Covid Notice: The Burning Man organization is cautiously & carefully planning for 2021 Burning Man. Because there are still many unknowns, it is too early for the org to make a final call as to whether the Burn will happen this year. With the progress in Covid vaccinations and the better understanding we now have of the virus, the org and Rootpile are optimistic that Burning Man can likely happen this year, and we are moving forward with planning for our camp.


We know that the virus has created barriers for some of our campers to make it this year, especially those that are overseas or in high-risk groups, and we encourage you to make the best decision for your specific circumstances. That being said, we are putting in place additional safety precautions within camp to make sure that we are doing everything possible to keep our campers and guests healthy. We have surveyed our existing Rooters and over 50% have said they think they will be able to come if there is a Burn in 2021. Camp size will be reduced slightly this year, so if you are interested in being part of Rootpile this year, click the "Join Rootpile" link above to fill out our camp application. Thank you!


To bring live Bluegrass music and mountain food and culture to the Burns that we attend with the intent to provide interaction with the positive aspects of our southern mountain heritage and to dispel negative stereotypes.

Fixxer, Theme Camp Organizer of Rootpile, first brought Bluegrass Music to Burning Man in 2012. When he first started going to Burns he realized that Burners were his people, but the overwhelming majority of music that he heard was EDM, and he wanted to bring live Bluegrass to the Burner community. 

Rootpile is a mini Bluegrass Festival within Burning Man. In typical years, we have nightly jams and live performances with The Rootpile Allstars, Black Rock Bluegrass, and others. In 2021, to be Covid-Safe, we will be limiting our in-camp nightly events to Wednesday and Friday, but our live band will be playing most nights on the Playa on our art car stage. BBQ & Pinto Beans are served at 7 pm on in-camp concert nights. We also offer Bluegrass instrument lessons for all levels!


Campers will get a taste of Hillbilly music, food and culture. We encourage everyone to come to the live Bluegrass shows.

We take the 10 Burning Man Principles seriously and expect all Rootpile campers to do the same. Communal Effort, Participation, Leave No Trace and the like are integral to the success of our camp.

In addition to their daily Rootpile camp duty shift, all Rooters are encouraged to also volunteer with one of the many Burning Man departments.

Join Rootpile Camp

Fill out our camper request form and let us know a little bit about yourself and why you would like to join Rootpile.


Browse the menus above and make sure to visit What's in Our Camp, Volunteering, and Camp Info/Logistics pages to find out more about being a part of Rootpile.

Email our fearless leader, Fixxerif you have more questions.

Rootpile Musicians

There are many playing opportunities for musicians of all levels who would like to join our camp. There are possibilities for scholarships and for help finding tickets for professional Bluegrass musicians wishing to participate. Learn More Here!

If you are interested in being a Rootpile musician, email Fixxer.

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