Performances 2014

Bones, Jugs, & Harmony at 2013 festival

  • Almost “A” Quartet - Almost “A”, combines strong backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music and jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer. All have experience working with many styles of dance. Their music is diverse and often quite surprising. Members are Chris Beyt … Continue reading
  • 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
  • Anne Feeney - Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music that she says is designed to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Not many women have chosen to walk the path of Woody Guthrie, but Feeney has made a career of it for … Continue reading
  • Big Bluestem - Big Bluestem performs an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-time string band music, bluegrass and historic tunes, with an occasional sprinkling of swing and the blues. BBSB features Kathleen Everingham on fiddle, José Agusti on guitar, Rebecca Grosser on guitar, Drew Phillips … Continue reading
  • Billy Strings and Don Julin - Billy Strings and Don Julin play traditional American string band music with energy levels usually associated with extreme sports. A typical set includes haunting Appalachian songs, righteous gospel standards, and blazing bluegrass instrumentals. Honoring the musical traditions of Doc Watson, … Continue reading
  • Blue Mafia - Blue Mafia is a band based in Muncie, Indiana, whose distinctive modern sound is centered around the muscular guitar playing of Tony Wray and the strong songwriting of his wife, Dara.  Tony and Dara previously lived in Nashville, where Tony … Continue reading
  • Bones, Jugs ‘n Harmony Family Show - Bones Jugs ‘N Harmony can only be described as a cascading menagerie of novelty knick-knacks and catchy hooks, floating over rock solid rhythms and tempered with silly feel-good lyrics. Yes, they make music with bones and with jugs! But don’t … Continue reading
  • Bucky Halker - Fusing elements of folk, blues, honky-tonk country, straight ahead rock, and jazz, Bucky Halker has recorded a dozen albums since the 1980s, including his recent double-CD, The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (2012), an original music tribute to Guthrie, and Welcome … Continue reading
  • Cajun Strangers - From Madison, Wisconsin, The Cajun Strangers have twice won the French Cajun Music Association of America’s Prix D’hors de Nous (2007, 2010), which is awarded annually for the best Cajun music CD released by a band outside of Louisiana and … Continue reading
  • Church Street Ramblers - Specializing in jazz music from early in the 20th century, the Church Street Ramblers perform songs by Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams, Mamie Smith, Louis Jordan, Fats Waller, and a host of other legendary musical artists.
  • Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong, Featured Storyteller Performances - Dan Keding grew up with his Croatian grandmother filling him with the stories of the old country. He has pursued this passion for over forty years, telling at some of the most prestigious venues in storytelling. He has won numerous … Continue reading
  • Dana Sipos - Currently living aboard an experimental theatre and circus tall ship sailing and performing along the eastern seaboard of the United States, Dana Sipos plays folk, roots and Canadiana-nuanced songs that map heart and country, travel along your spine, and tickle … Continue reading
  • Dom Flemons - Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing.  As part of the Carolina Chocolate … Continue reading
  • Don’t Ask - Don’t Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe’s Jewish village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and other surprises thrown in the mix. Members are Frances Harris and Amanda Ramey on fiddles, Michael Shapiro … Continue reading
  • Dysfunctionells - As middle-age crisis vanity projects go, this takes the biscuit for sheer quixotic misguided willfulness.  The Dysfunctionells, struggling mightily to play above their skill level, will challenge today’s youthful audience’s capacity for empathy as they parade their decades’ worth of … Continue reading
  • Firetones - The Firetones is the juxtaposition of the songwriting, rhythm guitar and lead vocals of John McMahon with the guitar virtuosity and backing vocals of Frank Horger. John and Frank’s musical friendship grew out of playing together in Hi Ho Buffalo, a … Continue reading
  • Frank Fairfield - Frank Fairfield is a native of Fresno, California who now resides in Los Angeles. TMR calls Frank’s performance, “A dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive by the modern master of the form…a genius on the fiddle, guitar, and … Continue reading
  • Jiggy and the Source - Originally from a small planet orbiting Messier Object 78 between Betelgeuse and Alnitak in the Orion Constellation and now found in Champaign, Illinois, Jiggy & the Source is not a person, nor an ensemble, nor a group…  Rather it is … Continue reading
  • Justin Rondon - Justin Rondon is a Champaign native who is a lover of all kinds of music. His original songs are influenced by a mixture of folk, jazz, and rock. Not only that, he is the self-proclaimed inventor of the psychedelic/folk/rock/avant-garde/jazz/pop genre. … Continue reading
