A sold-out crowd welcomed some of their favorite musicians while making a few new friends Saturday, September 4th as the Rhythm and Roots Festival continued at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI.

The Festival returned for a full day of music with a diverse group of artists after an evening show Friday night. Main stage opener and RI native Charlie Marie kicked things off, with a full band supporting her classic country sounds. Rising blues star Veronica Lewis killed it “Jerry Lee style” with a crowd-pleasing set of piano blues, rocking through tunes from her new album, “You Ain’t Unlucky.”

Other highlights Saturday included Grammy-winning North Carolina roots band Ranky Tanky and (Black Crowes drummer) Steve Gorman-led Trigger Hippy. Legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt was the headliner, connecting with those assembled on hits like “Driving South,” “Have a Little Faith” and “Memphis in the Meantime.”

The Festival concludes Sunday with headliners Richard Thompson and Rhiannon Giddens. Tickets available here. WhatsUpNewp’s Rick Farrell was there Saturday and shares some photos from Day 2 of the Rhythm & Roots Festival.

In case you missed it check out our coverage from day 1 and day 3 of the 2021 Rhythm and Roots Festival.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.

Rick Farrell

​Rick Farrell of Mojo Photography has been drawn to music his entire life. Maybe it was growing up in Newport, RI, host to the venerable Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. Or maybe it was the countless hours listening to his older siblings' classic LP's and 45's on the stereo in the 1960's. Whatever the reason, there has always been a strong connection.

He had originally taken up photography as a hobby, eventually gravitating towards shooting professionally in 2007. Never knowing what his true passion or niche was, proved to be very frustrating to say the least. Then in 2009 he shot a concert, and everything seemed to click. He had discovered his passion! Concert photography!

He considers himself fortunate to have photographed shows at some of the premier venues in New England, including Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. He has literally photographed hundreds of shows, including some of the biggest acts in today’s music industry. He has photographed many esteemed festivals including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Farm Aid. His work has been published in numerous outlets locally, regionally, and nationally.

Musically, he loves everything from rock to country, jazz, R&B, pop, and classical. There is no greater feeling for him than capturing a moment on stage for others to enjoy for posterity. Whatever your taste, his goal is to provide "music for your eyes."