plus states and three Canadian provinces. The FAMILY STAGE features music, dance, storytelling, crafts and nighttime movies for kids of all ages.

Other attractions of Rhythm & Roots:

Camp Out – Ninigret allows camping only during Rhythm & Roots, and about 1,500 people stay for the entire weekend. Last year, Rhythm & Roots added an extra night of camping on Thursday and a new upscale offer of “glamping” to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Those additions will continue. “Glampers” arrive at the festival to find a tent already set up and outfitted with four cots, a lantern, table and other amenities. Quiet camping spots are available as well.

Park Close to the Entrance –  If you’re not camping and want fewer steps between you and the music, premier day parking is for you. The 100 spots close to the front gate will be can be purchased for $20 per day, or $50 for all three days. Spaces are limited. To reserve a spot purchase parking passes online at rhythmandroots.com/tickets/.

Eat and Drink – Choose from barbecue ribs, Cajun/Creole specialties, chowder and clam cakes, gyros, Middle Eastern food and desserts, along with craft beers, wine, frozen lemonade and other beverages. Fan favorite Chili Brothers will attend again this year, and a new vendor, Gotta Q Smokehouse and BBQ of Cumberland, RI, has won the Motif award for best BBQ food truck two years in a row.

Join the Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Camp – It’s free.Children can learn to play Cajun fiddle, accordion, guitar, bass and mandolin from talented artists, including director and expert fiddler Pam Weeks. No festival ticket is needed for the camp, which ends with a graduation gig in the DANCE STAGE Sunday at 2 p.m.

Play With Your Kids – Story-telling by the well known Len Cabral, Marc Levitt and Thawn Harris parades, games, comedians, hula hooping, and one act every day by the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield can be found at the FAMILY STAGE.

Buy Tickets Today – Buying before August 24th saves $15 per day. Once tickets are in hand, it’s quicker and more efficient to get in to the event than to buy at the gate. Visit rhythmandroots.com or call 401.783.3926. Children 12 years and under are free, and 13- to 19-year-olds get in for half price. “The basis of it all is it’s a good family festival, and we try to keep that at the forefront,” Wentworth says.

Here’s the artist lineup: http://rhythmandroots.com/artist-lineup/

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Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase Announcement!

ANNOUNCING this year’s completed and CONFIRMED slate of Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase performers at Falcon Ridge, here is the complete list in alphabetical order.

5j Barrow – Kerhonkson NY * Amy Kucharik – Somerville MA * Andrew Delaney – Arlington TX
Ari & Mia – Jamaica Plain MA * Burns and Kristy – Ithaca NY * Carolann Solebello – Brooklyn NY
Dan Santos – Glendale MA * Devan Tracy – Washington DC * EFRAT – Woodbridge NJ
Eliza Novella – Milton NY * Emerald Rae – Ashburnham MA * Ian Flanigan – Saugerties NY
Jude Roberts – Woodstock NY * Justin Farren – Sacramento CA * Katherine Rondeau – Burlington Twp NJ
Kyle Donovan – Hygiene CO * Kyle Hancharick – Warwick NY * Mike Laureanno – Providence RI
Nicolas Emden – Brookline MA * Oliver the Crow – Nashville TN * Orly Bendavid – Brooklyn NY
Quarter Horse – Selden NY * Rupert Wates – NYC * Sam Luke Chase – Braintree MA

Congrats to all 24 who will appear in our Friday Aug 3 showcase on mainstage from noon to 4:30P.
We hope to hear from 3 others in the future who were not able to accept this year’s invitation to showcase, AMISTAT from Melbourne Australia, Jaime Harris from Austin TX, and Swearingen & Kelli from Brentwood TN.

REMINDER – Planning to buy a 3 day ticket OR to VOLUNTEER this year, advance price deadline on tickets is July 10, just a few days away. Go to http://falconridgefolk.com/tickets/ for more info and ordering.

Still want to volunteer – Barbara, our Vol Coordinator says we still have open positions. Some crews have closed, but a few still need people. Go to www.falconridgevolunteers.com, there is a sign-up form, a list of crews with openings & what each crew does.

