Rhythm & Roots at Ninigret this weekend


The weather report looks perfect for the Rhythm and Roots Festival at Charlestown’s Ninigret Park this weekend.

I’ve got my lawn chair, blanket, iced tea, sunblock, hat and money for some delicious Cajun food, and I am ready to go.

Friday night, the festival opens at 5 p.m. with New Orleans piano powerhouse, John Papa Gros, setting the tone for three days of the best Cajun, Zydeco, roots, country, blues and any music form that causes your feet to start moving.

Saturday’s lineup brings headliner Grace Potter to center stage. The Vermont singer/songwriter has toured with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, and recently joined Chesney in the smash country hit, “You and Tequila,” which was nominated for a Grammy.

The music begins on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and continues well into the evening both on the main stage and the dance tent.

I find my way to the festival site by taking Route 95 to Route 4 and then taking the exit to Exeter and the Veterans cemetery, following Route 2 to Route 1 and avoiding much of the beach traffic.

There is plenty of parking on site and room to spread out on the lawn. There are loads of activities, including a special music tent, crafts and games for the kids.

Rhythm and Roots is the most laid back festival I have ever attended. People are very friendly, sober and interested in one thing: listening and dancing to some great music.

There are loads of craft and food tents to visit, and a chance to meet the artists who love to mingle with the crowd.

See you there.


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