Support Free and Family Friendly Programming

We’re running a GoFundMe campaign to support the many free, family-friendly musical and storytelling performances, hand-on workshops, dance lessons, jam sessions, children’s activities, and singalongs we offer. As always, all festival programming on Saturday, October 20, until 5:00pm is free. We are able to keep the festival accessible in this manner through generous support from individuals, businesses, and the City of Urbana. Can we count you among our supporters?

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.

Hank Williams blastoff!

Hank Williams crowd shotWhat an amazing turnout for our tribute to Hank Williams and other honky tonk heroes! We were seriously gobsmacked as people started arriving at 6:00 and didn’t stop coming until the historic Rose Bowl Tavern was standing room only well before the fundraiser started.

Many thanks are in order. First, we appreciate the hard work of the all-star house band  Dyke Corson, Dennis Stroughtmatt, Larry Lister, and Josh Houchin  and the terrific line-up of singers Marvin Lee, Kathy Harden, Dennis Stroughtmatt, Nancy Livingston, Cole Rabenort, Logan Kirby, John Coppess, Suzanne Warner, Ed Clem, Marten “Chachi” Stromberg, and Gina Cassidy. Thanks also go out to sound man Dustin Norder, our festival volunteer crew, and to Rose Bowl owners Steve and Diane Campbell, who have opened their hearts as well as their tavern to the festival.

Most of all, thanks to YOU, the generous crowd of festival supporters and fans of traditional country music, for helping us raise right around $3,000 for the festival. Your support helps keep the cost of the festival affordable and allows us to offer many free events. We’re well on our way in planning for the ninth (ninth!) annual festival. Help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 for the TENTH annual festival by visiting our sponsorship page

New sponsors on board!

The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is thrilled to have several new businesses and organizations on board for the 2013 festival!

Patron Sponsorship level ($100+):
University of Illinois Press

Spotlight Sponsorship level ($500+):
Urbana Business Association

Benefactor Sponsorship level ($1,000+):
Busey Bank
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Corporate Sponsorship level ($2,500+):
City of Urbana Public Arts Commission

Many thanks to these generous sponsors for gifts totaling well over $7,000. Please consider joining their ranks by hopping over to our Sponsorship page. The festival can’t happen without your support!

Eat for the cause!

louie's bbq alligator

Local restaurant Louie’s Dixie Kitchen & BBQ, serving up some fine BBQ and Cajun delights, will donate up to 15% of their daily sales on June 3rd to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival! For an extra treat, from 5:30pm-7pm we’ll have some great Cajun music played by our favorite local father and son duo, Tom and Matt Turino. Come on out for good food and good times.

Louie’s is located at 1104 N Cunningham Avenue in Urbana, (217) 954-0301. Check out the menu online.


Indiegogo campaign launched!

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival announces its Indiegogo fundraising campaign!

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Help us sustain this important regional, community, and educational event. Funding raised through will go towards bringing in talent from around the state and around the world for workshops, educational and main stage events.

Champaign-Urbana is the home of the University of Illinois and draws students and scholars from around the world. Your contribution will allow us to include the musical and cultural diversity that the region reflects.