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17th Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival
17th Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival
Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA
Late August
17th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival General Info Known as the hottest festival of music and dance in New England, the Annual Rhythm and Roots Festival serves as the grand finale to a Rhode Island summer. This two-and-a-half day, five-stage, all-ages festival takes place over Labor Day Weekend at the expansive Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Thousands of celebrants converge on Ninigret to camp for the weekend, and transform the park into a festive and colorful impromptu village. Music lovers, families and music lovers also come for a day or stay in nearby lodging to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy dozens of performers running tandem across multiple stages. The 17th annual festival is hosted by The Duhks, and features iconic jam band Leftover Salmon, Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale & Travelin’ McCourys, Elizabeth Cook, Matt Andersen, C.J. Chenier and many more. World-class musicians perform roots music on several stages, offer free workshops, and bring vibrant energy to the crowds on the dance floors. Entry to the festival always includes free family activities such as crafts, professional storytellers and performers, Mardi Gras-themed parades and the popular Cajun Kids Academy. Artisan crafts, clothing, ethnic foods, beer, ice cream, gifts and more for sale.
2014 Festival is Hosted by The Duhks (Fri, Sat, Sun) and features: Leftover Salmon (Sat) Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy (Sat) Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Fri, Sat, Sun) Donna The Buffalo (Fri, Sat, Sun) Jim Lauderdale with The Travelin’ McCourys (Fri) Anders Osborne (Sun) CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band (Sat, Sun) Elizabeth Cook (Fri, Sat) Matt Anderson (Fri Sat) Southern Hospitality (Sat, Sun) Gangstagrass (Sun) Courtbouilion (Sat, Sun) Chuck Mead (Sat, Sun) AJ Ghent (Sun)Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (Sat, Sun) Ten Strings & A Goatskin (Fri, Sat) Matuto (Sat, Sun) The Pine Leaf Boys (Fri, Sat, Sun) Jim Lauderdale (Sat) Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys (Sat, Sun) Sarah Potenza (Fri, Sat, Sun) The Revelers (Sat, Sun) 24th Street Wailers (Fri, Sat) Mo Mojo (Sat, Sun) The Handsome Family (Sun) Ed Poullard & Preston Frank (Sat, Sun) Magnolia (Sat, Sun)and Many More....
NInigret Park
Ninigret Park 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI, 02813
Friday 3:00-midnight Saturday noon-midnight Sunday noon-midnight
Admission & Parking
Individual Day Passes/Fest Passes available in advance and at gate $40-$165 FREE PARKING

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