TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is hosting the Rhythm and Roots Festival all day Oct. 3 to celebrate the roots of American musical heritage.
Program coordinator Terrilynn Meece is the brains behind the festival. She said she and Executive Director Linda Lee Jolly were originally talking about having a bluegrass concert.
“Then I had suggested why not make it a festival for bluegrass and other early American genres,” Meece said. “Linda liked the idea, said okay and we got to work with the committee.”
The festival will open at 11:30 a.m. with a dulcimer presentation by the local organization, the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton. Using two stages and six bands, the event will explore the roots of America’s musical traditions.
The Whipstitch Sallies will bring the roots of bluegrass at noon, followed The Finnigan-Denson Project exploring the roots of rock ‘n roll at 1 p.m.
Roots of gospel will be performed by Sweet Betsy at 2 p.m., followed by Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band exploring the roots of folk at 3 p.m. Brian Keith Wallen will delve into the roots of blues at 4 p.m.
At 5:30, the festival’s featured musicians, The Elements, will take the stage.
“The Elements are two couples, one who plays bluegrass and the other plays jazz,” Meece said. “It’s a marvelous examination of American music and listening to them play is fascinating.”
Rick Good was a founding member of the bluegrass group the Hotmud Family and more recently has performed with the Red Clay Ramblers. He and Sharon Leahy were co-directors of the nationally renowned group Rhythm in Shoes. Michael and Sandy Bashaw have performed with Puzzle of Light and Theatre of Sound for many decades and are known for their creative jazz intonations and innovative concerts.
The festival will also feature Lunch on the Lawn with grilled-on-site sausages from the Troy Meat Shop and freshly made soup and sandwiches from Troy Bulk Barn and Deli. Meece said patrons can enjoy Cajun fare and sweets from Jeannette’s Just Desserts and Boston Stoker.
Children’s activities will be going on in the Art Studio, while in the East Room, a variety of downtown Troy businesses will bring related items to peruse and purchase. Around About Books will have vintage and music-related books, CDs and albums. Sound City Music will have a booth of musical instruments and information about music classes.
Patrons will find wooden flutes and cigar box guitars handcrafted by local artist Paul Nelson and eclectic vintage items from 3 Weird Sisters, as well as other uniquely Troy items. Artist Jenn Noren will do an on-site painting, which some lucky guest will have the opportunity to take home.
The event is free, although there are ticketed prices for food.
“It’s a celebration of the roots of American music in our community, and it’s really beautiful,” Meece said.
For more information, contact the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at (937) 335-0457.