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General Info

River Roots Live is the Quad-Cities' premiere music festival featuring top national bands and award winning BBQ right on the Mississippi Riverfront.

Date: August 28 & 29, 2015

Location: LeClaire Park (400 Biederbecke Drive, Davenport, IA)
Click here for info regarding the Centennial Bridge Closing

Friday: 11AM Rib Vendors Open for Lunch; Music
 5PM – Midnight

Saturday: Music and Ribs from 11AM – Midnight

Ticket Info

Price: FREE before 3PM both days; $10/day or $15/weekend in advance; $15/day or $20/weekend day of

Kids: Ages 10 and under get in for FREE

The purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges that he/she is purchasing this ticket to River Roots Live and not a particular artists performance. River Roots Live is an outdoor festival and weather conditions will affect the performance of all entertainers and there is a possibility that a particular performer or multiple performers may not be able to perform due to weather conditions. Thus, the purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges and will not expect a refund of the ticket for any talent cancellations.

Parking

There are numerous parking ramps offering event parking for $5 in the immediate vicinity of the festival – don’t park a mile away and walk. The ramps are cheap and easy to use! FREE on street parking is available throughout downtown.

For more information visit the parking page on downtowndavenport.com.

Festival Rules

River Roots Live is presented by the Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber. In the interest of maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, Quad Cities Chamber/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to enforce the following rules during the festival:

Hours

The hours of the festival are as follows:
Friday: 11AM Rib Vendors Open for Lunch; Music
 5PM – Midnight
Saturday: Music and Ribs from 11AM – Midnight

Vendors

All vendors must hold a permit from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Partnership and comply with the rules and policies in their vendor contracts.

Alcohol

Purchasers of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years old under Iowa State law. A valid I.D. is required. Wristbands will be only issued to those of legal age.

Attendees

Attendees shall not interfere with River Roots Live vendors, disrupt River Roots Live entertainment, or disturb the peaceable conduct of the River Roots Live activities. Coolers, alcoholic beverages, and pets are prohibited from the festival. No roller-skates, rollerblades, bicycles, or skateboards can be used inside the festival area. All purses and bags will be subject to a thorough search at the discretion of the Davenport Police Department.

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Partnership reserves the right to exclude or remove anyone from River Roots Live who does not comply with these rules.

Food

Do NOT bring any food or beverage to the festival grounds. Food vendors will be on-site serving primarily BBQ; however, additional cuisine will available. Beverage tents will be selling bottled pop and water, along with Budweiser and Great River Brewery beers.

Medical

We are making every effort to create a safe and secure environment on the festival grounds. On-site security will be provided by a professional security company, which will be assisted, as necessary, by the Davenport Police Department. Emergency medical staff will also be available on site. If you need any assistance, go to the medical services just outside of the main gate, or look for a festival staff member.

Special Access

The festival grounds are wheelchair-accessible. Special disabled designated parking is available in the parking ramps and at the freight house in designated spots. The festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service. Please bring attendants if needed. You must have a State issued placard to park in handicapped reserved spaces.

Allowed Items

You MAY bring in the following items: 
Non-professional Photo-Camera Equipment 
Blankets, 
Umbrellas, 
Baby Strollers, 
Lawn chairs, 
Binoculars

Lost and Found

During the festival, there will be a lost & found area located at the box office just North of the main entrance on Ripley Street. Items will be held for 30 days. Please call 563.322.1706 after the festival. The Downtown Partnership will not be held liable for any unclaimed. This is the central location for any lost children as well.

Prohibited Items

Guests and their belongings are subject to search. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home. The following items WILL NOT be allowed:

Video equipment: No video recording will be allowed of musical acts or festival entertainment.

