2019 Performers

Here are the acts we have confirmed to date!

Asher Danziger

The Black-Eyed Susans

Bluegrastonauts

The Bottlesnakes specialize in 20s and 30s piano/guitar blues from St. Louis and beyond. Performing originals, low-down blues, raucous stomps and ragged hokum.

Cajun Cornstalkers Sure to be a foot stompin’ good time, the Cornstalker Cajun Band aims to make you dance. The Cornstalkers are Matt Turino on fiddle, Tom Turino on accordion, Shannon Arnold on guitar and JB Faires on bass. Some members of the band have been playing Cajun and zydeco music from southwest Louisiana together for some twenty years. 

Candy Foster has been performing classic rhythm and blues throughout the Midwest for 40 years. Born in Danville, and based in Champaign‐Urbana since the 1960s, Candy is well‐known as one of the hardest working blues singers in the area.


Cobalt Blues Bandare three guys who jam blues together and decided to take the audience suggestion to form a TRADITIONAL BLUES group. Authentic, fun and dance-able.

The Cody Sisters remind you of a simpler slower time, With soft sister harmonies, they bring Old Time, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, Folk, and Modern Bluegrass together in a completely unique sound.

The Coneflowers are a group of women from CU, Bloomington-Normal and beyond who love to make music together. Members include accomplished local bluegrass, folk, choral and classical musicians.

Dill Spears

Dom Flemons is a GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, and 2019 WAMMIE Award Winner. Known as “The American Songster,” his repertoire covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes.

Emily Anne Band is fronted by Emily McKown, the co-host of the weekly Hootenanny at the Rose Bowl. She sings with the voice of an angel but the grit of a country girl. Her wide variety of folk originals and country covers will rouse even the most ardent of critics for a boot-stompin drinkin song or a hear-breakin country waltz.

The Gaslight Squares are a traditional jazz/swing/ragtime band based in St. Louis, MO.

Hot Club of Urbana are A collection of local musicians that pay tribute to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected.

Kyshona Armstrong is a music therapist gone rogue. She has a natural gift for using music to tap into emotion and audiences will often find a common thread of overcoming, hope, and empowerment in her songwriting and storytelling. Check out her TEDx Nashville video.

Lilli Lewis is a genre/identity bending artist with a singular voice. She has two releases on Louisiana Red Hot Records, her 2016 single “O, Let Your Light Shine Bright” and the 2018 critically acclaimed solo piano album “The Henderson Sessions.”

Maria Carrelli hails from Ludlow, Kentucky. She draws strongly from Appalachian bluegrass and traditional country music, transitioning between upbeat tempos and melody-driven ballads.

The Matchsellers

Melvin Knight

Michael Meadows Philosophical fish, confused cows and lovesick cicadas are some of the creatures that populate Michael Meadows’s hysterical, disturbing, and often thought-provoking songs. He offers skewed satirical commentary on evolution, income inequality, climate change and other plagues of civilization

Miss Hannah Rae Entertaining the whole family through singing, movement, playing instruments, and puppets!

Mr. Stephens has been entertaining the twelve-and-under set around C-U for years with his blend of serious and silly, fun and folksy guitar and vocals.  Big on audience participation, he doesn’t so much play for kids as with them! 

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters are a four piece Country, blue collar Americana band from Indiana.

The Steel City Jug Slammers are an old-fashioned jug band who delight audiences with original music from an era mostly forgotten.

Veretski Pass is one of the most highly regarded bands playing in today’s klezmer scene, offering a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music that is a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian, and Ottoman styles seamlessly integrated with original compositions.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will take you through the hills of ol’ Kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock’s right off of their forefathers feet.

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs that are a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.

The Young and the Fretless plays old-time mountain music on the prairie–a mix of Appalachian Mountain and Midwestern tunes and songs.