4th Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues features 70 artists on 11 stages Feb 24-26

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(Lancaster, PA) – Lancaster Roots and Blues is a fantastically fun music festival featuring outstanding live music from across the U.S. and beyond. The 2017 festival on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 (Friday through Sunday) will be our 4th annual event. Each year gets better and 2017 will be no exception with 70 artists performing 90 shows on 11 stages, from intimate venues to our main stage in the big (heated!) tent in Lancaster Square. All venues are within 3 blocks of each other and easily walkable.
Blues is on the menu but so are many other great musical art forms that America can proudly call home including Jazz, Americana, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock n Roll, Bluegrass, Funk and Soul and so much more. This festival is a music lover’s paradise.

Here is the complete list of artists playing this year:

The Peterson Brothers, Tommy Emmanuel, Clarence Spady, Curtis Salgado, David Bromberg, Davy Knowles, Duke Robillard, Eric Gales, Grady Champion, Honey Island Swamp Band, Jimmy Thackery, John Mooney, John Nemeth, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Lucky Peterson, Lurrie Bell, Matthew Curry, Mr. Sipp, Popa Chubby, Reverend Horton’s Big Damn Band, Roomful of Blues, Scott Pemberton, Jake Lewis, Alanna Royale, Annie Mack, BC500, Billy Price Band, Bumper Jacksons, Carlos Elliot Jr. & the Cornlickers, Carsie Blanton, Chaz Depaolo, David Wax Museum, Dukes of Destiny, Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants, Gas House Gorillas, Greg Piccolo, Jack Semple, Jim Campilongo, Joe Robinson, Johnny Showcase, JW Jones, Michaela Anne, Orchestra Pravezca, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Richie and Rosie, Ron Gallo, Steven Courtney,  Swamp Candy, the Hackensaw Boys, The Soggy Po Boys, The Steppin’ Stones, The Vivien Leigh Documentary, Ursula Ricks, Vinegar Creek Constituency, Yarn, 3rd Power “Family Soul Band”,  Blues on the Loose, Colebrook Road, Dan Zdilla, James Wolpert, Kerensa Gray, King Street Big Band, Mama Tried, Matt’s Blues, Nate Myers and the Aces, Pocketful of Soul, Ragtime Willy, The Blue Soles, The Vulcans and Tuck Ryan.

Go to our web site to learn more about each artist and the whole festival including details. We hope you can join us for at least one day or come for all three!

Master Classes

This year we are offering three Master Classes. All classes are on Saturday afternoon at the Ware Center. A Master Class is a chance to see and listen to a performer talk about their craft and what goes into their musicianship. The hour-long class is a great chance to learn more about what goes in to creating, playing, writing and touring. The artists usually leave time at the end for questions.

First off is veteran American Blues guitarist and producer Duke Robillard. His class will be in the Owen Salon in the Ware Center at 1 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m.  Richie and Rosie are a great Americana duo who excel at fiddle and banjo and songwriting and will host a Master Class in the Owen Salon in the Ware Center.

Australian super guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will present a Master Class in Steinman Hall at the Ware Center at 3 p.m.

VIP Experience Presented by Lexus

Each year we offer a VIP Experience for our select sponsors and supporters. We also offer a limited number of VIP tickets to the public. This year we have expanded what the Experience offers.

VIP packages include:

  • An official festival shirt and poster.
  • Preferred seating at the Main Stage @ Lancaster Square.
  • First seating at Steinman Hall in The Ware Center – must arrive at least 20 minutes before show time.
  • Entrance to Friday night’s opening reception in the VIP area at the Main Stage @ Lancaster Square, featuring hors d’oeuvres & wine from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance to private mini-concerts at The SugarTank. Two concerts are on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Complimentary wine from The Winery at Grandview.

Mini-concert schedule:

Ron Gallo- Saturday 1:30 pm

Scott Pemberton- Saturday 2:30 pm

Annie Mack-Sunday 1:30 pm

Tuck Ryan 2:45 p.m.

  • Entrance to a VIP Party presented by Bobby Rahal Lexus on Saturday from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. at Lancaster’s newest events venue, the gorgeous Excelsior, located at 125 East King St. Featuring live music from Clarence Spady and Matt’s Blues, and a great selection of treats and hors d’ oeuvres from Miesse Candies, Kegels Produce and Jimmy Duffy’s Catering.
  • Entrance to the Demuth Museum at 120 E. King St., on Sunday for a presentation of high quality photographs featuring the musicians from the first three years of Lancaster Roots and Blues.  There will be mimosas, wine, and cheese provided by J. Maki Winery.

Ticketing info:

3-day General admission tickets gets you into all concerts (Except VIP Parties) $150

2-Day GA $110

1-Day GA  $60

Under-21 Tickets admit younger concert attendees into 18 select concerts Friday and Saturday.

3-day VIP Experience Tickets presented by Lexus- $300

1-day VIP Experience Tickets presented by Lexus- $125

Full details on ticketing are at our ticketing link on the website. Tickets may also me ordered by phone at 800-838-3006.


Office- 717-875-2772


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