September 30, 2017
Main Street, Nashua
Presented by The River Casino and Sports Bar, this event features acts performing folk, bluegrass, americana, rhythm & blues, and more!
Please note, due to rain expected through 3pm, early performances have been moved to indoor venues. These changes are reflected in the interactive map below, and are also in plain text at the bottom of this webpage with a corresponding map.
The event will be held across multiple venues including a closed Main Street in Downtown Nashua, NH. This festival event will also feature food trucks, live art, interactive demonstrations, local artisanal vendors and more!
This is the last of two downtown music festivals designed to offer a wide variety of experiences over the course of 2017. The festival preceding the New England Roots Festival is Nu Muse Festival on 5/6.
This event is also made possible by our other fantastic sponsors. Radisson Hotel Nashua is our official hotel sponsor, and Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar is our official food sponsor!
The Arts and Artisans market will feature a wide array of fantastic offerings from Soul Blossom Body Arts, Whalom Painting & Wood Sculpture, Holland Homestead Farm, Down to Earth Jewelry, Soak Up the Sunflowers, Dyegirls Designs, Josh Robert Photography, Odin’s Eye Art, and Contessa Esselia’s Curiousities.
The New England Roots Lineup:
THE JACOB JOLLIFF BAND | THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE | TWISTED PINE | SAY DARLING | JULIE RHODES | BILL SCORZARI | YOUNG FRONTIER
Take A Listen!
Take a Look
- Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff was an integral member of beloved New England roots band, Joy Kills Sorrow. He started touring with JKS when he was studying on a full scholarship at The Berklee College of Music. The band logged three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, and David Grisman, to name a few. When Joy Kills Sorrow went on hiatus in 2014, Jolliff got the call to come tour with progressive bluegrass giant, Yonder Mountain String Band. Soon after, he was asked to join the band. He has been featured on two records with YMSB–2015’s, Black Sheep, and 2017’s, “Love. Ain’t Love.”Jolliff’s new solo project, The Jacob Jolliff Band, is a next generation bluegrass supergroup. The ensemble features some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. The lineup at The New England Roots Festival will include Alex Hargreaves on fiddle, Jake Stargel on guitar and Adam Chaffins on bass.
The sounds of The Appleseed Collective are as diverse as the personalities that create them. Violinist/Mandolinist Brandon Worder-Smith grew up steeped in a rich rural Bluegrass and Irish fiddle culture. Driven to explore beyond the boundaries of tradition, he set off on foot to hitchhike around America searching for his musical kin. After a year and a half of wandering he stumbled across Guitarist Andrew Brown back in Ann Arbor MI, where the band now hangs their collective hats when not on the road. Downtown Andrew Brown, fast-talking vintage garb peddler and son of a Motown session musician had just returned from New Orleans with a piece of that dixieland sound. He gifted long-time friend and funk/rock drummer Vince Russo with a washboard, whose penchant for ripping percussion solos and untamed showmanship were only further enhanced, and the first incarnation of the band was born. Later the boys would join forces with bassist Eric O’Daly, whose passion for Indian Classical music and introspective yet fiery Irish nature would complete the Genre-Bending sound of The Appleseed Collective.
Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown. In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to its bluegrass origins, but over time the quartet has developed a unique, infectious style without limits. Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multilayered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.
It was only a matter of time for a project like ‘Say Darling’ to come together…a band of old friends and road warriors – a super group of sorts – from the New England Roots Rock and Americana scene.
Grammy Nominated singer and songwriter Celia Woodsmith – of the acclaimed bluegrass band ‘Della Mae’ – and crtically lauded guitarist Chris Hersch of the Alt. Country Rock band ‘Girls Guns & Glory’ – took the opportunity to form the band they always wanted when both tenures with these international touring acts came to a close.
Country, R&B and Blues may be the backbone of the band, but make no mistake, ‘Say Darling’ rocks out. Powered by Woodsmith’s straight-from-the-depths vocalizing and Hersch’s finger-flying fretwork (and fortified by vintage Hammond organ tones and rhythm-ready drums) this gutsy ensemble embraces its roots yet keeps its feet firmly in the here-and-now.
Blending distinctive original songs with classic tunes that pay homage to a shared musical heritage, ‘Say Darling’ evokes the funky drive of Little Feat, the moving vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the instrumental prowess of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band while maintaining a firm identity of its own.
o “There aren’t many unknown artists who get to record their debut albums partially at Muscle Shoals’ Fame Studios with legends such as keyboardist Spooner Oldham, guitarist Greg Leisz and fiddler Sara Watkins sitting in. But, there aren’t many new singers as impressive as Julie Rhodes either.” – American Songwriter. On the cusp of a meteoric rise in the songwriter community, Julie Rhodes is a powerhouse vocalist with authentic soul, grounded both in the songwriting traditions of yesterday’s Americana and today’s very present social and political issues.
No Depression calls Bill Scorzari “a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly.” Bill Scorzari is a New York-based singer-songwriter, often likened to Sam Baker, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. March 10, 2017 marked the release of Through These Waves, his second full-length record, produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN.
With rain expected through 2-3pm, we’ve moved early performances indoors – and made some slight
adjustments to the Main Street Stage Schedule
Grab some lunch, and catch some tunes,
and get ready for the big show!
Music Schedule and Venue Adjustment
The Thirsty Turtle
(Previously Lake Sunapee Bank Steps,
whole schedule moved indoors)
12:30pm – 2pm: The Opined Few
2:30pm – 4pm: Mike Becker
4:30pm – 6pm: Decatur Creek
Main Stage: (pushed ahead one hour)
3:40pm – 4:20pm – Bill Scorzari
4:40pm – 5:40pm – Julie Rhodes
6pm – 7pm – Say Darling
7:20pm – 8:20pm – Twisted Pine
8:40pm – 9:40pm – Appleseed Collective
10pm – 11pm – Jacob Jolliff
Martha’s Exchange: (previously Main Street)
1pm – 2pm: Young Frontier
Riverside BBQ (Previously Bicentennial Park)
1pm – 3pm: Strangers by Accident
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Catfish Howl
Riverwalk Café (Previously in RRsq Gazebo)
1pm – 4pm: The New Englanders
Railroad Square Gazebo
3:30pm – 6:30pm: Cow Hampshire Folk
2:30pm – 4pm: Mike Becker
4:30pm – 6pm: Decatur Creek