‘Halfway to Riverroots’

RiverRoots committee
plans party to promote May event

Music, microbrew beer,
food and fun on tap for Nov. 10

By Tess Worrell
Contributing Writer

(November 2012) – When an event hits big, organizers celebrate the success and look forward to the next year. When RiverRoots Music and Folk Art Festival hits big, RiverRoots marketing director Charlie Rohlfing says, “We throw a true party – the Halfway to RiverRoots Festival.”

Halfway To
RiverRoots Fest

• 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Livery Stable, 104 Broadway St., Madison, IN
• Tickets: $1
(adults over 21 only)
• 1-800-559-2956

Halfway to RiverRoots is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Livery Stable on Broadway Street in downtown Madison, Ind. Entry is $10 per person. Organizers invite everyone to attend this mini-RiverRoots event, which combines music, art and a craft beer display.
“We are making this year’s Halfway more of a festival. You get all the elements of RiverRoots on a smaller scale. It’s a chance to enjoy the success of the last RiverRoots and look forward to the next,” says Rohlfing.
The craft beer tasting comprises a new focus for RiverRoots. “Just as Ribberfest is known for blues and barbecue, we want to be known for folk music and craft beers,” says Rohlfing.
The Halfway to RiverRoots event will feature four local microbreweries. New Albanian (New Albany, Ind.), Great Crescent (Aurora, Ind.), Sun King (Indianapolis) and Upland Brewery (Bloomington, Ind.) will offer their prime selections so attendees can explore the variety of flavors available, he said.
Heather Burress and Heather Cooper serve as joint chairs of the Halfway event. “We will continue to grow this aspect of the festival,” Burress said. “We want this to become part of the brand of RiverRoots.”
Because of the open tasting, Halfway to RiverRoots event is open only to those age 21 and over. “RiverRoots is a very family friendly event, and we plan a variety of activities for children,” says Burress.

Bill Lancton

Bill Lancton

“But Halfway is for adults – a time for mom and dad to get away for the evening,”
Along with craft beers, the event features the folk music fans love. Bill Lancton and the Blue Grazz Junction will headline. Inducted into the Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005 and one of Indiana’s premiere guitarists, Lancton “has a love affair with Madison and spends a lot of time here,” says Rohlfing. “We can’t wait for his band to lead the night’s music.”
Jessi Ruth Curtis will also play. Cooper notes, “Jessi has a very distinctive voice – kind of like Melissa Etheridge. People need to come hear her. They will love what they hear.” Local musicians also will offer a couple of jam sessions to entertain between the professional musicians.
“Anyone can bring their instrument and join in,” says Burress. “One of the highlights of RiverRoots are the times when the bands sit down with people and jam with them. We want a mini-version of that aspect. Plus, we keep activity going throughout the night.”
Those who love RiverRoots for the folk art will find a variety available for perusal and purchase. Seth Bickus, local glass blowing artist, will bring his glasswork. Ben Hunter will display pottery, while Kris Ziesemer will offer her handcrafted jewelry. For people who love the folk art aspect of the festival, Halfway to RiverRoots offers the opportunity to sample the artists’ most recent work in a smaller setting, and just before the holidays.
“We focus on two goals with Halfway,” says Rohlfing. “First, we’re throwing a party for all the volunteers that make RiverRoots possible by celebrating their work and energizing them for the push for next spring. We want them to know how much we appreciate their efforts. Additionally, we use Halfway to raise funds for RiverRoots. We want people to come enjoy the event and then choose to become supporters of RiverRoots.”
“We need people to become members to keep the quality going,” says Burress. The headliner for the 2013 RiverRoots is the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.
“We couldn’t have this quality band without the past support of local members,” she said. “We need people to come pitch in by joining so we can continue the quality people have come to expect. The bonus of joining at Halfway is that cost of admission is credited toward membership and renewal.”
“Once summer ends and fall days start to turn cold, many people get sad. We want to say ‘Don’t be sad that summer is over. Instead, look forward to spring’s RiverRoots.’ ” says Burress. “Everyone should turn out and get a taste of what they will enjoy next year.”

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