2022 Fayetteville Roots Festival

Text courtesy of Fayetteville Roots | Photos by Phil Clarkin

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Taj Mahal

Bettye LaVette

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Samantha Crain

Dead Horses

Tray Wellington

Reggie James Gospel

J Wagner

Meadow Makers

Sad Daddy

As it has for more than a decade, the artist- and chef-led Fayetteville Roots Festival returns with another celebration of music and food to rock the Fayetteville Square. Taking place Aug. 25-27, this intimate experience showcases the unique musical and culinary talent of the Ozarks in unity with nationally recognized musicians and chefs. Artists will take the stage at various venues over the three-day festival, including the Fayetteville Town Center on the historic downtown square, the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center and at the Roots Headquarters. The distance between stages is walkable as all the main stages are within a four-block area of the Fayetteville Square. As tradition has it, the music will pair with locally sourced food, focusing on and supporting regional farmers, chefs and restaurants.


The wide spectrum of artists and chefs, as well as the varied list of venues, all embody elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot. The diverse range of music includes the genres of folk, Americana, blues, bluegrass, jazz and country, exposing festival goers to sounds deeply rooted in the American music culture. The music lineup features headliners such as soulful folk favorite The Wood Brothers, world-renowned acoustic blues artist Taj Mahal, and five-time Grammy nominee and soul singer Bettye LaVette. 

The full musical lineup for each day:

August 25

August 26

August 27

The Wood Brothers

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Joe Purdy

Fireside Collective

North Mississippi Allstars

Brady Blade Sr. & The Hallelujah Train

Melissa Carper

Radio Free Honduras

The Brother Brothers

The Honey Dewdrops

Rachel Ammons

Shannon Wurst

Sons of Otis Malone

Missy Raines & Allegheny

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In addition to the performances on the three main stages, late-night shows will take place around Fayetteville, hosted by local bars and music venues such as George’s Majestic Lounge, Maxine’s Tap Room and the Roots Headquarters.


Tickets are required for attendance and can be purchased online. Ticket options consist of a variety of single-day, multi-day and VIP passes depending on the desired experience and number of artists the concert goer want to see. Tickets and passes range in price from $25 to $340.

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The Fayetteville Roots Festival is presented by Bryan and Bernice Hembree, of the band Smokey & The Mirror, and chef Jerrmy Gawthrop of Woodstone Pizza.


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