Professional still camera equipment (no tripods, no cameras with detachable lens)

Professional audio and video recording equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of such devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

In-ground poles
Weapons of any kind
Illegal substances (including narcotics)
Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival)
Glass containers
Food or beverages
Skateboards or scooters
Bicycles inside festival grounds
Carts
Fireworks
Explosives
Large umbrellas
Tents
Pets (except service dogs)

Tickets

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Schedule

Friday, August 28


Hellogoodbye - 10:15pm

Mavis Staples - 8:45pm

Luke Bell - 7:15pm

Orgone - 6:10pm

1 More Band To be Announced

 

Saturday, August 29

 

Yonder Mountain String Band - 10:30pm

Kacey Musgraves - 8:45pm

The Suffers - 7:00pm

Micky & the Motorcars - 5:50pm

Johnathan Tyler - 4:40pm

Malina Moye - 3:30pm

Land of Blood and Sunshine - 2:15pm

Ellis Kell Band - 12:45pm

Studio 8 Showcase winners - 11:30am

Activities

Junior Jam

Sponsored by West Music & RME. 
The Jr. Jam Tent, located at the east end of the park, will feature hands-on music workshops and performances for local youth coordinated by the Quad Cities finest musicians. Bounce houses and additional family fun will also be nearby, so stop by and support the future of music in the Quad Cities.

Schedule TBA

Family Activities

Bounce houses

Video Games Etc.

Open Gaming hosted by Video Games Etc. 
Details to be announced.

FAQs

Q: How does admission work?

A: For ticketing options, click here.

Q: I heard the festival combined with Ribfest – what exactly does that mean?

A: Basically, it means the festival has absolutely amazing food. The main component of Ribfest being married to River Roots Live is the presence of award-winning national BBQ rib vendors. If you’re not from the Quad Cities Area, you have no idea who or what Ribfest is, trust us, you’re in for some of the best food you’ve ever laid hands on.

Q: How many years has this event been happening?

A: 2015 is the 11th year of the event, and we’re excited this top-notch festival has grown significantly every single year!

Q: Will there be camping?

A: No.

Q: Is it possible to record this event?

A: Professional audio and video equipment is prohibited. Violations could result in confiscation of the devices and violators will be removed from the premises.

Q: Will you have local brew again this year?

A: Yes! In addition to Budweiser’s fine products, we will be serving 3 outstanding brews from Great River Brewery!

Partners

Downtown Davenport Partnership

Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown Davenport.

As administrators of the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the Downtown Davenport Partnership provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives. Whether you're here to live, work, or play, check out our website for more information.

River Music Experience

The River Music Experience (RME) is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to preserving and building on the Quad Cities’ musical heritage by creating a wide range of opportunities for our residents and visitors to listen, learn, and play music.

The purpose of the RME is to provide educational programming and live music performances that would not otherwise by available in the Quad Cities. There is no other organization in the area that consistently provides the volume and quality of musical opportunities that the RME delivers to our community and the region.

Since the RME’s inception, dozens of top-tier national acts who had previously never toured through the area have played in the Quad Cities. Unique educational programs that never existed are now available to our residents, guests, and visitors. Musicians young and old have performed for a wide range of audiences on RME stages and have grown as musicians and citizens of our community.

The impact of the RME on the Quad Cities community and the region is immeasurable, though absolutely tangible and profound. Throughout its growth and myriad changes, the RME has focused consistently on learning and sharing meaningful music together, enriching the lives of those within its unique community.

Living Lands & Waters

Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501 ©(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like us in the world.

Spending up to 9 months a year living and traveling on our barge, the Living Lands & Water crew hosts river cleanups, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.

Our Mission

To aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds.
To expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river.
To create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.

Daytrotter

Daytrotter is the best new place to find your favorite band. Daytrotter gives you something special - exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite (and soon to be favorite) bands, recorded live, that capture the heart of their music at that moment in time - dirty and alive. Explore Daytrotter now - your new favorite band is just a click away.

Sponsors

We couldn't even begin to organize this festival without our community partners and sponsors. We encourage everyone at the festival to support our sponsors too!


