This year's 11th Annual Roots on the River Music Festival is June 10-13, and includes headliner Canadian Fred Eaglesmith and his band of course, and area favorites Mary Gauthier and Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. The event this year will kick off with a concert at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday night featuring what has been termed by many as the world's best Cajun bands, BeauSoleil.
With over a dozen Grammy nominations thus far, BeauSoleil won this prestigious award in 1997 for Best Traditional Folk album, and again last year in the Zydeco/Cajun category.
On Friday, a free concert at the Bellows Falls Farmers' Market will feature The Travelers. Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles will entertain the crowd at the Everyday Inn, as will Joanne Shaw Taylor, warming up the audience for the first appearance of the weekend by Eaglesmith and his band, a Friday night tradition.
On Saturday, the lineup includes a return performance of the popular Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. The Ginn Sisters, the Roger Marin Band, Audrey Auld, and Vermont's own Starline Rhythm Boys, help fill out the offerings before Eaglesmith's band takes the stage.
Mary Gauthier will return to the festival once again joining Eaglesmith in the all-acoustic show at the historic Rockingham Meeting House on Sunday, the event that concludes the musical weekend.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on line at www.vermontfestivalsllc.com or at 463-9595.