If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new music festival coming to town. And it’s going to be huge.

The inaugural Lancaster Roots & Blues, A Festival of Music is scheduled for February 21 and 22 here in downtown Lancaster, with 50 artists playing on nine stages at five venues (we’re one of those venues!!). The event is a two-day crash-course into “Blues and Jazz, Folk and Soul with and Rockabilly and a taste of New Orleans music, a smidgeon of Rock n’ Roll and even a bit of Roots Reggae,” featuring nationally touring acts like Johnny Winter and the Heritage Blues Orchestra on down to local favorites like The Districts and Shrimpboat.

Organizer Rich Ruoff is hosting Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a bigger budget to help afford some big-named acts. Well folks, that campaign is winding down today which means this is your last chance to support the festival – and claim some pretty awesome perks in the process! Click here to visit the Kickstarter page and watch a video from Rich explaining the whole process.

Want to get in the mood a little early??

We’re hosting two shows this fall as previews of the big event, and tickets are now on sale!

Scott Pemberton Trio

ScottPembertonSaturday, October 19
$12/$15 | 21+

On just their second jaunt across the country, Portland, Oregon-based rock/jazz/jam outfit Scott Pemberton Trio makes their return to Lancaster and debut to our stage. Scott and the boys have a new album on the way and are ready to once again blow past the normal barriers of live music and, in the process, blow your mind. Let’s just say that there aren’t many guitarists in the world who play without a guitar strap… And use a stool… For the guitar…

Tix on sale here

Mark Hummel’s Little Walter Harp Blowout with Steve Guyger, Sugar Ray & Little Charlie

Little Charlie and Mark HummelSaturday, November 9
$10 | 21+

Little Walter Harp Blowout is a concept of a cross-country meeting of the minds between California and East Coast musicians. All have known each other for years. The rhythm section have played in bands since high school but all share a deep passion for REAL BLUES. Singer and harmonica master Mark Hummel has been steadily on the road since 1984 and has released 17 albums and CDs since starting out. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called BLUE AND LONESOME.

Tix on sale here