Lofty Lineup

Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush
to headline at RiverRoots

Committee members say festival
offers something for all tastes

(March 2017) – Nationally known performers Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush will be the headliners at the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival this year.
“Madison (Ind.) will be home to several musical legends in May,” said RiverRoots Festival Coordinator Dan Williams. “In addition to the names everyone will recognize, many fans will find their next favorite band.”
The 12th annual RiverRoots music festival is planned for May 19-20 on the Madison riverfront. There will be a free warm up show on Thursday, May 18.

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Award-winning country and bluegrass singer and composer Ricky Skaggs will top the lineup at the May 19-20 festival in Madison, Ind.

Music Selection Committee Member Jane Vonderheide said she is very excited about the lineup this year.
“The thing I love about RiverRoots is that every one of the 16 bands people will see is high quality,” she said. “We love bringing up-and-coming bands to our festival, and this year, we’re really excited to present several roots music legends as well.”
Tony Novello, a RiverRoots committee member, agrees: “That is what is great about Roots music. It is an umbrella of great genres. You’ll see blues, roots, traditional folk, progressive folk, rock, progressive, new-grass and traditional bluegrass. And there are some surprises that are a combination of several genres. I think everyone will go home with a new ‘favorite’ band to enjoy.”
One of the newcomers on the music scene is Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter John Craigie, who is said to have vagabond troubadour edge. His music has been compared to John Prine.
In a review of his newest recording, The Portland Tribune said, “The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” 
Craigie will also join fans for a workshop in the Folk Village Jam Tent.
The Folk Village Jam Tent is considered “home base” for those who want to take a step beyond being an audience member and become an active participant in the festival. The Jam tent serves as a “third stage” that is the center for music workshops and jams that includes popular main stage performers.
“There is a busy schedule of interactive fun again this year,” said Jam Tent Leader John Sheckler. “Our musical friends from several states come to help lead the wild musical jams, but we also expect three workshop jams with main stage performers that allow fans to see their favorite performers in a more intimate setting.”
In addition to Skaggs, Bush and Craigie, the 2017 lineup includes ?Langhorne Slim, ?Jake Book, Peter Rowan, Darrell Scott, ??????Smooth Hound Smith, HoneyHoney, The Accidentals, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, ?Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Dawg Yawp, New Balance and Maria Carrelli.
“The artists bring so much talent and excitement to the stage,” added Williams. ‘One minute fans will be sitting and listening and the next dancing with their closest friends.”
Weekend passes are $40, but there are early bird discounts available. Early Bird Weekend passes are $30 until April 30, and $35 until May 18. Children’s passes are $10 for age 13-16. Children under 12 are free.
Advance tickets are available at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, Friendship State Bank and The Little Golden Fox/The Barber Shop.

• For more information, visit: www.RiverRoots.org.

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