This year, in addition to headliner Fred Eaglesmith and his band, fans will be delighted to know that Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier, and Red Molly will all make return appearances. Over the course of the weekend, more than 20 sets will be offered. Free parking will be at all venues, and lots of great food.
The Roots on the River line-up always features an eclectic mix of Americana musical genres. The festival has grown into an immensely popular four days that draw musicians and concertgoers from around the world.
Each year, headliner Canadian Eaglesmith and his band make new fans and entertain their stalwart followers as well, a group affectionately known as “Fredheads.”
Thursday night’s opening show will feature new and regional artists at 33 Bridge Street, historic mill building with a large dance floor, located right on the Connecticut River. This venue was a hit last year.
On Friday, the village of Bellows Falls will be the scene of a series of six exciting free open-air concerts around the Square and the popular farmers’ market.
Then, the evening stage will be set at the Big Tent festival site at the Everyday Inn, with Brock Zeman, Danielle Miraglia, and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Saturday’s full line-up of artists includes Steel Wheels, a group that offers up a popular mix of blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-a-longs, and body-moving fiddling. Sprinkle in some spicy Hot Mustard, and the big tent will definitely see a rise in temperature.
Barnstar! will make its festival debut. This scrappy vibrant bluegrass band features Erelli, Zack Hickman, Charlie Rose, Jake Armerding, and his father Taylor Armerding.
On the feminine side of things, festival favorite trio Red Molly will dish up their signature creative arrangements and engaging harmonies.
Veteran Roots on the River performer Hayes Carll has said this is one of his favorite festivals, and he’s returned to captivate the hearts of any who have not seen him perform. How many could that be?
Eaglesmith will follow Carll, to the delight of the collective mass of concertgoers, offering up his unique mix of a few stories, some songs, a few more stories, and quite a few more songs.
The festival winds down on Sunday with the popular all-acoustic concert at the historic Rockingham Meeting House. Joining Eaglesmith at this venue will be crowd favorite Mary Gauthier, who has played this particular concert several times.
There are still underwriting opportunities, as well as deluxe tickets for the best seats in the house.
Also, volunteers are always welcome to apply through Vermont Festival’s website http://vermontfestivalsllc.com. Day and weekend passes are available in exchange for working at the concert.
Deluxe ticketholders get preferred seating under the big tent and at the Rockingham Meeting House, and early admission to events. They are treated to an opening reception on Thursday, receive a “goody bag” filled with gifts, primarily Vermont products and coupons, merchant bingo prizes, and free admission to the parting event.
The concert is always family and pet friendly, and smoke free. A popular Saturday feature is a Kids’ Tent with organized activities, games, and healthy refreshments provided throughout the day.
For more information call (802) 463-9595.