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.

Volunteer/sponsor appreciation party

Festival organizers 2014Were you a volunteer or sponsor for the 2014 festival, or would you like to be one in 2015? Thanks for your support! We’d like to invite you to enjoy FREE pizza and drinks at Pizza M (208 W. Main St, Urbana) on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:00pm-800pm. Enjoy a slide show of festival highlights and learn about how you can help the festival continue its mission to support the folk arts in Central Illinois.

See you there!

Featured Sponsor: Urbana Public Arts Program

Urbana Public Arts Program

Urbana Public Arts Program

We are grateful to the Urbana Public Arts Program for its ongoing support of the C-U Folk and Roots Festival. Did you know that this program and other similar efforts have made Urbana an official “Illinois Arts Friendly Community”? Indeed, designated so by the Illinois Arts Alliance and Illinois Municipal League in 2008. “Through public support for the arts, the City of Urbana increases opportunities for the creation of art, thereby enhancing the quality of life, economic development, citizen participation, cultural awareness, and vibrancy of the community.” Seriously, how cool is that?

Roots Walk

Urbana Park District leaf logoListen to live, local roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of our oldest park. This sunset event brought to you by the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the candlelit walks of Crystal Lake Park. Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be centered around the North Woods Pavilion. Rain date is scheduled for the following night in the case of inclement weather. Call the Park District Sports & Event Hotline for postponement information: 367-9575.

Scheduled to appear:
The Flower Jax
Justin Rondón
Sam Payne and Friends
Don’t Ask klezmer band
John Elder, blues guitar
Irish music from Monster Buttermilk
Traditional folk tales from storyteller Linda Dust

Friday, May 16th, 6:00pm-7:30pm, free!

Featured sponsor

dixonfeature2Our featured sponsor is Dixon Graphics, a local business that has supported the festival since its inception. Officially, Dixon “is a full-service printing company located in Champaign, Illinois specializing in short-run four-color and copy services.” We think they are SO much more. Our beautiful banners, postcards, and festival programs? That’s Dixon. All those millions of last minute changes to the program, done without fuss or even lifting an eyebrow? That’s Dixon. We love them to pieces.


Allerton Barn Dance

The C-U Folk and Roots Festival is helping promote the U of I Credit Union’s fabulous Concert Series at Allerton Park. First up is the Allerton Barn Dance on April 18th, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

Three concerts for the price of one – each with their own unique country/blue-grass feel, and a stompin’ country beat! Opening with the youthful Bow-Dacious String Band, centering on Sam Payne and his intellectual beat, and ending with The Curses gritty melodies.

Bow-Dacious String Band, 6:00pm-7:00pm

The Bow-Dacious String Band consists of about 50 kids, aged 6 through high school, who get together weekly to play popular music styles on violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and other stringed instruments. This band performs a lot–over 200 times in the past 10 years! The repertoire is drawn from traditional and popular music genres from around the world. Our emphasis is on improvisation, developing strong ensemble skills, and learning applied music theory as it relates to the tunes we play.

Sam Payne and Friends, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Sam Payne is a distinguished teacher, folk musician, and host of the popular Urbana Hootenanny. Often collaborating with some of the finest acoustic musicians in Urbana – Champaign, he delivers a unique celebration of traditional song that’s sure to please the ears.

The Curses 8:00pm-9:00pm

The Curses is an original Illinois based 4-piece gritty old-school Rock & Roll band tinged with Americana, Swing and Honky Tonk. The Curses feature vocals reminiscent of Tom Waits and Ray Charles. They offer over 2 hours of all original material. The Curses also play covers by artists such as The Kinks, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, The Handsome Family, The Misfits, and others.

Location – Allerton Barn – click for map
Food and Drink for purchase 5:30pm-8:30pm
Suggested Entry Donation: $5/person $10/Family
Limited seating available, doors open at 5:30pm