RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, May 17-18
By Ann Mulligan
On behalf of RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival
Exciting changes are in store at the 2013 RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, Indiana. This quickly growing event features up and coming musical artists on the threshold of national acclaim. There’s a greater focus on serving the finest craft beers from the region. And new for this year will be gourmet food trucks from surrounding cities. The event also features a Folk Art Village with artisans and craftsmen demonstrating pre-1800 craft skills.
This year the festival is moving to a two-day format, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2013. And for the first time there will be two stages with continuous music throughout the weekend. As always, the event takes place on the beautiful riverfront in historic Madison, Indiana.
Favorite performers from past years will return for this 9th annual festival, including The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Latin/Mountain fusion group Appalatin. Others include Ben Sollee, John McCutcheon, Rani Arbo and Daisey Mayhem, The Vespers, and Andrea Davidson. The Second Stage will feature Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Danny Flanigan, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, and Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the changes this year,” said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer. “Our Friday headliner is authentic Cajun music by Balfa Toujours from Lafayette, Louisiana, and we have dance instructors coming to teach the crowd the Cajun “Two-Step” before their set! Our Second Stage performances will be “staggered” between the Main Stage performances, so there’s never a break in the action.”
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 when the main stage artists join us,” said Folk Jammer founder John Sheckler. “I’ll never forget when the Chocolate Drops came to the tent and shared their amazing talent.”
Culinary choices will be expanded this year with a new “Kitchen Alley,” featuring gourmet food trucks and fresh food vendors. “These food trucks are rolling works of art that can deliver a hot, gourmet meal within minutes,” said Kevin Watkins, Director of Culinary Services. Greg Ziesemer continued, “We are really elevating the overall experience at our festival. Food trucks are a diverse and exciting way to offer interesting, healthy food options, AND, they’re totally hip!”
Complementing the food will be a greater emphasis on craft beer from regional brewers. “The Craft Beer tent will feature five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews to choose from. There should be something to suit anyone’s taste,” said Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham.
For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to www.RiverRoots.org or call 800-559-2956.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: VisitMadison.org.