American Roots Music Festival /
All Day & Evening

Lucinda Williams /
Parker Millsap/
Larry Campbell &
Teresa Williams /
and more!

Sat, June 27, 2015, 12:00pm

Overview

The all-ages American Roots Music Festival is a home for musical heritage and modern twists set throughout our beautiful performance spaces, gardens and grounds. With legendary stars and up and coming artists, the festival offers an eclectic mix of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, early jazz, singer/songwriter, string band, old time, traditional and contemporary roots music – lots of music for everyone to enjoy!

Alt-country superstar Lucinda Williams headlines this year and we are thrilled to welcome her and her excellent band to Caramoor. She follows a distinctive list of artists who previously headlined  – Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury, David Bromberg, David Grisman, Acoustic Hot Tuna – exemplifying the reason why American roots music has enormous staying power and sway, and is so enjoyable. Opening the evening for Lucinda is Parker Millsap – an electrifying Oklahoma songwriter and guitarist with a gutsy, soulful voice.

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams anchor the afternoon festivities. They move freely between blues, country, folk and Celtic styles with expert instrumentals (Larry), big soulful vocals (Teresa), and lovely harmonies (both).  When not performing in their own band, you can catch Larry and Teresa playing with Phil Lesh and Friends, the Dirt Farmer Band, and the Midnight Ramble Band.

American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor

Spuyten Duyvil performs in Caramoor’s Sunken Garden, American Roots Music Festival 2014

New to the festival this year are the Kristin Andreassen Band (you may know Kristin from her work with Abigail Washburn in the band Uncle Earl, or Aoife O’Donovan in the band Sometymes Why), Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess (a hot jazz and blues band from Brooklyn), Philadelphia area folk-rock outfit Mason Porter (strong vocal harmonies and acoustic arrangements), and Cole Quest and the City Pickers (pure bluegrass high energy).

Alt-trad Americana powerhouse Spuyten Duyvil returns (fresh off their new album release) as does the always uplifting Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. Crowd pleaser Matt Turk returns as our official roots festival ‘Rover in Residence’.  You can catch Matt with his acoustic guitar and mandolin roving the grounds during the festival and staging impromptu performances.


Plan your festival stay based on two ticket options:

All Day & Evening ticket  gives you access to all performances and activities, including the Festival headliner Lucinda Williams and opener Parker Millsap.

Day Only ticket  offers you access to all performances and activities except for the evening performances by Lucinda Williams and Parker Millsap.

In addition to hours of great music, your tickets include:
free and convenient parking
real restrooms
viewing areas out of the sun including a shade tent for daytime shows
spacious green picnic lawns (some with old-fashioned picnic tables)
plenty of space to explore and play
assorted food and beverages for purchase at our refreshment stand (or bring your own!)
free activities for kids (including the Caramoor Scavenger Hunt, I Spy tours of the Rosen House), tours of the historic Rosen House, and the Social Music Hour Workshop – an all ages sing-along, play-along session.

A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!

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  • 11:00am Picnic Parking Welcome Area
    Cole Quest and the City Pickers

  • Noon Friends Field
    Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

  • 12:30pm Sunken Garden
    Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess

  • 12:45pm Friends Field
    Spuyten Duyvil

  • 1:15pm Sunken Garden
    Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

  • 1:45pm Friends Field
    Mason Porter

  • 1:45pm Cedar Walk
    Cole Quest and the City Pickers

  • 2:00pm Sunken Garden
    Kristin Andreassen Band

  • 2:00pm Spanish Courtyard
    Matt Turk

  • 2:45pm Friends Field
    Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess

  • 2:45pm Sunken Garden
    Spuyten Duyvil

  • 2:45pm Spanish Courtyard
    Cole Quest and the City Pickers

  • 3:15pm Cedar Walk
    Matt Turk

  • 3:30pm Sunken Garden
    Mason Porter

  • 3:45pm Friends Field
    Kristin Andreassen Band

  • 4:15pm Sunken Garden
    Matt Turk

  • 4:45pm Friends Field
    Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

  • 5:55pm Merch & Info Tent
    Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams CD Release Meet & Greet

  • 6:00pm East Lawn
    The Social Music Hour

  • 8:00pm Venetian Theater
    Parker Millsap

  • 8:50pm Venetian Theater
    Lucinda Williams


  • Other Daytime Events / Various Locations

    Sound art / In the Garden of Sonic Delights  – Learn More

    Historic Rosen House / Tours for kids & adults. Sign up at the Festival.

    Scavenger Hunt / explore the gardens, woodland & grounds

    Raffles / win free tickets to upcoming shows

    Food + Drink stations

    Picnic Lawns / lounge, eat, drink, listen

 

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda headlines our American Roots Music Festival this year and we are beyond thrilled to welcome her and her excellent band to Caramoor. She follows in a distinctive line of artists who have headlined the festival – Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury, David Bromberg, David Grisman – exemplifying the reason why American roots music has enormous staying power and sway.

Lucinda’s most recent album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, opens with the song “Compassion” – an adaptation of a poem by her dad, the celebrated poet Miller Williams, who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease and died on January 1, 2015:
“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it.
What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.
You do not know what wars are going on, down where the spirit meets the bone.”

Dubbed “America’s best songwriter” by TIME magazine in 2002, Lucinda continues to live up to – and exceed – the hype.  Her Grammy winning album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Grammy winning song “Passionate Kisses” gained her legions of devoted fans, as well as the praise of music critics which continues to this day.  Known for her distinctive alt-country style, her new music explores the music of her native South – the blues, black gospel, Memphis soul, swamp rock, and country.  

