|October 16, 2021|
Lancaster Roots and Blues is an annual festival that features artists from around the USA and beyond. The purpose – to bring an array of talented artists to Lancaster, PA and to celebrate the roots of American music. The nature of roots and blues music is transcendent, timeless, and performed with soul. It is the root of great American music. Lancaster Roots and Blues is a celebration of this. This festival is for the music fanatic, as well as the casual infrequent concert goer. Roots and Blues music festival offers plenty to see, hear, and do.
Celisse is a multitalented artist whose work spans myriad artistic disciplines and inspires all those who bear witness. She laid the roots of her career as a performer in Broadway’s Godspell and Wicked, and on television in 30 Rock and Rescue Me, among others. Since then, Celisse has established herself as a highly sought-after musician, supporting artists ranging from Lizzo (Saturday Night Live) to Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tiny Desk Concert) to Tiana Major9 (Afropunk). She is a member of Ghosts of the Forest with Trey Anastasio and has played alongside music legends Melissa Ethridge (Apollo Theatre) and Mariah Carey (Beacon Theatre). As a musician, she has established strategic partnerships with Gibson, Benson Amps, Korg and Keeley Electronics, among others. She has lent her musical talents to the choral arrangements for America’s Got Talent and is currently commissioned as composer and orchestrator of a brand-new Contemporary Opera for Catapult Opera. As a solo artist, Celisse played a 2019 headlining tour across Russia and is set to release a full-length album in the Fall of 2021. Her original music, powered by her soulful voice, is hard-rocking and blues-tinged, with hooks that are both infectious and incredibly moving.