Brings music and fun to Main Street

NASHUA — The sounds of Americana and folk music will sweep through Main Street during the fourth Annual New England Roots Festival next weekend.

Great American Downtown Executive Director Paul Shea said this is one of the organization’s favorite events. They are investing more in main stage talent this year, he said.

This year’s headliners scheduled for the main stage on Main Street include The Ballroom Thieves, Parsonsfield, GoldenOak and Town Meeting. However, aside from the four main acts, there will be additional community acts performing at Bicentennial Park and Liquid Therapy.

“We’ve focused on bringing in talent that will have a bigger draw from the region with the goal of bringing even more great music and great people to Main Street,” Shea said.

In addition to the music, there will also be just shy of 20 vendors at the artisan market on Main Street. This will feature food, arts, clothing and original handmade items. This will be located right by the main stage. The community performances will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the main stage kicks off at 3 p.m.

Roots Festival is set 3-10 p.m. Sept. 28 on Main Street in downtown Nashua.

During the event, a section of Main Street between Temple and Pearl Streets will be closed. Moreover, attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs to the event to comfortably camp out to watch the various acts perform in the heart of downtown Main Street.

Shea said people can come downtown as early as 2 p.m. and set up their lawn chairs, which will have to be 75 feet from the stage. Directly in front of the stage, there will be plenty of room for people to dance.

Shea estimates that last year’s festival drew up to 2,000 people to visit the downtown main street festival.

The festival is supported in part by the city of Nashua, as well as charitable gaming with their partners at the Boston Billiard Club and Casino. Shea said organizers are also grateful for support from Riverwalk Cafe.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.