So what's happening in the festival world? Well we are gearing up for our 64 page program which will be complimentary for all festival attendees. For all you die hard fans out there, this year's program will be a great takeaway that you can have your favorite bands sign. We will have featured articles and photos, advertisements from our local supporters and more!
Also in the mix we are tying down the food truck layout. Yep, you got it, FOOD TRUCKS! So not only can you hit up any of the amazing restaurants in the city, but you can rest your feet and grab a snack at a food truck! I'll have more information as to which food trucks and where they will located soon.
Next I am happy to announce that there will be a Free Shuttle circling the city the weekend of the festival (Feb 6th and 7th). Actually there will be two in the loop. So all you have to do is show your ticket stub or wristband to the driver and he will happily give you a free ride. The shuttles will have the Roots and Blues logo on them and making stops at the designated venues and stops with LRB signage. Check out the venue map HERE. The actual route is as follows:
Tellus360 & the Convention Center
Ware / Trust Performing Arts Center / Lancaster Dispensing Company
• Music for Everyone Information Table Assistant & Photographer
The festival and musicians will be donating 10% of merch sales to this wonderful organization. We would like to set up a press wall and information booth to better inform the community of this amazing organization. This is a very important task and such a great opportunity to give back.
• VIP Hosts
We will ask the chosen VIP hosts to dress in Black pants and a clean White shirt. You will be guiding guests to the VIP area and also assisting guests in any questions they may have including schedules for your venue, restrooms, parking, etc.
Duties include helping musicians load and unload their instruments and cases at each venue.
• Stage Techs
Select stages will need drum, guitar and keyboard techs to assist audio engineers in setting and striking instruments.
• Ticketing and Wrist-banding
Duties will include collecting tickets, selling day of tickets, checking IDs and placing wristbands on each concert goer.
• Merchandise sales
Includes selling artist merchandise and Lancaster Roots and Blues merchandise.
We will need several runners to transport artist to and from airports and also drivers to move items and personnel around the Festival.
• Green Room Managers
Duties include setting up dressing rooms with food and beverage, issuing artists their swag bags, assisting artists with any needs they may have, and reminding them of show times
Signs will need to be hung, posted & torn down at the beginning and ending of the festival. This will include inside the venues and also at the bus stops on the shuttle route.
There are lots of perks to volunteering at the festival. If money is a little tight and you would still like to experience the weekend event, volunteer! You'll be able to catch some of the music action, be fed by Lancaster's great restaurants and even earn a ticket for either Friday or Saturday. We appreciate everyone's help in advance. We couldn't do it
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Here's their Feature Artist Blurb from the Lancaster Roots & Blues website:
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!
The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in “Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade” the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.BSFN is a festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil, to Canada. BSFN is a favorite on the festival circuit and has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience, Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival, LEAF & many more.
That's all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment if you have any questions!