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Roots & Blues Festival Round-Up

When you think Blues or Jazz music you think of somewhere like Memphis or Louisiana, right? Did you know that Lancaster has its own Roots & Blues Festival? And it is kickin’…

Held in March, this annual festival is back for the 5th year in a row to grace the city with its musical presence. Roots and Blues features over 50 artists from around the world at eight different venues throughout downtown Lancaster. Whether you are an avid Blues fan, or just a casual listener all are welcome to attend!

You can purchase tickets for the whole weekend, one- or two-days, or even one-venue. (If you would like to see any performances on the mainstage you must have a general admission ticket). Tickets are available in advance and it is recommended to purchase them ahead of time… this event is pretty popular among locals and visitors alike.

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The festival showcases all different types of musical genres from Blues, Jazz, and Rock ‘n Roll, to Reggae, Bluegrass, Ska, and even Celtic! Needless to say, there is just about something for everyone to enjoy.

Be sure to take a look at the artists performing a head of time so you can plan a schedule of what to see where. Downtown Lancaster is very walkable, so you should have no trouble getting from one venue to the next to see a performance.

We do recommend you dress in layers; it can be cold here in Lancaster in early March, but the venues can get crowded so you will want to be able to shed your jacket. Also, don’t be afraid to don your fringy boots, embroidered peasant top, or your favorite leather jacket- this is a music festival after all and the City of Lancaster is brimming with creative energy. Feel free to flaunt your personal style.

If listening to all that music makes you hungry, there are plenty of places to grab a bite Downtown. Lancaster has loads of ethnic eats, pub fare, and good ol’ American favorites. Some of the venues, like Tellus360 also serve food so you can dine while you listen. We recommend you try the pizza at the Federal Taphouse, and grab a beer while you are there – the Taphouse features 100 beers on tap. If you are in the mood for something cultural try Sa la Thai Restaurant on North Queen Street. For more upscale dining visit Carr’s or The Pressroom– both are delicious. (All are within walking distance of the festival venues).

The Roots and Blues Festival is a great way to experience live music and break out of the winter doldrums. Come for a day, or for the weekend and celebrate the roots of American music and explore all that Lancaster City has to offer.

Locations to purchase tickets in person:

Stan’s Record Bar – 48 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 | 717-397-5200 | *Cash Only

CI Records – 226 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 | 717-391-7865

The Record Connection – 555 N. Reading Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522 | 717-733-1641

Iko’s Music Trade – 2300 E. Market St., York, PA 17402 | 717-755-2752

A Dozen Restaurants with Fireplaces to Cozy-up in Lancaster

  1. General Sutter Inn/ Bull’s Head Public House, Lititz, PA

Located in the heart of Lititz, this pub is quintessentially British. Serving traditional English fare and pints, the Bull’s Head Public House has been recognized as the best beer bar in PA in the annual Great American Beer Bar competition. If you want to warm up you can take your beverage into the Historic General Sutter Inn and relax by the fireside.

  1. The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Love pizza? Love beer? Look no further! The Fridge is Lancaster’s craft beer bottle shop and flatbread pizza café offering over 400 varieties of craft beer by the bottle. Grab a slice or two and a brew, and sit near the cute potbelly stove to warm up from the cold.

  1. Commonwealth on Queen, Lancaster, PA

Commonwealth on Queen is the perfect place to grab a cup of Lancaster-brewed coffee and a sweet treat. With their fireplace and large windows, you can day-dream away the afternoon as you watch people passing by in the swirling snowflakes.

  1. Fireside Tavern, Strasburg, PA

The name says it all… Fireside Tavern. What better place to go in Strasburg to warm up by a fire than there? With a full bar and a very diverse menu, you can spend the whole evening in this cozy tavern with beautiful views of the snowy countryside.

  1. The Log Cabin Restaurant, Leola, PA

Recently updated, The Log Cabin is a Lancaster County classic. Known for their upscale dining and bar this is the perfect place for a cozy, romantic date-night.

  1. Tellus360, Lancaster, PA

Tellus360 has transformed their Green Roof bar for the winter into Lancaster’s very own Après Ski Bar! Complete with a heated bar area, fire-pits, and a shot-ski you can pretend you just got in from the slopes even if you are in the heart of Central-Pennsylvania.

 

  1. Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House, Lancaster, PA

A no-nonsense Irish pub serving traditional fare from the Emerald Isle, Annie Bailey’s is always a lively place to rest your bones. Snag the seats near the fire and bask in the warmth as you sip on a Smithwick’s and savor some Shepard’s Pie.

  1. Greenfield Restaurant, Lancaster, PA

Set in a beautifully restored Pennsylvania stone farmhouse, the Greenfield Restaurant offers an upscale and charming dining experience. The large roaring fire found in the main dining room create a perfect place to gather with friends and grab a bite to eat during the cold winter months.

  1. The Kling House, Intercourse, PA

Located in Kitchen Kettle Village, the Kling House Restaurant is a great spot to warm up after an afternoon of shopping. Try a slice of what they claim to be “the very best shoofly pie in all the land” and bask in the coziness of this traditional Lancaster County farmhouse.

