The Mavericks, Rosanne Cash, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Coming to Charlestown
Rhythm & Roots Festival Announces its 20th Anniversary Lineup
The Rhythm & Roots Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an expanded schedule of American roots music that features headliners The Mavericks, Rosanne Cash, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and festival favorites, such as Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, who have performed every Labor Day weekend since Rhythm & Roots began.
The festival, to be held at Ninigret Park in Charlestown Sept. 1–3, is opening for the first time at noon Friday to squeeze in more music, food, crafts and dancing. More than 10,000 attendees are expected, some of whom have brought their families to Rhythm & Roots every year.
Along with Riley are musicians who played at the first Rhythm & Roots festival – Natalie MacMaster, Marcia Ball and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Producer Chuck Wentworth says bands enjoy the vibe in Charlestown. “The music fans up here are great. They like and respect all kinds of music.”
From Cajun and zydeco to blues and swing, and everything in between, the festival presents a wide variety of styles that appeal to lovers of authentic roots music, and anyone who wants to have a good time, young or old. “You can dance to just about every band playing this year,” Wentworth says.
Here’s the lineup, with music running from 1 p.m. to midnight every day: Friday, Sept. 1 The Mavericks, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Shinyribs, Alex Meixner Band, The Revelers, Say Darling, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Los Texmaniacs, Pine Leaf Boys, The Turtle Duhks
Saturday, Sept. 2 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, MarchFourth!, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Knickerbocker All Stars with special guests TBA, Marcia Ball, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Playboys, Ten Strings And A Goatskin, Shinyribs, Alex Meixner Band, Hat Fitz & Cara, Pine Leaf Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Sarah Potenza and Ian Crossman, The Revelers, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, The Turtle Duhks
Sunday, Sept. 3 Rosanne Cash, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The New Orleans Suspects, with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, The Revelers, Los Texmaniacs, Hat Fitz & Cara, Alex Meixner Band, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, Gospel with Sarah Potenza, Christine Ohlman and Cara Robinson, The Turtle Duhks
Artists in Residence (Friday – Sunday): David Greely, Johnny Nicholas, Ed Poullard and Preston Frank, Hot Tamale Brass Band, Magnolia, Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne
The Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret offers an extra night of tent camping this year on Aug. 31, or “glamping” for those who want the cushy convenience of having their tents set up ahead of time. The festival also offers great grub for all tastes, with Cajun/Creole specialties, lobster rolls and fresh oysters, BBQ ribs and chicken, Greek and Middle Eastern foods, as well as craft beers, wine, assorted beverages and desserts.
Rhythm & Roots has been called “an incredible experience, a perfectly organized, flawlessly run major destination event that music fans from all over the country will be drawn to.” We’re sure you’ll agree, whether you’re coming for the first time or returning for the 20th.