River City Roots Fest

Welcome to the 16th Annual River City Roots Festival!

It’s time to reconnect to your community - welcome to the 16th 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 SPONSORS

MAIN STAGE SPONSORS

MUSIC ON MAIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

12:30 - 2:00pmKids’ Rock Bands
2:30 - 4:00pmAshleigh Flynn & the Riveters
4:30 - 6:00pmLaney Lou & the Bird Dogs
6:30 - 8:00pmAmy Helm
8:30 - 10:30pmAmanda Shaw

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

12:30 - 2:00pmCowboy Andy & the Salamanders
2:30 - 4:00pmOff in the Woods
4:30 - 6:00pmDrew Landry & the North Country Ramblers
6:30 - 8:00pmThe Hillbenders
8:30 - 10:30pmKeller Williams' Grateful Grass

ROOTS FEST EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

12pm - 7:00pmArt Show - Main Street
12pm - 10:00pmFood Court Open - Ryman Street
2:00 - 10:00pmStreet Bars Open - Main Street

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

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

EXTEND YOUR WEEKEND

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

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

FRI, AUGUST 26 - SUN, AUGUST 28

All DaySupport Our Roots Sidewalk Sale - Downtown Missoula

FAMILY ROOTS FEST SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

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!

KELLER WILLIAMS' GRATEFUL GRASS

Keller Williams is an American singer, songwriter, and musician hailing from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass delivers anything-but-traditional bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead favorites. Keller is often described as a ‘one-man jam-band’ due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Keller states “If you like singing along to Dead songs in that song’s normal tempo but dancing double time to the music, this is definitely your jam.”

AMANDA SHAW

Energetic Louisiana fiddler Amanda Shaw blazes trails with her clever songwriting and exciting performances. With over 20 years of experience, Shaw captivates audiences of all sizes – from intimate listening rooms to national television audiences. Shaw blends authentic Cajun culture with endearing local charm, delivering shows that burst with Louisiana flavor.

AMY HELM

Amy Helm is an American folk-rock singer-songwriter and daughter of The Band drummer Levon Helm and singer Libby Titus. Amy has garnered widespread praise for her work in the alt-country collective Ollabelle and is known for her extensive work with her late father Levon Helm. Her third album, What the Flood Leaves Behind, was released in June of 2021 and is her most autobiographical yet, both in content and creation. A travelling musician and a mother of two young boys, Amy Helm creates songs representing a gathering of ideas and experiences.

THE HILLBENDERS

Formed in April of 2008, and still touring with the original lineup, The HillBenders have firmly established their presence as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene as they continue to wow audiences from stages around the country and world. The HillBenders recently have shifted their focus back onto their original musical roots and have released their fourth studio album, appropriately and eponymously titled "The HillBenders".

LANEY LOU & THE BIRD DOGS

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs are an energetic Americana band from Bozeman, Montana, that infuses four-part harmonies, engaging songwriting, and rock-n-roll drive into a modern approach to traditional folk music. Coming from varied musical backgrounds, the five-person ensemble creates a sound unique to them, but one that finds common ground by adding the energy of Montana’s big sky country into their music. The Bird Dogs weave stories through their songs that are reflective, joyous, longing, or meant to share a journey with the listener. Through it all, the band is able to convey heartfelt honesty, getting the audience to immerse themselves in the moment by dancing, singing and laughing along. Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs consists of Lena (Laney) Schiffer on vocals/guitar/percussion, Matt Demarais on vocals/banjo, Ethan Demarais on bass, Brian Kassay on fiddle/mandolin/harmonica, and Josh Moore on vocals/guitar.

DREW LANDRY & THE NORTH COUNTRY RAMBLERS

Drew Landry is a Songwriter & Filmmaker from South Louisiana who resides in the Blackfeet Nation. His upcoming album, Exiles was recorded at Dockside Studio with legendary players during the pandemic. The troubadour supplemented his income by crawfishing, planting trees & pulling sinker cypress out of the Atchafalaya Basin. He landed his first gig as a roadie on a Hank III tour and has shared the stage with Billy Joe Shaver, The Angola State Prison Band, Lazy Lester, David Allen Coe, Charlie Louvin, Dwight Yoakam, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Merle Haggard, Doug Kershaw, Johnny Winter, and countless others. Aside from serving as an Extension Agent at Blackfeet Community College, Landry's new band, The North Country Ramblers are booking shows this Summer in support of the new album.

ASHLEIGH FLYNN & THE RIVETERS

With what PopMatters describes as "tenacious swagger," critically-acclaimed solo artist Ashleigh Flynn recently dialed up the volume and debuted an all-female rock band as a nod to the “Rosie the Riveter” archetype from WWII. Raised in Kentucky on pastoral bluegrass and soul/R&B from the heart of the city, Flynn went solo initially, earning heaps of praise as a Southern-accented songwriter and performer. Eventually, she joined forces with a red-hot, all-woman band that could handle anything the celebrated songwriter threw at them, from vintage roots music to the country-rock psychedelia of Laurel Canyon.

