Peace Sign Shadow

Rhythm and Roots

Volunteer Descriptions


ALL CREW  are volunteers who are able to perform the work on “ALL”  crews.
You should have an eclectic mix of skills, to fill in for any position when other crews are short a person on a shift. Ability to lift, carry, clean, stand, sit or walk during shifts. You may spend a shift on Traffic crew, stage crew, or shower crew, etc. You may run errands. If you’re easy going and up for anything, this is a good crew to get a feel for Rhythm and Roots volunteering. Crew Chief: Maureen Fahey.


ARTIST CHECK-IN Pre-fest work checking in food and craft vendors on Wednesday and Thursday.  During the festival this crew checks in the musicians as they enter the festival. Abilities: have a valid driver license, drive a golf cart, lift equipment up to 70 lbs., be discreet and conscientious of musicians space and privacy, have a good and helpful attitude. Crew Chief: Brian Hadley


ARTIST HOSPITALITY sets up and maintains RHYTHM STAGE Artist Hospitality area. Serves food and beverages, and maintains dressing rooms. Abilities: lift up to 40 lbs, carry cases of beverages, walk up and down stairs, be discreet, and conscientious of musicians space and privacy, have a good and helpful attitude. Crew Chief: Paula Giocastro


ARTIST MERCHANDISE CREW sells artist merchandise (CDs, videos, T-shirts, etc.) in the Rhythm & Roots merchandise area. Cashiering skills a must including the ability to make accurate change. Excellent people skills and organizational skills needed. All crew members are on their feet the entire time on duty.  Shifts are scheduled one hour before the music until one hour after the music Friday through Sunday. Crew Chief: Mary Phennicie


CAMPING CREW maintains festival camping areas. Work includes, helping campers locate camping spots, guarding the camping entry gates, and ensuring that campers comply with rules throughout event. Abilities: Know the camp rules, be confident in patrolling the camp area and tell patrons politely if they are breaking rules, valid driver license to drive golf cart.  Crew works Thursday through Sunday. This crew operates 24 hours a day, so expect at least one "graveyard" shift. Crew Chief: Dave Murray



CAMPING SET UP CREW sets up festival camping areas. Work includes setting up roadways to safety specifications set forth by the Fire Chief. Abilities: Lift and carry 50 lbs, work on feet for hours, use of arms and shoulders to hammer in sign and fence posts, set up signage, fencing, facilities throughout camping area. Crew works Saturday-Wednesday setting up the camping areas, Thursday helping with Patrons getting into the camping area and  Labor Day Monday for taking down fencing and signs. Crew Chiefs: Dave Belanger and Karen Nash


COURTESY SHUTTLE CREW  Provides transportation to and from camp sites, parking and festival site for those with mobility issues, using a 6 passenger golf cart, throughout the festival hours. Abilities: Must have valid driver license, and be able to assist passengers in and out of the golf cart, must be sober and courteous. Friday-Sunday schedule. Crew Chief: Bob Soucy.


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FAMILY ACTIVITIES CREW set up and run arts and crafts events with families at     the family stage. Ability to stand during your shift, be kind to children, pass a CORI test to work with children. Includes helping musicians and storytellers as necessary, helping families in the Parade and running family movies at night.
Crew Chief: Liz Brill


FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE CREW sells festival merchandise (T-shirts, hats, etc.)
in the Rhythm & Roots merchandise area. Abilities: Cashiering skills a must, including the ability to make accurate change. Excellent people skills and organizational skills needed. All crew members are on their feet the entire time on duty.  Shifts are scheduled one hour before the music until one hour after the music Friday through Sunday. If you are available for Thursday Setup and Monday loadout, please let the crew chief know. Crew Chief: Lisa Mencucci


FIRST AID CREW Helps Charlestown EMTs with Signing in and Triage of patrons who need medical assistance.
Abilities: Think on feet, assess needs for medical emergency, follow directions. Folks with medical skills and previous first aid volunteers are given priority.
Crew Chief: Charlestown EMT


FLUFFY’S CAFE CREW This crew is handpicked by our pre-festival cafe guru Fluffy. These are the folks who feed the site crew the week before and after the festival. Kitchen skills, friendly, git-er-done attitude necessary.
Only apply to this crew if Fluffy has approved you.


