River City Roots Fest

Welcome to the 15th Annual River City Roots Festival!

It’s time to reconnect to your community - welcome to the 15th Annual River City Roots Festival! This admission free event is Missoula’s Signature Celebration and highlights all of the amazing things that make Missoula, Missoula: music, art, culture, local food and drinks, active lifestyles, and community.

As the Heartbeat of Missoula, Downtown is the perfect setting for Roots Fest. Downtown is where you’ll find local businesses, local flavors, local art, and local people all coming together. We invited you to not only experience Roots Fest, but be sure to take some time to take a walk around the historic epicenter of the city we love.

On behalf of our Downtown business, the Downtown Missoula Partnership welcomes you to Roots Fest - we hope you enjoy everything our event, and Downtown, has to offer!

MANY THANKS TO OUR TITLE SPONSOR

MAIN STAGE SPONSORS

MUSIC ON MAIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

12:30 - 2:00pmKids’ Rock Bands
2:30 - 4:00pmSally & George
4:30 - 6:00pmHot Buttered Rum
6:30 - 8:00pmSol Driven Train
8:30-10:30pmSuper Chikan

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

12:30 - 2:00pmCowboy Andy & the Salamanders
2:30 - 4:00pmThe Timber Rattlers
4:30 - 6:00pmGrowling Old Men
6:30 - 8:00pmRapidgrass
8:30-10:30pmThe Lil Smokies

ROOTS FEST EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

11am - 7:00pmArt Show - Main Street
11am - 10:00pmFood Court Open - Ryman Street
2:00 - 10:00pmStreet Bars Open - Main Street

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

8am - 1:00pmSaturday Markets - Downtown Missoula
8:30am4-Mile Roots Run - Kiwanis Park
11am - 7:00pmArt Show - Main Street
10am - 2:00pmFamily Roots Festival - Caras Park
12pm - 10:00pmFood Court / Street Bars Open - Main / Ryman Street

EXTEND YOUR WEEKEND

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26

5:30 - 8:30pmDowntown Tonight Summer Series: Joan Zen - Caras Park

FRI, AUGUST 27 - SUN, AUGUST 29

All DaySupport Our Roots Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Missoula

FAMILY ROOTS FEST SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

10:00 – 11:00amTeague Goodvoice
11:00-11:30amDouble Bubble Dance Party
11:30am – 12:30pmMissoula Irish Dancers
12:30-1:00pmDouble Bubble Dance Party
1:00 – 2:00pmChildbloom Guitar

Activity Providers: Missoula Parks & Rec, Home ReSource, Big Sky Breakout, YMCA, Glacier Ice Rink, Championship Training, Childbloom Guitar, DNRC Forest, Mountain Line, Families First Learning Lab, Missoula Police Department, and more!

FAMILY ROOTS FEST SPONSORED BY:

ZACC ROCK CAMP BAND

Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) puts on a summer camp each year to build self-esteem through music exploration. Regardless of musical experience, campers receive instrument instruction in drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals. They form a band, write an original song and take to the Main Stage at Roots Fest. Following the ZACC Rock Camp Bands, we’ll be welcoming several local young Missoula musicians to the stage - Shea Keene & Lucia Baker and Matthew Knight.

SALLY & GEORGE

Currently residing in Laramie, Wyoming, folk rock duo Sally & George have always resisted society’s push to “grow up,” and together cultivated a life of movement, freedom, adventure, and artistic independence. As married musicians, they found in each other what previous bands failed to provide, a musical home with no boundaries, and their new album takes you on a ride shows their ability to grow and change together. Sally & George is comprised of Shelby Means (former member of the Grammy nominated band Della Mae) and Joel Timmons (of Sol Driven Train).

HOT BUTTERED RUM

Conceived at a mountaintop fireside on a backpacking trip, Hot Buttered Rum has shared its distinct and classic sound from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between. With their roots in the High Sierra of California, they weave their love of bluegrass, folk, jazz and soul into a riveting strain of Americana. Bryan, Erik, James, Jeff, and Nat offer stunning instrumentals and vocal virtuosity! With an affection for Missoula, Hot Buttered Rum made its first Roots showing in 2007 and has returned to Zootown several times, playing both the Wilma Theatre and the Top Hat.

SOL DRIVEN TRAIN

This 5-piece band, based in Charleston, South Carolina, weaves through multiple genres throughout their songs, exploring Afro-caribbean rhythms, funky New Orleans-style brass, American pop, and folk music to create their overall brass-kickin’ roots rock sound. The band incorporates rotating lead vocalists, horns, strings, keyboards, and percussion to shape their unique musical identity. Sol Driven Train, with their growing fan base, have been playing together for nearly 20 years.

