This week’s Ear Bliss offers a preview of some of the performers scheduled to appear at next weekend’s 20th annual Rhythm & Roots Festival. The festival runs Friday through Sunday at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, and for its first time a full day of music on Friday. The 2017 edition once again mixes music scene vets the likes of The Mavericks, Roseanne Cash in her first R&R appearance, a reunion of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy along with old favorites like Marcia Ball, Natalie McMaster, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and home state favorite Sarah Potenza joined by husband Ian Crossman. It is a full weekend of entertainment spread across four different stages with terrific food and drink available, not to mention an extensive array of crafts. In other words, never a dull moment when it comes to Rhythm & Roots. Joining those aforementioned performers are an array of talent from the roots music world and beyond including MarchFourth!, The Knickerbocker All Stars with special guests, The New Orleans Suspects with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat fame, Shinyribs, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Pine Leaf Boys, Ten Strings and A Goatskin, The Turtle Duhks, Los Texmaniacs, Courtney Granger and the Bad Hombres, Lilly Hiatt, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Say Darling, a special Sunday Gospel session with Sarah Potenza & Christine Ohlman, The Revelers, and the Alex Meixner Band. There will also be a group of artists in residence including Ed Poullard and Preston Frank, David Greely, Johnny Nicholas, Hot Tamale Brass Band, Magnolia and Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne. For information on Rhythm & Roots including the full lineup, schedule and tickets, visit www.rhythmandroots.com or call 1-800-901-7173. Now onto previews from a cross-section of artists appearing this year’s event.
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Rhythm & Roots Festival Early-Bird Tickets Available Jan. 15
The 23rd annual Rhythm & Roots Festival tickets will go on sale Jan. 15. Last year’s festival had the perfect weather, music, dancing, camping, food and fun that turned Charlestown’s Ninigret Park into a massive reunion. This year’s festival, set for Sept. 4, 5 and 6 over Labor Day weekend, will surely deliver all that and more.
Give yourself, or a loved one, something to look forward to this winter. Early-bird tickets will be available online Jan. 15 at the lowest price all year. Three-day tickets, with camping, are available at a cost of $175.
We’re busy planning the lineup for this year’s festival. Confirmed acts thus far include Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame), Richard Thompson, Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Keller Williams, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Trigger Hippy, Donna the Buffalo, Amythyst Kiah and Tami Neilsen just to name a few. More stellar artists will be announced in the coming months.
We’ve decided to return to our tradition of beginning the music at 5 p.m. on Friday, with bands performing on the main stage and dance tent. The gate opens at 4 p.m. Ticket prices have been adjusted to reflect the shorter day. The Saturday and Sunday schedule will remain the same as in the past. Festival hours are: Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to midnight. Music begins at 5 p.m. Fri. and 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
As the festival evolves, so does traditional music. Year after year, the two dozen or so bands who perform at Rhythm & Roots prove that roots music never stands still, so get your tickets early. These low prices are good for a short time, and tickets sell out quickly.
For information on tickets and camping go to www.rhythmandroots.com, or call 401-783-3926.