May 012018
 

WESTPORT ROOTS FESTIVAL

Unites​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​fans​ ​of​ ​roots​ ​influenced​ ​music​ ​in​ ​Kansas​ ​City’s historic​ ​Westport​ ​neighborhood.​ ​ ​From​ ​Bluegrass​ ​to​ ​Southern​ ​Metal,​ ​Honky​ ​Tonk​ ​to​ ​Folk,​ ​this music​ ​festival​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​lineup​ ​in​ ​an​ urban​ ​setting.​ ​Enjoy​ ​65​ ​acts​ ​on​ ​2​ ​stages​ ​Memorial​ ​Day weekend,​ ​May​ ​25th​ ​through​ ​27th,​ ​2018.

Westport Roots Festival is back and better than ever. Located in the heart of the historic Westport Neighborhood and now in it’s 5th year, Westport Roots will showcase 65 bands on 2 stages over Memorial Day Weekend. It all kicks off with the official Pre-Party at Westport Saloon Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday, we kick things into high gear with 2 stages, both within a stones throw of one another. Best of all, you will be able to see each and every band and take your Four Roses Bourbon with you as you bounce from stage to stage with your friends. Bluegrass, Honky-Tonk, Rock and Roll, and everything in between!

Please Keep in mind, The Friday Night Pre-Party is held at The Westport Saloon and is only a 200 person venue. A seperate Pre-party ticket is required for this night.

How much do tickets cost?

  • Saturday/Sunday passes are $70
  • Single day passes are $40
  • Pre-party passes are $10
  • Early Bird passes are for all 3 days and cost $50 while supplies last
Can kids come to this event?Unfortunately no, this is a 21 and over event.
Where do we stay?AC Hotel is the official sponsor. There are several hotels in the immediate Westport area, but be sure to book in advance!
Where do I check in?Tickets, and Will-Call, will be located at the East entrance of The Westport Saloon for the pre-party on Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday the Will-Call tickets, and check in, will be at the North entrance of The Westport Saloon.
Can I buy tickets the day of?Yes. Visit us at the Will-Call and ticket booths. It will be $10 more.
Can I pay to just visit one stage?No. No you cannot.
Where can I find an exact schedule?A working schedule is posted on the website, however set times are subject to change. There will be an exact downloadable/screenshot version available before the Festival and printed copies at the ticket booth.
What time does the music start?Music starts at 7pm Friday, May 25th, Noon on Saturday, May 26th, and Noon on Sunday, May 27th.
Does my ticket guarantee that I can see every show?Not in entirety, but yes. You can get to see every band this year. We have slimmed down our stages to three, all within a stones throw from each other.
Where do we eat?Westport is home to many delicious restaurants. Visit http://westportkcmo.com/. If you are looking for 24-hour/late night food, we suggest Town Topic or Chubby’s on Broadway. If you are looking for the best BBQ in town, try Arthur Bryant’s or Slaps.

 

Westport Roots Festival is back and better than ever. Located in the heart of the historic Westport Neighborhood and now in it’s 5th year, Westport Roots will showcase 65 bands on 2 stages over Memorial Day Weekend. It all kicks off with the official Pre-Party at Westport Saloon Friday, May 25th. Saturday and Sunday, we kick things into high gear with 2 stages, both within a stones throw of one another. Best of all, you will be able to see each and every band and take your Four Roses Bourbon with you as you bounce from stage to stage with your friends. Bluegrass, Honky-Tonk, Rock and Roll, and everything in between!

Please Keep in mind, The Friday Night Pre-Party is held at The Westport Saloon and is only a 200 person venue. A seperate Pre-party ticket is required for this night.

