BRRR faces the rain

BRRR faces the rain

BRISTOL, Va. - Rhythm and Roots got off to a rainy start Saturday but that did not stop the music in downtown Bristol as the festival continued.

Bristol was filled with umbrellas, ponchos... and of course music fans.

The fans headed out to the dance floor.

"You have to look out for puddles and slippery surfaces," said Jane Hellman, of Dublin, Va.

"We brought extra clothes, ya know, we hope it quits raining but it's fine, it's nice and warm so every thing's good," said Hellman's dance partner Mike Hedlesky.

Hellman and Hedlesky have been dancing together for 14 years.

They told us the rain gave them even more reason to get on their feet.

"A lot of times when it's sunny it'll be crowded right up to the stage with no room to dance," said Hedlesky. "Right now there's lots of room to dance."

The music started at 10 a.m. and shortly after the rain picked up.

Problems started at the Near Moore Stage behind Wells Fargo on State St.

"We saw there were some leaks in the canopy above the stage, just trying to get that fixed and then really it was just going into practical mode," said Stu Vincent, the announcer at the stage.

Vincent came to Rhythm and Roots all the way from Northampton, England.

"So we could move chairs under the ramp get them dried off so customers, ya know, people attending the festival could come and listen to music," Vincent said.

The fans came and the seats filled up.

"I think people just appreciate its an outdoor festival subject to the weather," said Vincent. "We've got some bad weather but we've got some good music regardless of that. The weather is not beating Bristol Rhythm and Roots and that's the fact."

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