Jams, singalongs, and other festival events 2014

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  • Amasong Performance and Community Sing - An AmaSong Circle – Come listen to and sing with Amasong: Champaign-Urbana’s Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus. We will perform a few of our most beloved pieces from over the 24 years we have been a part of the Champaign-Urbana community. Sit … 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 musicians. This daytime bluegrass jam will be led by local Hootenanny favorite, Sam Payne. Spectators welcome.
  • 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 musicians. The blues jam will be led by Joe Asselin. Spectators welcome.
  • Campfire Open Jamming on the Iron Post Patio - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience. This particular jam will be “guided” by whoever shows up and takes the lead. Be the first! Spectators welcome.
  • Campfire Open Sea Chantey Sing with Chris Maden - Join chanteyman Chris Maden and some of the regulars from the Chambana Chantey Sing for an open song session. We’ll sing chanteys (sailors’ work songs) and forebitters (recreational songs), songs of the oceans and inland waterways, songs of fishing, of … Continue reading
  • Campfire Open Sing with Hilary Valentine, Rebecca Grosser, and Chris Maden - Hilary Kaye, Rebecca Grosser, and Chris Maden present a special edition of the Second Monday Open Trad Sing around the Iron Post campfire. Instruments and voices welcome as we sing traditional songs from around the world – and newer songs … Continue reading
  • Cowboy Songs Playalong and Singalong with the Prairie Dogs - The Prairie Dogs have been a fixture of the Champaign-Urbana music scene for 15+ years. They know a thousand songs and a hundred jokes. Guaranteed to make you laugh or cry! Join them for a good old-fashioned singalong!    
  • Irish Session, with Jake Schumacher - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. The Spudhunters’ Jake Schumacher will host this session. Spectators welcome.
  • John Hatton’s Booth - Keep an eye out for John Hatton’s booth in the Landmark Hotel Lobby. He will offer a comprehensive selection of folk music CDs and other material.
  • Late Night Floor Jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. The late-night floor jam will be hosted by Boots Fulton. Spectators welcome.
  • Late Night Open Jam - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to close out the first night of the festival with an open jam. Spectators welcome.
  • Musical Mayhem Parade - Join us for our annual musical mayhem parade, this year led by the incomparably wacky members of Bones, Jugs ‘N Harmony! Bring your instruments, costumes, and free spirits and celebrate on the streets of downtown Urbana. Bones, Jugs ‘N Harmony’s … Continue reading
  • Old Time Jam with Volo Bogtrotters - Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. The old-time jam will be led by the Volo Bogtrotters. Spectators welcome. The Volo Bogtrotters’ appearance is … Continue reading
  • Open Stage - Share your talents with the masses! John Coppess, our own “Limping Cowboy,” is the ever-so-welcoming host of the Open Stage.
  • Piato Buffet Lunch Fundraiser - The Piato Cafe in Lincoln Square is hosting a $5.00 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet as a fundraiser for the CU Folk and Roots Festival. Enjoy your lunch to the sounds of festival-hosted open jamming! Saturday, November 8, 2014 11:00am – 1:00pm … Continue reading
  • Pickin’ Party with the Pickin’ Illini - Come join members of the Pickin’ Illini, the University of Illinois’ Registered Student Organization for bluegrass musicians (with a smidgeon of blues love), in an old-fashioned, pickin’-style jam! Ages teen and up welcome, along with the usual assortment of acoustic type instruments.