OFF IN THE WOODS

Off in the Woods is a 7-piece Montana band. They play all original music along the stylings of Soul, Funk, Reggae and open tuned acoustic songs. They have a full horn section, drums, bass, guitar, hammond organ and aux-percussion/synth. The five original members all grew up in Polson, MT on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation. They have been playing together since the 6th grade but have been touring as Off in the Woods for 13+ years. They play up and down the State of Montana with a few shows in Idaho and Washington.

COWBOY ANDY & THE SALAMANDERS

An awesome all-ages rock band based right in Missoula, The Salamanders, consisting of Cowboy Andy, Russ Gray, Oscar 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.

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

EL CAZADOR

Authentic Mexican food

EMPANADA JOINT

Argentinian Empanadas

ISLA’S LEMONADE

Freshly-squeezed lemonade

KAMOON ARABIAN CUISINE

Falafel, shawarma, moutabel, hummus

LIL ORBITS

Mini-donuts, Italian sodas, coffee

M-80 CHICKEN

Nashville-style fried chicken sandwiches, fries

MOUNTAIN BERRY BOWLS

Acai bowls

NOURISHING CULTURES KOMBUCHA

Missoula-based Kombucha

RIVER CITY EATS

Sliders and fries

SA WAD DEE

Peanut curry, Pad Thai, Chicken Satay

SONORA SHACK

Blend of Mexican, Latin American, and New Mexican style foods

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.

ABIGAIL DOYLE

Stained Glass - Bozeman, MT

ADORN TO RISE

Jewelry - Missoula, MT

ANOMAL PRESS

Printmaking - Missoula, MT

BACK ROAD STUDIO

Sterling Silver Jewelry - Belgrade, MT

BAILEY DURNELL

Jewelry - Missoula, MT

BEAUTIFULLY ROOTED

Greenery & Plant Accessories - Belgrade, MT

CHRISTY GREENE

Paintings on Silk, Prints, Christy Lynn Greene Clothing Collection - Clinton, MT

CLAIRE EMERY

Woodblock Prints - Missoula, MT

CLAY STUDIO OF MISSOULA

Ceramics - Missoula, MT

DOBEZ DESIGNZ

Jewelry, Cards, Paintings, Urns - Kalispell, MT

ERIC REESE

Photography - Whitefish, MT

ERYNN MCNEILL

Painting (Originals, Prints, Stickers, Pins, Wearables, and more) - Florence, MT

FEY FABRICATIONS

Cloth Dolls - Helena, MT

GAIL BECKNER

Upcycled Apparel, Jewelry - Missoula, MT

GREGG VISINTAINER - VIS ART INK

Drawings

HUNTER LEACH

Leather - Missoula, MT

IVERSON JEWELRY DESIGN

Jeweler, Lapidary Artist - Missoula, MT

JENNA FOREST

Wood Pyrography - Florence, MT

KELSEY WICKWIRE

Artist of a Variety of Mediums - Southern California

LAUGHING BLACKBIRD

Leather - Missoula, MT

LORI HOWELL

Fabric Art

MEGAN JOHNSON

Photography

MOLLY HUFF

Henna Tattoos - Denver, CO

MONTANA APPAREL

Montana Apparel - Missoula, MT

MONTANA BISMUTH CREATIONS

Bismuth Metal Art - Missoula, MT

MY DISCO DAYDREAM

Handmade Clothing: Retro + Everyday - Missoula, MT

NICOLE ANTHONY

Watercolor Paint - Billings, MT

REDCROW FINE ARTS

Acrylic & Watercolor Paint, Prints, Jewelry

SAMMY T CERAMICS

Ceramics

SILVER LININGS

Jewelry made from Vintage/Antique Flatware - Lolo, MT

SLICKERY BLENDS

Artisan Soaper - Missoula, MT

SUN AND MOONSTONE CO

Jewelry - Missoula, MT

TAKE COURAGE JEWELRY DESIGNS, & JUST WEAR IT

Jewelry - Lolo, MT

THREAD PARADE

Textiles (Wearable and Non-Wearable) - Missoula, MT

TOM LIND

Wheel Thrown, Hand-made, Hand-glazed (Brush) Porcelain Goblets - Missoula, MT

WILDERLAND

Wearable Fiber - Butte, MT

WHIMSICAL WEARABLES

Polymer Clay Jewelry and Wearables - Missoula, MT

Looking for the perfect kid-friendly event during Roots Festival? Well look no further. Family Roots Fest takes place in Caras Park on August 27th from 10 AM - 2 PM and has a wide range of kid-friendly activities that are perfect for all ages. From exotic animals, to obstacle courses, to guitar lessons, to bean bag tosses, Family Roots Fest has it all.

