Crowds beat the heat to hear Canadian crooner Serena Ryder belt out a few tunes

Crowds beat the heat to hear Canadian crooner Serena Ryder belt out a few tunes

Roots and Blues celebrates 20 years

Slideshow of the red, hot 20th anniversary of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, held Aug. 17 to 19 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds.

Scorching weather didn’t stop the 20th anniversary of the Roots and Blues Festival from holding a global party at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds Friday to Sunday.

Crowds beat the heat to hear such artists as Canadian crooner Serena Ryder, Cuba-turned B.C. boy Alex Cuba, Jamaica’s Cherine, Toronto’s The Shuffle Demons, East Coast rockers The Trews, U.S. steel guitarist Robert Randolph, Niger’s Bombino and many others take over the five stages at the festival.

Festival dwellers were seen seeking shelter and cooling off in spray tents set up for the 30 C-plus weather, but it didn’t stop them from dancing.

Here’s to another 20 years!