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Roots & Rhythm Resound in Lewiston



CannaBuff's first in-person event since pre-pandemic is going to be held in Lewiston on July 20th, 2024 at Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen from 2-11pm.

Celebrating the Joy of Music and Art

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrancy and joy of music and art at the highly anticipated inaugural Rhythm & Roots festival in Lewiston, NY, on July 20, 2024. This free, open-air event from Cannabuff promises an unforgettable day-long celebration of music, art and culture, headlined by the legendary Jamaican ska and reggae pioneers, The Skatalites. 

Formed in 1964, The Skatalites are widely regarded as one of the most influential and iconic bands in the history of Jamaican music. Their unique blend of ska, rocksteady, and reggae has inspired countless artists and left an indelible mark on the global music scene. With a career spanning over six decades, The Skatalites continue to captivate audiences worldwide with their infectious rhythms and impeccable musicianship.

Joining The Skatalites on the main stage is a stellar lineup of local and regional talent, including Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse, led by the esteemed singer-songwriter and guitarist Neville Francis. Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Francis was an original member of The Sattalites, one of Canada’s most famous Reggae ensembles, and has been the driving force in the Western New York reggae scene for decades. Rounding out the music, there will also be performances by Grub, Olmsted Dub System and Tonemah.

Accompanying the musical extravaganza will include a glass-blowing presentation by resident artists at Skyworld Gallery and live-art demonstrations from local artists selected by Eat Off Art.  Eat Off Art, a collaborative of Artists, Educators and Entrepreneurs working to build a more empathetic community in WNY, will be participating in the inaugural 2024 Lewiston Rhythm & Roots Festival as a sponsor, curating a transformative arts engagement accessible to guests from the community to complement the musical live performances.

Attendees can expect to explore original art, indulge in delectable culinary offerings from Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen, view vendor spaces, and mingle with like-minded individuals in a festive and welcoming environment.

The Rhythm & Roots festival is a testament to music and art’s power to unite communities. Organized by a dedicated team of local organizers and supported by a unique, diverse group of sponsors. We want to extend our appreciation and thanks to all of our organizers and supporters, especially Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen, Barry Entertainment, Kinetic Entertainment, Sevenson Environmental Services, Aerial Roofing & Exterior, All That Chocolate, Eat Off Art, Sativa Remedy, Happy Hydro Superior Garden Products, Jack & Dena Armstrong, Orange Cat Coffee Co., Sparkle Marketing & Events, Tap & Craft Festival, Skyworld Gallery, Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello, Lion’s Mane Infusions, Live! Incorporated, Ronald W. LaDuca Consultation Services Inc., Case Study Labs, and the Wandering Wonderbus.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the infectious rhythms and positive vibes of reggae music in the heart of Lewiston. Mark your calendars for July 20, 2024, and prepare to immerse yourself in the Rhythm & Roots festival, where music, art, and culture converge in a celebration of unity and joy.


Register for this FREE event ahead of time to be entered into a raffle on the day of the event for a chance to win an overnight from American Niagara Hospitality and tickets on their newest attraction! More info to follow.

Live Music from 2pm to 11pm featuring:

The Skatalites

Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse


Olmsted Dub System

DJs include: DJ Papa trini, DJ Rasta Spock and Steppin’ Out Sound – DJ Universal
Arts Engagement from Eat Off Art
General Admission is FREE.
VIP $50 & 21+
After party $25 & 21+
$VIP Ticket ($50) includes meet & greet with the Skatalites, access to a comfortable, air-conditioned room with cash bar, patio and dedicated restroom. This is a great space to network, cool off, eat and enjoy the show. It also includes access to the after party. There will be swag.


“An Impulsive Idea That Has Become an Event!”

Rhythm & Roots is an exciting new project dedicated to bringing a FREE, open-and-active music, art, and culture event to Lewiston, NY, and the greater Niagara County community. In addition to an incredible live music lineup, individuals, couples, friends, and families attending can explore interesting art exhibitions, enjoy engaging atmosphere, mingle among vendor and exhibit spaces, and more.

A Roots-Based Music Lineup + Art and Culture Experience

The stage will feature diverse musicians and bands throughout the day selected to showcase an array of talent featuring local, regional, and national acts. Beyond the music, Rhythm & Roots will offer immersive atmosphere, including a live art demonstration from local artists, designed to capture the spirit of the event. Eat Off Art, a collaborative of Artists, Educators and Entrepreneurs working to build a more empathetic community are participating in the inaugural 2024 celebration as a sponsor, curating a transformative arts engagement accessible to guests from the community to complement the musical live performances.

Vibrant Environment

We will have access to the entire property to create a dynamic environment for receptive individuals to explore original musical and artistic frontiers. Delicious food, inviting spaces, and music will be the focus all day. Rhythm & Roots hopes to foster a unique experience that will infuse something new and fresh into our community. Our goal is simply to spread the joy of music and art to all who attend.

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