Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival

The Roots Music Festival returns as an in-person event in 2022, live on the campus of McDaniel College, featuring mandolin virtuosos Mike Marshall and Caterina LIchtenberg and many others!


Saturday, July 16

9 AM - 10:30 PM
McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157

Masks required for indoor venues.


Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

Receiving the Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts

WMC Alumni Hall
Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix

and the Maryland Rock of Ages Horns, featuring Bob Coffey
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix


(L-R: Joe Troop, Trey Boudreaux, Nokosee Fields, Ryan Nickerson)


Mandolins on the Hill (Barry Mitterhoff, Danny Knicely, Radim Zenkl, Wayne Fugate, Tim Porter, Chris James)
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
A.J. & Liza
Brenda & Skip Anna
Randy Barrett
Steve Bloom
Kelly Brzozowski
Kathy Bullock
Andy Cohen
Dan Collins
Amy Ferebee
Carter Giegerich
Susan Boyer Haley
Slim Harrison
Josh Hisle
Ken Kolodner
Bob Lucas
Mary Lynn Michal
Harry Orlove
Pun Plamondon
Port Righ
Michael Ronstadt
Bob Rychlik
Joe Selly
Probably Whiskey
Jeremy Wright

Host Band: Walt Michael & Co.

Tickets and registration available at the gate.

Ticket prices: Contestants (includes full Festival access)

  • Deer Creek Adult Contestants: $20
  • Deer Creek Youth Contestants (12 and under): $15

Ticket prices: Festival (non-Contestants)

  • Regular Adult Admission: $50
  • Senior Admission (ages 65+): $45
  • Children ages 13-17 or with college ID (up to age 22): $20
  • Children 12 and under: FREE

On the AIR-CONDITIONED campus of McDaniel College * Juried Art Vendors * Food Vendors

NOTE: The 51st Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention will take place in the morning!

Competition categories include Band, individual instruments including guitar, fiddle, banjo, Celtic instrument, and youth. Includes the 2nd Annual Eileen Carson Schatz Memorial Clogging Competition and the Claude Martin Memorial Fiddle Award. Competition fee includes All Access to all Roots Music & Arts Festival events! Deer Creek info HERE.

Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts 2022 Recipients:

Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike Marshall
Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg

Learn more about this year's recipients of the Robert H. Chambers Award and see past recipients!

Interested in being a vendor? Email for the vendor application OR see the Vendors page HERE.


Something For Everyone

Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.

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