“In order to grow you need strong roots.” That mantra is at the core of the inaugural Vinegrass Music Festival, which will grace the beautiful backdrop of Truro Vineyards on Saturday, October 4 with an incredible line-up of high-profile, touring bluegrass, Americana, and rhythm and roots bands.
The gates open at 11am for this family-friendly event, with the music led by Crabgrass at noon. At 1pm, local favorites Sarah Swain & The Oh Boys! will take the stage, followed by The Modern Grass, Mandolin Orange, The Howlin’ Brothers and Yarn. Blackfish Restaurant’s food truck, the Crushpad, will be serving food and the vineyard will offer wine, their new rum, and soft drinks for sale. Tickets are available for individuals and families, with the proceeds benefiting the Vinegrass Organization’s mission.
Founded by Monica Rizzio in 2013, the non-profit Vinegrass Organization aims to preserve American roots music and provide scholarships to local students who wish to study music at an accredited 4-year university.
Owner of roots-based music school West Bend Music in Dennis Port, Monica is an established musician in her own right, performing solo and with her band Old King’s Highway. Monica’s family didn’t have the means for music instruction during her childhood in east Texas – it wasn’t until going after college in Nashville that she learned the fiddle, ukulele, and guitar. For her, starting Vinegrass represents the fulfillment of “a lifelong dream … to give back to those who have helped her become a professional musician.”
Sunshine or showers, the festival will rock on, so be prepared for it all with beach chairs, blankets, and rain gear. Want to make a night of it? The organizers have partnered with nearby Paine’s Campground on a special rate and plenty of people will be headed there to keep the vibe going post-event. Follow Vinegrass on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.