Rusted Root
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The music line-ups for the 2014 RiverRoots Music and Folk Festival have been announced, and the number of acts is larger than ever before.

This year, 14 musical acts cover a wide variety of genres, including bluegrass and acoustic revival. In 2012, the festival boasted just eight musical groups.

Festival coordinator Greg Ziesemer said he's impressed with the line-up.

"I think this is one of our best line-ups ever," he said.

One of the biggest changes to this year's festival is the timing for performances on the two stages. The festival will have 15-minute overlaps and alternating performances on the two stages so festival-goers can enjoy as much music as possible, Ziesemer said.

The biggest name at this year's festival is Rusted Root, a Pittsburgh, Pa., group known for acoustic rock music and drawing inspiration from several different nationalities and religions.

While looking for groups to perform at this year's festival, Ziesemer said he looked for performances that could be upbeat and give people a reason to get up and dance.

"Diversity is what I really focused on," Ziesemer said of the search for RiverRoots performers. "Diversity and energy."

This year's RiverRoots festival will be held May 16 and 17.

Troubadours of Divine Bliss will be the first act to take the River Stage at 6:45 p.m. Friday. The only other group performing that day on that stage will be the Tim Grimm Band, who will perform at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday's performances on the River Stage will begin at 2:15 p.m., with performances starting every two hours. Saturday's entertainers include Shiny and the Spoon; Farmer Jason (Jason Ringenberg); Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux; and Wild Ponies.

On the Main Stage, Jennie DeVoe will lead off the show at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Spirit Family Reunion and The Black Lillies.

On Saturday, Main Stage performances will begin at 1 p.m. with Mike Mangione and the Union. Also performing on this stage will be St. Paul and the Broken Bones; the Claire Lynch Band; Elephant Revival; and Rusted Root.

The craft brew tent will be expanding to include five regional or local microbreweries with samplings of 15 different beers at the tent. There will also be three wineries brought in to provide samples.

The RiverRoots festival also coincides with National Craft Brew week, which Ziesemer said will be a prominent tie-in for the group. The Indiana Brewer's Guild has also become a sponsor.

Ziesemer said the annual kick-off event for the festival will be held March 21 at the West Street Gallery. Admission will be $10, and anyone who signs up for a membership will get $10 off their fees.

There will be live music performances by Rusty Bladen, Chris Jesse and another act that has yet to be determined.

More information will be available closer to the event.
Main Stage


Jennie DeVoe - 6 p.m.

Attracting fans of all ages, the Indianapolis-based DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, never failing to mesmerize and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. DeVoe's fifth CD, "Strange Sunshine," has just been released by Rubin the Cat Records, with distribution by Sony Red.

Spirit Family Reunion - 7:30 p.m.

Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung out in a pure and timeless way. The group's new record, "No Separation," is now available.

The Black Lillies - 9:30 p.m.

Cruz Contreras and his bandmates - harmony vocalist Trisha Gene Brady, multi-instrumentalist Tom Pryor, bass player Robert Richards and drummer Bowman Townsend - have grown from a few friends sitting around campfires and living rooms in their hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., to a band that shows up in far-flung cities where folks to whom they've never played before already know the words to the songs. The band's newest album, "Runaway Freeway Blues," was released in March 2013.


Mike Mangione & the Union - 1 p.m.

Mike Mangione & The Union is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility. The group includes Mike Mangione, Thomas Maginone, John Collins, Patrick Hoctor and Kristina Priceman. Mike Mangione & the Union released their latest album, "Red-Winged Blackbird Man," in September 2013.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones - 3 p.m.

Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. The Birmingham, Ala.-based group includes Paul Janeway, Browan Lollar, Andrew Lee, Jesse Phillips, Allen Branstetter and Ben Griner. Their latest album, "Half the City," was released Feb. 18.

Claire Lynch Band - 5 p.m.

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre.  She was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. The Claire Lynch Band, which formed in 2005, is currently a quartet featuring Mark Schatz, Matt Wingate, Bryan McDowell and Lynch.

Elephant Revival - 7 p.m.

This Nederland, Colo., quintet is a sound to be experienced - especially when members fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.

The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo).

Rusted Root - 9 p.m.

Having collaborated for two decades, Rusted Root has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape shift their music into their own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles.

The Pittsburgh-based group features Michael Glabicki, Patrick Norman, Liz Berlin, Preach Freedom and Dirk Miller.

On The River Stage

Friday and Saturday

Troubadours of Divine Bliss

International recording artists, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, are an award-winning duo of AmericanaSpirit, AcousticGypsyBluegrass, SoulFolk from Kentucky with female harmonies "soft as Spanish Moss and Smooth as Kentucky Bourbon."

Tim Grimm Band

Tim Grimm - an award-winning songwriter and actor from southern Indiana - walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition. Grimm's songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life-rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy-recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

Shiny and the Spoon

Amber Nash and Jordan Neff met and within weeks were personally involved and professionally linked in a ukelele-centric Folk/Bluegrass duo that they dubbed Shiny and the Spoon. Joined in 2011 by music veterans Pete Brown on upright bass, and Matt Frazer on drums, the group has quickly moved from house concerts to bandstands, offering new audiences the same unadorned simplicity as before, as though the couches had only been pushed far enough away from the stage to allow a better view. Shiny and the Spoon offers a sound that blends the heart of American folk music with catchy-pop melody lines and lyrics.

Farmer Jason (Jason Ringenberg)

An Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jason Ringenberg is one of the pioneers of the modern Americana and alt-country genres. Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad.  He left for Nashville July 4, 1981, to pursue his dream of "making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!"

Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux

Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees North America's largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned to hunt, fish, ride horses, dance, understand French, and tell stories. After earning a master's degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song.

Most recently, she has co-produced her new CD titled, "No Man's Land" with a host of friends lending a helping hand - Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Geno Delafose, Dirk Powell, Richard Comeaux, and Joel Savoy.

Wild Ponies

Wild Ponies, a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, recently released their studio debut of "Things That Used to Shine," an album about leaving some things behind, yet meeting others head-on. The two singers previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha.