The C-U Folk and Roots Festival is thrilled to announce that Robbie Fulks, headliner at our very first festival in 2009, will return to headline the 10th anniversary festival. Robbie brings with him two venerable icons of roots music, Linda Gail Lewis and Redd Volkaert.
And that’s not all! In honor of our tenth anniversary festival, we’re bringing back a few festival favorites, as well as jumping on some of the best new talent around.
Joining Robbie Fulks are previous festival favorites Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Mother Banjo, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, Stephen Wade, the Deep Fried Pickle Project, and Devil in a Woodpile. We are thrilled to welcome festival first-timers Son Monarcas, Ever Lovin’ Jug Band, Nikki D Brown, the 9th Street Stompers, and many more. See our 2018 Performers page for a complete list!
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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