Roots Crop

It'll be wall-to-wall folk in more ways than one when the Swallow Hill Music Association's signature fundraiser, the Denver Folk & Roots Music Festival, rolls into the elegant and acoustically fine Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a night of first-class musicianship. National recording artists Bruce Cockburn and Nanci Griffith headline the musical marathon, which begins tonight at 6 p.m., but the full roster of performers will send the audience all over the backwaters of North America in the space of a few short hours. In that populist spirit, Southern Journey, featuring Emily Morgan Bates and Marta Burton, will offer a tribute to Alan Lomax; Fifth World will delve into Native sounds; and the Santa Cruz River Band heads south to the border. Local favorites Dakota Blonde and the newgrass sounds of Steppin' In It with Rachel Davis round out the evening.

The Ellie is in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets range from $48 to $125 (half-price tickets will be available to students today at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4:30 p.m.). Visit www.swallowhillmusic.org or call 303-777-1003.
Sat., March 29, 6 p.m., 2008

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