THE LINEUP:

Chris Rodrigues And Abby The Spoon Lady
Hillbilly Casino
Joseph Huber
Porter Union
Shawn James And The Shapeshifters
Possessed By Paul James
The Dead South
White Ghost Shivers
A.J.Gaither
Abraham And The Old Gods
Black Irish Texas
Blackgrass Gospel
Caleb Ryan Martin
Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy
Dead Man String Band
Eric Sommer
Dig Deep
Dusty Rust
Frankie Banjo
Hangman’s Hymnal
Granny Tweed
Grassfed
Jimmy Swope
Jocephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Keil And The Coyote Boys
Rachel Kate
Randall Conrad Orlinger
S.S.Web
Rock Bottom String Band
Saddle Of Southern Darkness
Saint Christopher
Tail light Rebellion
The Big Sky
Tejon Street Corner Thieves
The Bastard Children Of Booker Noe
The Dirty mugs
The Breakfast Sides
The Dirty Beet Brothers
The Ford Theater Reunion
Truckstop Honeymoon
The Urban Pioneers
The Underhill Family Orchestra
The Well
Tyler Gregory
Tyler Giles
W.T.Newton
Wallula
Whiskey For The Lady
whiskeyDick
Willi Carlisle

This festival is located in downtown Kansas City in what they call the Westport District, and there are two hotels within walking distance of the Westport Saloon here are the links:

There are just so many little nook and crannies to eat at I still find new places each year I go to this one.

AC Marriott
816 Hotel
Embassy Suites
Best Western Plus Seville Plaza Hotel
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

And as always I will be researching this festival immensely and adding any I find, and after going in person for the year I’ll find even more. I FULLY intend on helping them grow through a multiple area media campaign I will introduce to you here. I have talked with the owner of the Westport Saloon and he told me the AC Mariott sponsors this event and offers reduced rates to the attendees.

Keep your eye on www.WestportRoots.com as we announce lots of special party hosts, add-ons, special guests and more sponsors!

80 acts for $40 if you buy now. $50 at the gate. This festival is cheap because of our CORPORATE SPONSORS! We’ve gone out of our way to find companies that support live music and are relevant to your interests!

Drink Four Roses Bourbon, Beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co and wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly! These guys truly support independent roots music without question.

And don’t forget WRF is Ameripolitan Music Official approved!

May 012018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I first came across Joe’s Truck Stop with the 2014 EP release called Free Showers.  It came out around the height of the punk fueled string band craze and it fit in well with that genre.  It felt like a bajo fueled country record with some attitude. Fast Forward to 2018 and the band are finally releasing their first full length album called American Dreams.  There have been many lineup changes since the EP, but they’re still very much a banjo fueled country band. The music is calmer and more country with a western swing feel to it this time around.  This is a good change as the scene has changed since 2014 and more traditional country is more popular than the punk fueled country that was featured on the EP.

One of my favorites on this record is “Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal”.  It’s a bluegrass fueled country song that has humor and is just plain fun. This one will have toes tappin’ at live shows for sure.  “Don’t Go To College” is a cautionary tale about learning more about the world before diving headfirst into it. It’s a lesson we could all learn eventually.

“The High Road” is another fast country tune that is a fun toe tapper.  I love the duel solo by Andrew McPheter’s banjo and Ben Sweeney’s lead guitar on this one.  “(Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox” goes into full on honky tonk territory with a sad country song about not being able to stand hearing sad country songs.  It doesn’t get sadder than that. “Knockin’ Boots” is a good dancing song, however you like to dance. Finally, “American Dreams” showcases Joe Macheret’s songwriting abilities.  I love the reference to Hank Snow’s “I’ve Been Everywhere”. It seems like something the band could have fun with live.

American Dreams shows what could be a promising future for Joe’s Truck Stop.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 4 years for the next release because I look forward to hearing more.  I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a good traditional country record with some killer banjo playing that really sets this band apart.  American Dreams is out now on Joe’s Truck Stop’s bandcamp and is available on CD May 11th.

 

Favorite Tracks : Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal, Don’t Go To College, The High Road, (Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox, Knockin’ Boots, American Dreams

 

Joe’s Truck Stop – American Dreams (2018)

  1. Blues For Two
  2. Banjo Pickin’ Tobacco Spittin’ Gal
  3. Don’t Go To College
  4. When I Say
  5. Dreamin’
  6. The High Road
  7. (Don’t) Put A Nickel In The Jukebox
  8. Moon Sang
  9. Knockin’ Boots
  10. One More Night
  11. American Dreams
  12. Peace Of Mind
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