RiverRoots Festival Lineup

Highly popular Snider to join other returning bands in 2019

Organizers of the June festival
release their music lineup

• June 7-8 at Madison Bicentennial Park in Madison, Ind. Information and tickets at www.RiverRoots.org

(March 2019) – The RiverRoots Music & Folk Art Festival Committee recently announced its musical lineup for this year’s June 6-7 festival in Madison. The 2019 festival will see the return of several audience favorite bands and will also feature some new additions.
The festival will begin on Friday, June 6, with a performance by the Suitcase Junket, which consists of Matt Lorenz from Cavendish, Vt.
“My personal favorite artist this year is the Suitcase Junket. He’s playing first on Friday, so I really hope people show up early and do not miss him,” said Pamela Brown, a RiverRoots committee member. “He is a one man band will a huge, full sound. He has a crazy eclectic setup, and it is absolutely amazing to see him perform.”
One of the most anticipated repeat acts is Nashville, Tenn.-based artist Todd Snider, the festival’s Friday night headliner. 
“We’re excited to have Todd Snider return for a third year,” said Jane Vonderheide, a RiverRoots committee member. “He’s definitely back by popular demand and is the most requested act we’ve ever had.”
Brown said, “We brought him back because he has been one of our most requested artists on social media. He always puts on a great show.” Snider performed at the first two years of RiverRoots, in 2006 and 2007, and the committee is looking forward to his return this summer, she said.
Another returning band is BG Johnson’s Big Brass All Star Revue Revival. “They roamed the festival grounds last year and played a few sets on the upper lawn as well as in the beer tent. They really helped keep the energy up between breaks. They had everyone dancing all over the festival,” said Brown.
Brown also said that she thinks the audience will be interested in hearing Charley Crockett of San Benito, Texas. “He is really on the upswing. I think he is going to blow away the festivalgoers this year with his fresh take on classic country and Texas blues,” she said.
Brown said that another artist that she is personally excited about hearing perform is Paleface & Mo of Concord, N.C. “They’re another act that I will be sure not to miss,” she said. “They have a cult following for their indie folk-pop, high energy music that has great harmonies songwriting. They are amazing artists in every sense of the word.”
This year’s RiverRoots festival will also be introducing some changes to the layout of the festival like they have in years prior.
“I love that the festival area turns into a beautiful wonderland of fun decorations, art and a refreshing mix of music that many of our patrons get to experience for the first time,” Brown said. “We are improving each year to make it the best for attendees. I do not want to give anything away, but we are getting back to our roots, keeping things simple and focusing on great music.”  
The festival will also feature Slippery Creek, Jeri Katherine Howell, Parsonsfield, Chris Knight, and Snaps for Sinners. The committee has yet to announce the two Saturday headliners but plans to release that information soon.
“We’re still working out some of those final details,” said Vonderheide.

The RiverRoots Music Series, meanwhile, will continue on March 29 at Red Bicycle Hall, 125 E. Main St. in Madison, with a concert by Possessed by Paul James, featuring special guest Willie Tea Taylor. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $17 at www.RiverRoots.org.

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