Larkin Poe to Headline 12th Annual Roots & Rhythm

(Honesdale, May 10, 2017)… Called a “swaggeringly bad girl bluesy rock band” by music media,  Larkin Poe, a sibling duo out of Georgia, will headline the 12th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 17th.  Also dubbed “a sister act with staying power” by NPR, these two ladies “should have the Roots crowd off their feet and dancing by night’s end,” says Randy Kohrs, music committee chairperson. The two sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell have racked up a season of touring highlights… Continue reading “Larkin Poe to Headline 12th Annual Roots & Rhythm”

A Real McCoy Coming to Honesdale for Roots & Rhythm

(Honesdale, May 21, 2016)… They make music not war, but the lead female singer of the band Two-Thirds Goat, is a real McCoy from Eastern Kentucky. And this June, Annalyse McCoy and the rest of her bluesy-country rock band will perform not once but three times in conjunction with Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival on June 18th. Besides opening on the main stage on June 18th at 1:30pm in Central Park, the band will offer a workshop the night before, June 17th,  at 7:30pm at Basin and Main, 564 Main Street, Honesdale, and play after Roots & Rhythm at the Late Night Ramble at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale.

“This band has a great sound, and folks will have three opportunities to catch them in town,” says Randy Kohrs, music coordinator for Roots & Rhythm.

The band’s name comes from the fact that two of the three originators of the now-five-member band are Capricorns, the astrological sign with the goat as its symbol. Two-Thirds Goat has been gaining national recognition for its mix of rock and country songs almost from day one. The band’s album, Let It Rise, has been celebrated in American Songwriter MagazineAustin Town HallElmore MagazineMother Church Pew, Surviving the Golden Age and more.

Their first single, “Whiskey Sins,” is described as “a raucous, rocking country song about three loves: Jack, Jim, and Johnny; and the inevitable sins that accompany them.”

“We are really excited that this terrific band is not only offering a music workshop for us, but also sticking around to perform at The Late Night Ramble at The Cooperage Project,” says Kohrs.

Roots & Rhythm, the workshop and the Ramble are all free to the public. The Cooperage will also be offering refreshments for sale when the doors open at 9pm. Music starts at 10pm.

Now marking its 11th year, Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival is a non-profit family-friendly event produced and staffed by volunteers. In addition to the music – Two-Thirds Goat will be followed by The Tall Pines, Sarah Borges and headliner Amy Helm—the festival offers an Artist’s Row and a Food Vendor’s Row, along with activities for children at Tunes & Tales.

The festival is supported by donations and grants, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pocono Arts Council.  For additional information about the event or to volunteer, visit

For more information about Two-Thirds Goat, visit

Photo: Two-Thirds Goat


CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Gig Poster Exhibit…



For the 2nd year, the Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival is inviting all artists to create a limited edition “Gig Poster” for the festival. The posters will be displayed during the festival in Honesdale’s Central Park on June 20, 2015 and at The Cooperage on Main Street during events celebrating National Train Day, May 9th, 2015. A special artist’s reception with refreshments will be held on Friday, May 8th, from 7pm – 8pm at the Cooperage, followed by a performance by “The Brakemen.”  The gig posters will also appear on


Artists are asked to work on a poster space approximating 8” x 10”, and the art should represent a theme associated with the Roots & Rhythm festival, such as music, Wayne County or railroading. Honesdale is the birthplace of the country’s first commercial steam locomotive to run on rails—the Stourbridge Lion. A replica of the Stourbridge Lion can be seen in the Wayne County Historical Society building on Main Street in Honesdale.


“This year, the 10th for Roots & Rhythm, will also mark the return of train excursions to Honesdale,” said Graphics Director Amanda Sobolak. “That’s two great reasons to celebrate, and we hope our local artists will be inspired to show off their creativity with one or more of these themes.”


The poster deadline is May 4th, 2015.  Blank posters may be picked up and finished ones dropped off at Camp Umpy’s, 622 Main Street in Honesdale, during the bagel shop’s business hours, 6am – 2pm.


On the day of the festival, the posters will be displayed in Artist’s Row and a silent auction will be held.  All posters upon receipt become the property of Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival and all funds raised go towards the festival. Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, reserves the right to use all posters in the future for various fundraising opportunities.