Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival

His music has been described as “a floor stomping mix of country, swing and rockabilly (that) can shake the rafters of any bar or club.” And he’s coming to Honesdale! Commander Cody is the headliner for the 9th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music& Arts Festival on Saturday, June 21st— a rocker who goes way back but has never been out of the limelight for long.   “This musician is a legend,” says Randy Kohrs, festival chair and music coordinator. “He came out of the San Francisco music scene of the 70s (think Grateful Dead) and played with the best, and he hasn’t stopped since he started back in the 1970s.”
  Commander Cody, whose real name is George Frayne, soared to fame with his band, The Lost Planet Airmen and their Top 10 hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln” in 1971. Fast forward a few decades, and the Commander will be in Honesdale with his “Modern Day Airmen.” The group will cap a full day of music throughout Honesdale. The town’s premier—and free—music and arts festival kicks off at 10:30am with local bands all along Main Street. Then at 1:30pm, the action moves to the main stage in Central Park with the bluegrass/gospel group, The Farm Hands. Next up, northeast Pa’s own coal-region singer/songwriter/guitarist MiZ (Mike Mizwinski) and Americana band Big Leg Emma, a group offering traditional folk, bluegrass and country with a “dancey vibe.”
  “The music from one band to the next just explodes and stitches together,” continued Kohrs, “so when you’re there, on the grass in the park, you will find yourself seamlessly moving from one music set to the next. People are going to love it!”
 Roots & Rhythm also offers food concessions, Artists Row (with juried artwork for sale), storytelling and a raffle for unique prizes.  New this year: laser tag in the park, and nearby, in the Grace Episcopal Church courtyard, the Honesdale Rotary will present a special fundraiser, a Beer Garden.
 The no-cost-to-the-public festival typically draws more than 5,000 people to the area. It’s made possible by sponsors and more than 200 volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Brian Fulp is looking again this year for volunteers to help with setup, the sale of Roots gear, recycling, cleanup and more.
 Visit www.honesdalerootsandthythm.com for more details or contact Brian at 570-309-7860/bfulp@himalayaninstitute.org. And look for more details about the bands, the raffle and more in this publication.
 Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 21st in the park!

(Information from
Lisa Champeau)

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