Roots of Creation to headline final concert at Marty’s Driving Range

  • Roots of Creation will be joined by The Elovaters, Organically Good Trio, Vana Liya and Brother Seamus Music at Marty’s Driving Range on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the final concert of the season. Photo by Josh Coffman/JoshPhoto.net

  • Photo by Blake Hansen/BoardzHouseProductions

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/11/2019 3:07:22 PM

It’s been a busy year since Roots of Creation last played a show at Marty’s Driving Range in Mason.

The band, founded at Franklin Pierce University, released a new single in March, have been touring around the country, just completing an 11-shows in 11 days swing through the Midwest, Rhode Island and Maine. But no matter how far they travel or big their following gets, it always feels like a homecoming when they return to the band’s origins and play a show in this area of Southern New Hampshire. Although before they take the Marty’s stage, Roots plan to travel to New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina over the next week-plus.

The show is next Saturday, Sept. 21 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and a lineup that Roots frontman Brett Wilson is excited for since he had a hand in choosing some of his fellow musicians – something that doesn’t happen when playing larger festivals and shows. Roots will be joined by The Elovaters, Organically Good Trio, Vana Liya and another local act as the opener, Brother Seamus Music.

“We’ve played with all them, but not all in the same place,” Wilson said. “But here, we have a little bit more control over who plays.”

And if the lineup wasn’t enough to entice people to go, Wilson expects there to be a good jam session to close out the night with members of all the acts on stage.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Wilson said. “And that’s what live music is all about. Seeing something that will never happen again.”

It’s the final show of the season for Marty’s, which featured its best lineup in the music venue’s brief history. The Wailers played at Marty’s in June and in July, they hosted the annual Uplift Music Festival. Just last month, Pink Talking Fish headlined a show.

But with such a loyal local following, Roots of Creation always brings out a big crowd, evident by their sold-out show last fall with Badfish.

“We were one of the first shows that Marty’s had,” Wilson said. “And it ended up being so much fun.”

The show, dubbed as R.O.C. The Range, is open to all ages and will have music that appeals to everyone. Wilson said they plan to play two sets, one featuring selection from their most recent album, Grateful Dub, a reggae infused tribute to the Grateful Dead, and another that will include their original work. Wilson said they will likely ask people what they want to hear through the band’s Facebook page.

For Roots of Creation fans, this is the only time to see the band in New Hampshire for the foreseeable future. After a small break following the show at Marty’s, they will head out on the road with shows in Connecticut and Massachusetts, before a 10-day swing through Florida.

“It’s been a really great year,” Wilson said.

And through it all, they’re constantly working on material for a couple of new projects down the line.

“There’s a constant creative process,” Wilson said.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of show, if still available. Tickets are available at Marty’s and through the Eventbrite page, which can be accessed from the Roots of Creation website, www.rootsofcreation.com or Marty’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MartysDrivingRange.


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