Welcome Illini Hillel!


Thank you to first time sponsor Illini Hillel. The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Illinois, Hillel creates a warm and welcoming community where students from all Jewish backgrounds can meet, explore and celebrate Jewish life.

Phoenix Botanical

Thanks to Phoenix Botanical, a top 10 Illinois dispensary, for supporting the 2019 Festival! They are ready help you or your loved one gain access to the Illinois medical cannabis program, find the right cannabis medicine that works for you and support you along the way.

2016 Guitar Raffle Sponsored by the Upper Bout

The Upper Bout

The Upper Bout, an authorized Martin dealer

Update, November 6, 2016: We are thrilled to announce that Phyllis Williams is our winner! And, as it turns out, Phyllis is one of our rock-steady volunteers – so, thank you, Phyllis, for all your help, and congratulations!

Many thanks to the Upper Bout for donating a guitar for our raffle fundraiser for the THIRD year in a row!  This year’s beauty is a Gibson J-29 slope-shouldered acoustic, an iconic guitar often seen in the hands of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, and many other luminaries. With a hard shell case also provided by the Upper Bout, this prize is valued at right around $2,500.

The guitar will be on display (and raffle tickets available) at upcoming C-U Folk and Roots Festival events and at the Urbana Farmer’s Market this fall. A single ticket is $10, three tickets just $25.

The Upper Bout is an authorized Martin dealer.

Featured sponsor

City of Urbana

City of Urbana

Many thanks to the City of Urbana for its matching grant of $5,000 in support of the 2015 C-U Folk and Roots Festival! We are incredibly lucky to be hosted by a city that places such a high value on accessibility to the arts and cultural events. We look forward to many more years of collaboration.


Piato 2015For the third year in a row, Piato Café, Catering, and Organic Food Nanny is hosting its delicious $5.00 all-you-can-eat buffet during the festival, with all proceeds going to support the work of the festival. Enjoy your lunch to the sounds of festival-sponsored music!

We are proud to be among the many organizations in our community Piato so generously supports.

City of Urbana


City of Urbana

Many, many thanks to the City of Urbana for signing on as primary sponsor of the 2014 CU Folk and Roots Festival! We are tremendously excited about this new partnership and very grateful to the City for investing in the future of the festival.

Looking forward to celebrating our community throughout downtown Urbana in November!

Featured sponsor – Pawn Shop

Pawn Shop Music RoomThis month’s featured sponsor is the Pawn Shop in Rantoul, a business that’s been a staunch supporter of the festival since its inception. The Pawn Shop is not your typical pawn shop. For starters, they sell the practical, the new, the used, the fun, and the unusual. In their music room they carry a full range of guitars, drums, PA equipment, and lighting, and they stand behind what they sell. As John says, “…tons of new and used music gear at great prices, many forms of payment (trades welcome), and no salesman hassles from the overly attractive employees. What more can you ask for?” We love the Pawn Shop and you should too!