Jams, singalongs, Artisan Alley, and other festival events 2013

Campfire at the 2011 festival

  • Artisan Alley - As you wander through Lincoln Square on Saturday, between 11:00am and 5:00pm check out Artisan Alley! Here you’ll find luthiers, instrument builders, instrument demonstrations and the like – all sharing their unique creations and  talents. Look for: Paul Kotheimer’s “Lefty … Continue reading
  • Bluegrass jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned local musicians. The bluegrass jam will be hosted by members of “Strings Attached.” If you want to listen … Continue reading
  • Blues Jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned local musicians. The blues jam will be led by Keith Harden. The blues jam is generously sponsored by … Continue reading
  • Cajun Jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned local musicians. The Cajun jam will be hosted by Ganey Arsement.       Saturday, November 2nd, 11:00am-12:00pm … Continue reading
  • Campfire Singalong - Join Big Bluestem’s Becky Grosser for an informal singalong around the Iron Post’s cozy patio campfire.         Friday, November 2nd, 8:00pm-10:00pm Iron Post Patio Free
  • Homebrew Ukulele Union Singalong - Bring your ukulele or borrow one for an all ages sing-along with the Homebrew Ukulele Union (HUU). The HUU is a sing-along group that comes together at the University of Illinois in the course Designing Musical Experiences. As a part of the … Continue reading
  • Irish Session - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned local musicians. The Irish session will be hosted by Jake Schumacher. Spectators welcome.   Saturday, November 2nd, 12:00pm-2:00pm … Continue reading
  • Late Night Hootenanny - Join host Dustin Norder for an after-hours hootenanny at the Rose Bowl!           Friday, November 1st, Midnight-2:00am Rose Bowl Free
  • Late Night Jamming - Local favorite Sam Payne will anchor this final event of the festival. Well worth the loss of shut-eye, whether you are playing or watching!         Saturday, November 2nd, 12:30am-2:00am Iron Post Free
  • Musical Mayhem Parade - Join The Viper and His Famous Orchestra for our annual musical mayhem parade! Bring your instruments, costumes and free spirits and celebrate on the streets of downtown Urbana.     Generously sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Saturday, … Continue reading
  • Old-time Jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned local musicians. The old-time jam will be hosted by Cliff Harrison.   Saturday, November 2nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm Lincoln Square … Continue reading
  • Piato Buffet Lunch Fundraiser - The Piato Cafe in Lincoln Square is hosting a $5.00 lunch buffet as a fundraiser for the CU Folk and Roots Festival. Proceeds will be used to support music education in the community. Enjoy your lunch to the sounds of … Continue reading
  • Prairie Dogs Performance and Beatles Play-Along - Calling musicians of all levels!! The Prairie Dogs invite you to BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play and sing along to all your Beatles favorites, including, but not limited to, the Rubber Soul album. Then, sit back and listen to a … Continue reading
  • Sea Shanty Singalong, with Chris Maden - Chris Maden has been singing and playing a variety of instruments since early childhood. A native New Englander, he was lured to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco seeking dot-com plunder, but was instead shanghaied into the seedy world of … Continue reading
  • Shape-note singing - Shape-note singing is a musical-notation system developed by 18th-century itinerant American singing masters to quickly teach 4-part unaccompanied vocal harmony for use in worship. The term “shape note” comes from the use of different shapes for the note heads to indicate … Continue reading
  • Silent Auction - Check out the CU Folk and Roots Festival’s online silent auction fundraiser! The bidding will continue throughout the festival weekend. Computers are available at the Independent Media Center for making bids. Special thanks to all the wonderful people who support the … Continue reading