SUPER CHIKAN

A native of the Mississippi Delta, James “Super Chikan” Johnson plays the blues on guitars he makes himself, using whatever materials are on hand from gas cans to ceiling fans. This will be Super Chikan’s first visit to Missoula. James, who lives in Clarksdale, MS, has been honored with a plaque on the Clarksdale Walk of Fame along with such notable blues and soul musicians such as Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, and Son House.

COWBOY ANDY & THE SALAMANDERS

An awesome all-ages rock band based right in Missoula, The Salamanders, consisting of Cowboy Andy, Antonio Alvarez, Russ Gray, Heather Hunt, Ian Smith and Matthew Bainton, are a positive thinking collaborative of accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians who firmly believe music is a great gateway to creative expression, exercise, wisdom and fun.

THE TIMBER RATTLERS

Making their debut on the Roots Fest stage, this Missoula-grown band pulls inspiration from their traditional roots, but continues to push their boundaries in the realm of acoustic music. The band is made up of Jesse Brown (violin), Jamie Drysdale (guitar), Dillon Johns (bass), and Caleb Dostal (banjo).

GROWLING OLD MEN

The Growling Old Men don't consider themselves old, nor do they growl very much. What they do is play acoustic music on mandolin, guitar, octave mandolin and vocals. Playing an eclectic mix of music including bluegrass, Americana, folk, swing, and original songs, these guys have made fans of their music everywhere they go. This duo is made up of Ben Winship and John Lowell.

RAPIDGRASS

The lineup of Mark Morris, Coleman Smith, Charlie P. Mertens, and Alex Johnstone use classical, gypsy, bluegrass, pop and swing to create what is described as Rapidgrass. The celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids is the inspiration for everything Rapidgrass – Mountain music influenced by an active, outdoor lifestyle. Brought together through music and love for mountains, they define modern, acoustic, Colorado mountain music. With four released albums, Rapidgrass has had the pleasure of bringing mountain music not just in Colorado or Alaska but throughout the lower 48 and even the European Alps.

THE LIL SMOKIES

Missoula’s favorite hometown band returns for their fourth appearance on the Roots Fest stage. As one of the hottest bluegrass bands out there, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, performing at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.

Travel the world through your tastebuds. Immerse yourself in the local tastes and smells of some of Western Montana’s best food vendors! All vendors are using compostable materials as part of Roots Fest’s sustainability efforts.

BIG DIPPER ICE CREAM

Ice cream, water, soda

BANH MISSOULA

Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches

DREAMY’S SOFT SERVE

Soft serve ice cream

EMPANADA JOINT

Argentinian Empanadas

ISLA’S LEMONADE

Freshly-squeezed lemonade

KAMOON

Falafel, shawarma, moutabel, hummus

LIL ORBITS

Mini-donuts, Italian sodas, coffee

MADELINE’S MEDITERRANEAN

Kebabs, Hummus, Dolmas, Tabbouleh

MOUNTAIN BERRY BOWLS

Acai bowls

RAGHEEF

Arabic flatbreads and manakeesh

RIVER CITY EATS

Sliders and fries

SA WAD DEE

Peanut curry, pad thai, chicken satay

TACO GUY

Authentic Street Tacos

Earth without Art would be eh...and so would Roots Fest! Discover art made by local and regional artists from pottery to leathergoods, paintings to jewelry. Support local artists and bring home something unique.

