The 16th annual Rhythm and Roots Fest is locked and loaded for Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 1) at Ninigret Park in Charlestown. Pick up a one-day pass or bring the family and go for the camping package. The 2013 R&R Fest features a “Gulf Coast theme,” with more than 25 bands making a “Rhode trip” and arriving from southern hotspots like Fayetteville, San Antonio and, of course, N’awlins. The Friday night lineup will showcase newer acts, including Phoebe Hunt, Yvette Landry, and Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr.). Brown Bird was originally scheduled to headline the Heritage Stage but were forced to cancel due to David Lamb’s illness (though we’re happy to hear he finally returned home following a lengthy hospital stay). Headliners include the Taj Mahal Trio, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steve Earle, and Marcia Ball. Advance ticket pricing is still available at rhythmandroots.com
Unfortunately, it appears the capital city’s annual Sound Session bash won’t happen, but we still have AS220’s mighty Foo Fest (Saturday, August 10). Empire Street is the only place to be when Foo Fest sets up shop, with 12 hours of genre-spanning music (1 pm-1 am) ranging from Clyde Lawrence and Vudu Sister to Lolita Black and Whore Paint; SSION and Black Pus will headline. Plus an array of food truck eats, art installations, creative activities, and the Providence Anarchist Bookfair. It’s the best $7 you will spend all summer; stop by as220.org/foofest2013 for the complete list of scheduled acts.
And be sure to check back here for a full rundown of the “Newport Homegrown” lineup at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, an all-star affair curated by the Low Anthem’s Jeff Prystowsky and Ben Knox-Miller. And stay tuned for a preview of the two-day “Something Bloody Metal Fest” going down at Dusk on July 27 and 28.