This year’s line-up for the Port Dover Roots Music Festival on Saturday, August 17th 2013 has something for everyone.
The Festival, sponsored by the Port Dover Lions Club, welcomes one of Canada’s top folk-rock bands, The Great Lake Swimmers.
This award winning band from Toronto was nominated for a Juno this year in the Roots Music category. Their recently released album, “New Wild Everywhere," has received exceptional reviews.
Paste Magazine describes it as a “treat of melodic proportions” and Magnet says, “Its catchy melodies and soothing vocals both calm and entice”.Also appearing at the Festival are The Sadies. Two of the Sadies are Travis Good and Dallas Good. Dallas and Travis are the sons of Bruce Good and nephews of Brian and Larry Good, members of the Canadian country group, The Good Brothers, who appeared at last year’s Festival. This band has collaborated with some of Canada’s biggest names including Randy Bachman, Neil Young, and Garth Hudson.
Back by popular demand is Tia McGraff and the Radical Road Band. Tia is a local favourite and wowed everyone at last year’s Festival with songs from her award winning album “Diversity”.
New to the Festival but no stranger to local music fans is Duane Rutter. Duane is one of the finest singer-songwriters in this area and music lovers should look forward to hearing this exceptional musician perform his original songs.
Also appearing at the Festival are NorFolk a local group of musicians who impressed everyone at last year’s Festival with their lively set of Celtic songs and Birdtown from Simcoe,who play a mix of bluegrass, Celtic and East Coast Canadian tunes.
The Festival is at Silver Lake Park in Port Dover and the music will start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in Simcoe at the Erie Music Store or Coldwell Banker Real Estate. In Port Dover, tickets can be purchased at Stetson’s Jewellers, The Erie Beach Hotel, and The Port Dover Maple Leaf. Online tickets can be purchased at Ticketscene. The venue will be licensed with wines from local South Coast wineries and local beer from Picards’ brewery. Local food vendors will also tempt your taste buds.
The Festival complements the Summer Festival Weekend in Port Dover, with Art in the Park, and local merchant sidewalk sale days.