RiverRoots ‘Jam Tent’ popular
among musicians, spectators

(May 2014) – Some people attend festivals to relax and listen to music. Other people crave a more active participation at an event like the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival. The Folk Arts Village is the perfect place for those more adventurous souls.
RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival on May 16-17 is actually several festivals rolled together. It features a craft beer and wine area, a large food truck area and the Folk Village, which is a family friendly area with many activities allowing children and adults alike to be part of the RiverRoots experience.

River Jam

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The Jam Tent and Folk Arts area offer festival-goers unique experiences.

There is a jam tent in the center of the village where people can find non-stop music and performing arts workshops. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring their own instruments and join the jam. There is plenty of room for an audience and many of the songs will offer the opportunity to sing along.
To one side of the jam area is the Historical Folk Village featuring life from the 1800s. There are a variety of craft demonstrators including blacksmith, fiddle maker, open fire cookery, flax processing, greenwood bowl carving, log building processes, camera obscura and flint lock rifle building.
Also in the Folk Village is an “Arts N Action,” area containing demonstrators featuring beads, stained glass, polymer clay, painting, drawing, traditional tools, wood chairs, weaving, beading, juggling, pottery wheel and sand castles. Many of these activities are focused on children.
Jam Tent activities:
Headline performers Rusted Root are known for their unique fusion of acoustic, rock, world and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section drawing from African, Latin American, and Native American influences. They will offer a drumming workshop at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Florida children’s author and performer Darrell House showcases his storytelling skills with his children’s book, “The King of Fish,” as well as songs and poems written for children. House will do a children’s show at 1 p.m. Saturday but will share his talents throughout the festival.
Following House’s performance, a flute workshop will feature two styles of flutes: Native American flutes by Soaring Raven and Zen flutes by Sean Black. A jam will follow the demonstration.
Larry Wayt is a leader in the eastern Indiana jam community centered in Metamora. His “Jamming 101, Playing Well With Others’ is an educated outline of proper behavior in a jam circle. That workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, but he will be a major part of the jams throughout the festival.
Dakota Phillips is a local performer who has developed characterizations of historical figures such as Woody Guthrie and Vincent Van Gogh. He has several performances scheduled on the jam stage and in the Arts in Action Tent.
The Troubadours of Divine Bliss have a strong following across the region stretching all the way to England. They are one of the opening acts on Friday and will then come to the jam tent to spread their joyful music with the jammers.
Russ Embry is a well known dulcimer teacher in Louisville and southern Indiana. He has taught at several area festivals including Ohio Valley gathering, Heartland and Corydon Spring Mill Retreat. He will lead a dulcimer workshop and jam at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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