The Fayetteville Roots Festival is one of my favorite events out of the whole year and the countdown to it is on. Set for Aug. 28-31 in Fayetteville, this four day urban music festival celebrates music, food and culture.
What is roots music? To me, it represents musical forms that were created on American soil or music from foreign origins that has been so changed that it is distinctly new. It represents a broad category of music, such as bluegrass, country, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun, Native American and Ozark folk music. It is the root or base of contemporary music over the decades. For me it is also a revival of a trend which includes young performers popularizing the traditional musical styles of their ancestors.
This particular festival is dedicated to showcasing what makes this region of the Ozarks so amazing. Featuring a musical style that is heavily supported, created and somewhat originating in Fayetteville and the Ozarks as a whole.
It touches body, heart and soul for a toe-tapping, emotional good time. It just plain feels good, so why wouldn’t I want four days of that?
Artists appear on multiple stages in multiple locations, with the main headliners featured each evening. When you buy a ticket, you’re buying into the ability to hear lots of artists, day to night. Tickets for single artists only are not offered. Reserved seating and general admission tickets are available.
It’s a great way to not only see artists you know – this year’s headliners are Lucinda Williams and The Wood Brothers – but it’s also a great way to discover artists you may have never heard of. I promise all of these musicians will astound you.
The main stages will be hosted at multiple stages across Fayetteville including George’s Majestic Lounge, Greenhouse Grille, Kingfish Dive Bar, Fayetteville Public Library and the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market. Fayetteville Roots Festival’s key components are music, food and community. The festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make Fayetteville a beloved cultural hot spot. The festivals slogan is “A Mountain Town in its Natural State.”
Food sold during the festival focuses on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products.