TakeRoot 2017 takes place November 4 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, from 4 pm. till around midnight.
The line-up features Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sam Outlaw, The Barr Brothers, The Cactus Blossoms, Yola Carter, The Como Mamas, Andrew Combs, Jesse Dayton, Steve Gunn, Baptiste W. Hamon, Tift Merritt, John Murry, Levi Parham and Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express. Keep checking this website or follow us on social media, for there will be additions to het programme.
Music festival TakeRoot is like a travel through the United States which you haven’t planned too well in advance, but would gladly repeat afterwards. One moment it feels like you’re in a Blue Motel, where a lonely singer-songwriter shouts out his sorrow through paper-thin walls, the next you will find yourself in a country barn filled with partying country music lovers. Next stop, you’re surrounded by blues musicians who look like they were just picked from the cotton fields.
TakeRoot’s keyword is authenticity. Featuring musicians have one thing in common: they know life’s ups and downs first hand and sing about it with heart and soul. Simply because this is the life they know. They all share the same wish: to make the audience part of their loneliness, pain or joy. These musicians live without a foot on the brake and put their life on the line, although they know life will strike back. Hard, sometimes. TakeRoot lets these stories be heard, told by intimate singer-songwriters or full blast bands, and anyone in between.
TakeRoot is not just a trip across the continent, it also leads you through various eras. It’s no coincidence that the festival carries the subtitle ‘Past, Present and Upcoming American Music’. The United States still is the country of extremes and a melting pot of new ideas. It’s the cradle of most great genres in popular music: blues, rock, country & western, folk, you name it. America’s music has always been able to renew itself, just like its inhabitants: rolling stones & traveling bones.
During its 20th edition, TakeRoot once more offers a colourful sample of this permanently meandering stream of American music.