Friday Night: Bagpipers Welcome, Singalongs, and Other Free Stuff!

Did you know that some of the festival events are free? There is no cost to experience the thrill of the Highland Bagpipe, for example, as the Mugdock Pipers offer a traditional welcome to all, 6:00 pm Friday night at Sipyard. (But let’s face it…bagpipe…you’ll probably just need to be in the general vicinity!)Paul Hinson on bagpipes

Stay on at the Sipyard for Chanty Sing with Chris Maden at 7:00, then Folk Singalong Favorites with Hilary Valentine and Rebecca Grosser at 8:30.

Sam Payne and Cody Jenson will be performing at a free Family Event at the Urbana Free Library. That’s from 6:30-7:15.

Check out the full schedule for more! All Friday night Sipyard events and all events before 5 pm on Saturday are FREE.

Festival Send-Off Open Jam, with Dan Andree

Dan AndreeCalling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. This jam will be hosted by Dan Andree, here for the festival with the Hobnob String Band. Spectators welcome.

Dan Andree was born to fiddle. As a youngster growing up in DeKalb corn country, he fashioned his first fiddling fingers under the tutelage of Ann Montzka-Smelser. He started playing bluegrass after The Corn Desert Ramblers took him under their wing in Urbana way back in 2006. Upon graduating bluegrass college, and actual college, Dan made his way to the big city in 2012 to start his 4 year tenure with the Chicago bluegrass powerhouse, The Henhouse Prowlers. These days, he can be found fiddling everywhere–wherever you can look–and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise, and livin’ in the houses they build, he’ll be there too.

Pickin’ Illini Open Jam Session

Pickin IlliniCome join members of the Pickin’ Illini in an old-fashioned, pickin’-style jam! If you love to pick bluegrass, blues or folk, or just want to sing along, then pull up a chair and join us in playing through some great tunes, old and new! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

The Pickin’ Illini is a Registered Student Organization with the University of Illinois. The group hosts weekly jams, with an emphasis on bluegrass, folk, and country music. The Pickin’ Illini provides students with an outlet to meet others with an interest in roots music and gain experience playing in a group setting.

Family Singalong, with Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music

Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music

Sing along with the fabulous Cielito Lindo! The group performs in the styles of mariachi and Latin/American folk. A bilingual fourth generation family music group that performs a variety of Mexican and American folk music, the four young brothers and their father each sing and play multiple instruments including guitar, vihuela, guitarron, and trumpet. Their repertoire includes bolero, ranchera, cumbia, huagpango & son.

Check out this great story about the band on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program!