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Friday, August 23
5:00 – 5:30 – Paul Kotheimer
5:45 – 6:30 – Emily Anne
6:45 – 7:45 – Jordan Kaye & the Jordanaires
8:15 – 9:15 – Chachi & the Bandidos
9:45 – 10:45 – Blues Deacons
Saturday, August 24
8:30 – 9:30 – Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi
10:00 – 11:15 – Caleb Cook Band
Paul Kotheimer is a songwriter, activist, recording artist, and performer of DiY/acoustic, indie rock, and political folk music, performing since the late 1980’s, based in Urbana, Illinois. He is also the founder of DiY/folk & acoustic recording company – www.handmaderecords.com. Paul’s songs are characterized by intricate, poetically expressive lyrics. Many of his political folk songs adapt melodies traditional to American folk and protest music, adding new lyrics. Part of the vibrant Urbana music scene, Paul is one of the best songwriters in the area. Along with a repertoire of witty and insightful originals, Paul performs classic treasures such as Lydia the Tattooed Lady, made famous by Groucho Marx.
Emily Anne is a local musician (guitar, piano, accordion) and singer/songwriter. She sings with the voice of an angel and 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’ drinking song or a heart-breaking country waltz. Emily is the co-host of the weekly Urbana Hootenanny, held every Monday night at the Rose Bowl. For this performance, Emily will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Cody Jensen.
Jordan Kaye and the Jordanaires are led by Jordan Kaye. This band offers up a variety of folk music, country songs, jazz standards, western swing and more. One of the best guitar players around, Jordan has been living in Nashville, TN for the last few years. He’s immersed himself into the Nashville music scene and his guitar playing continues to evolve. Jordan still maintains a regular series of gigs in the C-U area, including his longtime “first Friday” gig at the Iron Post. Fronting the Prairie Dogs for many years, Jordan also performed with the traditional jazz band Medicare 7, 8 or 9. Jordan’s interest in music and songs runs wide and deep, from bluegrass to jazz, from country blues to western swing and more. He knows hundreds of jokes, thousands of songs and twice as many guitar chords,
Chachi and the Bandidos, fronted by Marten “Chachi” Stromberg and featuring Everett Elam on guitar, plays country classics and b-sides, RnB hits and deep cuts, soul and rock n’ roll; everything from Willie Nelson to Chuck Berry to Marvin Gaye.
The Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since 1990. Led by Billy Galt (guitar/vocals), the band also includes Andy Burnett on drums and Beau “Blind Dog” Renshaw on bass. Together, these three veterans form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. The Deacons have appeared at the House of Blues tent at the Illinois State Fair and they have played many festivals (including the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival), street fairs, small town taverns and roadhouses throughout Illinois. With a huge catalog of material including originals, lesser-known covers, well known classics and modern blues hits, the Deacons serve up a live show that is soulful, bluesy, and a lot of fun.
Jean Rene Balekita & Bomoyi Congolese sing in English, French, Lingala, Kikongo and Tshiluba. Their music is tinged with Gospel and Jazz, all played with solid and infectious African rhythms. The group has toured in Africa, Europe and the United States and now live in Urbana. Jean Rene teaches guitar lessons at the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana. This group performed on the Folk and Roots Stage last year and we welcome their return.
Caleb Cook Band, a stalwart of the local country music scene, is dedicated to providing a good time through the preservation of Classic Country, Roots and Old Time music. Studying the music of the greats such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens, the Caleb Cook Band draws inspiration while composing music in the same timeless style.
at the Iron Post. Wednesday August 28.
Del Rey, a festival favorite, is coming back to Urbana.
“One of the ukulele’s most important players and teachers.” Ukulele Magazine 2016
“One of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“One of the most sublime modern guitarists.” La Hora del Blues Barcelona
$15 at the door
@Techline, 307 S. Locust Street, Champaign
A folk singer based in Arkansas, Carlisle is a multifaceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist with a big voice. He plays banjo, guitar, fiddle, and more. His musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true.
|No cover charge for this show, though we suggest a donation of $10 (or more). BYO beverage.|
Saturday @ the Rose Bowl Tavern
4 pm till it’s over! Honky tonk, country, western, and swing music at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. You can call it a festival, a party, a concert, or another Saturday, but whatever ya call it, please join us for an amazing lineup of bands from Chicago to Carbondale, Champaign to Urbana. Dancing shoes recommended.
4:00-5:30 pm:John, Suzanne, and the Limping Cowboy Band (CU)
6:00-7:30 pm:Horseshoe Bender (Chicago)
8:00-9:30 pm:Dennis Stroughmatt and The Honky Tonk Circus (Albion, IL, pictured right)
10:00 pm: Chachi and The Bandidos (CU, pictured below)
Don’t forget! You can always bring your own food to the Rose Bowl Tavern. We hope to have food vendors parked in the lot too.
No cover! Rose Bowl and the bands are throwing a party and we want everyone to come! Tips to help pay the entertainment are always appreciated but not required. Buy the band a round if you prefer!
@ The Lake House at Crystal Lake
12-1 pm. Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music.
July 5: Tom Koehler and Jose Agusti (folk/bluegrass)
July 19: Emily McKown (folk/country)
Aug 2: Two and a Third (folk/jazz standards)
Aug 16: The Young & the Fretless
We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials–just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake.
Enter your name into the Park District’s raffle each Friday to win a free Lake House rental in 2019!
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air-conditioned rental room at the Lake House.
Hi Folk & Roots fans! Come join us and work the table, hand out info at the Crystal Lake Boat House. While helping us out you’ll enjoy acoustic music by local artists. Bring your cap and sunscreen!
SignUp here: https://signup.com/go/KLJamOh
Dates are June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 16.
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!
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
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 www.evieladin.com