The Charlestown Rhythm & Roots Festival takes place this year on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at Ninigret Park. The three-day, seaside festival offers four stages of live entertainment that represent a vast range of authentic roots music, dancing and other performances.
“Bands play Zydeco, Delta blues, swing, swamp pop, polka, honky tonk, klezmer, boogie woogie, Cajun, all of the above, or any mixture you can imagine,” according to the festival organizers.
This year’s festival, the 22nd annual, will be headlined by The Mavericks (Saturday), Railroad Earth (Sunday) and Son Volt (Friday). The event will also bring in more than two dozen other acts, including Music of the Band with Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown, Travelin’ McCourys, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Airforce, Marcia Ball, Della Mae and more.
The festival’s main Rhythm Stage will be host to seven bands on each day; the Dance Stage offers a large wooden dance floor for both amateurs and pros to enjoy moving to the music; the Roots Stage, a more intimate setting, offers workshops and close-in seating for jam sessions. The Family Stage features music, storytellers and other entertainers aimed at kids of all ages.
Many festival-goers choose to camp at the site for the weekend. In between musical acts, there are an array of outdoor activities around Ninigret Park, including hiking, swimming, fishing and a public beach.
For tickets and more information, visit rhythmandroots.com.