US Cellular Logo Riverboat Development Authority Kimberly Car City Logo Key Auto Mall Logo Downtown Davenport Logo

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7G Logo Small Wonders Photography Logo City of Davenport Logo 104.9 Hawk Logo Davenport Levee Improvement Commission Logo DuTrac Community Credit Union Logo Electronic Engineering Logo 99 Plus KFMH Logo WQAD Logo Tennant Truck Lines Logo Hupp Toyota Lift Logo Hy-Vee Logo Iowa American Water Logo Jim Hawk Truck Trailers Logo Block Ready Mix Logo Mediacom Logo dphilms Logo Molo Petroleum Logo MVP Auto Center Logo Nerdwerx Logo One Step Printing Logo Pepsi Logo Per Mar Security Services Logo Quad City Times Logo Ragged Records Logo Rexroat Sound Logo River Center Logo Sears Manfacturing Logo Stoney Creek Inn Logo Sunbelt Rentals Logo Victory Store Logo Jump On It Logo West Music Logo Zimmerman Honda Logo Locals Love Us Logo Eye Surgeons Logo RIA Logo QC Chamber Logo

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5:00PM Friday, 8/28/15

To Be Announced (Daytrotter Alum)

It started with a boardwalk, a bar, and two kids united by a passion for raw soul recordings. For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up stages all over the country and drenching the biggest music festivals in sweat. Now, the band is back in its home-grown studio KillionSound crafting and recording its seventh full-length album featuring their new powerhouse singer Adryon de León. Orgone’s sound is a cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA. Shifting effortlessly from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic, the music remains tough and uncluttered. For their heart-pounding live performances and classic, gritty recordings, Orgone has been called by Dusty Groove America, “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years.”

Orgone is a synergy of eight musicians, at the core of which are keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios who have been chiseling their distinctively timeless sound since their teens. “The present state of this band reflects the honesty and authenticity that we’ve always strived for in our music,” says Rios, “We’ve really hit a sweet spot in our dynamic.” Each band member shines in his own right, but together their chemistry results in a sweeping sound more tenacious than the sum of its considerable parts. Members of Orgone have collaborated/ performed with the Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Breakestra, Thievery Corporation, and the Monophonics. Known for being air-tight in the studio, Orgone has been the backing band on numerous major label releases, most notably, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” album and Cee Lo Green’s multiple Grammy Award-winning track “Fool for You.”

Bringing fresh blood to the band is Adryon de León, a lightning rod whose bold, graceful vocals elevate the music to intoxicating new levels. This joining of forces was at once kismet and inevitable, according to de León: “Professionally, musically, spiritually, all paths led me to Orgone.” In 2014, Orgone continues to be a strong touring presence while tantalizing crowds with tastes of new material from their upcoming album, slated for release in the Fall of this year. Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you onto the dance floor.

6:10PM Friday, 8/28/15

Orgone

I grew up in Wyoming and I was never crazy about school or being organized into things in general. I spent the summers on my grandparent’s ranch working from age 13 or so- lots of hot days, Randy Travis tapes, and old pick-up trucks with broken door handles.

I went to college at the University of Wyoming, still not crazy about school. After a couple of semesters I started playing at the Buckhorn Bar with the folk crowd. I got a little band going for a while, dropped out of school, and moved to Austin to play music.

I spent two years in Austin playing a lot at the Hole in the Wall and the White Horse mainly with a couple bands and then moved to New Orleans for several months.

I ended up back in Wyoming with a stray pit-bull doing ranch work for a while and writing songs for a second record. Now I’m living in Nashville making music- you’ll most likely catch me at Santa’s bar down of Bransford playing Honkey-Tonk songs with Santa’s Ice-Cold Pickers on Sunday Nights from 7-9.

I take it all one day at a time. I like work, cowboy culture, just plain good songs, honky-tonks, New Orleans R&B, my dog, and my 95 Buick Lesabre.

I hope you like what you hear and thank you for droppin’ by!

