Our excitement has been growing for months as Rich Ruoff – the director of The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival – has slowly revealed the lineup for the February 26-28 music festival in downtown Lancaster. Roots and Blues – now in its third year – features more than 70 local and nationally touring bands. With so many bands to check out in three days, you obviously won’t be able to catch them all, but we’re highlighting a few bands you should make sure to see. And don’t forget to check out our Roots & Blues Spotify playlist.
The great thing about the organizers behind the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival is their dedication to bringing in a wide variety of acts. “Blues” is a fairly straightforward genre descriptor, but “roots” is expansive. One of the more outre roots acts at the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival is the Raya Brass Band. The six-piece Brooklyn-based group combines elements of Balkan and Greek wedding music and combines it with New Orleans funk flavor. If you’ve ever attended a Greek wedding you know how essential and how fun the music and dance is to the entire festivity. Raya Brass Band gives you something to celebrate. Life.
Raya Brass Band performs at Tellus360 at 11 p.m. on Friday.