25 groups – 15 nationalities – 50 free concerts
La Roche sur Foron a lively market town with a population of 12,000 inhabitants that lies at the foot of the French Alps in Haute Savoie on the freeway going towards Chamonix and Geneva between Annecy and Bonneville.
The lovingly restored medieval town center, beautifully decked in flowers, packs 1,000 years of history into its walls which ranks La Roche as one of the “100 prettiest detours in France”.
In fact, the festival belongs to the whole town of La Roche sur Foron, which is committed to its success from the Mayor, through to the local schools, associations, companies, and even the church. Everyone comes to together volunteering their time to make your experience the best one possible.
Main Stage Concerts (in the courtyard of Sainte Marie Junior High School – ESCR)
Thursday August 4, 6:30 pm – 1:00 am
Friday August 5, 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday August 6, 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sunday August 7, 4:00 pm – Midnight
There’s a Band Contest: 8 bands will be pre-selected by our international panel to appear in the final during the festival.2 bands will play each night (Thursday thru Sunday) in front of the jury.
Lunchtime Sessions: Saturday and Sunday from midday to 3:00 pm next to the food court and VIP tent. 3 bands play each day.
Street Festival: Wednesday August 3rd in the evening and Friday August 5th at lunchtime, bands will play in front of the bar and restaurant terraces around the town’s center.
25 bands from all over Europe and the United States will perform at La Roche Bluegrass Festival. These include:
- Guest bands from the USA, one in partnership with Craponne Country Rendez-Vous.
- Guest bands from Europe, including the contest winner and the festival committee choice from the previous year.
- 8 bands selected to play in the band contest in front of an international jury. The winner is invited to play Colorado’s Clear Creek Festival and La Roche Bluegrass Festival next year
- 4 new bands play the lunchtime springboard.
- The festival also includes a street festival where bands play on the terraces of the bars and restaurants around the town center, a gospel performance during Sunday mass, instrument and vocal master classes on Saturday afternoon and a three-day Bluegrass workshop in the week before the festival. Not to mention non-stop jamming around the town and festival site.
There’s also a workshop (during the week before the festival) an original approach to teaching Bluegrass.
The workshop is led by the musicians of Rapidgrass Quintet (USA) who are all experienced players and teachers, they will be available for private or small group coaching 24/7.
This is a family friendly festival and, while the music can be enjoyed by all generations, we recognize that you may not want to spend the whole day in front of the stage watching and listening to Bluegrass. That is why we have also organized many other things to do on and around the festival site for your entertainment and amusement.
On Saturday afternoon there will be some square dancing (traditional folk dancing from the early Bluegrass period) and instrument and vocal master classes, where some of the festival’s hottest pickers explain and demonstrate their technics and influences in an informal Q&A session. These master classes are open to all, musicians and non-musicians.
We didn’t forget the Kids, the Kids Corner is their domain. Here they can spend time in the “musical garden”, a great place for discovering different ways of making sounds, and playing with a selection of traditional wooden toys that go back many years and even centuries (parents can join in too).
Food and Beverage
This is an important part of any festival. All of the food is locally sourced and exclusively prepared, cooked and served by our own team of volunteer helpers.
You will find a tasty selection of standard festival fare such as double hamburgers, hot dogs, chipolatas, merguez (spicy saussages), the best French fries on the festival circuit, salads and pancakes. We also offer specially prepared meals that change every day such as Jambalaya, Local Pork Saussages in White Wine sauce, Croziflette (local pasta in cheese sauce), Chili con Carne, … and last but not least the fabulous spit roast ham cooked on a huge, upright barbecue rotisserie.
To wash it all down, try a selection of prize-winning beers from our local brewery, sodas, fruit juices and wines, or enjoy a glass of champagne.
Check out their wild and jammed packed site at http://www.larochebluegrass.fr/larochebluegrasa.html
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