ANIMAL WONDERS

BATHING BEAUTIES BEADS

BEACH TRANSPORTATION

CASA OF MISSOULA

CHILDBLOOM GUITAR

CHILDREN'S DENTISTRY OF THE ROCKIES

CHILD ID PROGRAM

CLEARWATER SYSTEMS

DRIVE SAFE MISSOULA

FAMILIES FIRST LEARNING LAB

FOREST SERVICE

FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH

GLACIER ICE RINK

HEAD START

HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF FORT MISSOULA

IMPACT MARTIAL ARTS

MISMO GYMNASTICS

MISSOULA BROADCASTING

MISSOULA PUBLIC HEALTH - LET'S MOVE MISSOULA

MISSOULA PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

MISSOULA PUBLIC LIBRARY

MISSOULA TAEKWONDO

MOUNTAIN LINE

MULLAN TRAIL SCOUTING

PARKS AND RECREATION

PINSPIRATION

SAFE KIDS MISSOULA

 

FAMILY ROOTS FESTIVAL IS 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 27 - 8:30 AM

Start/Finish Location: E. Main St.; Between N. Higgins & N. Pattee

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

  • Regular Registration: July 14th through August 25th
    • $32 - 19 and Over
    • $20 - 18 and Under
  • Late Registration: August 26th through Race Day
    • $40 - 19 and Over
    • $20 - 18 and Under

Packet Pickup Information

  • Friday, August 26th from 3 - 5:45 PM at Run Wild Missoula
  • Saturday, August 27th (Race Day) from 7:15 - 8:15 AM at the Race Start
    • Packet pickup ends promptly at 8:15 AM on the 27th

 

2022 Course Map

4-MILE ROOTS RUN SPONSORED BY

A cornerstone of our 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 friendly as possible. The Roots Team is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our festival while improving the health of our community and planet. From expanding zero waste options, to sustainable commute options, to offsetting our musicians’ emissions, the 2022 River City Roots Festival is dedicated to responsibly throwing Missoula’s best party.

No doubt you’ll see our Green Team Zero Waste Ambassadors at the festival managing the “waste stream”. Last year our team diverted 65% of Roots Fest waste from the landfill – and most of this became compost! Thank them for their efforts, and you can join this team too – click here to volunteer for the Green Team.

Here are the many ways we’re greening the Roots Fest in 2022:

  •         Single-use plastic straws: five years ago, we eliminated these at the festival! Wahoo!
  •         Zero Waste Vendors: All food vendors are required to be part of our Zero Waste Vendor Program. All vendors will NOT use any plastic, single-use glass, or Styrofoam food service ware. All containers, drinks, and utensils are recyclable or compostable. If you stop by a vendor, thank them for their actions to go green.
  •         All-In-One Recycling Stations with Composting. Three years ago, we expanded our Zero Waste Stations to include compost bins. These green bins—filled with food scraps, plates, utensils and more—end up at the City-owned Garden City Compost, hauled by our friends at Missoula Compost Collection. In addition to MCC’s compost bins, Republic Services provides All-In-One Recycling service. To help festival goers know what and how to discard, you’ll find Green Team volunteers acting as Zero Waste Ambassadors at many of these stations. You can recognize these ambassadors by their green Roots Fest shirts and their nifty trash pickers. Do give them a high five!
  •         Stainless Steel Tumblers and Roots Fest Cups: By popular demand, the River City Roots Festival stainless steel tumblers are back this year, to be used and reused throughout the weekend and beyond. These tumblers tend to sell out fast, so snag one before they’re gone! To make sustainable sipping even better, if you bought a tumbler or plastic Roots Fest cup at festivals past, bring it to this year’s Roots for all your beverage needs.
  •         Water Stations. If all you need is water (!) stop by one of the Culligan water stations and fill your reusable bottle or Festival cup with cool H20. Stay hydrated!
  •         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. The Bike Valet will be available from 6pm - 10:30pm both nights of the Festival. 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 mitigate that contribution with the purchase of carbon credits, using Climate Smart’s “Footprint Fund” dedicated to reducing emissions in buildings in Missoula. That is why we proudly display the “Carbon Neutral” banner prominently on stage.

Have any other ideas for Greening the Roots Fest or working to make our community more sustainable? Stop by the Climate Smart Missoula table near the Main Street Parking garage and let us know, or join our efforts.

FESTIVAL GREENING SPONSORED BY

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. 27, 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 (8/27) 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 26 (but are accessible to all on Saturday, August 27). 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. 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 that helps keep Roots Fest as green as possible.
  • 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.
  • $80,000+: 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
  • 120+ 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, 40 artists, 14 local food vendors, 300+ runners, and 30+ 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

EVENT PRODUCER

FAMILY FUN SPONSORS

BEVERAGE GARDEN SPONSORS

GREEN SPONSORS

4-MILE RUN SPONSORS

ART SHOW SPONSORS

THE GALLERIES AT 120 N. HIGGINS: ALLEZ!ART VAULTRADIUS GALLERYRELIC GALLERY

FOOD COURT SPONSORS

HOSPITALITY SPONSORS

PATRON SPONSORS

ATTIC, Chase Jones - Ink Realty, Community Medical Center, First Montana Bank, Grizzly Liquor, LumenAd, Mindy Palmer – Berkshire Hathaway Montana Properties, Poteet Construction, Shanti Guitars

PATRON SPONSORS

A&E Design, DCI Engineers, PayneWest Insurance

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