CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — To most people Labor Day weekend signals that the summer is over, but to quite a few people in New England, it means that it’s time for an annual Mardi Gras-style celebration, where thousands of people from all over the United States gather in Rhode Island every year to listen to a wide spectrum of roots music, dance to a variety of rhythms, and savor gourmet food and drink in a truly festive setting with four stages of music.
At this year’s Rhythm and Roots Festival in Charlestown, held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, the main stage will feature a wide variety of musical styles such as Zydeco, Cajun, blues, New Orleans R&B, swing, Americana, folk and roots music.
A 4,000-square-foot dance floor adjacent to the main stage and a second dance floor located in the Dance Pavilion — featuring daytime lessons in the basics of jitterbug, two-step, and the waltz as well as zydeco dance styles — are popular attractions at Rhythm & Roots. The late night “fais do do” dances held at the dance pavilion area always filled to overflowing and pumping ‘til the last note of the night.
Held each year at Ninigret Park in the oceanside community of Charlestown, the Rhythm & Roots Festival draws approximately 10,000 people over the course of the weekend . Ninigret Park also has a state-of-the-art playground, swimming pond and four stages with plenty to do for the whole family.
Music from is performed from 5 p.m. To midnight on Friday, and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 1-888-855-6940 or visit online at www.rhythmandroots.com.