Fayetteville Roots Festival moves main stage to the Town Center

Ongoing repairs to the roof of the Walton Arts Center will not be complete in time for the Fayetteville Roots Festival this year, but as they say in show business, the show must go on.

Roots Festival organizers this week announced that the main stage concerts will be moved to the Fayetteville Town Center.

“We received notice in late June that the Walton Arts Center would be undergoing emergency construction to repair broken trusses in the ceiling of Baum Walker Hall effective immediately,” festival promoters Bryan Hembree and Jerrmy Gawthrope wrote in an email to ticket holders. “The length of time needed for permitting and repairs means that the stage will not be available for the dates of the festival.”

Hembree said that the venue change only required minor adjustments to the previously-announced schedule, with a few of the acts originally scheduled for the Starr Theatre now moved to the main stage at the town center. A gallery show featuring Mary Celstia Parlor’s 25 Years of Arkansas Folk Traditions has been moved to the Fayetteville Public Library.

Concerts scheduled at George’s Majestic Lounge, Kingfish, Maxine’s Tap Room, The Garner Farm, and other venues will go on as planned.

Fayetteville Roots Festival is set for Aug. 28-31. This year’s lineup includes over 25 artists, including headliners Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, Jay Farrar, Darrel Scott and Tim O’Brien, Anais Mitchell, Willie Watson, and more.

For more info, visit fayettevilleroots.com.