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  • Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival Question

    Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. I am interested in attending. The appearance of NRBQ may have something to do with that. If anyone has attended this interesting looking little Fest, could you post any info you think might be helpful to a newbie? Info about hotel rooms and just general info would be appreciated.

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    I grew up in Lancaster but left in 1977. Back then it was quite dead, but it has perked up quite a bit recently. Two summers ago I while visiting my mom, I was walking around downtown and heard some music so I followed the sound and found Walter Washington playing outside! This was unthinkable when I was a teenager. Drinking beer outside in the city or finding good coffee was also unthinkable back then, but times have changed. The city proper is very walkable (I think it's a square 2.5 miles across) and has retained it's colonial era charm, and all the venues are near each other, so I would definitely stay in the city. I don't know the hotel scene, but I think most of the rooms are in motels outside the city catering to the "Pennsylvania Dutch" tourist hustle. Of course, there are plenty of Air BnB's in city; they may be your best bet. The Tellus 360 venue is very cool--a small department store repurposed into a multi-stage and multi level Irish bar/community center with rooftop garden--kind of place I would welcome here in New Orleans.
    Last edited by belyin; 1 week ago.

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    • #3
      Kinda have my eye on this one too. Maybe up and back it for a day .

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      • #4
        We're considering this one, too. Will stay over Saturday night if we go. Any info on the festival would be helpful here as well.

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        • #5
          I live in Lancaster and have attended this festival the past 2 years. The only hotels downtown and walkable to the music venues would be the Marriot on Penn Square and the Hotel Lancaster. There is Uber so if you do stay a little bit outside downtown you could Uber if you did not want to drive. There are a lot of good restaurants and coffee shops downtown and last year they had a couple food trucks near the main square. The music venues are mostly bars/clubs plus the convention center. Be prepared to stand as most places have little to no seating. The Elks club to me was the worst location as it it usually packed and hard to move around, very hot inside, and farther away from the other venues. Basically if I debating between 2 bands at the same time Iíd probably pick the one not at the Elks but that could just be my preference. If you are there Friday and/or Saturday, the Central Matket is open Fri. 6am-4pm, Sat. 6am-2pm for coffee, food, produce, Amish stuff. Fun just to walk around. There are local art galleries and shops, mainly around the first few blocks of Prince St. If you have any specific questions, Iíll try to answer them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ayla View Post
            I live in Lancaster and have attended this festival the past 2 years. you have any specific questions, Iíll try to answer them.
            Ayla, how's the parking for the festival? We've got a hotel booked for Saturday night several towns away. So we plan to just drive right to the festival Saturday, then come back again on Sunday.

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            • #7
              I'd be there in a minute if I was on the East Coast!

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