Folk trio to headline Roots Festival

Summertime is a ripe season for music festivals, and Saturday, July 14, brings the Roots Music & Arts Festival, aimed at honoring musical traditions and bridging the gap between cultures, genres and people.

The Kruger Brothers, an Americana music trio, will headline the annual festival alongside about 50 acts across four stages.

Activities start at 10 a.m at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center Street, Westminster, Saturday, July 14. Grounds open at 10 a.m. and the concert begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.

Tickets are available for the Roots Music & Arts Festival at www.commongroundonthehill.org.

Held every year for 12 years, the Roots Music & Arts Festival closes Common Ground on the Hill, a three-week series of classes focusing on arts, music and culture held annually at McDaniel College.

Music acts include Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, Pete Clark (of Scotland), Urban Artistry, Connla (of Ireland), Walt Michael & Co., Frank McGuire (of Scotland), Bing Futch, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, and many others.

In addition to the music, the festival is rounded out by a wine and beer garden, juried arts and crafts and a variety of vendors. Food vendors will offer handcrafted pizza, pulled pork, soft-serve ice cream, coffee and more.

The North Carolina-based Kruger Brothers are a trio playing American folk music. Their round vocal harmonies anchor onto nimble layers of strings.

Brother Jens and Uwe Kruger grew up in Switzerland in a musical family and began performing from a young age and had their first record contract at age 17. They later partnered with Joel Landsberg, a New York native bass player with a jazz upbringing.

“Their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work,” according to the band’s website.

The Journal of Roots Music wrote, “The music they make is a tribute to the very idea that indeed America is a melting pot and the sounds that were birthed from the heartland find a universal touchstone.”

For Common Ground founder Walt Michael, the festival is “a culmination of three weeks of inspiring programming,” he told the Times in a July 10 interview.

The Kruger Brothers will also be presented with the 2018 Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts.

More information on the Kruger Brothers is available at krugerbrothers.com.

Festival guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas and sun tents are permitted if they do not interfere with the view of other guests.

Food, drinks, glass bottles, alcoholic beverages, drugs, pets that are not services dogs, coolers, professional audio or video recording equipment or cameras with long telephoto lenses/tripods are prohibited.


If you go

What: Roots Music & Arts Festival

Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14

Tickets: Regular, $30; senior 65+ or teen 13-18, $25; child 6-12, $10; child under 5 or Carroll County Public Schools teacher, staff member or student, free.


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