Together for over 20 years, the New Orleans Jazz Machine is a traditional jazz band that plays Dixieland and swing favorites. The lineup generally features the following musicians: Carl Johnson, clarinet/soprano sax; Brighten Godfrey, trumpet; Barry Wagner, trombone; Ernie Hoffman, piano; Josh Houchin, bass; Gary Peyton, drums. Occasionally other outstanding instrumentalists and vocalists are featured. The band has played in the Champaign-Urbana area at locations such as the Blind Pig, High Dive, Cowboy Monkey, the Embassy, University of Illinois events, church services, wedding receptions, picnics, parties, and at many other private and community events.
John Lindell is a singer songwriter from Champaign, Illinois whose material ranges from folk songs about central Illinois to blues songs about his beloved New Orleans. His songs tell stories about such diverse subjects as loss of manufacturing jobs, the Great American Dream, homelessness, and tales of Cajun werewolves — Rougarou.
Matt Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist from Champaign who plays all styles of music from folk and jazz to rock and blues, and is one of the finest slide guitarists around. Matt has played in nationally and internationally acclaimed bands such as Starcastle and Head East.
Ginny O’Brien has been singing with kids most of her life, as a camp counselor, songleader and teacher. You will find her these days playing her guitar and singing with children at storytime at the Champaign Public Library.
Come join us for an interactive half hour of singing and fun!
( Program will be designed for ages 3 to 9 years old, and for the Young at Heart )
Dewclaw is a new musical project featuring Liz Faermark on vocals and washboard, and Cody Jensen on piano. They play blues, rags, and swings. Expect jokes and improvised songs inspired by audience-suggested topics. (Bring your weird ones, folks!)
Morris dance is a traditional dance from England that has been done for hundreds of years. There are several references to Morris dance in Shakespeare. Each village or region has its own set of dances. Come check out this unique form of dance demonstrated by our local Morris dancers! Audience members will be encouraged to try it out too.
Reverend Robert is a master of prewar blues. He has delved deep into the styles of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and other delta blues giants. In the past two decades he has become accomplished at many other early twentieth century styles including ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean. He combines these styles seamlessly in a combination of infectious rhythm and an authentic acoustic sound.
Jordan Kaye and his Prairie Dogs have been a fixture of the Champaign-Urbana music scene for 15+ years. Don’t miss this chance to see Jordan all on his lonesome. He surely knows at least a thousand songs and a hundred jokes, and twice as many chords.
Long-time area drummer, singer, song writer, side man, arranger, show host, poet, and a whole lot more — Aaron A+ Wilson brings his Soul and Gospel Show to the C-U Folk and Roots Festival. Check out this great interview he gave to Terry Brown of C.U. Bands and Fans.
From the man himself: “Soul On Sunday, Friday fun Day. Giving you some of the best of the best talent Central Illinois has to offer. Spoken word & live RnB music, infused together to bring US as a Community TOGETHER…Puts joy in your spirit as we give back to those who need it.”
Vinny Santanelli is originally from the East coast, but now makes his home in the Midwest where he receives a lot of his musical inspiration living in an old, 1896 farmhouse out in the country. Vinny’s style is folk ‘n blues. He plays originals and also cover songs. Check out his YouTube channel!