ADORN TO RISE

Jewelry - Missoula, MT

BAILEY DURNELL

Polymer Clay Jewelry - Missoula, MT

DANIELLE MUIR

Art, jewelry, herbal bath products - Missoula, MT

DE HOUTWINKEL

Handcrafted ukuleles, guitars, bespoke furniture - Missoula, MT

DOBEZ DESIGNZ

Handcrafted ukuleles, guitars, bespoke furniture - Kalispell, MT

FEY FABRICATIONS

Cloth Dolls - Helena, MT

GAIL BECKNER

Upcycled apparel/accessories/jewelry - Missoula, MT

HUNTER LEACH

Leathersmith - Missoula, MT

JENNA FOREST

Pyrography - Wood Burning - Missoula, MT

JERI MARIE CROTEAU & TYRA MCDONALD

Paintings - Missoula, MT

JIM TUNELL

Photography - Sioux Falls, SD

KRISTINA SMITH

Paintings & Photography

LAUGHINGBLACKBIRD

Leather goods - Missoula, MT

MELIA FORTUANTI

Handcrafted soaps - Missoula, MT

MOLLY HUFF

Henna Tattoo Artist - Aurora, CO

MONTANA BISMUTH CREATIONS

Wood & metal art, jewelry, etc - Aurora, CO

NANCY GREGOR

Scrunchies & Digital Art Prints - Missoula, MT

NICOLE ANTHONY

Watercolor paintings - Billings, MT

RAY & CHRISTINE GOROSKI

Upcycled & repurposed creations - Lolo, MT

SOURCE TO SEA CREATIVE

Printmaking, clothing - Durango, CO

TAKE COURAGE DESIGNS & JUST WEAR IT

Jewelry - Missoula, MT

THE CLAY STUDIO

Make Your Own Ceramics - Missoula, MT

WILDFIRE CERAMIC STUDIO

Ceramics - Missoula, MT

SPONSORED BY

Celebrating all things Missoula during Roots Fest wouldn’t be complete without showcasing our active community. Thanks to Run Wild Missoula, the 4-Mile Roots Run takes participants along our river, through historic neighborhoods, and back to Kiwanis park to gather and celebrate the community we love.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

8:30am
Location: Start/Finish - Kiwanis Park

Registration: runwildmissoula.org or rivercityrootsfestival.com (day of registration available)

Map

SPONSORED BY

A cornerstone of our great community is our commitment to sustainability, which is why Climate Smart Missoula and the City of Missoula lead the charge on the green scene each year, ensuring the festival is as climate smart and friendly as possible. The River City Roots Team is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the festival while improving the health of our planet, our community, and festival attendees. From expanding zero waste options, to sustainable commute options, to protecting natural resources, the 2021 River City Roots Festival is dedicated to responsibly throwing Missoula’s best party.

Four summers ago, the Roots Fest successfully eliminated single-use plastic straws, a popular effort that lives on. We’ve expanded the ZERO by FIFTY Waste Stations to include compost bins. These green bins—filled with food scraps, plates, and more—end up at the City-owned Garden City Compost, hauled by our friends at Missoula Compost Collection, LLC. Garden City Compost accepts food and products that are BPI Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

Here are the many ways we’re greening the Roots Fest:

  • Zero Waste Vendors: All food vendors are required to be part of our Zero Waste Vendor Program. This means that all vendors will NOT use plastic straws, plastic bags, single-use glass, or Styrofoam food service ware. All containers, drinks, and utensils will be recyclable or compostable. If you stop by a vendor, thank them for their actions to go green.
  • All-In-One Recycling Stations, Composting and Zero Waste Ambassadors: In addition to Missoula Compost Collection’s compost bins, Republic Services is again offering their All-In-One Recycling service throughout the festival. To help festival goers know what and how to discard, you’ll find Green Team volunteers acting as Zero Waste Ambassadors at as many of these zero waste stations as possible. You can easily recognize these ambassadors by their green Roots Fest shirts and their nifty trash pickers. Be sure to give them a high five!
  • Stainless Steel Tumblers and Roots Fest Cups: By popular demand, the River City Roots Festival stainless steel tumblers will be back in action this year, intended to be used and reused throughout the weekend, and beyond. The last few years, these tumblers have sold out fast, so snag one before they’re gone! To make sustainable sipping even better, if you already bought a tumbler or plastic Roots Fest cup at festivals past, you can bring it to this year’s Roots for all your beverage needs.
  • Water Stations. If all you need is water (and we all need water) stop by one of the Culligan water stations and fill your reusable bottle or Festival cup with good old cool H20.
  • Bike Valet: In our opinion, biking to Roots demands VIP treatment! To that end, Missoula In Motion and Green Team volunteers will again offer a bicycle valet parking service. If you bike to the festival, simply ride up to the secured area located on the Higgins end of the Art Show and let our volunteers do the rest. If you choose to use your own bike parking arrangements, please only lock up to designated bike racks to avoid chaining up to trees. By riding and parking your bike responsibly, you help reduce carbon emissions, improve traffic flow, and protect our urban forests.
  • Carbon Free Main Stage: Powering the world class musicians performing at the Roost Festival takes serious energy. Between fuel to get here and electricity to run speakers and lights, we leave a carbon footprint that contributes to climate change. We’re committed to neutralizing that contribution with the purchase of carbon credits, which we do annually. That is why we proudly display the “Carbon Neutral” banner prominently on stage.

Have any other ideas for Greening the Roots Fest? Stop by our table near the Main Street Parking garage and let us know, or join our efforts.

HOW TO HAVE FUN

  • Bring your lawn chairs to the festival to enjoy the bands in comfort.
  • Check out the Family Roots Fest in Caras Park (Saturday, Aug. 28, 10am to 2pm) – there are lots of fun activities to keep the kids busy.
  • Check out all the varied art work from our artists. There are all kinds of beautiful and one-of-a-kind items to bring home with you.
  • Looking for some exercise? A 4-mile fun run is slated for Saturday morning and is open to everyone with all abilities. Register online at rivercityrootsfestival.com or in person at the Runner’s Edge.
  • Please do not bring your own food and beverages into the festival area. Your purchases from our vendors support locally-owned businesses and help cover the hard costs to help keep this festival ADMISSION FREE FOR ALL.
  • Adult beverages are available: purchase your wristband and commemorative cup first (your first drink is FREE thanks to the Missoula Downtown Association), then get in line for a drink. Bring your ID; you will not be able to drink without it.
  • You must have an official Roots Fest Wristband to drink within the festival area. Please stay inside the festival area with your adult beverages. If you take your drink outside the barricades, you risk getting an Open Container ticket.
  • If you need a band-aid, or maybe you lost or found something, go see the folks in the Volunteer Check-In area inside the Central Park Parking Structure.

ARRIVING AT THE FESTIVAL

  • Thanks to the Missoula Parking Commission, parking throughout Downtown Missoula is FREE for the entire duration of Roots Fest. We recommend parking in the Park Place or ROAM garages. Note that lease-parking spaces will be enforced on Friday, August 27 (but are accessible to all on Saturday, August 28). Parking does fill up quickly - we recommend utilizing alternative means of transportation.
  • Walk the trails: Missoula has an amazing trail system - park outside of Downtown and walk with ease along our beautiful river.
  • Ride the bike: please park your bike at one of the many bike racks throughout Downtown, including the bike corral in Caras Park. This year there will again be a bike valet service located on W. Main near Higgins Ave. Please dismount and walk your bike inside the festival area.
  • Ride the Line: Mountain Line is now Zero-Fare and all routes lead to Downtown Missoula. Visit www.mountainline.com to find your route or download their app. Mountain Line is also a major sponsor of Roots Fest.
  • If you brought your skateboard, scooter, etc., please refrain from riding them within the festival area.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE / SAFE

  • COVID-19 is still affecting our community. Masks are welcome but not required and hand sanitizer stations will also be available. Wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, and get your vaccine to help protect you and your friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Please do not bring your pets to Roots Fest! It’s hot and it’s crowded which may not be comfortable for your pooch. Folks with pets will be asked to remain outside the festival area.
  • Please be polite to the folks who are serving you. They are volunteering their time.
  • Please exit the festival area if you would like to smoke. We realize it’s a street festival, but please don’t subject those around you to secondhand smoke.
  • Please stay off the railings on top of the parking structure, as well as the sound and staging equipment. We want you to be safe!

WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL

  • $120,000: Cost to put on Roots Fest. It’s no small cost to put on a festival like this. As with all events produced by the Missoula Downtown Association, Roots Fest is admission FREE. It’s because of our sponsors, as well as attendees taking advantage of our local food vendors and purchasing the wristband/commemorative cup, that costs associated with the event are covered.
  • $60,000+: Amount of sponsorship dollars from local businesses to help produce Roots Fest; nearly $20,000+ is in trade-out services
  • 15,000+: number of attendees roaming the streets of Downtown Missoula across both days
  • 1,000 t-shirts for sale, for runners, and for our volunteers
  • 3,500 beer cups bought from a local business to help keep the event green and reduce waste
  • 150 volunteers needed to make Roots Fest come alive
  • 3 Production Partners: the City of Missoula, Run Wild Missoula, and Climate Smart Missoula all help with various pieces so Roots runs smoothly
  • 10 bands, 25 artists, 11 local food vendors, 300+ runners, and 20+ children’s organizations make this party!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Roots Fest website:
rivercityrootsfestival.com
Roots Fest Information & Merchandise Booth

Missoula Downtown Association:
406.543.4238 or [email protected]

Paddleheads Post:
Located across the street from the festival at 140 N. Higgins. They have general information about Missoula.

TITLE SPONSOR

MAIN STAGE SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSOR

MARKETING SPONSORS

FAMILY FUN SPONSORS

BEVERAGE GARDEN SPONSORS

GREEN SPONSORS

4-MILE RUN SPONSORS

HOSPITALITY SPONSORS

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