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Salmon Arm is the centre of the action in B.C.'s Interior, bringing thousands of people to the quiet little town on the shores of Shushwap Lake. From Aug. 17 - 20, the annual ROOTS&BLUES Festival offers a deep pool of musical talent in many genres. With a wide array of acts, including Alex Cuba, Five Alarm Funk, DJ Shub and the Talking Dreads taking to the stage, it’s going to be a great weekend.

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Salmon Arm is easy to find and so is the festival. For blues fans from Alberta, Salmon Arm is only six hours from Calgary with no tricky turns — just straight west on the TransCanada Highway. It’s just about the same time for festival fans from Vancouver — five hours east on that same highway.

Read our preview of this year's ROOTS&BLUES Festival by FestivalSeekers writer Chelsea Lees.

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Featured Artists

April Verch

You can't call yourself a roots band with out an incredible fiddle. April Verch blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front. She will bring her fiddling expertise during the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival.

Coco Jafro

Coco Jafro brings together the schools of funk, soul, jazz, and Afrobeat, creating a unique mashup that transports you to a soul-liberating place that is sure to get you dancing. You will love their music, heavily influenced by Santana, Herbie Hancock, and Maceo Parker & Chaka Kahn.

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

One of the finest blues piano players anywhere, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is on a wonderful roll these days. He's making critically-acclaimed albums for Stony Plain Records and travelling the globe playing for adoring audiences in South America, Russia, the U.K., and all over this continent. Treat your ears to his wonderful music during the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival.

Five Alarm Funk

ROOTS&BLUES Festival favourites, Five Alarm Funk, is a horn-powered, percussion-fuelled sonic and visual treat. For more than eight years the band has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States.

The group on stage is an unstoppable ball of energy. Ten musicians perform intricate and airtight arrangements with delirious dance moves and full on headbanging.

Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who eschews tradition with his Alex vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs embodies much of the exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. He's collaborated with artists such as, Nelly Furtado, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes and Ron Sexsmith, just to name a few.

For a full list of artists throughout the ROOTS&BLUES Festival, click here.

Tickets/Admission

ROOTS&BLUES Festival

Purchase a full weekend pass starting at $169, with options to buy full-day and evening-only tickets offered throughout the festival.

Youth/Student 13-(19+) passes $99

Senior (65+) passes $129

Visit the official Festival website to purchase tickets

Tents, RVs or campers are all welcome at the campground. Check the official camping page here for more information.

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