CHARLESTOWN, Rhode Island -- We're on the road again for our annual pilgrimage to the Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Beach near here. Last year's festival was rain soaked, but there is nothing but sunshine in the Labor Day weekend forecast and we're getting ready to boogy -- and zydeco and cajun and creole and folk and rock.
The festival opens this evening and continues through Sunday night with as eclectric a range of performers that you're likely to find on a single stage, including Canadian fiddler extraordinaire Natalie MacMaster (photo), who headlines tonight's bill.
Click here for my rave preview of the festival, which is an easy drive from anywhere in the Northeast and a great way to pay homage to the New Orleans music tradition, which is coming back and better than ever after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
If you can join us, email me with your cellphone number I'll give you a ringy dingy and we can rendezvous and fais do-do.