Brand New Trip: Rogue River Bluegrass

River Drifters is thrilled to announce an exclusive and limited experience this year: the bluegrass sensation Brooks Forsyth will join us on the Rogue River in Southwest Oregon for a four-day, three-night whitewater rafting and camping adventure! This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy live music in the heart of nature, with the talented musician, who hails from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, performing during the trip from Merlin, OR, on Wednesday, September 18th, and arriving at the take-out on Saturday, September 21st.

Bluegrass music emerged in the rural South after World War II, but its roots date back to the 1930s.

Brooks began sharing his passion for bluegrass locally by busking on street corners in his hometown of Boone, North Carolina and has since created a truly unique blend of sounds that he uses in his musical career. His music is a fusion of various genres, from jazz to Celtic music to rock and roll, all with the original American influence. This versatility is what makes his performances so unique and captivating. Flat-picking and fingerpicking in his many original songs and the covers of familiar favorites worldwide as a Nashville recording artist. Some of his current popular songs are Just Outside of Stockholm, How ‘Bout You?, and Pendulum.

Brooks currently has five solo albums for your listening pleasure.

His most recent album, Black Zipper, is a true delight and the perfect accompaniment for a trip down the Rogue River. It includes our current favorite, Paradise or Bust. Bluegrass songs are known for being about issues important to everyday people, and this song is one of many that follow that tradition. Paradise or Bust reminds you to go out and enjoy life often without hesitation, a motto we at River Drifters fully support and always try to create for those who join us on our adventures on any of our river trips.

Rogue River Bluegrass

The Rogue River Bluegrass adventure is not just a music event.

It’s an excellent opportunity to disconnect from daily life and fully embrace the outdoors with family, friends, and coworkers. It’s a chance to recharge, rejuvenate, and create lasting memories amid nature’s beauty. It is an unmatched section of natural beauty that includes thrilling whitewater of narrow chutes, big waves, intricate rock gardens, escalator drops, and every other type of rapid, quiet seclusion for stargazing, abundant wildlife moving along the forest, and rich history that includes the Rogue river becoming a part of the original Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In terms of just plain fun and challenging whitewater, this forty-mile stretch of river is among the best in the U.S.!

Join us this September for Rogue River Bluegrass Sept 18 – 21, 2024…

…so that you can experience the natural beauty and excitement of the most famous river trip in the Northwest and live bluegrass! You’ll get to relax under the setting sun and listen to live music as the stars emerge while our guides set up camp, serve beverages and savory cuisine, and do all the clean-up!