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Roots N Blues: Festival Preview

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Roots N Blues is just around the corner, kids. (Literally.) We’re here to give you the rundown of some of the who’s who this year from newcomers like the Avett Brothers to our veteran performers like Los Lobos and everything in between. Plan your schedules and BBQ eating accordingly.


New to the RNB scene, we’ve got a great lineup of fresh acts for the weekend.

First up, we have indie, rock, bluegrass, honky tonk, pop and every other genre you can think of (not really, but close) players The Avett Brothers. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones,” this North Carolina native group has been putting out music since 2000 – 8 studio albums and 4 LPS to be exact – and were considered “The Artist to Watch of 2009” by Rolling Stone. They’ve got an album, collaborated on with Rick Rubin slated for release in Spring 2015, and if that doesn’t get you excited, then you should Google Rick Rubin.

Amos Lee, who previously opened for The Avett Brothers, is also a newcomer to the RNB stage. The folk, rock and soul singer has toured with big name artists ranging from Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello to Dave Matthews Band and Adele, though he is most widely known for his work with Norah Jones. His album Mission Bell debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2011.

Hot off the release of their 8th album Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles is here for the first time.  The folk/country/bluegrass group has had multiple albums on Billboard charts and has performed twice on the Late Show With David Letterman. They’ve played other festivals including Coachella and Stagecoach before making their way to us at RNB.


RNB is also #blessed to have some returners back on the stage because who can’t get enough of good music and great food?

Returning again after performing in 2011 is Robert Randolph & The Family Band. The band’s namesake has been named as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time. The group has 6 albums and has made guest appearances on over 15 others. They also play before every Friday-night Knicks game. Be sure to stop by and welcome back their funk/soul rhythm to the stage.

Also back for another round is Los Lobos. This American Chicano rock band, which translates to the wolves in spanish, has been delivering beautiful music since the early 1970’s and shared the RNB stage in 2011. They’ve put out 20 albums (WHAT) and 4 compilations albums as well as lending their tunes to productions like The Sopranos and La Bamba. That’s right, they sing “La Bamba.” And who doesn’t want to be able to say they saw that live, amirite?

Back again after their performance in 2012, The Hooten Hallers are here to share their “blues and hillbilly soul.” They refer to themselves as “a lost group of time-traveling extraterrestrials from places unknown to humanity,” which frankly, seems like more than an excellent reason to check out their set. If that isn’t convincing, show them some city love as the trio got their start right here in good ole CoMo in 2006.

This is just a few of the many fantastic acts lined up for the weekend including others such as Rosanne Cash, Lake Street Dive, JJ Grey & Mofro, and more. Head over to the fest, ears and stomachs ready, for a great weekend of classic CoMo entertainment and show these guests what CoMo is all about.


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