Explore Lucinda talks about the influence of her beloved father, the celebrated poet Miller Williams, who died earlier this year.

Explore Lucinda Williams: Have a Little Compassion


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You may not know him yet, but take one listen and Parker Millsap will be on your mind.  Inspired by vocal idols Tom Waits, Howlin’ Wolf, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Freddie Mercury, this young Oklahoman singer-songwriter captivates with his soulful and powerful vocals, rhythmic acoustic guitar playing, character-driven narratives, and riveting performances.

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One of our favorite married musical couples (thank you to WFUV’s John Platt for popularizing that phrase!), Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams move freely between blues, country, folk and Celtic styles with expert instrumentals (Larry), big soulful vocals (Teresa), and lovely harmonies (both).  When not performing in their own band, you can catch Larry and Teresa playing with Phil Lesh and Friends, the Dirt Farmer Band, and the Midnight Ramble Band.

Larry hails from NYC and is a self taught musician who caught the bug early starting with country and bluegrass music, motivating him to learn to play fiddle, mandolin, banjo and pedal steel.  He added guitar to his talents after hearing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show (1964). He has played with numerous leading lights in the roots world including Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, The Band, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy and Julie Miller, Shawn Colvin, Artie & Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, Paul Butterfield, and many many more.

Teresa grew up living the story of Americana music, picking and hoeing cotton on her family’s 7th generation West Tennessee farm surrounded by the music of the Delta, Muscle Shoals, Nashville and Kentucky, singing at church, Revivals and other gatherings.

Equally, and stunningly, adept on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, cittern, dobro, and banjo, Larry is an award winning instrumentalist – Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and Lifetime Achievement Award winner for instrumental work (2008) in addition to being a three-time Grammy winning producer.  Larry was a member of Bob Dylan’s band and The Levon Helm Band for many years, and produced the just released solo album by Jorma Kaukonen, and duo album by Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky.


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Led by vocalist, washboard player and percussionist Jessy Carolina, Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess is a NYC based ensemble specializing in early American jazz and blues from the late 1800’s – 1930’s..  The group, formerly known as the Bill Murray Experience, has performed throughout the East coast as well as overseas.  The Hot Mess also includes Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (banjo, piano, warbling), Jordan Hyde (guitar), Jay Sanford (bass), Mario J. Maggio (clarinet and tenor sax), and Satoru Ohashi (trumpet and trombone).

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Having performed in a duo at our Roots Music in the Music Room series this past March, Kristin returns to Caramoor, this time with her band!  Kristin has toured three continents as a member of the stringband Uncle Earl, the “folk noir” trio Sometymes Why, the folk/punk outfit Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard, and as a clogger with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Her solo album Kiss Me Hello includes the song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes” which has charted on radio shows for both kids and grown-ups. She’s worked with superstar producers John Paul Jones, Mark Schatz & Dirk Powell, been a featured guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. She just released her brand new record – Gondolier. At home in Brooklyn, Kristin hosts a weekly old time jam, calls square dances and organizes community events like the Miles of Music Winter House Camp. She draws inspiration from great camps where she’s been privileged to teach in the past, including the Rockygrass Kids Academy, Mt. Shasta Fiddle Camp, Voiceworks in Port Townsend, WA, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Memphis and the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV.


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Philadelphia area folk-rock outfit Mason Porter is focused on vocal harmonies and simple acoustic arrangements.  Mason Porter got its start as friends playing folk songs together at parties in West Chester, PA. The band consists of core members Joe D’Amico (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Tim Celfo (upright bass, vocals), and Paul Wilkinson (guitar, vocals). The band has evolved an original approach blending folk, bluegrass, blues, country, and rock influences with a close-held intimate performance style into the unique personality that is Mason Porter. They have shared the stage with such acts as Ralph Stanley, Peter Rowan, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greensky Bluegrass, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and more.


American Roots Music Festival at CaramoorSpuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil has been a part of the American Roots Music Festival from its inception and we’re pleased to welcome them back again! Hailing from the Yonkers, NY, Spuyten Duyvil’s soaring vocals, traditional jug-band energy, slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music. Recent stops on the journey that began on a front porch with a Bouzouki and copy of Rise Up Singing include The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival. They just released their new CD The Social Music Hour Vol.1  “Raucous Roots…” says The New York Times. 

Spuyten Duyvil's acoustic Sunken Garden set from a recent American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor


American Roots Music Festival at CaramoorWalkabout Clearwater Chorus

Founded in 1984 by folk music legend Pete Seeger, the chorus is a gathering of souls committed to raise their voices for a cleaner, healthier, more peaceful environment.  You can find them singing together monthly as well as at many local festivals and events. Members of the chorus come from throughout the New York metropolitan area, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The chorus’ repertoire ranges from engaging sing-alongs to carefully crafted arrangements.

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American Roots Music Festival at CaramoorMatt Turk

Hastings-on-Hudson resident Matt Turk returns as our official roots festival ‘Rover in Residence’.  You can catch Matt with his acoustic guitar and mandolin roving the grounds during the festival and staging impromptu performances.

A seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and compassionate peace loving realist, Matt is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a rocking bandleader and an acoustic troubadour.  He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel, and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals and venues including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, the Gathering of the Vibes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theater, and Brooklyn Bowl.  You can often find Matt performing at Garcia’s at The Capital Theater in Portchester.


Cole Quest and the City Pickers

Cole Quest and the City Pickers are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and their love of bluegrass. Playing in various incarnations and venues around the city with their first album to be released soon.

They bring you up-beat, knee slapping, high energy traditional tunes as well as originals, and a high lonesome sound that’ll leave you wanting more.

Check out em out: ColeQuest.com