’23 Late Night Ramble

The ’23 Late Night Ramble was an absolute blast!!!! 40 Acre Mule tore the house down @ Here & Now Brewing!!!! An hour and a half set stretched into almost 2 1/2 hours of pure American Rock -N- Roll. All the way from Dallas, Tx. They said Honesdale blew away all the other stops on their tour. Be proud Honesdale!! Photographs copyright John Rocklin.


So many thanks from us at Roots & Rhythm to all who attended, and those who let us know all the positive thoughts about this years event. We literally work on it all year and appreciate hearing that you all thought it went well. Thanks as well to our many sponsors without whom we could not function. It’s nice to know that the business community supports this wonderful event. It’s nice to know that Honesdale Roots & Rhythm is a vital part of our community and part of Honesdale’s identity. Thanks to many of our business community who went above and beyond in their generosity (you know who you are, and so do we)

Rick Estrin

We Have a Winner!!!

Congratulations to Stan Romanski of Hamlin, Pa. Our Grand Prize winner in ’23. This custom built Telecaster style guitar features artwork by Samuelle Green and is loaded with top shelf components. The guitar was played on the Main Stage by our ’23 headliners including Kid Andersen, Reggie King Sears & Mark DeRose. Guitar build by Tony Maddi & John Rocklin. Components from Gotoh, Seymour Duncan, Ampturco and USA Custom Guitar. Neck & body hand finished in Nitrocellulose Laquer by Bryan Fuentes.

2023 Schedule announced !!!!

Day of, lineup!

10am Downtown bands start! Feel free to walk up and down main street to listen and shop!

Downtown bands are:

Robert Tellefsen Band

Pistachio Bathtub

Dead Man’s Hand

Dave Brown & the Dishonest Fiddlers

The Cellar Souls

Johnny Jules Band

Main stage activities start around 1pm! There will be vendors, food, and fun for all ages!

1:45pm- Mark DeRose & the Dreadnoughts

3:35pm -The 40 Acre Mule

5:25pm -Rick Estrin & the Night Cats

8:00- Reggie King Sears

The raffle will be at 7pm, you do not have to be present to win! There are SO SO many great prizes, including the custom guitar!! You can also get your raffle tickets below!


The Late Night Ramble begins @ 10PM- Here & Now Brewing presents-

The 40 Acre Mule up close and personal!!

Can’t wait to see everyone and keep the music playing!

2023 Roots Guitar First Look

2023 Roots Guitar First Look

The 2023 Roots raffle guitar is just waiting for some artwork on the front and back of the headstock. It can be seen in person tonight (Saturday, February 25th,2023) @ our “Day at the Races fundraiser being held at Here & Now Brewing https://www.hereandnowbrewing.com/ in Honesdale. Tickets available as of tonight!!!

This years guitar is really special and here are the details:

Built by Tony Maddi & John Rocklin using the following components:

Pine body by Musikraft USA, Hand painted in Charcoal Frost Nitrocellulose Laquer by Brian Fuentes, Custom Artwork by Samuelle Green.

Hand wired electronics by Anthony @ AMPTURCO Guitar Werks

Seymour Duncan Broadcaster pickups

Customized, hand painted Nitrocellulose Allparts “Fat” neck with custom fretwork and hand made nut by Aurora Custom Shop

Gotoh BS-TC1S Bridge & Compensated Saddles

Other Parts sourced from: True Custom Shop, Gotoh, & Fender USA

In the Roots tradition that started with our beloved Peter Florance………. This years guitar is a totally functional (killer) instrument as well as collectible art. We are extremely proud to have had the artwork done by Samuelle Green this year, here is her bio:


A native to Honesdale, PA, Samuelle Green’s early years were surrounded not only by nature, but also by a family of artisans and craftspeople that had a lasting impact on her current practices. She studied at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Parsons School of Design in New York earning a BFA. Green continued to live in Brooklyn and work there for nearly 20 years as an artist, prop stylist, designer and undertaking special art fabrication projects for multiple clients including the Guggenheim Museum, Allsaints, Chloe, PS1, and Insite Design and Architecture to name a few. 

Once establishing her artistic practice in NYC she relocated her studio to her hometown. This is where she

continues to develop her paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations. She is continuing to show her work both nationally and internationally. Her large scale, immersive installations have been shown in museums in China; Shanghai and Beijing, in Venice, Italy, in Tamiku, Estonia as well as locations across the US including Honesdale, PA.

Samuelle Green’s body of multidisciplinary work all has a common thread. Her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations reference the interaction between human-made and non-human visual languages. At times the encounters are contentious and at other times symbiotic. Many of her works are stills that simultaneously reflect the processes of decay and those of luscious growth. Through mark making or the use of repurposing discarded materials, Samuelle seeks to highlight the forms and details of nature that are frequently overlooked and under-appreciated. She starts with rigid structures or self-imposed parameters representing metaphorical frameworks of natural laws. She then creates elements that repeat and propagate until they give way to organic forms free of both their literal and non-material scaffolds.

The custom painted guitar for Honesdale’s Roots and Rhythm is an extension of the “order and chaos” series of drawings that explores the power of arrangement. The reconizable and the abstract both consist of the exact same number of marks or brushstrokes to create very different outcomes. 

Stay tuned for more info & photos !!!

February is Horse Race time!!

Down the stretch we come, folks. Roots & Rhythm is excited to announce a fundraising event on Saturday February 25th at 5:30p.m. (add to my calendar)
The free, annual music & arts festival in Honesdale relies on donations, grants and sponsors in order to deliver a memorable experience each year.
Place Your Bets! will be held at Here & Now Brewing Company. 10 race sponsorships are still available for businesses or individuals who want to join in the heart-pumping action, which also includes naming and owning a horse. Each race sponsorship is $100.
During the event multiple random pre-recorded horse races will be shown on the big screen. Your sponsorship will be announced at the beginning of each race and in print in the event program. Thanks to the folks at The Himalayan Institute for providing the big screen for the races!
The money raised will allow Roots & Rhythm to continue as an organization and festival.
We will be holding a Cash 50/50 during the event !!
Details regarding how the race night event works are below. If you do not wish to be a sponsor, please consider “purchasing” a horse, ($10), and coming out for the evening to bet on the races.
Thank you for considering being a part of a special night as well as your continued support of music and arts in Honesdale! Click link below to purchase a horse or sponsor a race. Thanks to Torey Decker Design for our 2023 poster!!