Sincerely,

Luke

7:15PM Friday, 8/28/15

Luke Bell

There are few living musicians who can lay claim to being the voice of America’s conscience, and even fewer who continue to make vital music. For six decades Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter.

From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s (“Uncloudy Day”), to the engaged protest of the civil rights era (“Freedom Highway”), and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the 1970s with a series of chart hits (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself,” “Lets Do It Again”)–through all these, Mavis carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.

On their second collaboration, the Grammy-nominated 2013 album “One True Vine,” the legendary singer and her producer, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, have crafted a gospel album for the 21st century. On the record, Mavis gives voice to something new in her repertoire, something deeper and more resonant with our times.  Where her Stax-era hits spoke for a growing black social consciousness, and her seventies collaborations with The Band gave spiritual weight to the rediscovery of traditional American music, Jeff Tweedy has crafted a pulpit from which Mavis lends her voice to a search for grace.

Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient.  VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.  Her previous album, the Tweedy-produced “You Are Not Alone,” won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2011, adding a remarkable new chapter to an already historic career.

Yvonne Staples, backing vocals from 1969 until patriarch Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples’ death in 2000, the Staple Singers were configured as a quartet, with Pops and Mavis joined by Cleotha and Yvonne Staples. The clan’s musical signatures were Pops gospel-based songwriting, reedy tenor and bluesy guitar, Mavis’ rich, raspy vocals and precise phrasing, and the supple, ringing harmonies of Cleotha and Yvonne, who also acted as the band’s manager.

8:45PM Friday, 8/28/15

Mavis Staples

A lot has happened to Hellogoodbye since the Huntington Beach, California-based act released their breakthrough album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! back in 2006. Over the past four years the band have parted with their old record label, retooled their lineup, released a handful of EPs and performed everywhere from the Philippines to living rooms. All of these cumulative experiences play into the band’s new album Would It Kill You? a collection of perfect pop gems that not only proves that Hellogoodbye are still relevant but affirms that if anything, they’ve sharpened their musical edge over the past few years—and looking back, the band’s frontman Forrest Kline sees the past few years as an amazing opportunity to hone his craft without pressure.

“I’m super slow at everything no matter what I do,” Kline explains when asked what the process of writing and recording Would It Kill You? was like. “If I’m going to clean out my closet it’ll take me all day because I’ll empty out the whole thing, then I’ll paint it, then I’ll tear off the drawers and get new hardware. Everything becomes a process and musically it’s the same thing,” he continues with a laugh. “If I do one thing, I have to do 900 tasks to get it done, so to be able to take the time with this album was a relief because I didn’t have to stress about not having enough time to accomplish everything I wanted to do with these songs.”

Released on the band’s own label Wasted Summer and recorded with longtime producer Matt Mahaffey (Beck, Tenacious D) at his studio as well as Kline’s renovated garage, Kline approached Would It Kill You? in very much the same way he did the band’s debut: by concentrating on the songwriting instead of fancy production tricks. “We did our first record in my living room with a laptop and for this new record I tore down my garage to build a studio so I could record there,” Kline explains. “It was a great situation because I could stay up all night and mess around with stuff and not have any pressure to watch the clock or please anyone except myself.”

While Kline remains to be the main songwriter in Hellogoodbye, the new lineup on Would It Kill You? also reinvigorated him and helped the group fully realize this batch of songs. Featuring bassist Travis Head, keyboard/guitarist Joseph Marro (formerly of the Early November), multi-instrumentalist Andrew Richards and drummer Michael Nielsen, the band’s current lineup was handpicked by Kline over the past few years and he couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “It’s been great because the first lineup happened in high school and for whatever reason a lot of them weren’t interested in touring full-time,” Kline explains. “This has been an awesome opportunity to play with a bunch of people I’ve always wanted to share the stage with and everyone is on the same page.”

