Uptown RootsFest this Weekend!

Uptown RootsFest

Don’t miss the Uptown RootsFest this weekend, a FREE two-day roots music festival featuring performances in Toby’s Plaza in front of Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a children’s activities tent and family concerts.

Uptown RootsFest will take place Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, and will also include documentary screenings at Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque: “A Well Spent Life,” a tribute to blues singer and guitarist Mance Lipscomb and “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins,” which chronicles the life of the legendary Texas guitarist and performer. The full event lineup can be found right here.

It’s the culmination of the Cleveland Foundation Uptown Saturday Nights series, which took place every Saturday night in the Uptown District of University Circle throughout the past summer and early fall. Each Saturday, eight Uptown venues hosted free, live performances from local musicians. The music series celebrates the roots of American music – blues, jazz, gospel, hip hop, traditional country, folk, Americana, bluegrass, and zydeco, among others – so there’s always something for everyone.

Earlier this summer, we announced a grant supporting the series, a collaboration between University Circle, Inc., Case Western Reserve University and Roots of American Music (ROAM).

We’ll see you there!