Rhythm & Roots Festival turns sweet 16

Rhythm & Roots Festival turns sweet 16

CHARLESTOWN - The 16th annual Rhythm & Roots Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, in Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road.

Music will start at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and noon on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and run until midnight. The stage and vendor area will open one hour prior to the beginning of the music shows each day.

New Orleans Suspects, a New Orleans super-group that features members of The Radiators and The Neville Bros., will perform Friday at 9:30 p.m.

The band formed in the summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. It is comprised of Reggie Scanlan of The Radiators and Professor Longhair Band, Mean Willie Green of The Neville Bros., Jeff Watkins of James Brown Band and Joss Stone Band, Jake Eckert of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and CR Gruver of Polytoxic and Outformation.

New Orleans Suspects combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from the Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire.

Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, on its 50-year Reunion Tour, performs Saturday at 9:30 p.m., playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock 'n' roll, capturing the legendary 1960s mix of exuberant anarchy and heartfelt sincerity.

The band is comprised of Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Bill Keith, Sam Bevan and the Barbecue Orchestra.

Where other folk-blues revivalists were nostalgic, the Kweskin gang were revolutionary hipsters. "We were a family, and we were dedicated to presenting a life experience and pioneering experiences for people," said Geoff Muldaur. "We were trying to get that kid in the fourth row to finally pick up a guitar or take a trip - or just get down."

The rock critic Ed Ward once listed the most important bands of the early 1960s as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, adding: "I'm not kidding."

Also on the performance schedule are Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole, Taj Mahal Trio, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Marcia Ball, Holly Williams, Albert Lee, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Briga, Bill Kirchen & Texical, Maria Muldaur & the Ramble Band, Della Mae, Eilen Jewell, Los Texmaniacs, Golden Triangle, Texas Guitar Women, Rushad Eddleston, Warren Hood Band, The Revelers, Four O'Clock Flowers, Paul Geremia, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Yvette Landry, Lindi Ortega, Jason D. Williams, Phoebe Hunt, Bill Keith & The Kropp Dusters, The Red Stick Ramblers, Roddie Romero & The Hub City All Stars, New Orleans Suspects, Feufollet, Occidental Gypsy Jazz, Magnolia, Ed Poullard & Preston Frank, and Hot Tamale Brass Band.

Visit www.rhythmandroots.com for the schedule.

Camping opens Friday at 9 a.m., and the line can start forming at 6 a.m. Earlier arrival is not permitted.

Tickets, available for purchase online, cost $185 per person for the full festival with camping, and $150 per person for the full festival without camping. Day tickets are available for $40 Friday, and $60 each for Saturday and Sunday. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. A senior discount is available on day tickets only.