ELKIN — The Elkin Roots Music Fest is tuning up for its fourth year, with the showcase of traditional bluegrass, old-time, blues and gospel artists to be staged again this Saturday.
It is free event for the public which is planned annually by the Elkin Valley Fiddlers, an associate member of Foothills Arts Council.
Elkin Municipal Park is the site of the Roots Music Fest, which is scheduled from 1 to 8:30 p.m. on an outdoor stage. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the gymnasium at the park.
“Elkin’s music festival has grown each year, and we are pleased to present a greater variety of roots music than ever before,” Barry Carlton, the founder of the fiddlers group, said in a statement.
A variety of artists from across North Carolina is scheduled to perform, including:
• The Jeff Little Trio;
• Lightnin’ Wells;
• Paul Brown, Laurelyn Dossett, Terri McMurray and Joe Newberry;
• Big Ron Hunter;
• Joe Thrift;
• Presley Barker;
• United Praise, from the Piney Grove and Wesley Chapel United Methodist churches,
“Rarely can such talent be experienced for free,” Carlton added.
“This year we have assistance from Paul Brown, a well-known roots musician and former world newscast anchor with NPR (National Public Radio). Paul will be our onstage host, performing and introducing an impressive lineup of musicians.”
The Elkin Valley Fiddlers is able to provide a first-class traditional music festival with grant support from the Winston-Salem Foundation and “generous” aid from the town of Elkin, its business and non-profit communities, individual donors and musicians, according to Carlton.
Elkin’s Roots Music Fest is described as a family friendly event that offers plenty of space for lawn chairs and blankets, and a children’s playground within the park.
Vendors offering a variety of food and beverages will be on site, with parking available there for a modest fee, organizers say.
Elkin Valley Fiddlers seeks volunteers to help raise funds, distribute flyers and assist at the festival. Those interested can contact Judy Buckner, festival coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.