Rootstock 2014: five reasons to go

by Walter Pierce

Music, food, kid activities, beautiful weather - all to benefit a great organization.

The second annual Rootstock music festival goes down Saturday on 1,000-square-foot oak dance floor at the baseball fields at Beaver Park. The music runs from noon to 8 p.m. and features some great South Louisiana acts. Here are five good reasons to go:

1. The Music: Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie (noon); Lil' Buck & The McComb-Veazey All-Stars (a Creole legends super group featuring Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal and Charles Goodman with special guests Lee Allen Zeno, Clarence "Jockey" Etienne, Johnny Monette, Greg Gordon, Bobby Allen, Bobby Matthews and Lloyd Richard) (3:45 p.m.); Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars (5 p.m.). What's not to love?

2. The food: Taco Sisters, Mamma T's and Vermilionville, plus local craft beers from Bayou Teche Brewing as well as select wines.

3. Activities for kids courtesy of The Little Paintbrush, plus homemade crafts.

4. Louisiana Folk Roots: All proceeds benefit the year-round programming of LFR, which puts on the annual Balfa Week and a Cajun & Creole Summer Camp for Kids.

5. The weather: sunny with a projected high in the upper 60s.

Beaver Park is located on Fisher Road near Lafayette Regional Airport and Vermilionville. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be ordered here. Admission at the gate is $20.