In light of the unprecedented devastation due to the hurricanes affecting our fellow farmers in the South as well as the wildfires on the West Coast, we feel it's of vital importance to keep resources and attention focused on those who need it most now.

We are rescheduling this October's festival to spring of 2018, and will be announcing the new date in the next couple of weeks. It will feature the same world-class lineup of musicians, with local farms, food trucks, non-profits, and loads more fun and exciting ways to support our farmers here in the Northeast. The events unfolding in the South and West right now are tragic reminders that farmers throughout the country will need assistance in coming seasons as they deal with changing climate conditions, and we look forward to building a base of support for our neighbors in New York.  

While we are incredibly disappointed on a personal level to have to wait for the fantastic musical party we've been planning for the last several months, the times immediately following crises such as these are critical to the recovery of those affected, and we feel that focusing attention on them now is the right thing to do.

We will be posting updates of our own on-going activities to support farms here in the Northeast, but if you are looking for ways to help those devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as the western wildfires, please consider contributing to Farm Aid. They have partnered with regional and local organizations to get farms the help they need in the quickest, most effective way possible. Read about their efforts and contribute to the Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster Fund HERE.

Our thoughts go out to our sister and brother farmers affected by these disasters.

In hope and solidarity,

The Rootstock Team

Rootstock 2017 festival RESCHEDULED TO SPRING 2018



What: 4 nationally-acclaimed bands, plus Food Trucks, local farms and artisans


The Bands

The Gibson Brothers

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The Gibson Brothers - hailed as “bluegrass superstars” (New York Times), Eric and Leigh Gibson grew up on a 650-acre dairy farm in Ellenburg Depot, NY, a few miles from the Canadian border. There they learned the work ethic of the farm (along with a directive from their father not to become farmers when they grew up), while honing the songwriting and instrumental skills they would later put to good use in over 20 years on the road - ultimately leading to multiple accolades including the IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year. Even after long and celebrated careers, the deeply-rooted influences of the farm still find their way into their music. “He couldn’t have written that song if he hadn’t lived it,” says Eric, referring to Leigh’s song “In The Ground,” the title track of the band’s latest album. The lyrics incorporate multiple themes that refer to the economy of agriculture, clearing the land and planting, and also to the recent passing of their father. “My father was a great man, and I don’t want that to be forgotten,” recalls Leigh. “Before we had any intention that we’d be musicians, we were farmers. Our lives revolved around the rhythm of the farm.”

The Shockenaw Mountain Boys

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The Shockenaw Mountain Boys are collection of all-stars from the jamband world, originally formed as a side project by members of Railroad Earth. John Skehan was a classically trained piano player before taking up the mandolin, and his playing often reflects a pianistic, textural style. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling is known as "the right brain of Railroad Earth", and he gets back to his bluegrass roots in the Shockenaw Boys playing guitar, dobro, and banjo. Violinist & guitarist Tim Carbone has played shows from the deepest hole in Birmingham, AL to playing for his holiness the Dalai Lama. Bassist and renaissance man Johnny Grubb spent years with RRE before joining the Emmit-Nershi Band, which also features members of Leftover Salmon and The String Cheese Incident.

Sloan Wainwright


Defying categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright demonstrates an easy command of a variety of American musical styles - folk, pop, jazz and blues - all held together by her rich contralto, creating a unique and soulful hybrid. Her family tree (brother Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. “She’s folk influenced, but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense.” With 10 original releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform, and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards.


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Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail - a "mix of bluegrass and twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics" (The Corner). Fronted by Rootstock founder, singer/songwriter/fiddler/farmgirl Sara Milonovich, and featuring a crack band of roots music veterans, they fuse a searing mix of indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge into "a deft mix of literate folk and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking" (Chronogram). Their 2009 self-titled debut was acclaimed as "what Nashville would sound like if it was just a bit smarter" (Daily Freeman). They are currently touring in support of their long-awaited follow up, Waiting For The Stars.

Jacob Bernz


Jacob Bernz was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley surrounded by the musical friends and colleagues of his father, two-time Grammy winning producer/musician David Bernz.  Pete Seeger was a family friend and frequent presence in Jacob's life.  His grandfather, Harold Bernz, helped start People's Songs, the precursor to Sing Out magazine, while his great-grandfather,Walter Lowenfels, co-wrote Wasn't That a Time with Lee Hays.  In his early 20s Jacob is already a prolific songwriter and accomplished musician, who has shared stages with notable musicians including David Amram, Guy Davis, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin and Arlo Guthrie.