2020 Performers

This year’s festival will be a mix of live-streaming acts and some pre-recorded specifically for the festival. Our Booking Committee is in high gear, check back again to see this list grow.

Confirmed artists include:

Alexa Rose – From Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands, Alexa Rose’s sound is based in Appalachian music with a soaring, multidimensional style all her own.

Ayla McDonald 

Backdoor Cajun Band – These local favorites will dish up a hearty mix of traditional Cajun music that includes graceful waltzes, lively two-steps and get-down Zydeco. Move aside the furniture and get ready to dance.

Deep Fried Pickle Project

Deep Fried Pickle Project (Family, Jug Band) is a delectable musical treat. The Pickle Project has performed at Lollapalooza, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra, Wakarusa as well as picnics, bars, baptisms, theaters, bathtubs and festivals across North America. They also fought to victory at the 2012 and 2016 Chicago Jug Band Battles.

Dewclaw and Bones Jugs Family Show – Two wacky local bands collide in this family friendly set that will bring a smile to your face..

Dom Flemons (Folk, Americana, Blues) is a GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, and 2019 WAMMIE Award Winner. You couldn’t get enough of him last time, so we’re bringing him back. Known as “The American Songster,” his repertoire covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes so we are dipping from a deep, deep well.

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown – This Austin-based western-swing/jazz trio is known for virtuosity and their engaging spirit. Hot and sweet.

Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. He specializes in the music of Black and indigenous communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work.

Kyshona Armstrong

Kyshona Armstrong (Singer-Songwriter) – Since appearing at the 2019 festival, Kyshona released her first LP Listen. “It’s for every silent scream, every heavy load, every fearful thought, and the simmering sense of anger that the silenced, the lost, and the forgotten try to hide from the world.” See her now so that someday you can say you saw her when.

Little Miss Ann (Family) – As an educator, Little Miss Ann was perfecting her Zoom game even before the lockdowns started. She’ll have the whole family singing and dancing while “Safe at Home.”

Meadowhawk plays traditional and original tunes for contra dances and other events. Claire Johnson – fiddle Amanda Ramey – fiddle Matt Turino – guitar and feet

Milly Raccoon – Based in New Orleans, Milly fiddles and sings original songs inspired by classic country, bluegrass and jazz.

Nikki D Brown and the Sisters of Thunder (Gospel) – These fierce women nearly brought the roof down when they played the festival in 2018. If you missed that, don’t make the same mistake twice! Nikki’s lap steel playing is so elevated Guitar World calls her “the Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel.” She carries on the African-American gospel tradition of using lap steel and pedal steel guitars in her own wild and totally unique way.

So Long June – “From country crooning to original electric-melancholy; So Lune June has a warm soundscape to make you feel more.”

Taylor Steel and the Love Preachers

Taylor Steele and the Love Preachers (Americana) – Taylor Steele and the Love Preachers are a five piece Americana band with a powerful woman singer/songwriter as its driving force. Based out of Effingham, IL, they perform a powerful blend of roots rock with soul, country, blues, funk, and jam influences.