Tenth Anniversary Festival organizational meeting

Steering Committee 2017Love the music? Love the workshops and the dances and the storytelling and the singalongs and the family programming? Help make it happen!

The first C-U Folk and Roots Festival organizational meeting for the 10th annual festival is Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00pm at Techline, 307 S. Locust Street in Champaign.

Have a concrete voice in creating the area’s most magical and intimate music festival. While you’re giving back, you’ll be making new friends with folks who are all about the best in community-building. Need to build your resume? Grow your employable skill set with hands-on experience in fundraising, marketing and communication, project management, web support, volunteer coordination, or whatever strikes your fancy. 

Can’t make the meeting, but still want to be involved? Email us at volunteering@folkandroots.org

Calling all volunteers!

VolunteersIt’s time to sign up to help out your favorite community festival! A mere four hours of volunteering gets you a free full-festival wristband and a festival t-shirt. Come out, help make the festival happen, AND listen to some great music while you do it!

Check out the wide variety of volunteer tasks available November 2-4, 2017 by clicking on this button:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

To make sure you feel prepared and comfortable volunteering at the festival, we are offering two different Volunteer Orientation Meetings this year, either October 25 or November 1. After selecting your volunteer shifts, please sign up for one of these meetings by clicking on this link.

The all-volunteer Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is truly a grassroots effort, from steering committees to ticket collectors.  Come and join our community and make friends, have fun, and support the folk arts!

For general questions about volunteering or serving on a festival committee, email us at volunteering@folkandroots.org.

Hogchute Opry Harvest Festival

We’re happy to share the news that the Hogchute Opry Harvest is back for its 2nd year on October 14 and 15, gathering again at the Kalyx Center barn out in the woods. The festival is welcoming a whole slew of newcomers to this year’s bill, as well as some faithful and wizened Hogchute alums. Don’t miss out on one of the area’s most unique and intimate music events: music, bonfires, camping, and more for the “unreasonably low” price of $15.

Featuring the music of:
Colonel James Presents
The Dry Look
Fiona Kimble Music
Jack Anthony Johnston
Lonely Trailer
Patriot Patrol
Rebekah Songer
Tractor Kings
Walt Falbo & the Falbonauts
… and a special edition of our open-jam styled Singer/Songwriter Snakepit in the barn before the show. Bring an instrument and show us what you’ve got!

Of course it wouldn’t be the Hogchute Opry without special performances by these guys:
Hogchute’s Poet Laureate and MC, Sean Lamkin
Central Illinois’ hottest DJ, Horsecorn Cole & His Country ’45s

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further details and for directions to the Kalyx Center for Sustainability, near Monticello, IL at 436 E. 1300 North Rd., 61856.

Hobnob String Band at the Sipyard

Hobnob String BandCome visit us at the Sipyard (204 W. Main) during the Urbana First Friday celebration on October 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm. The Hobnob String Band, an acoustic musical group steeped in the traditions of American music from old time to bluegrass to blues, will be performing. The band features Samuel Payne on guitar and mandolin, Cody Jensen on guitar and mandolin, Charlie Harris on bass, and everyone on vocals!

While you are there, pick up a copy of the preliminary festival schedule, purchase wristbands and 2017 festival t-shirts (cash and checks only please), and grab a few free festival guitar picks. See you there!

Purchase 2017 wristbands now!

Fox Crossing String Band

Fox Crossing String Band

Purchase your wristbands now and we’ll mail them to you! To receive your wristbands in time for the festival, purchases must be made by October 25, 2017.

You can also pick up advance-purchase wristbands at our will-call desk or buy them onsite during the festival. So many good choices!

A single wristband @ $40.00. A wristband entitles you to entry at ALL festival events. If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”


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A wristband four-pack @ $140.00. Save $5.00 on each wristband! If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”

Passes for single day attendance ($20) will be sold onsite only, as will individual entry tickets for select venues (see Festival FAQ for details). 


2017 T-shirt

2017 T-ShirtBe the first one on your block to get this year’s t-shirt, designed by local artist and musician Brad Olson! Where can you get it? Find us at the Urbana Market at the Square on September 9, September 23, October 7, and October 21. And at the festival, of course! Also? Check out our sponsorship levels – you can get yourself a t-shirt (and wristband!) just by being a festival supporter.

Roland Realty

We are thrilled to welcome Roland Realty to our roster of local business sponsors!

Roland Realty was founded in 1922 when Vern Roland built 909 S. First. His father, Anton, had worked in the housing development industry prior to this construction. During the 1800’s and early 1900’s Anton built nearly 300 homes in the Champaign-Urbana area. Anton also owned and worked the farm land that was later sold to the University of Illinois. This farm land was used to construct the State Farm Arena (Assembly Hall) and Memorial Stadium. Five generations later, Roland Realty is still a family owned and operated business.

Prairie Sky Music Festival

Prairie Sky Music FestivalJoin us for a weekend of fun, food, and tons of great Americana music in the Allerton Meadow! Come out Friday, August 18 for Chatham County Line, the Hot Iron String Band, and stargazing with the CU Astronomical Society. Saturday’s festivities kick-off at 1pm – enjoy four bands throughout the day (including CUFRF alumni Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole and Hobnob Stringband) as you try out C4A‘s Instrument Petting Zoo, browse the vendors, and grab a drink before headliners The Jerry Douglas Band and Sam Bush take the stage. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the gate); Kids 12 & under are free. Get your tickets here!

August 18, 6-9pm | August 19, 1-9:30pm


Michael Meadows Farewell Show

We are sad to report that popular local singer-songwriter and formal festival performer, Michael Meadows, is leaving the area. BUT, before he leaves, he is putting on a farewell show and donating all proceeds to the festival! Please join us for this event – Michael promises a free CD to the first 217 people!

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. “What’s That Knocking?” – a track from his CD, “The First Four Billion Years Are the Hardest,” – was featured on NPR’s “Car Talk”.

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 7:00pm
Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., Urbana
$5.00 cover charge