The American Roots Music Festival, taking place on November 2nd at The Tabernacle in Turner, OR (directions) is a showcase of music styles that are part of our cultural heritage but that are underexposed in today’s media. The original Festival ran from 2004 – 2009.
The event is a fundraiser for Keeping the Arts, a non-profit that provides financial support to youth arts programs throughout Oregon. As of April 2019, we have funded $150,000 in grants for such programs.
The Festival starts on November 2, 2019 at 9:30am, with a free Educational Youth Concert (The History of The Fiddle In American Roots Music) for K-12 students primarily in the North Santiam, Cascade, Salem-Keizer, and Albany school districts. We will provide free ticket information to each of the districts to circulate among the schools and invite the music teachers to also attend the concert. We will provide a synopsis of the content of the Youth Concert so music teachers can incorporate in their curriculum prior to youth attending the Youth Concert.
The festival features four daytime performers representing different genres of American Roots Music. They are: Mary Flower – Blues; Lauren Sheehan-Americana; JazzArts Combo-Jazz; and Fern Hill-Bluegrass. Our headline evening concert features The Western Flyers, one of the top Western Swing bands in the country. Tickets are $20 for adults, Youth 18 and under are free.