CHARLESTOWN - The 2011 Rhythm and Roots Festival is upon us once again.
Crews have been hustling and bustling around Ninigret Park to get the stages set up in time for the first acts, and according to the festivalâ€™s founder, Chuck Wentworth, everything is right on schedule. Some difficulties have arisen, as most of the area is still without power as of Tuesday afternoon, but Wentworth is not worried at all.
"In the aftermath of a hurricane, we have no power, so that is stressful,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s that feeling of the unexpected, we donâ€™t know whatâ€™s in store. This is never a routine, thereâ€™s always something unique, each year is different. There is always some factor that comes into play to take a major role in the festival.â€ť
While having no power provides the set-up crews with a unique challenge, a hurricane is not a new nuisance to the festival. According to Wentworth, Hurricane Earl was moving up the coast at the time of last yearâ€™s festival, but the show went on, as will this one.
We will make it happen,â€ť he said. â€śif power is not restored in time, we have backup generators ready to go.â€ť
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