HONESDALE — Called a “swaggeringly bad girl bluesy rock band” by music media, Larkin Poe, a sibling duo out of Georgia, will headline the 12th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 17th.

Also dubbed “a sister act with staying power” by NPR, these two ladies “should have the Roots crowd rocking to the beat and on their feet by night’s end,” says Randy Kohrs, music committee chairperson.

The two sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell have racked up a season of touring highlights, including being part of the All-Star backing band during the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Tom Petty in February.

The pair have appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late night show and been featured in Guitar Player Mag, Acentric Mag and Pure Volume.

“When we were trying to decide who we wanted, everyone liked Larkin Poe,” continues Randy, “but we’ve got it all this year—from rock to Blues to country and folk.”

The festival’s main stage lineup will kick off with Bluesman Bruce Katz and his band, followed by Thomas Wynn and The Believers and then No Good Sister before Larkin Poe.

No Good Sister is actually a trio of ladies— hailed as “masters of three-part harmony” – from the Philadelphia area who started singing together in 2012. This spring they released their first full-length studio album, You Can Love Me.

No sister in their name, but Olivia Wynn is the sister of band leader Thomas in the group, Thomas Wynn & The Believers!

This ensemble of five men and a woman personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock, sprinkled with southern soul R&B, or according to the Chicago entertainment website Metromix, they deliver “soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged.”

Bruce Katz and his band start off the whole show in Central Park at 1:30pm.

Katz is a four-time nominee for the Blues Music Award and was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

Honesdale Roots & Rhythm officially opens at 10:30am with local bands along Main Street and then moves to Central Park, where attendees can enjoy arts, crafts, games and food.

This non-profit event is totally free of charge, put on entirely by volunteers and supported by sponsors, donors and grants.

“It’s family friendly and a really good time,” says this year’s Festival Chair Jamie Stunkard. “Come join us on June 17th!”

To find out more, visit honesdalerootsandrythm.com.