Volunteering is certainly NOT for everyone. All festivals need their paying attendee support for sure. That support pays for the gas in the tank so to speak but the volunteers ARE the gas in the tank that make it go. They are the life blood as well as the beating heart of any fest like FRFF. Any of our volunteers will tell you this inner circle part of the community is a very special place to be, it does mean several hrs work and likely missing some dancing, singing listening so check it out first. And for those of you still planning to sign up, please do it now. It makes it so much easier if we have a full crew earlier rather than later.

That’s it for now, feel free to Email me anytime at FalcRidge@aol.com

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We look forward to seeing you on the hill this summer! 32 days to GATES OPEN! Thanks, Anne

Anne Saunders
Artistic & Publicity Director – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
30 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
Aug 3, 4 & 5, 2018 – Pre-Fest Tastings Thu Aug 2
on Dodds Farm – 44 County Rd 7D, Hillsdale, NY
www.FalconRidgeFolk.com

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Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Falcon Ridge/Aug 2, 3 & 4, 2019

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Mid Winter Greetings FRFFers, here is our FIRST Enewsletter of 2019.

Last year’s 30th Anniversary was a wonderful experience, exciting & new and soothing & familiar at the same time. Remembrances of artists & fest friends over Jordan brought comfort and togetherness with campground tributes to Jimmy LaFave, Dave Glaser & Maggie Marshall. It was an all past alums show including some artists we’ve not seen in a while like Laura Love, Sloan Wainwright, Dan Navarro, The Kennedys, Greg Greenway & Dar Williams. 
 
The 2019 countdown begins with our annual 3 DAY WINTER SALE – Sat, Sun & Mon Feb 2, 3 & 4 from 10A to 10P by PHONE ONLY. Sonny Ochs and I will be here at 860 364-0366 awaiting your call. 
 
Please DO NOT CALL before 10A but def call up to 10P! 
 
3 DAY CAMPING AND 3 DAY NO CAMP are $145 and $100. Visa, MC & Discover accepted. This sale is announced to our Elist & social network only. Feel free to pass it on tho. Treat all tix like cash, they are non-refundable! We will happily hold them at the gate for you. Remember that all 3 DAY TIX include pre-fest Thurs with our local Farm Market & Lounge Stage. More totally new to us artists in the works this year & some former MOST WANTEDS coming back.
 
We will have 400 camping & 100 no camps avail. You may purchase up to 8 tix. One phone line so be patient. Daytime is heavy, evenings lighter. That’s 10A to 10P Sat, Sun & Mon Feb 2, 3 & 4 at 860 364-0366. 
 
Updated info on prices, performers, showcase results, volunteering & more will be on our website shortly. These tix go up 15 bucks in March when EARLYBIRD sales begin. Single day & teen tix avail then too, That’s all for now. You can Email me at FalcRidge@aol.com
 
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Much thanks & STAY WARM, Anne
Anne Saunders – Artistic & Publicity Director
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
31 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
Aug 2, 3 & 4, 2019- Pre-Fest Tastings Aug 1
Dodds Farm – 44 County Rd 7D, Hillsdale, NY
www.FalconRidgeFolk.com

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Falcon Ridge Festival Update

August 3rd, 4th, 5th 2018

 

Hello FRFFers,

Summer at last. We are so, so, so excited about our upcoming 30th ANNIVERSARY fest, now just  70 days away. We had a wonderful 3 day WINTER SALE in Feb chatting with folks on the phone (Sonny Ochs & I ) while selling 2018 fest tix and wanted to let you all know that we sold every single avail winter special tix, even had a small overrun printed. Over 500 total tix sold in those 3 days!!!

We are so thankful for this supportive community willing to commit to the fest before knowing a single thing about the lineup which by the way is now compete and up at: http://falconridgefolk.com/performers/  All are past alums from the past 29 wonderful years including Dar Williams, Tom Paxton & the Don Juans, Tracy Grammer, Greg Greenway, The Kennedys, Magpie, Kim & Reggie Harris, The Clayfoot Strutters, Vance Gilbert, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Laura Love, Hoopoe the Clowne and a slew of others.

