RiverRoots Festival

Advance wristband sales begin
for May event; kickoff party set

Folk music fans to be treated
to a festival preview April 5

(March 2013) – Advance admission wristbands will go on sale March 1 for the ninth annual RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival, set for May 17-18 in Madison, Ind., organizers announced. Advance wristbands include $10 in free food tickets and are available until April 30 at many area locations.
These include all branches of River Valley Financial Bank, Hanover College’s Rivers Institute, Joey G’s, Thomas Family Winery, Madison Apothecary, Main Source Bank, Village Lights Bookstore, The Barbershop, Cruisin’ Auto, Madison Music, Riverboat Inn, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn Express, Boneyard Grill and online at www.RiverRoots.org or www.VisitMadison.org.

The Black Lillies

Photo provided

The Black Lillies will return
to perform at the 2013
RiverRoots Festival in May
and also at the festival kickoff
party on April 5 in Madison.

To start building excitement for the event, the annual RiverRoots Kickoff Fundraiser will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Broadway Hotel and Tavern in Madison. Featured music will be 2012 RiverRoots performing artists The Black Lillies. The Black Lillies band hails from Knoxville, Tenn., and has been described as Indie roots rock via Appalachia. Tickets are $15 at the door.
This growing event features popular up-and-coming musical artists on the threshold of national acclaim. And this year there will be a greater focus on serving the finest craft beers from the region.
Also new for this year will be gourmet food trucks from surrounding cities. The event features a Folk Art Village with artisans and craftsmen demonstrating pre-1800 craft skills. There is even a Jam Tent that allows musicians of all levels perform at the festival.
This year, the festival is moving from a three-day to a two-day format, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. And for the first time there will be two stages with continuous music throughout the weekend. The event takes place on the Madison, Ind., riverfront at Madison Bicentennial Park.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the improvements we’re bringing to this year’s festival,” said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer. “Our Friday night headliner is authentic Cajun music by Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours from Lafayette, La. We even have certified dance instructors coming to teach the crowd the Cajun “Two-Step” before their set.”
Favorite performers from past years will return. The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Latin-Mountain fusion group Appalatin are both on the schedule. Other performers include Ben Sollee, John McCutcheon, Rani Arbo and Daisey Mayhem, The Vespers, and Andrea Davidson. The Second Stage will feature regional artists Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Danny Flanigan, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, and Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin.
Every year, many of the performers take time out to spend time in the Folk Village Jam Tent for workshops and jamming. “It is a highlight of the festival for the Folk Jammers and friends when the main stage artists join our jam,” said Folk Jammer founder John Sheckler.
The Folk Village is also growing. This year the village will include a demonstration tent so that more artists and folk craft presenters will be able to share knowledge about their crafts. Some of those demonstrations will be hands-on.
Culinary Services Coordinator Kevin Watkins and his team are working hard to create a culinary “scene” with a view of the river. “We have been in touch with major food truck vendors,” said Watkins. “This is a nation-wide network that offers a lot of diversity. Some food trucks are a work of art that can deliver a hot, gourmet meal within five minutes.”
Craft beer is also a big part of the festival every year. “RiverRoots will showcase independent craft breweries for their passionate creation of fuller-flavored ales and lagers,” said Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham. The Craft Beer tent will feature five Indiana micro breweries with a selection of 15 different brews.
This year will be the second year for the RiverRoots Brew-Off competition for home brewers. The style chosen for this year’s competition is American Ales. The Brew-Off is a great way for home brewers to meet, share recipes, and their passion for the art of brewing.

• Detailed information about the competition is on the RiverRoots web site. Visit www.RiverRoots.org. or the festival’s Facebook page.


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