From the upbeat opener “Finding Something To Do” to horn-driven, Shins-esque indie rock romps like “Betrayed By Bones” and epic, intricately arranged masterpieces such as “The Thoughts That Give Me The Creeps,” Would It Kill You? sees the band exploring new instrumental timbres that bring out the inherent sonic subtleties in these tracks. “On the last record there were some songs that had sequenced horns, but on this record everything is real,” Kline explains. “Instead of trying to recreate a sound we would just have someone come in and play that instrument and I think you can really tell the difference when you’re listening to this album.”

Musically the disc retains Kline’s love of doo-wop and Oldies, but puts them into a fresh, new context to keep these influences from sounding clichéd. “When I was in third grade all I listened to was oldies radio so that’s been a huge influence on me for my entire life,” Kline explains when asked how he manages to keep the music on Would It Kill You? sounding so fresh. “That said, I’ve never liked it when something sounds like a throwback or sounds old for the sake of being old because that’s already been done before,” Kline explains. “I like it better if someone takes what they like about something and does it in a more natural way.”

When it comes to the lyrics, Would It Kill You? is deceptively complex and is more of a mental journey than a traditional narrative. “I went through a lot in the course of making this record because it took a very long time,” Kline explains. “Just before I started it I got engaged and by the end I was married, so there are a lot of songs dealing with the process of being unsure about a relationship to knowing you made the right decision,” he continues. “Even in a really good relationship there are still times when you’re fighting so there are a few songs that touch on that, but most of it is celebrating it,” he adds, noting that true to his personality there is also a healthy dose of paranoia present in many of these songs.

Ultimately after three years of hard work, sweat and anticipation, Kline and his bandmates are simply happy to finally have the album finished and can’t wait for their fans to hear it. “There was a point when I was nervous that this album might never come out and I thought that maybe I should give up, but once I had written these songs I knew I had to release them somehow,” he explains when asked what kept him motivated to make these ideas a reality. “I just knew I had to finish it once I started it because everyone in this band is just as excited as I am about these songs,” he summarizes. “That energy is contagious.”

10:15PM Friday, 8/28/15

Hello Goodbye

How would you like the chance to perform at River Roots Live this year?  We are looking for a local band to perform at River Roots Live on August 29th.

Check out Studio 8 for all the details!

11:30AM Saturday, 8/29/15

Studio 8 Showcase Winner

12:45PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Ellis Kell Band

2:15PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Land of Blood and Sunshine

4:40PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Jonathan Tyler

Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, acclaimed singer/songwriter/lefty guitarist Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry. Described as a musical pioneer and regarded as one of the world’s top female guitarists by Guitar World Magazine, Moye has carved out her own lane in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history able to straddle both Rock and Soul genres.

Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive resume that includes making history as the first African-American woman to play the National Anthem on guitar at a professional sporting event, all the way to performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert for music pioneer Chuck Berry. And recently, Malina honored the Queen of England by playing “God Save the Queen” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Queen’s sixty year jubilee.

On stage, Malina delivers an intoxicating fusion of funk and rock. Her latest record “Rock & Roll Baby” has set social media on fire with the funk-rock anthem “Kyotic,” which debuted at the top of the Billboard Twitter 140 chart at number 5 and on Billboard’s Hot Single sales chart at 11. Guitar World Magazine touts Rock & Roll Baby as “insanely good” with “a seductive passion and feel that Malina brings in her guitar playing.” The Examiner states “Moye is one of 10 national U.S. independent artists to see,” and Billboard Magazine calls her “K-yotic” collaboration with Bootsy Collins “explosive.”

In 2011, Moye’s critically acclaimed LP “Diamonds & Guitars” reached number 35 on Amazon.com and iTunes respectively, showcasing an eclectic pallet of music while preserving its mainstream appeal. The album spawned two Billboard-charting songs “Girlfriend” (48) which also appeared in an episode of MTV The Hills and “Alone,” which landed on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at 93 and stayed on the chart for over six weeks. “Alone” then remained in the top 10 for over 15 weeks on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In 2012, Malina was the first female guitarist to join the Experience Hendrix Tour and appeared in the documentary “Stratmaster: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told.” Abroad and stateside, Moye’s Diamond & Guitars tour served her as an opening act with Robin Thicke and legendary rock group Journey.

