Rogue World Music Festival 2024: Now at Three Cities, Promises Groundbreaking and Genre-Bending Entertainment
ASHLAND, Ore. — The 2024 Rogue World Music Festival over the Memorial weekend in May has expanded into new territory and will now be open, free of charge, to the public at venues in Ashland, Medford, and Talent. This year’s event promises to offer an unforgettable feast of groundbreaking and genre-bending artists.
A Diverse Program Dedicated to Promoting Local Music Talent
Rogue World Music Festival organizers have announced a diverse program that will include alternative rock, experimental pop, indie-folk fusion, and electronic dance music.
Also on the agenda are the Legendary Icons and Rising Stars.
According to the Rogue Musical Festival online site, the Legendary Icons have left a lasting impression on the music scene, while Rising Stars push boundaries and redefine genres to create a unique and innovative sound.
The Rogue Music Festival is dedicated to the promotion of local talent and this year’s singer-songwriters and indie rock bands will add to the vibrancy and diversity of the local music community.
Take a Look at the Provisional Program
Together with the Medford and Ashland Parks and Recreation commissions, this year’s Rogue World Music Festival is proudly advertised as a free “multi-city, multi-venue, multi-day” event to be held from May 24 – 27. Organizers have set 8,000 attendees at the new record. Last year’s event attracted 5,000 music lovers.
There will be beer gardens at the Ashland and Medford venues, and a provisional program has been released by the organizers. The festival kicks off in Medford on Friday, 24 May, with a percussion workshop at 4 pm, and a concert starting at 6 pm, both at the Pear Blossom Park.
The scene moves to Talent on Saturday, 25 May, with a musician Talk Back at 3 pm. A venue is still to be announced. Storytelling and music, entitled HeartBeat, takes place at the Library Commons Park from 5 pm.
Ashland features on Sunday, May 26, with performances at Lithia Park Butler Bandshell, and musician Talk Backs on Monday, May 27, times and venues to be announced.
Ana Byers, the festival’s executive director, says that apart from serving the local community, the aim is to create an event that will benefit local economies and serve as an anchor tourist attraction.
Musician Talk Backs
These events allow the public to connect with artists.
Step into a curated audio-visual experience. The music featured has been sourced from musicians around the globe. Make sure to take along your smartphone, a SoundWalk map, and headphones. The event lasts about 40 minutes, and the walk is about half a mile long, making it accessible and age-friendly.
You can stream SoundWalk music from the organizers’ page @rogueworldmusicfestival on Instagram. No downloading is allowed to support participating musicians. The SoundWalk map can be downloaded from the official website (details at the end of this article). Printed maps will be available from the Ashland Chamber of Commerce office.
The SoundWalk lasts about 40 minutes and is half a mile long. It is accessible and age-friendly, with all routes well-paved. Seating areas are also available along the route.
Fire Recovery Fundraiser
The Fire Recovery fundraiser serves the Rogue Valley community members whose lives were impacted by the 2020 Almeda Wildfire. This will be the fifth year of the event to raise funds for victims of that grim event in the history of the community.
There is ample parking available to festivalgoers at venues throughout the downtown area.