RiverRoots a great kickoff to festival season

May 19, 2017 GMT

Madison’s riverfront comes alive this weekend as the annual RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival returns. The festival begins tonight and continues through Saturday. Dan Williams, the festival’s new coordinator, says the event will stick to its tried and true formula - with a few new twists. One thing is certain ... the tradition of bringing top-notch performers to Madison continues. This year’s headliners are Ricky Skaggs on Friday and Sam Bush on Saturday. Both acts take the stage about 9:30 p.m. Leading up to their performances are a steady stream of musicians offering music of all kinds. There also will be entertaining story tellers and some activities for children. Also this year will be an expanded offering of food and drink along Vaughn Drive. We’re certain that visitors will find the music as diverse as the crowd. There is bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel and some music that defies a label. What all the music has in common is that it is performed by superb musicians - some well-known and others that are likely to become future stars. The music will be non-stop with acts performing on two stages. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and the music continues to about 11 p.m. The event resumes Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate and also may be purchased at locations around town. For more information on tickets, visit www.riverroots.org. A lineup of entertainers can be found in Thursday’s Madison Courier and at the Courier Online - www.madisoncourier.com. We hope to see you on the riverfront. RiverRoots promises to be an enjoyable beginning to Madison’s superb festival season.