Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes on May 10th


Come on out to this fun evening of traditional country, honky-tonk and western swing at the Rose Bowl Tavern in friendly downtown Urbana, Illinois! This will be the third annual Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes. It’s also a major fund-raising event for our fall festival!Dennis Stroughmatt

The house band for the evening will include Dennis Strougmatt on fiddle, Bob Watson on steel guitar, Ed Clem on bass, Doug Rigsby on drums and Rob Krumm on guitar. They’ll back a number of talented singers including:

  • Marvin Lee
  • Logan Kirby
  • Dawna Nelson
  • Dennis Stroughmatt
  • Emily McKown
  • Ed Clem
  • Cole Bridges and
  • Marten “Chachi” Stromberg.

Admission will be $10 at this all ages event.

Where: Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St. in Urbana
When: Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:00 PM to 11:00PM. Doors at 7:00PM

Welcome Phoenix Botanicals


We’d like to thank first-time sponsor 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.

Festival Volunteers Thank You Bash!


Did you volunteer for the 2017 festival or support the festival with your contributions? Please join us for an appreciation party to celebrate everyone’s collective efforts in making the festival a great event.

In appreciation of your efforts to support the Festival, we invite you to join us for pizza, and a drink, ON US. We want to thank you for your ongoing support of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

Thursday, February 21 6 PM – 8 PM
Blackbird, 119 W. Main St., Urbana IL

Come join us, let us thank you for your help with last year’s festival, and have a good time.

The 2019 Festival planning is already underway with new folks joining our effort and settling into productive, important roles.

Free and Family Friendly Fun on Saturday Before 5pm

Want to see if playing the harmonica or dulcimer is for you? Need some yoga to get you going? Learn the art of writing a masterful murder ballad? All this and more is on offer today! Check out our schedule of workshops.  


Bringing little folks to the folk fest? We’ve got puppet parties, story telling, and musical mayhem. See if something on our all-ages list will keep the whole family’s toes tapping.

The 2015 T-shirt is here!

T-shirt design 2015Check out this year’s t-shirt design by Ellen Rockett! What you see here is the back of the shirt. The front side of this delicious raspberry number features our world-famous fiddling cat logo. You can pick up your very own shirt at the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival, at the Anna and Elizabeth show on September 27th, at the Urbana Farmer’s Market (on September 5th, September 19th, October 3rd, and October 17th), and at the festival itself. Woo hoo!


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.