Carolina Roots MusicFest: 6 things you need to know
BY MEREDITH COLLINS
Now in its second year, organizers have high hopes for the Carolina Roots MusicFest, which will bring 16 bands to the stage May 19-20.
The festival falls under the umbrella of the very successful Carolina Balloon Fest, and is another way for the organization to raise money for charity.
“We are in the business of giving money away,” Bud Welch, National Balloon Rally Charities Executive Director, said. “We created this second event to be kind of a back-up plan. The Balloon Rally is centered around weather. If we have bad weather, we don’t have an event and we end up losing money. If the Balloon Rally gets cancelled due to weather, we still have the opportunity to have this spring event.”
This is the second year for the Carolina Roots MusicFest, and organizers are anticipating a good weekend.
“First of all, it looks like great weather,” Richard Griggs, Carolina Roots MusicFest committee board member, said. “We have created a great music festival at a really affordable price. There are a lot of music fests in the southeast, but none are as affordable as this one.”
The music begins Friday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. with the first five bands performing until 10:30 p.m. The music cranks back up Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., and goes for over 12 hours, ending at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. A total of 16 bands will perform throughout the weekend.
Most bands fall into the Americana genre, with others featuring bluegrass, reggae and rock. Some are local and others are traveling from Tennessee, Illinois and Michigan to perform.
“We will have two stages this year – not two stages going on at the same time, but two stages side by side so the music will be constant,” Welch said. “While one band is playing, another will be setting up so there won’t be a 20 or 30 minute set up time in between bands. We’ll keep the music going.”
“Any time we have the opportunity to create and host larger events like this, it brings out the community,” Griggs said. “It also brings people into our community. We want to create opportunities to bring people to Statesville, and we also want to create fun opportunities for the residents of our community to get out and enjoy being together.”
Festival goers can bring lawnchairs, blankets and sunbrellas to sit and relax to enjoy the music. Large sunbrellas and 10x10 pop ups are permitted in a designated area.
“The grass field where everyone gathers is the coolest little place,” Welch said. “It’s the perfect venue to just have fun and relax.”
There is ample free parking and a camping area just a short walk from the stages and festival venue.
FOOD, DRINK & VENDORS
Guests can enjoy a variety of food and drinks from food trucks, Hops Garden and an Artisan Village. The Saturday Hops Garden VIP Tasting Hour will be from 1-2 p.m. A $15 tasting ticket must be purchased (in addition to Roots MusicFest entry ticket).
Breweries featured include Ghostface Brewing of Mooresville, Bayne Brewing Company of Cornelius, D9 Brewing Company of Cornelius, Olde Hickory Brewery of Hickory, Blind Squirrel of Plumtree and Four Saints of Asheboro.
A $2 reusable souvenir cup will be available for attendees to purchase.
Yoga Loft of Statesville will provide a fresh start to the morning on-site with yoga. The Statesvegas Disc Golf Club will provide a disc golf course for attendees. A variety of artisan vendors will be set up, including a free children’s craft tent sponsored by the Iredell Art Council.
Festival goers have the option to camp on the field adjacent to the festival.
“People can come and camp Friday night and Saturday night right outside the gate,” Welch said. “Camping is a big part of this. You can just walk right out of your RV and into the festival.”
It’s $25 for a tent campsite with one vehicle space, $40 for an RV campsite with one vehicle space and $20 for an extra vehicle ticket with a max of two at each tent or RV campsite.
The day of the event, prices increase to $35 for a tent campsite and $50 for an RV campsite.
“Last year a few of the bands camped out and played music until like 5 a.m.” Welch said. “The campsite part has more than doubled from last year.”
Families are welcome.
“I’ll have my kids out there for the whole weekend,” Griggs said. “It’s a great family friendly weekend.”
Welch says a huge thank you is owed to the volunteers for this event.
“Everyone helping with this event other than me is a volunteer,” Welch said. “That’s a huge part of it – the volunteers. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to have the event.”
Welch says they are planning for around 200 volunteers for the MusicFest. The BalloonFest has around 400 volunteers.
Tickets can be purchased online here:
Ticket prices depend on the day and activity:
Advance Weekend (2 days): $35
Advance Friday Only: $10
Advance Saturday Only: $25
Early Bird Hops Garden Tasting: $15
Rhythm Lounge: $125
Tent Campsite: $25
RV Campsite: $40
Vehicle Ticket: $20
Festival hours are from 3-10:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s a really great local opportunity,” Griggs said. “If you’re a music lover, come on out. If you’ve never been to a music fest, come on out too and check it out. It’s a great weekend for both individuals and the whole family.”
For information, visit: http://www.carolinarootsmusicfest.com/