40 Days and counting until the 25th Annual ROOTSANDBLUES Festival

With just over 40 days to go before the 25th anniversary edition of ROOTSANDBLUES achieves lift-off, organizers have announced the last few remaining acts. These acts will not only be front and centre for ROOTSANDBLUES but will be a part of Festival workshops, and Salmon Arm's Wednesday on the Warf and the Festival's Super Crawl and member appreciation concert before the Festival.

There is an impressive line-up that will play four stages, pubs, cafes and theatres for The Super Crawl and Salmon Arm's Wednesday On the Wharf show sponsored by ROOTSANDBLUES on August 16. The line-up is expanding with the addition of this amazing Canadian talent.

Los Duendes is a powerhouse unit from Vancouver that performs various styles of music from Latin America as infectious tropical rhythms are intertwined with spicy melodies that draw audiences to dance floors. Seven members strong, Los Duendes has a firm grip on soulful and jazz tinged sounds that make every show a participatory event. The group's Friday night closing set in the ROOTSANDBLUES Barn will set the tone for the entire weekend.

ROOTSANDBLUES is also pleased to announce, two fine singer-songwriters from Canadian group Mad Dogs Experience, will not only perform in the band but also showcase their talents on the workshop stages over the entire weekend and during the pre-events.\

Dana Wylie is a small-town gal from Saskatchewan who moved to Britain for a few years, to soak up the traditions of song writing before moving back to the prairies and landing in Edmonton. Wylie has been juggling performance and studio work with her pursuit of a Masters degree in Music from the University of Alberta. While stepping away from the Mad Dogs Experience, she will participate in the Women of Folkways workshop, host Canadian classics II on Sunday afternoon and perform two songs on main stage Sunday evening as part of the celebration of Leonard Cohen. We encourage you to take a listen to Dana's moving original tribute to Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Hallelujah, on her website.

Dana's Mad Dogs Experience bandmates, Jay Gilday, is a gifted guitarist, singer, tunesmith and riveting performer who engages with his artistry and between song stories and observations. 

His first appearance at ROOTSANDBLUES will be at the Bright Side of the Road workshop hosted by Livingston Taylor early Saturday afternoon with a line-up that includes Alex Cuba and Irish Mythen. Jay will also join Dana for the Canadian Classics II Sunday afternoon with Braden Gates and Asani before making a three-song appearance on main stage prior to Alex Cuba closing ROOTSANDBLUES.

Finally, rounding out ROOTSANDBLUES will be two acts with strong ties to the Okanagan and Shuswap area. We love our hometown and ROOTSANDBLUES would not be the same without amazing local artists.

Blu Hopkins is a familiar favorite on the local folk scene and has been for years. Blu's capacity for reviving classics from the books of greats like John Prine and Stan Rogers, compliment his well-received selection of originals. His storytelling style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. This is a man who has lived the songs he sings, and his talents have been recognized with two BCIMA awards. Blu will be playing a set during The Super Crawl, hosting the Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blu workshop Friday afternoon alongside Kaia Kater and The Eisenhauers, and he will host Canadian Classics on Saturday afternoon.

Although based in Montreal these days, The Om Sound has woodshedded and performed in the Okanagan and Shuswap region for years. The trio merges genres of hip hop, electro, and jazz-funk to create a mesmerizing and groove-heavy sound. Their world travels serve as inspiration for their social, environmental, and spiritual conscious message wrapped up with in-the-pocket beats and blow-your-mind bass lines. The group will play The Barn Friday night and host the Om Om On The Range workshop jam with members of Toubab Krewe and Zal Sissokho Saturday afternoon.

For more information on Salmon Arm Roots and Blues call 250-833-4096. Purchase your tickets online now: www.rootsandblues.ca