These blues won't make you sad.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is ready to open the gates at 5 p.m. today for the return of ROOTSandBLUES.
The popular event will feature the sounds of Tom Cochrane, Jann Arden, Antibalas, Ruthie Foster and more.
“We can't wait to welcome everyone to Salmon Arm this weekend,” says Kevin Tobin, artistic director. “The overwhelming support we’ve received from sponsors, volunteers, and the community makes us even more excited about this weekend as we prepare to celebrate together once again.”
Best known as the frontman of the rock band Red Rider before receiving acclaim for solo hits like No Regrets, Cochrane will take the main stage Friday night after performances by Northern Cree and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.
Meanwhile, on the Barn Stage, patrons can catch the upbeat folk-rock sounds of Shred Kelly before B.C.’s hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids closes the night.
Saturday welcomes American blues guitarist Cedric Burnside at the Blues Stage, blues vocal powerhouse Ruthie Foster closes the Barn Stage, and the powerful experience of Five Alarm Funk before the American afrobeat superstars Antibalas close out the main stage.
On Sunday, watch The Blue and Gold featuring Ndidi O and Trish Klein or close the Barn Stage with C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Or, catch some shade at the shade stage and experience the storytelling and Inuit throat singing of PIQSIQ.
As the sun sets on the final night of the 30th annual Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES, join your friends and family for the sounds of Canadian music royalty Jann Arden.
This weekend also brings the return of the ROOTSandBLUES' crowd-favourite workshops coordinated by Ted Crouch.
"Workshops and artist collaborations are integral to providing some of the most memorable and invigorating moments at a major festival," says Tobin.
Day passes are still available online and at the gate. Children aged 12-and-under get in for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Festival grounds are cashless, with only debit and credit accepted at the bar and merchandise tent.
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