  1. Cameron Estate Restaurant & Inn, Mount Joy, PA

Dating back to around 1805, this beautiful mansion is a fine-dining destination. Located on 15-acres of serene Amish countryside this bed and breakfast is full of history and romance. Dine by fireside at the Cameron Estate Restuarant, and feel as you are transported back in time to a more elegant time.

  1. Historic Revere Tavern, Paradise, PA

Speaking of history, if you are in Paradise be sure to stop at the Historic Revere Tavern. Built in 1740, the tavern offers four cozy dining rooms and 7 working fireplaces! And as if it’s age and architecture do not make it interesting enough, it was once owned by President James Buchanan.

  1. Aussie & The Fox, Lancaster, PA

Offering a unique blend of Aussie and American, Aussie & The Fox serves up delicious dishes and creative cocktails. Located in the center of the restaurant is a fireplace framed by burgundy velvet chairs. If you are lucky, you can claim one of them and cozy up with a coffee or a cocktail.

The Most “Instagrammable” Spots in Lancaster, PA

In honor of #Lancastergram we decided to create a list of instagrammable locations around the county as inspiration for the awesome shots we hope you tag us in!  Of course, anywhere and everywhere around Lancaster County is fair game to submit, however, we noticed through some hashtag snooping the following locations are particularly popular.

1. Aussie & the Fox
38 W. King Street Lancaster, PA 17603
With its bright orange booth, cocktails, and beautiful brunch display, this eatery is sure to produce plenty of likes.

2. Chickies Rock – Chickies Rock County Park
West Hempfield Township, PA 17512
Located along the Susquehanna River, this outcropping offers great hikes, challenging climbs, and impressive vistas to photograph.

3. Covered Bridges
Various locations around the County
Lancaster PA Dutch Country is known for a number of things, one of them being our quintessential covered bridges- 25 of them to be exact!

4. The Fulton Theatre
12 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Known as “The Grand Old Lady of Prince Street”, The Fulton has been part of Lancaster since 1852, making it the nation’s oldest continuously operating theatre. That’s a place worth documenting.

5. General Sutter Inn
14 E. Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
From the elegant dining room, to the outdoor patio, to the Bulls Hear Public House this local watering hole is a great place to catch up with friends and grab a bite or a brew.

6. Lancaster Central Market
23 N. Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
This 120-year-old building with its beautiful, red brick façade is a Lancaster County Icon.

7. Gretna Lake
130 Lakeview Drive, Lebanon, PA 17042
Mt. Gretna Lake is a great place to get away for the day, pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach (minus the shore traffic!).

8. Prince Street Pop-Up Park
118 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
With its fairy lights and shaded seating, this pop-up park is a great spot try some of the tasty treats from the city’s various food trucks or to relax with a good book and cup of coffee.

9. Speckled Hen Coffee
141 E. Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579
Speaking of coffee, get your caffeine fix at this hip coffee shop in historic Strasburg. It’s modern décor and fresh, farm-to-table fare are right on trend.

10. Tellus360
24 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
An Irish pub right in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, Tellus360 is the place to go for great music. Snap a photo on their green rooftop bar which overlooks the city.

11. Thistle Finch Distillery
417 W. Grant Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Thistle Finch is Lancaster’s only operating distillery, stop in for a tasting or a tour and stay for a delicious craft-cocktail!

12. Tomato Pie Café
23 N. Broad Street, Lititz, PA 17543
This café exudes charm and serves up delicious drinks and dishes to match. Make sure to stop in while you are in Lititz.

Lancaster Roots and Blues, a Downtown festival you can’t miss

The Red Rose City will turn blue in February when it hosts the annual Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music. Past and present will converge to celebrate true American music styles as nearly sixty acts perform across nine stages in five venues. Grammy winners and rising stars will appear both nights at The Lancaster County Convention Center, The Ware Center, The Chameleon Club, Tellus 360 and The Federal Taphouse. Only Lancaster could host this volume of high-caliber musicians at such choice venues within a three-block radius. There will be performances that you will be the first to see outside of YouTube or your record collection.

Does the name Chris Thomas King ring a bell? How about Tommy Johnson, guitarist for The Soggy Bottom Boys in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Mr. King portrayed Tommy in the film and has since sold more blues records than any other artist in this century. Did you see the bio pic Ray about Ray Charles? He played Lowell Fulsom. He has won Grammys and Oscars. Would you like to meet him and hear him play live? Lake Street Dive will be releasing their first album in February. Besides playing at Lancaster Roots and Blues, they will also be appearing on The Colbert Report, Late Night with David Letterman and Mountain Stage. The buzz they’re creating has spilled onto the pages of Rolling Stone. You can catch these awesome musicians and more during Lancaster Roots and Blues.

Click here to see a complete event schedule, list of musicians, maps, directions, ticket information and hotel accommodations. To see photos of the artists or to get the official play-by-play, you can follow Lancaster Roots and Blues on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.

The memories you build will be unique, priceless and irreplaceable. Get tickets now for the inaugural Lancaster Roots and Blues festival. You will want to say you were there at its birth!

Post by Sam Campbell: Owner, Gigspots.com and Operations Director, Lancaster Roots and Blues.

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