We’ve been busy! Here’s a sneak preview of some of the artists we’ve confirmed for this year’s festival:
Chicago Farmer – Henhouse Prowlers – Caleb Cook Band – Dewclaw
Ever Lovin’ Jug Band – Music inspired by 1920s & 30s jug bands (Waterloo, ON)
Little Miss Ann – From Chicago, a talented kids performer – for kids of all ages!
Dennis Stroughmatt Et l’esprit Creole – French Creole fiddle, tres chaud!
Swing Chevron – Swinging Gypsy jazz quartet (Milwaukee)
Rainbow Flag – Relevator – John Paul Wright – Chickadee Sermon
Lowest Pair – With Kendl Winter (Olympia, WA) & Palmer T. Lee (Minneapolis)
Loot Rock Gang – Blues, soaring harmonies, roots & Americana (St. Louis)
Fox Crossing String Band – Bluegrass w/ high harmonies & driving rhythms (Chicago)
Morgan Orion & the Afterburners – Soulful Singer/Songwriter from New Orleans
Dusty James and Abalone Pearl – We Wanna Woke CU Justice Choir – DaVizion
Mean Mary – Nashville-based Americana, bluegrass, blues & folk artist
Dennis Stroughmatt’s Honky Tonk Circus – Honky tonk, western swing, trad country
Jess McIntosh – Fiddler, educator, performer, & composer based in Chicago
The Wandering Boys – High energy bluegrass w/ crisp four-part harmonies
Sarah & the Underground – From Peoria, soul folk and a twist of jazz
Quin Cunningham’s Irish Band – No Worries Ukulele Band – Sacred Harp Singers
*Please note that bookings are subject to change*
Stay tuned to this site and to our Facebook page for news of year-round festival happenings. As always, you can reach us on our Contact Us, Volunteer, and Sponsor pages. And if you aren’t already signed up for our newsletter, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. If you are interested in performing at the 2017 festival, check out our booking guidelines and fill in our inquiry form!
The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more! The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local traditions and histories.