Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes on May 10th


Come on out to this fun evening of traditional country, honky-tonk and western swing at the Rose Bowl Tavern in friendly downtown Urbana, Illinois! This will be the third annual Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes. It’s also a major fund-raising event for our fall festival!Dennis Stroughmatt

The house band for the evening will include Dennis Strougmatt on fiddle, Bob Watson on steel guitar, Ed Clem on bass, Doug Rigsby on drums and Rob Krumm on guitar. They’ll back a number of talented singers including:

  • Marvin Lee
  • Logan Kirby
  • Dawna Nelson
  • Dennis Stroughmatt
  • Emily McKown
  • Ed Clem
  • Cole Bridges and
  • Marten “Chachi” Stromberg.

Admission will be $10 at this all ages event.

Where: Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St. in Urbana
When: Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:00 PM to 11:00PM. Doors at 7:00PM

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, March 24 at the Iron Post

March 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iron Post, 120 South Race St., Urbana IL

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal

Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.

For more information visit Evie’s website at

Welcome Phoenix Botanicals


We’d like to thank first-time sponsor Phoenix Botanical, a top 10 Illinois dispensary, for supporting the 2019 Festival! They are ready help you or your loved one gain access to the Illinois medical cannabis program, find the right cannabis medicine that works for you and support you along the way.

Festival Volunteers Thank You Bash!


Did you volunteer for the 2017 festival or support the festival with your contributions? Please join us for an appreciation party to celebrate everyone’s collective efforts in making the festival a great event.

In appreciation of your efforts to support the Festival, we invite you to join us for pizza, and a drink, ON US. We want to thank you for your ongoing support of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

Thursday, February 21 6 PM – 8 PM
Blackbird, 119 W. Main St., Urbana IL

Come join us, let us thank you for your help with last year’s festival, and have a good time.

The 2019 Festival planning is already underway with new folks joining our effort and settling into productive, important roles.

10th Annual Festival: That’s a Wrap

The songs are sung, the feet have danced, the stages are clear. Downtown Urbana seems strangely empty this morning, but our hearts and ears are full. THANKS to all who came to perform, listen, learn, and volunteer. We hope you had fun. David Howie

Where Do I Start?

Whether you’re a first timer, or a little confused because we moved things around a bit…

My recommendation is START at Festival Central, 136 W. Main, Urbana (map)

Front of Building showing location of Festival Central

Festival Central

  • Purchase or pick up a your wristband. $40. Cash, check or charge.
  • Pick up a map and a copy of the printed schedule.
  • Volunteers are on hand to answer your questions.

Beyond that, check out the Festival FAQ for more details. Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!