Earlybird tix sales ended last week and we had a wonderful uptick on sales during that period too. Up 20% over 2017. Just finished mailing them all out YESTERDAY! Not to worry if you plan to buy later or even at the gate. We expect to have ALL TIX TYPES including CAMPING at the gate. The advance price deadline is July 10. All tix prices & ordering info up at: http://falconridgefolk.com/tickets/

Three terrific June events we want to share, after all Falcon Ridge is still 70 DAYS AWAY, and we plan to attend these as well. Coming up on Thurs June 7 at Symphony Space in NYC is the incomparable DEL McCOURY BAND. For over 50 years, yup, I said FIFTY, Del has defined bluegrass, attracting fans of folk, country, blues, and old-time music by the thousands. If you are a BG fan and have never seen Del,  or even if you have, DO IT NOW is our advice. Info at www.symphonyspace.org/events/month/06/2018

Then there is the American Roots Music Festival on Sat June 23 at Caramoor in Katonah NY, just off I-684. A family friendly, intimate fest, just one day & takes place throughout Caramoor’s 90 acres of grassy lawns, gardens & woodlands. Amy Mann, Ryanhood, Front County, Anthony da Costa, Valerie June & more. Amazing lineup! A contingent of FRFF staff and friends heading there too.

Another long-time fave is OLD SONGS, a family-friendly 3 day camping fest held at the Altamont Fairgrounds near Albany, June 22-24, chock full of Traditional, Celtic & World music & dance. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, wonderful vendors, CONTRA dancing, lots of daytime interactive workshops. Artists include Joe Jencks, Happy Traum & Jim Kweskin, Christine Lavin, Bob Franke, Gaslight Tinkers with Choc’late, John Roberts, Anne Hills, lots more. We expect to see many FRFFers there, plan to be there all day on Friday.

It’s opening day today at the 3 week long Kerrville Folk Festival too! Wishing them the best the water gods and goddesses can offer.

That’s it for now, feel free to Email me anytime at FalcRidge@aol.com

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We look forward to seeing each of you on the hill this summer!  70 days & COUNTING!

Thanks, Anne

Tagline – MUSIC, DANCE, CRAFTS, FOOD

May 15, 2018- For Immediate Release

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes its 30th flight. Homegrown from a hillside musical gathering, this event has become an annual pilgrimage for many. Boasting a pre-fest Tastings, Farm Market & Lounge Stage, campers and day-trippers converge at this yearly Brigadoon-like setting on Dodds Farm in beautiful Hillsdale, NY.

Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, Activities 4 Kids, a charming Family Stage, international food and crafts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Dance Tent wakes to early morning yoga and grooves until 2AM Friday & Saturday. The fest is accessible and ASL-interpreted.

Palate pleasers include Caribbean curries, Thai noodles, hand roasted coffees, Mexican, Italian, middle-eastern & vegetarian specialties. Organic juices & good ole American comfort food can also be had. Over 50 vendors ply their wares, much of it handmade or fair trade, emphasis on eco-friendly.

Revered pre-Dylan Folk icon Tom Paxton, fest MVPs the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Songstress Dar Williams are featured along with a cast of fest faves from the past 29 years. Tempest, Gaslight Tinkers, Great Bear, The Nields, Vance Gilbert, Laura Love, Dan Navarro, The Kennedys & John Gorka are among the returning alums. Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots & more with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and Contra Dance bands front and center.

Single day, 3 day & camping tickets are available. Senior, student & military discounts are offered at the gate. Kids 12 & under admitted free. Pre-fest Tastings courtesy of Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market brings local wineries, distilleries, breweries & food producers together for a 5-hour treat feast. Intimate performances at the Lounge Stage begin at 5PM. Thursday Pre-Fest is included with all 3-day tickets or may be purchased separately.

The fest takes off Friday August 3 with its critically acclaimed Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase now in its 27th year. More info & tickets at FalconRidgeFolk.com or 860 364-0366.

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