Malina’s fashion sense, stage presence and unorthodox style of guitar voicing has garnered praises from legends to newcomers alike. As an influential artist, Moye continues to redefine music and mainstream pop culture through women empowerment campaigns such as Fender’s “Girl Rock Nation,” Victoria Secret’s “Love Rocks” and Steve Madden’s “Music.”

Malina’s humanitarian efforts include serving as ambassador for HRH Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust for which she donated her single “Hustler’s Blues” to the Wilberforce 200 compilation CD. The record was one of the fastest selling soul CD’s on iTunes UK with all proceeds going to the Trust and UNICEF.

Malina Moye embraces her unique brand, bringing charisma, fire, and emotion to music unlike any artist in the world today. As a savvy businesswoman, she has taken her childhood dream and turned it into a budding empire.

3:30PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Malina Moye

Thirteen years can put a hell of a lot of wear and tear on even the hardiest of rock ’n’ roll bands. But don’t be fooled by all those hundreds of thousands of miles on Micky & the Motorcars’ odometer: pop the hood of Hearts From Above, the long-running Austin band’s seventh album, and you’ll find a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. And behind the wheel? Two brothers and founding members Micky Braun (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary Braun (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums). Micky and Gary, who by their own admission, haven’t been this fired up about playing together since they first rode south from the Whitecloud Mountains of Idaho to stake their claim to the Texas and wider Americana music scenes.

5:50PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Micky & the Motorcars

The Suffers are a ten-piece band from Houston, TX who are redefining the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of Classic American Soul with Rock & Roll. Both sonically and visually arresting, the large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm section and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene. The Suffers will be releasing their debut LP Make Some Room in 2015, hitting the road aggressively.

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7:00PM Saturday, 8/29/15

The Suffers

Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, this past spring to massive critical acclaim and recognition.  The album, which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release, and just seventh in the 22-year Nielson SoundScan era.  The album includes her top 10, gold-certified single “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke,” “Follow Your Arrow” and current single “Keep It To Yourself.”  She’s received CMT Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominations, and has taken home the award for “New Artist of the Year” at 2013’s CMA Awards.  Musgraves also recently won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park) and this past April took home the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park). She has performed on the “Today Show,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “2013 CMT Music Awards,” “2013Billboard Music Awards” and the “56th Annual Grammy Awards.”  Musgraves recently wrapped up her opening spot on Lady Antebellum’s tour and will join Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss on the road this June.  In August she will tour with Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour.

8:45PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Kacey Musgraves

For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout coterie of fans that often resembles a tight knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ever-rigorous tour schedule. Yonder is a quintessential ensemble honing its craft night after night on the road, and the fans are there to experience it in real time. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

With their latest album, Black Sheep (scheduled for national release on their own Frog Pad Records at Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 16, 2015), Yonder Mountain String Band — Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), Allie Kral(violin, vocals), and Jacob Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) — begins a new era. The first YMSB release produced by the band itself, Black Sheep is, by any measure, a triumph, perhaps the most mesmeric of their career. The result, says Kaufmann, is that, “This record sounds more like Yonder than any record we’ve ever done. I’m hoping that when people are finished listening to it, they’ll just hit play and listen to it again.”

Black Sheep marks the first time in Yonder’s history that they’re actually utilizing, throughout an entire record, the conventional five-piece instrumental arsenal of bluegrass introduced in the 1940s: guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass. With the exception of the album’s sole cover tune, “Ever Fallen In Love,” originally by the late ’70s British punk-rock band the Buzzcocks, each of the album’s new tracks were written by the YMSB members during the past couple of years. Three of the new songs — “Annalee,” “Landfall” and the title track — have already been road-tested on tour; others will be added to the band’s live repertoire following the album’s release. The majority of Black Sheep was recorded at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado, with Adam handling much of the engineering at his home studio and while on the road; the first time a band member has taken on that task.

Even on first listen, it becomes instantaneously apparent that Black Sheep is the work of a new Yonder Mountain String Band, one with a strong commitment to re-exhibiting itself and broadening its parameters following the departure of a founding member. While it’s immediately recognizable as YMSB music, there’s undeniably a raw aesthetic to the studio tracks — a sense of daring is embedded in both the instrumental interaction between these five singular players and in the lyrical content of each song.

Yonder has its roots in the year 1998, when the original quartet came together in Colorado. Through steadfast gigging in all manner of venues from small clubs to massive outdoor festivals, Yonder Mountain String Band quickly built a robust fanbase while continually experimenting to define its sound. Some of the most fervent audiences were at jam band shows and festivals, where fans took readily to YMSB’s potent mix of the traditional bluegrass of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Doc Watson and the improvisational sensibilities of the Grateful Dead andPhish. Also deeply ingrained in the band, albeit more subtly, was a fierce love for punk, which provided the members with seminal influences while they were growing up. “We didn’t even hear bluegrass until our 20s,” says Aijala. “Falling in love with the sound of bluegrass instruments, while also having all of these outside influences that had nothing to do with bluegrass — well, what comes out isn’t what we envisioned.”

With the band’s 17th anniversary coming this summer, and an extensive tour schedule running throughout the year, a revitalized Yonder Mountain takes delight in the fact that they are still reaching new fans while simultaneously retaining the characteristics that brought their greater community together in the first place. The loss of one member and the subsequent invitation for some of today’s top pickers to help shape their evolving sound brings intriguing opportunities to the table; ones that set YMSB on its new path. Black Sheep is a bold statement, meant to passionately get fans up on their feet and ecstatically dancing, but it’s also about embracing the moment. Essential changes are a healthy step in keeping the music alive and well.

“We’ve been growing over the years and I feel like we really don’t have any limitations,” says Aijala. “It doesn’t feel like work when you get to hang out with people that you care about and play music.”

Adds Kaufmann, “It’s not just bluegrass — it’s progressive. Everything Yonder has ever tried to do, we’re doing in this record. It’s gonna take some time for fans to get acquainted with the new Yonder. When you make a big change like we did, it’s a huge thing. But the band is a force, and the album is such a perfect example of our new direction.”

Says Johnston in conclusion, “Yonder Mountain String Band is as durable as bluegrass itself. It changes and morphs and has an open-endedness that makes anything possible.”

10:30PM Saturday, 8/29/15

Yonder Mountain String Band

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RibFest

Friday & Saturday 11AM – Midnight | Aug 28 & 29, 2015

The Details

WAY BACK IN 2007, we had the brilliant idea to merge two of our best festivals into one big party. We’re happy to say that once again, Ribfest’s mouth-watering and award-winning ribs will be available at River Roots Live!

This isn’t your neighbors BBQ. Our vendors travel the nation and represent the top tier of professional BBQ cookers in the U.S. BBQ doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

So loosen your belt, because we suggest trying every single one of ‘em throughout the weekend, since each brings their own unique flavor to the table. Beside, you’ve got to try them all to give a fair vote for the People’s Choice Award! With music and food you have no excuse to miss River Roots Live 2014.

The Skinny

Friday – Open at 11:00 a.m. in the park. Don’t forget about lunch. We have more rib vendors this year to make sure nobody goes hungry! Saturday – Rib vendors open all day, 11:00 a.m. – Midnight.

Rib Vendors

A ballot will be provided to vote for your favorite rib vendor. Receive and return your ballots at the volunteer check-in tent.

National Rib Vendors:

Porky Chicks BBQ

Big Boned BBQ

Texas Thunder

Chicago BBQ

Carolina Rib King

Local Rib Vendors:

Steve’s Meat Shop

Uncle Jimmy's BBQ