Roots & Vines Festival Set for May 20th

Anticipation is high for this year’s event, which will take place in Yakima’s Historic North Front Street District on Saturday, May 20th from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

“The Roots & Vines Festival was created to highlight the ever expanding number of quality local wineries, breweries, and distilleries that Yakima is recognized for,” said Cody Beebe of Chinook Entertainment, part of the team producing the Roots & Vines Festival. “We’ve added to that a lineup of top notch performers of Americana, roots, and bluegrass music. The crowds loved the festival last year and we expect even more excitement this time around,” said Beebe.

The Yakima Roots & Vines Festival will feature two separate stages packed with high-quality, non-stop music. The lineup of performers will include headliners The Brothers Comatose, Brothers Ben and Alex Morrison, guitar and banjo, and lead vocalists, front this rocking string band that has become a West coast headliner and national touring act in a mere handful of years. With bassmaster Gio Benedetti and stellar accompanists Philip Brezina on fiddle and Ryan Avellone on mandolin, their high energy, audience engaging shows have caught fire with fans from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake to Silk Hope, NC and beyond. Back for a second year are the New Jersey brothers of the band, Sleepy Man. Formally known as instrumental YouTube sensations, the band has developed into a legitimate touring artist with an interesting and unique sound best characterized as a blend of Americana, pop, and bluegrass.

Also appearing at the festival will be the Dusty 45s who have inspired and fired up crowds for almost two decades. They deliver their rockin’, high-energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from Honky Tonk, Jump Blues, Surf and R&B, all while adding Dixieland and Jazz elements.

Helping to kick off the festival is the Robbie Walden Band who is known for his original songs that blend Texas Red Dirt and Spaghetti Western with his native Pacific Northwest Rock and Country sounds.

Local favorites, The Common Deer will be performing throughout the day on the second stage. The group formed in spring of 2014 with a unique blend of cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica, hand percussion, and vocal harmonies. The band has made a name for themselves playing wineries and festivals around Central Washington

Local craft beverage makers that will showcase wine, beer, and spirits at the festival include Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Hop Nation Brewing Company, Yakima Craft Brewing Company, Berchman’s Brewing Company, Tieton Cider Works, Naches Heights Vineyard, Gilbert Cellars, Antolin Cellars, Kana Winery, Wilridge Winery, and Swede Hill Distilling.

Only people 21 years of age or older will be allowed on the festival grounds in the Historic North Front Street District. Free family viewing area will be on the stairs in front of North Town Coffee House, access for this area will be off of Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way. Tickets to enter the event will cost $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the gate. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre box office or online at capitoltheatre.org/events/. Scrip for craft beverages available at the event will be sold at various locations on the festival grounds, cash only. Food from a variety of local restaurants will also be on sale during the event.

The 3rd Annual Yakima Roots & Vines Festival is being presented by Solarity Credit Union and being produced by the Downtown Association of Yakima, Chinook Entertainment, and the Historic North Front Street Merchants Association. For more info about the festival, visit www.rootsandvinesfest.com or find updates on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rootsandvinesfest