Roots & Rhythm festival will bring together music, food and crafts

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  • Bobby Kyle and The Administers (Photo provided)

  • Whiskey Killers (Photo provided)

  • Sour Bridges (Photo provided)

  • The Sadies (Photo provided)

Honesdale Roots & Rhythm will have some great activities for this year’s event on Saturday, June 16.

Among the amazing music, fantastic artistry, food and craft vendors, Tunes & Tales will also be family-friendly fun.

Taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Tunes and Tales Tent will be located near the playground in Central Park.

Face painting, sack hop races, music shaker makers, splatter banner painting, bean bag toss, wildlife discovery table, bag weaving art, reading rug, and a survival supply station of sunscreen, bug spray, snacks and water.

All activities are free and guided by educators from NaturED and The Cooperage Project's Romping Radishes program. Donations are appreciated.

For information, please visit:

HeadlinersThe Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival is proud to welcome The Sadies as the headliners for this year’s community event on June 16.

The Sadies, an alt-country band out of Toronto, combine a punk rock attitude with awe-inspiring beauty and mystery, much like their most recent album cover Northern Passages, which encompasses the full beauty of the Aurora Borealis.

The bands quartet is comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky.

Throughout the years, The Sadies have collaborated with such talents as Neko Case, R & B legend Andrew Williams, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Good Downie, and last, but not least, the great Neil Young.

Their most recent album, Northern Passages, has been described as not only a masterpiece, but one filled with “psych-folk touches that blend the sounds of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it.”

The Sadies are sure to be one of the greatest bands The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival has ever had headline. Be sure to set the date in your calendar, and get ready to for an awesome day filled with amazing talent

For information, please visit the band’s website:, as well as Honesdale Roots & Rhythm’s:

Local TalentThis year marks the 13th Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival, and the lineup for musical talent keeps getting better and better. Alongside this year’s headliners, The Sadies, the Roots & Rhythm Board is happy to announce three additional bands, two of which are comprised of musicians based out of Honesdale.

Sour BridgesBrewed with the best ingredients from the high plains of Texas, the hills of Pennsylvania, and the red dirt of Oklahoma, Sour Bridges is the finest band of hand clapping, foot stomping Browngrass that Austin has to offer.

What is Browngrass? It’s like bluegrass, just a little dirtier. With aroma notes ranging from the Byrds to the Beatles, Sour Bridges is an unparalleled mash of flavor explosion.

Made up of band members Bill and Matt Pucci (Honesdale natives), guitar and vocals; Kathryn "Mama Kat" Wilkes, violin, and Garrett Ross, drums. Pull up a chair and pour you a glass. Sour Bridges always goes down smooth!

Whiskey KillersThe Whiskey Killers bring high energy American roots music to audiences throughout the USA.

The band formed in Brooklyn and has been making it's mark in New York City with revelrous live performances of Country, Blues, Tejano, and Rock music.

With one half of the band hailing from Pennsylvania and the other half from New Mexico and Virginia, they bring the Northeast and Southwest together to make a sound that can only be described as ‘American Roots.'

Comprised of band members Patrick Sampson (Honesdale native), vocals, violin, guitar; Austin Arrington, vocal, bass; Luther Wong, trumpet; and Justin Carter, drums.

Bobby Kyle and The AdministersBobby Kyle has developed a career as a well-respected songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and producer, over a career that spans 40 years.

He is a 2015 inductee to "The Pennsylvania Blues Hall of Fame," with an impressive resume that includes apprenticing with Lonnie Mack in the late 1970s; working as a full time band member for Bill Dicey from 1979-1981; going on the road with Eddie Kirkland between 1983 and 1989; and touring and recording with Grammy winner and 2017 inductee to "The Blues Hall of Fame," Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, from 1989 to 1997.

The influences of his mentors and heroes, channeled through Bobby’s distinctive voice, can be heard on his critically acclaimed album, “It’s My Life”, just released in 2017.

For the past twenty years, he has led a dynamic East Coast Based Band, Bobby Kyle & The Administers, which includes mainstays Everett Boyd on bass, Marc Copell on drums. Bobby Kyle & The Administers will be joined by Indofunk Satish on trumpet and Atsushi Ouchi on saxophone.

For information please visit the band’s websites:


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