City of Urbana

Our gratitude to the City of Urbana for their support of the festival could not be more profound. Urbana values the arts. Urbana funds the arts. Thank you to the city for helping us keep the festival going for 10 great years.

And while we’re at it…to all the venues, business, groups and downtown denizens that ground this festival in the community…thank you. We love you, Urbana!

2016 Guitar Raffle Sponsored by the Upper Bout

The Upper Bout

The Upper Bout, an authorized Martin dealer

Update, November 6, 2016: We are thrilled to announce that Phyllis Williams is our winner! And, as it turns out, Phyllis is one of our rock-steady volunteers – so, thank you, Phyllis, for all your help, and congratulations!

Many thanks to the Upper Bout for donating a guitar for our raffle fundraiser for the THIRD year in a row!  This year’s beauty is a Gibson J-29 slope-shouldered acoustic, an iconic guitar often seen in the hands of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, and many other luminaries. With a hard shell case also provided by the Upper Bout, this prize is valued at right around $2,500.

The guitar will be on display (and raffle tickets available) at upcoming C-U Folk and Roots Festival events and at the Urbana Farmer’s Market this fall. A single ticket is $10, three tickets just $25.

The Upper Bout is an authorized Martin dealer.

City of Urbana


City of Urbana

Many, many thanks to the City of Urbana for signing on as primary sponsor of the 2014 CU Folk and Roots Festival! We are tremendously excited about this new partnership and very grateful to the City for investing in the future of the festival.

Looking forward to celebrating our community throughout downtown Urbana in November!

Featured sponsor – Pawn Shop

Pawn Shop Music RoomThis month’s featured sponsor is the Pawn Shop in Rantoul, a business that’s been a staunch supporter of the festival since its inception. The Pawn Shop is not your typical pawn shop. For starters, they sell the practical, the new, the used, the fun, and the unusual. In their music room they carry a full range of guitars, drums, PA equipment, and lighting, and they stand behind what they sell. As John says, “…tons of new and used music gear at great prices, many forms of payment (trades welcome), and no salesman hassles from the overly attractive employees. What more can you ask for?” We love the Pawn Shop and you should too!