COVID-19 and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival family is highly cognizant of the need for all of us to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. All upcoming, in-person festival-sponsored events have been put on hold. In the meantime, we also recognize the incredible importance of music and the arts in our lives.

We strongly encourage everyone in our community to find ways to support the musicians whose livelihoods have suddenly disappeared. Watch their shows online and contribute via donate links. Buy their merch. Buy their music! Please also support our local businesses, especially the places that remain open and/or are selling online. Our local festival sponsors and partners include the Rose Bowl TavernPage Roasting CompanyBlack DogIron PostCommon Ground Food Co-op, the Music Shoppe, the Community Center for the Arts, and others.

Harmonica Workshop With Doug and Dave

Dave Witzany and Doug Schroer

It’s easy to begin to learn to play harmonica! Doug Schroer and Dave Witzany will lead the group using key of C diatonic 10 hole harmonicas to help you learn about the instrument and to begin playing melodies and blues.

If you have a C diatonic, you can bring your own harmonica to the lesson. For those who don’t have one, there will be a limited number of free harmonicas available, as well as additional inexpensive harmonicas for purchase, thanks to assistance from Corson Music.

We encourage you to come out to the class and try out this soulful instrument that you can carry in your pocket!

For ages 10 and over.

Saturday, November 2nd, 1:15pm-2:15pm
Common Ground Food Co-op

elizaBeth Simpson

elizaBeth SimpsonFrom New England to Berkeley and back, elizaBeth Simpson has a history of singing on the street. Her sets feature jazz-spiked, indie-folk originals and are sprinkled with a cappella treats ranging from irish street ballads to contemporary protest songs (she has made police cry at blockades). elizaBeth makes music to celebrate what it’s like to be alive, and invites you to join her.


Saturday, November 1st, 11:45am-12:45pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom

Mayhew the Traitor

Mayhew the TraitorFor nearly 10 years, Matthew Hobler has been making fantastic music as the lead singer and songwriter of the group Mayhew the Traitor. Their music is melodic rock, with deep textures and flowing melodies.  Matt and his wife Jeni have taken their music beyond the region, at one point moving to Nashville and touring nationally, and have recently returned to Urbana as a duo while the band was on hiatus, bringing a softer acoustic singer-songwriter folk sound to their music.  A typical Matt and Jeni “Mayhew” show will feature a mix of new original music and classic songs by Townes Van Zandt, Elliott Smith, Gram Parsons, Neil Young and more.  The duo is currently re-forming the band, which will return to the scene before the year’s end.

Friday, November 1st, 10:45pm-11:15pm
Independent Media Center
Wristband or cover