The Upper Bout

The Upper Bout

Stop by this beautiful store to see what brick and mortar can be. The Upper Bout offers a human connection and personalized experience. They sell and work on just about anything with strings. Thanks, TUB, for your loyal support of the Festival and the musicians who participate!

Common Ground Food Co-op

Common Ground Food Co-op

Downtown Urbana’s full service, cooperatively owned grocery store. Beyond monetary donations, the co-op has sustained the festival with food and offered us performance space. Over the years it’s been a warm and welcoming hangout for festival goers, and we thank them for all their support. We thank downtown Urbana’s full service, cooperatively owned grocery store for the many types of sustenance they have provided the festival over the years.

Urbana Country Dancers

The UCD is a community of people in Champaign-Urbana and east central Illinois who support and promote the history, artistry and enjoyment of contra dancing. The warmth and generosity they extend at the Festival dances will be sorely missed this year, since those events are hampered by the COVID-19 outbreak. We thank them for their continued support and hope to have lots of dancing back on the schedule in 2021!

Urbana Arts & Culture Program

Urbana is an Illinois Arts Friendly Community, designated by the Illinois Arts Alliance and Illinois Municipal League. Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.

Thank you for being a major sponsor of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival! Art thrives in Urbana.

Native Land Acknowledgement

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots festival recognizes that we are on the lands of the Kaskaskia, Peoria, Michigamia, Cahokia, Tamaroa and Kickapoo Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native peoples prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.

Black Lives Matter to Folk and Roots


We at the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival recognize that systemic racism historically prevented and still prevents many Black musicians from being seen, heard, and able to financially support themselves.  Despite these barriers, Black musicians have profoundly shaped America’s musical heritage and continue to inspire creativity and a vision of a better society. To the Black artists and organizers in Champaign-Urbana, we want to thank you for all that you do to make our community vibrant and strong. We aim to give a bigger platform to Black artists, both at this year’s festival and in the future. We vow to do our part to acknowledge and end systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. Black Artists Matter.


The Music Shoppe

Long-time Festival sponsor The Music Shoppe, with locations in Normal, Champaign AND Springfield, Illinois has been serving the needs of musicians and music educators since 1961. Now a third-generation family business, we’re proud to have the support of this model Central Illinois business.