We’ve been busy! Check out our preliminary schedule and take advantage of purchasing your wristbands online now. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the artists we’ve confirmed for this year’s festival, with links to their websites:
Chicago Farmer – Henhouse Prowlers – Steve Poltz – Doktu Rhute Muuzic
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks – Dennis Stroughmatt – Hooten Hallers
Southwest Watson Sweethearts – Little Miss Ann – Dewclaw
The Lowest Pair – Loot Rock Gang – Caleb Cook Band – Mean Mary
Megan Wells – Fox Crossing String Band – Swing Chevron – Jean-Rene Balekita
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys – DaVizion – The Wandering Boys
Morgan Orion & the Afterburners – Emma Dilemma – Relevator
Far Too Close – Meadowhawk – Chickadee Sermon
Joybird – Hannah Rae Mathey – Dusty James & Abalone Pearl
No Worries Ukulele Band – Sarah & the Underground
Sacred Harp Singers – John Coppess & Marten Stromberg – Paul Hinson
Classy Combinations Belly Dance – We Wanna Woke CU Justice Choir
For the full roster (with brief descriptions), check our 2017 Performers page!
Coming from out of town? We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Urbana. Act quickly to reserve a double room at $89 – a Festival rate that includes breakfast, onsite restaurant and bar, swimming pool, complimentary wifi, and a shuttle from the hotel to the festival! When you call (217-328-7900), be sure to say you are coming to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival.
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.
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