Booking highlights for the 2015 Festival!
Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade. He is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter, and we’re thrilled to have him and Les Amis Creoles joining us for this year’s festival.
And check out this rotating display of artists coming up for 2015 …
The Allos Musica Ensemble comes to us in collaboration with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring clarinet and various ethnic winds, the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. Lynn O’Brien is a masterful vocalist and dynamic songwriter, who engages any audience in musical experiences full of energy and depth. From New Orleans, Lilli Lewis is a modern day musical Renaissance woman whose refined blend of jazz, blues, classical, and soul bears the power to stir even the stiffest listener. Local gospel favorite, Noah I. Brown and Company, has been going strong for sixteen years, proclaiming the word of God through song. As an acoustic blues duo, Shari Kane and Dave Steele throw a four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime. Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers is a roots-rock band shaped by earthy tones and riveting tales. Acoustic and electric guitars intertwine with banjo, electric bass, and drums to form the foundation, with tight three-part vocal harmonies gliding over the top.
Much, much more to follow!
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.