Westport Roots Festival Announces 4th Annual Lineup


The Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, MO is getting ready for an action packed Memorial Day weekend May 26-28, with over 80 bands on six separate stages taking part in the fourth annual event in the city’s Westport District. Organized by The Westport Saloon and Little Class Records, the event will be headlined by Moe Bandy, Dale Watson, Jesse Dayton, James Hand, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, and will see the reunification of legendary underground string band Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band.

From traditional country and bluegrass, to Outlaw country, to punk-inspired roots and everything in between, the Westport Roots Festival has it covered.

“Day one, Friday, is set up to be more as a pre-party at the Westport Saloon,” says the owner Travis Fields. “This is a small room, and with Jayke Orvis headlining the show, it is expected to hit capacity early. Saturday is the main event, with 6 stages around the district, a rat-rod car show, vending, and music in the streets of our historic Kansas City neighborhood. On Sunday, The Westport Saloon will host what we call the Roots Fest Recovery brunch with several amazing solo acts and bands throughout the day and turning slightly rowdier through the evening. We end the weekend Sunday night with our weekly Chicken n’ Pickin’ Song swap. It’s a long weekend and borderline sensory overload.”

Though Westport has some major names in country music, it’s undercard is very much a gathering for the underground of roots music.

“The most exciting acts on the festival this year range from legends to obscurities,” says Jody Hendrix, owner of Little Class Records. “We’ve never had an artist with a number one hit on our stage, so Moe Bandy is something to get worked up about for sure,”  “On the other end of the spectrum, Civil Rights leader Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country is basically unknown to most of the music world, but his place in history deserves a stage that places him in the limelight.”

More information, and tickets can be purchased at westportroots.com

Westport Roots Festival Lineup:

• The Pirate Farm Radio Opry • Writers on The Rocks Brunch  • Cheryl Deseree’  • Jon Eric- Banjo Ninja  • Bastard Children of Booker Noe • Randy Conrad Olinger • James Hunnicut • Dane Talley and The Hitman • Victor and Penny •  Todd Day Waits Pigpen • Young Valley • Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy • Freight Train Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts • Shawn James and the Shapeshifters • Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band (reunion) • AJ Gaither • The Kansas City Bear Fighters • Ghosts of Granddads Past • Lauren Walker Madsen • Jesse Dayton • Savanna Chestnut and the Field Hand Band • The Bullhaulers • Chad Graves and His Honky Tonk Habit • Matt Campbell • Dusty Rust • Jack Grelle • Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners • Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders • Moe Bandy • Dale Watson • Kiel Grove • Shawn James • Monzie Leo • Jimmy Swope • Kelly Hunt • Howard Iceburg • Brook Robert Blanche • Harmed Bros • Chicken and Picken with AJ G • The Ready Brothers • Good Time Charlie • Red Sky Home • Signal Ridge • Grassfed • The Fall Down Drunks • Tejon Street Corner Thieves • Urban Pioneers • The John Brown Boys • Bradford and Franzke’s Winners • Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners • Loaded Goat • Big Iron • CULPRITS • The Loot Rock Gang • The Quivers • Bloodshot Bill • Elvis Hitler • Hooten Hollers • The Goddamn Gallows • Cactus Attack • Granny Tweed • Stump Tail Dolly • Ford Theatre Reunion • Black Irish Texas • Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers • Ivory Black • Dylan Walshe • Tanya Montana Coe • Oak, Steel and Lightning • Skip Frontz Jr. and His Left Handed Luckies • Kristie Sremel • The Abandoned Bells • The Crybaby Ranch • Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club • Sky Smeed • Adam Lee • Rex Hobart • Nicholas St. James • Tyler Gregory • WT Newton
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