2019 Newport Jamboree featuring American Roots and The Porch Loungers:

Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Venue: Newport Community Park
Organizations: American Roots, Newport Jamboree, The Porch Loungers
Cost: Adults: $5.00 Donation Kids Ages 12 & Under: Free

Description: The Newport Jamboree continues their 2019 Jamboree Series with their July 2019 event featuring the music of American Roots and The Porch Loungers on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Newport Community Park.

Enjoy old time and bluegrass music by the Sinking Creek.

American Roots is an acoustic guitar and vocal harmony duo performing roots and Americana music penned between about 1900 and 1950. Fred and Jon Benfield took the name “American Roots” because it describes the music they have enjoyed performing together in the five-county area over the last 25 or so years.

The father and son guitar duo's musical influences are many and varied as are their shows which could be characterized as Americana Music: “Carter Family to Gershwin”. A typical performance may include traditional Appalachian ballads, country/piedmont blues, delta blues, very early country, tin-pan alley tunes, western swing, jazz, hot fiddle tunes (on guitar), and “folkgrass” (folk tunes played at bluegrass tempo).

They’ve performed at venues all around the region including the Floyd Country Store, Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out festival and Shawsville's Beans and Banjos.

An retired ecology professor at Virginia Tech, Fred Benfield told a writer for Virginia Tech’s website, “My favorite part of performing is the communication that occurs between us during gigs. We’ve played together for so long that we just somehow know where the other is going on tunes without saying anything or even looking at each other.”

Link: https://www.facebook.com/American-Roots-260081600850582/

The Porch Loungers are a Blacksburg, VA based band performing a mix of originals, classic country and bluegrass.


• https://myspace.com/porchloungers/music/songs
• https://www.facebook.com/PorchLoungers

The local Ruritan chapter will be selling concessions including hot dogs and snacks and be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

We will ask for a $5.00 donation from each adult to cover the bands and pay for the park rental. Kids under 12 get in free.

Bring a chair, pack a swimsuit and invite a friend.

The Village of Newport Ruritan Park is conveniently located 1.4 miles down Highway 42 / 650 Bluegrass Trail keep your eyes peeled for the signs off of 460 West.

To view the event flyer, visit: https://i.imgur.com/FkCHKIv.jpg.

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewportJamboree/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/268905024061837/.