In it's ninth year, the Rootenanny brings some of Michigan's best musicians to the Traverse Bay Area for a weekend of music, art, camping and food for the entire family. The Rootenanny is an annual camping and music festival that is organized by Rootstand, one of Michigan’s best traditionally inspired bands. The Rootenanny costs $80 for a weekend ticket which includes camping, and $30 for day passes. There is also an early bird entry option for Thursday, August 1st, for an additional $20 with purchase or possession of a valid weekend ticket. Early bird doors open Thursday August 1st at 4 pm, and regular entry begins at noon on Friday, August 2nd. Thursday passes are great for people wanting prime camping or camper spots. This year, Rootenanny is featuring three sets by Rootstand, with many special guests including music legend Cecil “P’Nut” Daniels, who has played with greats like String Cheese Incident, John Popper, Michael Franti and Widespread Panic. The festival also features many more of Michigan’s best bands and solo artists, including Seth Bernard, UV Hippo, Covert, Luke Winslow King, The Macpodz, Billy Strings, Jake Allen and Dragon Wagon to name a few. The Rootenanny is held at Rocky Top Preserve, located about 30 minutes north of Traverse City on US 31 just North of Torch Lake between Eastport and Atwood. This is a family friendly festival which will include a children’s area with entertainment and other child centered activities.