LANCASTER, PA – The Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival returns for its third year with a strong lineup, new venues and an extra day added to the schedule.
The festival is now taking place over three days: Friday, February 26, Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016. This gives concertgoers an opportunity to see more of the 70 artists.
According to Rich Ruoff, the festival’s founder, the artists scheduled for 2016 represent the strongest lineup yet for this important music event.
“In my 30 years of music industry experience, I’ve never put together a lineup of artists quite like this,” Ruoff said. “Whether an attendee prefers blues, folk, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, funk, rock, alternative country or jazz, they’re going to see and hear some of the finest artists in the world in their favorite genre,” he stated.
In addition to the nine performance stages from previous years, the festival has added a tenth stage: the venerable Village Nightclub. All stages are indoors and within a block or two of each other. Lancaster is an historic and walkable city, but in the event of cold weather, the festival will again have a free shuttle bus running between venues. In addition to The Village, the other venues include the Lancaster County Convention Center, 26 East, Tellus 360, Federal Taphouse, The Ware Center, The Elks Club, Trust Performing Arts Center, Lancaster Dispensing Company and The Chameleon Club.
Here is a brief list of some of the 70 artists scheduled to appear at Lancaster Roots & Blues 2016:
Tinsley Ellis: Rated among the top blues/rock guitarists working today.
Maceo Parker: One of the greatest funk/jazz sax players in history.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials: Celebrating 24 years of smoking slide guitar, boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners
Joanna Conner: Fierce, searing slide, funk, rock, blues, jazz, world guitarist and seasoned vocalist
Dana Fuchs: Acknowledged as one of the greatest rock/blues vocalists in the world
Albert Cummings: Regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists and singers today.
Selwyn Birchwood: Winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge,
Toronzo Cannon: One of the most respected blues guitarists on the scene today
Zac Harmon: Award-winning guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter that combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with modern lyrics and themes.
Tommy Z: A contemporary blues guitarist / singer / songwriter / producer
The Wood Brothers: One of the world’s leading Americana and blues bands.
Left Lane Cruiser: Whiskey fueled three-man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll
Linwood Taylor: Howlin’ Wolf, Hendrix, Muddy, Freddy and Albert King, and Albert Collins
Morgan James: Multi-talented New York-based singer, songwriter, and actress.
Sweet Leda: Sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence.
Clarence Spady: An institution on the mid-Atlantic blues scene
Marah: Known for their intense live performances, eclectic production style
Wayne Hancock: King of Juke Joint Swing – an electric blend of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band.
In addition to the 90 concerts, the Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival will feature six Masters Classes, designed for avid music fans and music students as accomplished musicians from multiple disciplines perform on their instruments, talk about their craft, tell great stories and answer questions. They take place on Saturday afternoon Feb. 27 at the Ware Center, and include two programs for children, one on the early history of the blues performed on actual vintage instruments, a presentation by the classically-trained musicians of The Stray Birds, a presentation by one of the best vocalists on the scene today – Morgan James — and a class led by accomplished saxophone artist Derek Brown.
In its first two years, the Lancaster Roots & Blues Music Festival has drawn music fans from as far away as Canada and Texas, and according to the regional visitors’ bureau – DiscoverLancaster.com – the event brought an estimated $1.25 million into the local economy. In addition to the first-rate live music, ticketholders have been impressed with the variety of restaurants, bars, retail establishments, art galleries and historic treasures in the city of Lancaster.
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