FUNSTAGATORS This group is responsible for the games, yoga, bubbles, hula hoops, fun events in the playground and family area. You must be invited by the crew chief to apply for this position. If you are interested or have ideas that we could use, please contact the volunteer coordinator at You must be outgoing, friendly, and active individuals, as you may be called to lead a game, limbo, dance, or do a cartwheel. Crew Chief: Shawna Kelley



GATE CREW (aka Gät Kroo) handles front gate security issues: checking wristbands and ensuring that prohibited items (such as glass and alcohol) are not brought into the festival area. Crew members search coolers and other packages in a friendly manner. This is a large crew, we cannot guarantee that you will work shifts with friends, but we try real hard. Abilities: Must be good dealing with people, comfortable enforcing rules in a  kind and courteous manner, some gates have seats, others do not, some shifts may be standing. Crew Chief: Christine Kelley


INFORMATION CREW provides information about the festival and the surrounding South County, RI area. Conducts festival survey. Helps ensure that the public has a pleasant experience.  Handles lost and found items. Abilities: Must like dealing with people, have good communication skills, have a fun, can-do attitude, and be resourceful. Crew Chief: Jane Vachon


MEDIA CREW is a handpicked crew by our PR Coordinator, from the list of applicants filling out the Media application on our website.  Our Media crew is responsible for photos and videos taken during the festival.  If you have been invited by the coordinator, please be sure to put that on your application. Crew Chief: Laurie Ramaker


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PRODUCTION CREW: This crew includes IT, Vendor Set up, Volunteer Check In, Office Crews and Staff and works closely with the festival producer and coordinators. This crew is pre-approved only. 


RECYCLING CREW picks up trash, recycling and keeps festival areas clean. Abilities: Some heavy lifting required, walk up and down stairs, carry trash bins and trash bags, walk and pick up small trash around the grounds. Bring work gloves, rain gear, sunscreen, protective shoes and a great sense of humor!  Volunteers should arrive Wednesday afternoon/evening for check in, orientation and scheduling. Shifts begin on Thursday. Monday shifts available for a stipend. Crew Chief: Cindy Sterling Clarke


SHOWER CREW monitors and maintains public showers. Monitoring the shower lines, cleaning duties, must be able to go up and down stairs, bend to clean, and carry supplies. Shifts begin on Thursday morning and run until Monday morning. Crew Chief: Sandy Burns


SITE CREW sets up the festival site including tents, dance floors, camping and stages prior to the festival. Maintains and troubleshoots throughout the festival; tears down site after the festival. Requires heavy lifting. Construction, carpentry, or event set-up experience required. Shifts begin Saturday before the festival. This crew works long hours, pre-festival and post-festival, receives three hot meals per day from Fluffy’s Cafe. Stipend for working on Clean up Crew. Crew Chief: Joe Natale



SQUIGLEY’S CAFE & BEVERAGE CREW sets up and keeps the volunteer hospitality tent stocked. Abilities: Follow directions, stand for long periods, understand food service and cleanliness, be kind to other volunteers and the public. Kitchen Crew will be cleaning, chopping, preparing light meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also cleaning kitchen area, seating area, and washing dishes.  Beverage Crew Sells juice, water and snacks to festival patrons at our Beverage Booths. Abilities: Make Change, customer service, be able to lift and carry cases of soda, water, candy. Cafe Volunteers should arrive to work on Thursday morning for breakfast. Crew Chief: Susan Quigley


STAGE RUNNERS Assist Stage Managers and sound crew in clearing the stage, Load-in and out of band equipment, keeps backstage area clear and clean, and provide stage hospitality for musicians (water, towels, etc.) Abilities: Lift and carry
up to 70 lbs, work on your feet, be confident in keeping the stage and front of stage area clear of patrons, must have valid license to operate golf cart.
Crew Chief: John Fuzek


TICKET SALES CREW sells tickets and places wristband on customer. Two types
of positions available. Cashier: Must have computer, tablet and typing skills as well as experience in handling $$ and credit cards. Runner: Exchanging the customers
e-ticket, $$ or Credit Card with the cashier for a wristband to be applied to the customers wrist. You must be physically fit, as you will be on your feet for 4 hours each day. Bring a flashlight, rain gear, sunscreen, etc. 4 required 4hr shifts (total 16hrs). Must work one morning, one afternoon, one evening, one night shift.
Graveyard shifts available (mdnt-8am). Volunteers should arrive Wednesday afternoon/evening for check-in. Shifts begin at 7am Thursday.
Crew Chiefs: Mary and Wolf Leary


TRAFFIC CREW handles parking, maintains safe traffic flow, and ensures general vehicular safety around the site. This crew operates 24 hours, so expect one "graveyard" shift. Bring flashlight, rain gear, sunscreen, protective shoes, etc. Bikes are very useful here! Volunteers should arrive Thursday afternoon/evening for check-in and assignment. Shifts begin at 7am Friday. Crew Chief: Jack Spence


VIP CHECK-IN CREW checks in and provides information to volunteers, guests and the press. Job requires strong people skills and good knowledge of the festival. Must work 4 hours per day including one morning shift, one afternoon shift and one evening shift. Shifts begin Thursday at 9am.
Crew Chief: Maureen Fahey


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