Roots on the River Festival is Vermont’s premier Americana and Roots music festival. Roots on the River Festival, produced by Vermont Festivals LLC, celebrates its 19th year Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m. when the gates open on a full weekend of music. “It’s an enviable record for any all-volunteer event,” Ray Massucco, promoter, said.
The festival has announced that this year’s non-profit beneficiary of the festival is the Bellows Falls Fire Department, members of which will also be on hand as volunteers throughout the weekend. “We are proud to recognize the Department for its contribution in keeping our Village safe,” Massucco said.
The festival will once again welcome fan favorites, as well as first-time appearances, to the stage. This year VTF is very pleased to have veteran festival artists, Mary Gauthier, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, and The Black Lillies as returning headliners. “Each artist attracts their own dedicated following and we are expecting record turnouts on all three days,” Massucco said. Of special note, Mary Gauthier’s “Rifles & Rosary Beads” was nominated as record of the year by the Americana Music Association! “That is a huge honor and recognition of Mary’s groundbreaking collaboration with wounded veterans to create an entire album of their songs,” Massucco said. Part of the mission statement of VTF is to introduce our fans to new artists, along with local and regional artists who we feel deserve a wider audience than they might otherwise reach.
Among regional artists in this year’s lineup are Miss Guided Angels, Bayou X, Low Lily, along with Vermont’s own Starline Rhythm Boys celebrating their own 20th anniversary. Coming up from a little further out are Julie Rhodes, Hayley Reardon, Alice Howe, and The End of America. Seasoned artists, Roger Marin, Nora Jane Struthers, Freebo and Vance Gilbert, from Los Angeles to Ontario and beyond, round out the weekend. Friday and Saturday shows are located at the Rodeway Inn on Route 5 in Rockingham. The popular Sunday show is held at the Rockingham Meeting House. This show always sells out early, so please get your tickets as soon as possible.
As always, parking is plentiful and free, kids and pets (at the Rodeway) are welcome and we are a smoke-free, family-friendly festival. Kids nine and under are always FREE with an adult; youth 10 – 16 are $10 at the gate for any show. Saturday features a Youth Tent from noon to 6 p.m., so parents can enjoy the music while the kids are entertained and well supervised. Day, Weekend, and Deluxe tickets are available, from $35 to $145 in advance at www.rootsontheriver.com Deluxe ticket holders have a reserved seat under the big tent.
Additionally, in addition to guaranteed seating, deluxe ticketholders get early admission to the shows, a catered hospitality tent on Friday to meet and greet with artists, souvenirs, and reserved parking.
The weekend festivities include open mic shows Thursday and Friday before the festival opens.
Seating under the big tent at the Rodeway Inn is on a first-come, first-served basis, but blankets and lawn chair are always welcome. Local food and beverage vendors will be onsite to serve you, so leave those coolers in the parking lot, and, for safety, no glass containers are allowed on the site.
For more information, the complete schedule, and to purchase tickets, please go to www.rootsontheriver.com, or call 802-460-3333.
You might recognize a few of these as veterans of previous Roots.
Friday, June 8 (starting at 4 pm at The Big Tent)
- Hayley Reardon
- Julie Rhodes
- Miss Guided Angels
- Nora Jane Struthers
- Roger Marin
- The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Saturday, June 9 (from the crack of noon)
- Alice Howe
- Bayou X
- The Black Lillies
- The End of America
- Low Lily
- Starline Rhythm Boys
- Vance Gilbert
Sunday, June 10, Rockingham Meeting House
The Gospel Hour with Alice Howe, Vance Gilbert, & The End of America, Sunday afternoon, 3 pm or later, Most likely! Stay tuned.
Vermont’s premier Americana / Roots music festival, now in its 19th year. Always free parking. Family and pet-friendly.