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Like every promoter and host for live events, the Roots Festival founders have been closely watching efforts to combat the spread of covid-19 and have responded accordingly. The organization closed its home base venue on March 13 where it hosts intimate concerts year-round.

The Roots Festival has been hit from two sides, though, as it is impacted by both the music and culinary communities' struggles during the pandemic. Many performances and tours that would have brought the musicians through Northwest Arkansas have been canceled and chefs are working to keep their restaurant doors open. Thus, festival organizers announced this morning that the 2020 festival will not take place, and will be postponed to Aug. 26-29, 2021.

"We have great optimism that we will be able to keep the lineup the same," a press release sent out this morning said. Already purchased tickets for the 2020 festival will be honored for the 2021 event, or ticket holders can request a refund by June 18 by emailing [email protected]

Tickets are available to purchase for the 2021 festival and, as a nonprofit, the Roots Fest appreciates donations during this time. Interested donors can also support the festival's Roots Meals for Musicians program where the organization has been distributing meals and care packages to those in need in the music community. Visit therootsfest.org for full details.

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