The cancellation of the traditional 2020 Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES music festival, held annually at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, has generated the opportunity for an online festival experience to be hosted across Black Press Media website platforms August 14th – 16th, 2020. The online festival experience will present programming utilizing new material shot specifically for the virtual festival broadcast, new to the ROOTSandBLUES audiences, alongside previous year’s archival footage.
“While nothing is going to replace one’s physical presence at a festival and the interaction that drives such an event, organizers at ROOTSandBLUES felt an online presence would shine a light on some of the artistic highlights of years past,” said ROOTSandBLUES Artistic Director, Peter North. Adding, “the unique identity that ROOTSandBLUES has created and is known for will continue in the programming, acting as a reminder to long time ROOTSandBLUES patrons that they’ve experienced many memorable musical moments in a terrific, safe and family friendly environment”.
The online ROOTSandBLUES festival experience will include 2 hours of programming each night and will be accessible for free to everyone, everywhere, across all 140 Black Press Media websites.
Daytime workshops are renowned for delivering high voltage performances with artists who were introduced backstage before becoming fast friends on Roots and Blues stages. The enthusiasm and spirit of the performers becomes contagious when the festival gates open, and long after the festival ends.
Produced by the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, the Roots and Blues Festival has also been applauded for continuing to help inspire emerging artists from the region as well as presenting some of the province’s most respected musical ambassadors such as Colin James, Kiran Ahluwalia, and Jim Byrnes.