Theme Camp Organizer, Andy Owens (Fixxer), first brought Bluegrass Music to Burning Man in 2012. When he first started going to Burns, he realized 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. We typically have nightly live performances with The Rootpile Allstars, Black Rock Bluegrass, and others. In 2021, due to Covid safety considerations, we will limit our nightly in-camp concerts to Wednesday and Friday, with additional safety measures of temperature checks and required masks for all visitors to camp concerts. Tuesday through Friday we will have additional concerts on the open Playa on our art car, Rolling Thunder. BBQ & Pinto Beans are served at 7 pm on in-camp concert nights. From Noon to 1 pm Tuesday through Friday, Bluegrass instrument lessons are given for all levels, including total beginner, on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass on instruments we provide.
It is often hard to find burners that are already serious Bluegrass musicians, so we often have to turn musicians into Burners. We take care of our virgin Burners, and we encourage you to be a part of Burning Man and Rootpile.
There are many playing opportunities for musicians of all levels, as well as Bluegrass music professionals that want to join camp. There is a possibility for scholarships and help finding tickets for professional Bluegrass musicians wishing to participate.
Music participation opportunities include:
Playing opportunities for musicians of all levels
Students for instrument lessons
Teachers for instrument lessons
Music Fans who want to support our mission
To find out more about musician/music pro opportunities, contact:
Learn about some of our past & current Rootpile Musicians: