TROY — On Sept. 23, the Rhythm and Roots Festival will explore the roots of our American musical heritage with seven bands on two stages at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St. Each band will explore an important genre of music, including bluegrass, rock, gospel, blues, country, folk and Americana.
On the front stage at 11 a.m., local favorites Rum River Blend will open the festival with a rousing bluegrass offering featuring septuagenarian Carl Phillis on fiddle, and Linda Tatarian on banjo.
Noon will bring Dayton’s New Old-Fashioned exploring the roots of rock. This group has intimate harmonies, punchy guitars, and lyrics firmly rooted in the Midwest lifestyle.
Bringing gospel at 1 p.m. will be Nikki D and the Sisters of Thunder. “Guitar World” magazine called Nikki D the “Jimi Hendrix of sacred steel.”
Straight from the Mississippi Delta, Terry Harmonica Bean will be playing the blues at 2 p.m. He not only keeps the blues alive, but he brings a bit of himself to his music, evolving his own unique sound to add to the great blues harmonica players of our time.
At 3 p.m., we will celebrate country music with a relatively new band called the Great Northern String Band. This band features Brian Spirk on mandolin, John Lardinois on violin, Khrys Blank, Erich Reith, Rich Reuter and Josh Johnson making this band a powerful sound with solid musicianship.
Next will be The Typical Johnsons at 4 p.m. Winner of three Ohio Music Awards, this band of four has a very polished but earthy folk vibe with strong rock influences.
The festival’s headliner is Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, who will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. The Hustle is an Americana group with a stand-up bass, guitar, mandolin and sometimes an honest to goodness washboard. This group has hard driving rhythms and rich, deep vocal harmonies.
Artisan music vendors joining the festival include downtown Troy merchant Pachamama Market with handcrafted world instruments. Find Trojan City Music store in the Study promoting several artisan crafters of musical instruments including cigar box guitars by Adam Petitjean and Mike Clay and handcrafted gourd instruments by the Clevenger family. Paul Nelson will return with his handcrafted woodland flutes. Vinyl albums will be for sale from the collections of Around About Books and Tim Kozul.
Local artisan Mitch Barhorst created a cigar box guitar with a pickup for amplification to raffle for the festival. You can see this work of art and purchase raffle tickets for $10 each at Trojan City Music until the day of the festival. Ten-dollar tickets will be sold at the festival until 4:30 p.m. and the winner will be announced at 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County.
On the second floor of the center, explore the history of American music with Tim Kozul’s vintage vinyl exhibit. Over 100 albums from seven genres of American roots music are represented. Kozul created a companion book to enlighten the exhibit. Purchase the companion book for $5 at the front desk. Join Kozul for a free guided tour at 5 p.m. the day of the festival.
Don’t miss the Pie Party in the studio! Our pie chefs will be competing for your vote for best pie of the festival. Lunch and dinner will be right out front with Smokin Bee-bee-Q, Cajun Specialties and TJs Nice Cream.
In case of rain, the festival will be moved into the three-story Hayner mansion. Parking will be available in various lots nearby.
There will be no entrance fee for the festival thanks to the generosity of the Troy community and these sponsors: Dayton City Paper, Edison State Community College, SEW Eurodrive, Troy Community Radio, 98.1 WPTW Classic Hits, 91.3 WYSO Community Radio, Brittney’s Cakes, Bruns General Contracting, Ray’s Tune Up, and Peak Foods.
Visit www.troyhayner.org/rr for all the details about the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s 2017 Rhythm and Roots Festival.