Break out your lawn chairs and get ready to relax with the sounds of 12 bands next weekend.
Honesdale’s free one-day music and arts event, now in its 8th consecutive year, takes the stage Saturday, June 15.
The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm, Music & Arts Festival showcases talent in many genres of music, as well as the work of talented artists and artisans, from mid-morning until long after the headliner takes the Central Park Main Stage at 7 p.m.
It’s a full Saturday of fun, so bring your blanket or chair and plan to relax and stay awhile.
There will be bands playing throughout the day in downtown Honesdale starting at 10:30 a.m. The downtown bands for this year's festival are Doug Rogers & Hoy Polloy, Merchants of Groove, Freight Train Boogie, Sidetracked, Chasin' the Dog, Two Steps Back, Poison Love and Merchants of Groove.
The main stage music starts at 1:30 with Emish and the lineup continues into the night with The Badlees at 3:20 p.m., Pat O'Shea and the Honest Man and 5:15 p.m. and headliner Jimmy Vivino and the Barn Burners at 7 p.m.
Co-presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership and the Wayne County Arts Alliance, Roots & Rhythm is a unique event geared for the entire family.
Brian Fulp, chair of the event, said this years festival "brings together art, music and culture" and makes it accessible to the community. He also said the event has "the energy of a community backyard concert," making it fun for people of all ages.
Fulp, who has been on the board since 2006, says the Roots & Rhythm event is special because "it brings a cultural experience to kids, seniors, and people of all walks of life." The event has become such a tradition, "families are planning their family reunions around Roots & Rhythm."
He also said the event is "a fun, family event" that includes the popular Tunes and Tales from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tunes & Tales offers a tent full of storytelling, music, games and crafts for children of all ages.
This year, an electric guitar donated by Mojo Music and hand-painted by Jeff George Designs, will be up for grabs through the purchase of a raffle ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn at the main stage in central park at 7 p.m.
The tickets are available for purchase at Fins & Feathers, Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon, R3 Hardware, Mojo Music, Music & Video Express, Nature's Grace, 652 Auto, Main Street Jewelers. Tickets are $5 apiece and will be on sale the day of event.
The music continues into the night with just a short walk to The Cooperage on 1030 Main Street with the Late Night Ramble, featuring Pat O'Shea and the Honest Men. The ramble is a BYOB event.
Roots & Rhythm is a free, non-profit event supported by more than 100 businesses and individuals through sponsorships. Since its inception in 2006, Roots & Rhythm has brought close to 35,000 people into the Greater Honesdale area.
For more information, directions and festival schedule, watch for updates on www.HonesdaleRootsAndRhythm.com, and be sure to like the festival on Facebook.