Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival

The Roots Music Festival returns to the air-conditioned campus of McDaniel College, featuring 3-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin and many more!


Saturday, July 8

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

Masks suggested but not required for indoor venues.

Tickets available at the gate! See the full schedule and Festival map HERE.

For those who have purchased tickets, just give your name at the gate to receive your Festival wristband.


Tom Chapin

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

WMC Alumni Hall

Host Band: Walt Michael & Co.

Guy Davis
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
Shelley Ensor
Nicolas Carter
Steafan Hannigan
Shannon Quinn
Lydia Martin
Michael G. Ronstadt
Susan Boyer Haley
Andy Cohen
Josh Hisle
Rod MacDonald
Bryan McDowell
Tom Mindte
Barry Mitterhoff
Ken Kolodner
Mary Lynn Michal
Harry Orlove
Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts
Port Righ
Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen
Randy Barrett
Carter Giegerich
Ralph Gordon
Steve Bloom
Dave Burkitt
Martial Davis
Brenda Anna
Slim Harrison
Tim Porter
Joe Selly
Wayne Fugate
Gordon Roberts
Amy Ferebee
Jesse Palidofsky
Wayne Werner
Dan Collins
Jeremy Wright
Ken Koons
Bob Rychlik
The Red Rooster
Phil Spiess

Tickets and Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention registration available at the gate.

2023 Ticket prices: Contestants (includes full Festival access)

  • 2023 Deer Creek Adult Contestants: $20
  • 2023 Deer Creek Youth Contestants (12 and under): $15

2023 Ticket prices: Festival (non-Contestants)

  • 2023 Regular Adult Admission: $40
  • 2023 Senior Admission (ages 65+): $35
  • 2023 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 52nd Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention will take place in the morning!

  • Competition registration begins at 9 AM
  • Competition begins at 10:30 AM
Competition categories include Band, individual instruments including guitar, fiddle, banjo, Celtic instrument, and youth. Includes the 3rd 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 Recipient: Tom Chapin

Learn more about Tom Chapin and past recipients of the Robert H. Chambers Award HERE!

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.

Week 3 - returning in the future

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Week 1

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