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.
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
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!