Missoula Roots Fest moves dates after Tyler Childers announcement

The River City Roots Festival is moving two weeks later from its original dates, now landing on Sept. 6-7 to avoid overlapping with country artist Tyler Childers’ concert at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Aug. 24.

Roots Fest, now in its 18th year, is a free family-friendly concert held on a few blocks downtown, with local and touring acts intended to welcome back UM students for the semester. According to a news release from the Downtown Missoula Partnership, the Childers concert will create huge demand for hotel rooms, and also falls on also the same week that students move in.

AJ Frisque and Gabe Reddish dance to music by Soul Funk Collective at the River City Roots Festival on Friday, Aug. 26.


“The Tyler Childers concert — along with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats — will bring a significant number of people into the market the weekend of Aug. 23-24 with over 25,000 attendees,” said Ellen Buchanan, Roots Fest’s committee chair. “Along with the University of Montana’s move-in week, there will be significant compression for our hotels and

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