Roots and Blues Festival

Layla Kutschker, a former Salmon Arm resident, helped staff a booth at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival where three pamphlets she created on gender, sexuality and pronouns were displayed. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Pamphlets created for Salmon Arm to help educate on gender, sexuality and pronouns

Former Salmon Arm resident provides details on how to be a good ally

 

ROOTSandBLUES Festival headline Tom Cochrane rocked the MainStage on Friday night, Aug. 19, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

ROOTSandBLUES: Celebratory atmosphere fitting for festival’s 30th anniversary

‘You can’t put something like this together without support from the community.’

  • Aug 23, 2022

 

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar give the audience a high-energy finale at their ROOTSandBLUES Main Stage performance on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: 12 thumbs up to return of Salmon Arm’s ROOTSandBLUES Festival

Random survey of festival attendees finds excitement, accolades

 

Tom Cochrane closes out the night on the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Main Stage on Friday, Aug. 19. See more photos from this year’s festival on pages 10 and 11. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

In Photos: Back in the groove at Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES

Festival marks 30th anniversary with hot weekend of live music

  • Aug 22, 2022
Tom Cochrane closes out the night on the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Main Stage on Friday, Aug. 19. See more photos from this year’s festival on pages 10 and 11. (Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
Cellist, composer and performing artist Christine Hanson will be playing the ROOTSandBLUES Main Stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, and will take part in a “Pushing The Boundaries” workshop at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Barn Stage. (Contributed)

ROOTSandBLUES: Artist captivates with musical retelling of Robert W. Service poem

Award winning cellist and composer Christine Hanson to play Main Stage on Sunday

  • Aug 15, 2022
Cellist, composer and performing artist Christine Hanson will be playing the ROOTSandBLUES Main Stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, and will take part in a “Pushing The Boundaries” workshop at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Barn Stage. (Contributed)
New York singer/songwriter Willie Nile performs at Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (Cristina Arrigoni photo)
New York singer/songwriter Willie Nile performs at Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (Cristina Arrigoni photo)
Kenthen Thomas will be emcee for the family oriented Plulk’w Stage at this year’s ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES: Secwepemc stories and culture in spotlight on Plulk’w Stage

Festival features Indigenous acts including Northern Cree, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Piqsiq

  • Aug 9, 2022
Kenthen Thomas will be emcee for the family oriented Plulk’w Stage at this year’s ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)
Chris Meikle helps Ava McCallum drop a blob of blue paint on her artwork in the making before Carson Meikle gets it spinning at the Meikle Studios tent at the 2019 ROOTSandBLUES. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES: Family continues to be a focus for festival organizers

Helping hands still needed for all four festival stages

  • Aug 8, 2022
Chris Meikle helps Ava McCallum drop a blob of blue paint on her artwork in the making before Carson Meikle gets it spinning at the Meikle Studios tent at the 2019 ROOTSandBLUES. (File photo)
Antibalas, with special guests, will present the Evolution of the Revolution workshop on the Blues Stage at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of the 2022 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (Contributed)

ROOTSandBLUES: Inspired collaborations in store with festival workshops

Afternoon performances offer once-in-a-lifetime moments in festival history

  • Jul 28, 2022
Antibalas, with special guests, will present the Evolution of the Revolution workshop on the Blues Stage at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, as part of the 2022 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (Contributed)
ROOTSandBLUES artistic director Kevin Tobin has lined up a week of free live music for downtown Salmon Arm leading up to this year’s festival. 
(Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)

ROOTSandBLUES: Week of free concerts announced for downtown Salmon Arm

Tuned Up Series concludes Thursday evening with Shred Kelly

  • Jul 27, 2022
ROOTSandBLUES artistic director Kevin Tobin has lined up a week of free live music for downtown Salmon Arm leading up to this year’s festival. 
(Lachlan Labere - Salmon Arm Observer)
The band Whitehorse electrified the audience at the 2016 Roots and Blues Festival. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society announces second post-ROOTSandBLUES Festival offering

