September 29, 2018

Main Street, Nashua, NH


We are getting excited for the 3rd annual New England Roots Festival, presented by Great American Downtown and the City of Nashua, NH!
Join us for this free and family friendly music festival, featuring country, bluegrass and American Roots Music! You will find the Main Stage on a closed section of Main Street between Temple and Pearl Streets. Use 201 Main Street for festival navigation directions. Enjoy free parking at the nearby Elm Street and High Street garages!

New this year: You are welcome to bring a lawn to this event, and settle in for a big day of great music! Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 10:30am to set down their chair in a good spot, and grab lunch and come catch the opening act at Noon. Designated chair area will begin 60 ft back from the stage.



Main Street MAIN STAGE Schedule
(Between Temple-Pearl Street)

6:00PM – 7:00PM: DWIGHT & NICOLE


8:45pm – 10pm Ron Artis
7:20pm – 8:20pm Twisted Pine
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dwight & Nicole
4:40pm – 5:40pm
Girls Guns & Glory
3:20pm – 4:20pm Chestnut Grove
2:20pm – 3:00pm Honeysuckle
1:10pm – 2:00pm Strangers by Accident
12:00pm – 12:50pm
The New Englanders


12:00pm – 1:30pm: MARK KASCHAK
2:00pm – 3:30pm: VISITING WINE
4:00pm – 5:30pm: RUBY AND THE RHYTHM


2:00pm – 3:30pm: KAMARA O FA
4:00pm – 5:30pm: JIBE MAN CO


12:00pm – 1:30pm: DOMINIC COLE
2:00pm – 3:30pm: SONIC AVIONICS


5:30pm – 6:30pm: AFTERIMAGE

Take A Listen!

Take a Look


  • To say that Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been pre-ordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of nowhere? Well, that part of the mystery is easy to solve. He’s been paradise’s best kept secret for years and now he’s finally making big waves on the mainland and beyond.While developing his multi-instrumental prowess playing in the Artis Family Band, Ron quickly took to piano and guitar as his main modes of expression. His mastery of both—in addition to numerous other instruments—quickly made evident that he was special. As he got older and played more around Oahu, others quickly recognized his gifts as well. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and many others recognized the incredible talent that was taking root on their isolated island paradise. Ron has gone on to play with all of them and more across Hawaii’s most prestigious venues with his own band that he put together (featuring brother Stevon on drums) aptly called, “The Truth.”

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Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown. In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to its bluegrass origins, but over time the quartet has developed a unique, infectious style without limits. Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multilayered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.

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Dwight & Nicole is an American indie-soul band fronted by Dwight Ritcher & Nicole Nelson. Ritcher and Nelson met in Boston when they were both just out of school and cutting their teeth on the local club scene. They discovered a shared love of classic blues greats like Albert King and Lighting Hopkins, covering songs by their vocal heroes Mavis Staples, Jimmy Witherspoon and Etta James. All the while obsessing over writing, and honing their own original music.

Both Ritcher and Nelson posess strong natural voices that stop you dead in your tracks. Wether belting or whispering, their singing commands attention. They are both also captivating performers, multi-instrumentalists, and strong songwriters. This rare mix finds them standing out from the crowd of up and coming East Coast bands. Ritcher plays a Gibson Flying V guitar – picking up his first one as a teenager in Long Branch NJ – he has never played anything else. Nelson, a gifted singer & classical violinist from NYC has described the bass as her first real love. She picked it up again in 2015 and has not looked back. The recent addition of powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan to the band has solidified their sound. They took this combination into the studio in 2017 with spectacular results.

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Love and Protest: two concepts that seldom go hand in hand. Until you think about it a while.

That’s what singer, guitarist and songwriter Ward Hayden did as he began mapping out plans for Girls Guns & Glory’s next album, which happens to be called Love and Protest.

“That title sums up this album and it sums me up very well too,” he says. “We’ve done 10 years of touring, living, learning and growing, maturing and developing a broader world view, a view outside of the small town where I grew up.”

That decade began with Hayden and several like-minded musicians getting together. Their love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music branded them quickly as anomalous — and electrifying. Since that time they’ve barnstormed far beyond their Boston hometown, playing honky-tonks, beer joints and more recently concert venues throughout the U.S. They’ve amassed a loyal legion of fans along the way. The media have noticed too, including Rolling Stone, which heralds them as a “modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks.”

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o Rock ‘n’ roll band Chestnut Grove hails from Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, less than one hour from the City of Brotherly Love. In 2011, John Tyler, James Daniels, Dee, and Sean Murray started the band Chestnut Grove in honor of guitarist and friend Matt Barber. After a few lineup changes and four years of playing local bars, coffee shops, theaters, and festivals, the band–now consisting of members John, James, Dee, Zach Winkler, and Gary Geers–released their self-produced album “Perkiomenville” to a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. In 2016, the band recorded the EP “Let it Down” with Modest Mouse and Dr. Dog producer Bill Moriarty, partnering the release with Trevor Kerin, owner of Plug In Rewind. Chestnut Grove has also headlined the Trocadero, World Cafe Live, and Ardmore Music Hall, while continuing to gain popularity in their home city of Philadelphia and the rest of the northeastern U.S.

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Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, this Boston based band can frequently be found performing across the country, playing alongside bands like The Ballroom Thieves, The David Grisman Sextet, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings and others.

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Hailing from the same dirty-water city that birthed favorites like Aerosmith, Guster and James Taylor, and new indie heroes like the Ballroom Thieves and Honeysuckle, Strangers by Accident are an authentic, energetic indie folk-rock act with an old-school respect for songwriting. Their debut EP, recorded at BearTone Records in 2016, was released less than two years after Brian Sousa and Amy Wynne Doran met as strangers on a rainy day in Boston, played a song called “Accident,” and started playing open-mics in Cambridge and Somerville as an acoustic duo.

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