Thanks to all who helped to make our 2012 Rootsfest such a success!

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6th Annual RootsFest

Swallow Hill Music’s Rootsfest returns for its 6th annual celebration of roots music featuring Patty Griffin on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Denver’s Paramount Theatre.

This year’s Rootsfest will also showcase a solo appearance by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

We’ll kick off the night with opening band Lake Street Dive.

We’re also excited to announce the first-ever scheduled master class in conjunction Rootsfest. The class, led by local roots musicians Martin Gilmore and Patrick Dethlefs, will focus on the songwriting aspects of roots music.

Each musician will include a performance aspect of their classes, playing songs and then answering questions, and giving explanations of writing techniques, tips and pointers.

FREE with your Rootsfest ticket. Just select the “workshop” ticket on the purchasing page.


Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin has been a busy lady. Since her critically hailed 1996 debut “Living With Ghosts,” a bare-bones collection of acoustic songs, Patty has consistently been on the road touring. Her very first shows were solo/acoustic affairs. Over the last 16 years she’s released six recordings including her 2011 Grammy Award winning take on gospel music, Downtown Church.

Her touring career has featured hard rocking bands, acoustic ensembles, gospel outfits, twangy trios and guitar duos. She’s toured collaboratively with 3 Girls & Their Buddy as well as Band of Joy and most recently with Sensational Space Shifters. [read more]

Todd Snider

Singer/songwriter Todd Snider first garnered attention for his timely alt-rock satire “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” a folk-rock song that struck a chord with younger people fed up with angry alternative rock bands, and at the same time, appealed to aging rockers who grew up with the folk revival of the 1960s. His debut album, Songs for the Daily Planet, was released in the fall of 1994. [read more]

Lake Street Dive

Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. [read more]

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