Whitehorse to play Song Sparrow Hall in October

  • Jul 26, 2022
The band Whitehorse electrified the audience at the 2016 Roots and Blues Festival. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Volunteer George Johnston and Luke Heart dance together to the rhythm of Amadou Fall Trio at the Boogie Bar’N Stage on the Salmon Arm fairgrounds during the 2015 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)

Volunteers wanted for Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival

Perks include festival pass, access to after party with Five Alarm Funk

  • Jul 18, 2022
Volunteer George Johnston and Luke Heart dance together to the rhythm of Amadou Fall Trio at the Boogie Bar’N Stage on the Salmon Arm fairgrounds during the 2015 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (File photo)
Alex Cuba and brother Adonis Puentes, aka the Puentes Brothers, were among the acts to perform in the 2001 ROOTSandBLUES Festival, the first year the event was held outdoors at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. The 2022 Grammy Award-winning Cuba returns to the fairgrounds in August for the fest’s 30th anniversary. (File photo)

30 years of ROOTSandBLUES: Festival goes outdoors for 2001

Tegan and Sara, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings among acts to play first fest at fairgrounds

  • Jul 15, 2022
Alex Cuba and brother Adonis Puentes, aka the Puentes Brothers, were among the acts to perform in the 2001 ROOTSandBLUES Festival, the first year the event was held outdoors at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. The 2022 Grammy Award-winning Cuba returns to the fairgrounds in August for the fest’s 30th anniversary. (File photo)
Lil Jimmy Reed keeps tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the ROOTSandBLUES main stage during the 2018 festival. (File photo)

30 years of ROOTSandBLUES: Volunteer reflects on festival’s humble beginnings

Spirited Spirit of the West performance leaves lasting memory

  • Jun 22, 2022
Lil Jimmy Reed keeps tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the ROOTSandBLUES main stage during the 2018 festival. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm 30th Annual ROOTSandBLUES Festival is planning to add a free public concert downtown on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18. No word yet on who will be performing. (File photo)

Free concert in Salmon Arm’s downtown planned for ROOTSandBLUES kick-off

City council approves request to close Alexander Street from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18

The Salmon Arm 30th Annual ROOTSandBLUES Festival is planning to add a free public concert downtown on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18. No word yet on who will be performing. (File photo)
Alex Cuba (guitar) performs with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra in Kelowna Friday, April 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Alex Cuba (guitar) performs with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra in Kelowna Friday, April 1, 2022. (Submitted photo)
This photo was taken in 2016 during the 24th Annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES Festival in Salmon Arm requests more campsites due to big demand

As accommodation fills up, city council shows support for expanding camping slots up to 750

This photo was taken in 2016 during the 24th Annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
Irish Mythen closes down the Roots and Blues Festival’s Main Stage in 2019 with a set of emotionally evocative songs on Sunday, Aug. 18. (File photo)

Salmon Arm council agrees to noise bylaw extension for ROOTSandBLUES Festival

Bylaw will allow music until 1 a.m. Thursday through Sunday nights, Aug. 18 through 21

Irish Mythen closes down the Roots and Blues Festival’s Main Stage in 2019 with a set of emotionally evocative songs on Sunday, Aug. 18. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society announced Canadian music icons Jann Arden and Tom Cochrane will be headliners for the 2022 Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (Contributed)

ROOTSandBLUES: Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane to play Salmon Arm festival

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society announces acts for event’s 30th anniversary, Aug. 18-21

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society announced Canadian music icons Jann Arden and Tom Cochrane will be headliners for the 2022 Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival. (Contributed)
Legendary singer-songwriter Barney Bentall will play Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall on April 16. The performance is hosted by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society. (File photo)

Barney Bentall to play Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society hosts April 16 concert as prelude to ROOTS&BLUES

Legendary singer-songwriter Barney Bentall will play Salmon Arm’s Song Sparrow Hall on April 16. The performance is hosted by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society. (File photo)