PirateFest will return for its 11th annual festival this spring with music braiding everything from international roots to southern rock.

The festival will take place on April 7th and 8th at Uptown Greenville’s riverfront park, the Town Common. Acoustic fusion band Rusted Root will headline the main stage on Saturday, April 8th at 5pm. More acts will be announced later.

With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root, transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck as well as recent Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials. Their song “Send Me on My Way”has attracted a large cult following.

Bassist and vocalist Patrick Norman says, “From the very first time we played music together, I knew we had something special. The music and the enjoyment of creating and playing with one another I feel is the driving force behind this band.” The powerhouse ensemble have toured alongside everyone from Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and countless others.  Rusted Root’s Shanachie debut, The Movement (10/30/12), is an energized and poetic collection of originals that capture the Pittsburgh based unit at their best.

PirateFest also will include a carnival, street food festival, over 20 art vendors and plenty of piratical happenings for the whole family. Mark yer calendars.

Organized by Uptown Greenville, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, The City of Greenville, Greenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and East Carolina University’s Volunteer Service-Learning Center, PirateFest will showcase the best of region, from artists, to restaurants, to unique recreational activities.