  • Kathleen Everingham and José Agusti - Catch Kathleen Everingham and José Agusti of Big Bluestem warming up the festival  in the Busey Bank lobby on Friday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm! Big Bluestem performs an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-time string band music, bluegrass and historic tunes, with an occasional … Continue reading
  • Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards - Propelled by inspired fiddle and cello playing, warm vocals, and arresting original songs, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards (Valerie Thompson on cello and Mariel Vandersteel on fiddle and hardingfele) have emerged as one of the most intriguing, versatile, and … Continue reading
  • Local Storyteller Showcase - The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kim Sheahan, Linda Dust, Elaine Bearden, and Sue Searing. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the fun! Kim … Continue reading
  • Maja & David - Maja & David creates an intense hybrid of traditional music, built on great distances but without borders. With two fiddles, two voices and the percussion of feet, Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark and David Boulanger from Québec (La Bottine Souriante) … Continue reading
  • Mama Edie Armstrong - Mama Edie Armstrong is a bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English), published writer, percussionist, speech/language pathologist, and voice-over artist who has provided international storytelling performances and workshops to parents, teachers, children, social workers, steel workers, attorneys,and various other professionals since 1989.  Her stories … Continue reading
  • Michael Meadows - Philosophical fish, confused cows and lovesick cicadas are some of the creatures that populate Michael Meadows’s hysterical, disturbing, and often thought-provoking songs. He offers skewed satirical commentary on evolution, income inequality, climate change and other plagues of civilization. “What’s That … Continue reading
  • Mo’ Betta Jazz Band - The Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy consists of the BBL Fine Arts Academy and the Mo’ Betta Music performance bands. Well known around town, the premier ensemble plays for numerous civic functions and activities, and features instrumental and vocal … Continue reading
  • Mother Banjo - Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM … Continue reading
  • Mr. Stephens Family Show - Mr. Stephens is still playing goofy songs for kids even after some of them have grown up. He saw one of them driving away from Urbana High School the other day. Lucky there are still kids in the Kindergarten classrooms. … Continue reading
  • Old Salt Union - Old Salt Union’s loose, yet no nonsense style lends way to an original sound—something caught between old fashioned and twenty-fifteen. The band stretches the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, catchy hooks, and a pop sensibility.
  • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra - The Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra comes to us from Bloomington, Illinois, where it grew out of old-time jam session that attracted a remarkable number of mandolin players. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes popular turn-of-the-century songs, ragtime, classical, jazz, and bluegrass. The Orchestra is … Continue reading
  • Paul Hinson - Paul Hinson taught himself bagpipe basics shortly after college and has been playing in pipe bands since 1982, often for competitions. He has studied with internationally known master pipers and participated in numerous solo piping competitions. Since 1996, he has been … Continue reading
  • Pop Wagner - Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy.  He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and for the last four decades he … Continue reading
  • Pop Wagner Family Show - Special family show with Pop Wagner! Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy.  He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and … Continue reading
  • Reverend Robert Jones - Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is a singer, storyteller and self taught multi-instrumentalist. He uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture.  A lifelong Detroiter, Reverend Jones has been performing … Continue reading
  • Spudhunters - The Spudhunters specialize in the traditional dance music of rural Ireland–jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, marches, and more–with a few songs thrown in for good measure. The band features Leandra Baker on fiddle, Jake Schumacher on button accordion and piano, David Glenn on … Continue reading
  • Tillers - Musically, The Tillers never fails to surprise. Their music has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. Their punk influence gives their sound a … Continue reading
  • Traditional Jazz Orchestra - The Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays hot music from the early 20th century when jazz was young — the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and other popular composers from the period. The band features Tom Birkner (cornet), … Continue reading
  • Volo Bogtrotters - The Volo Bogtrotters are have been a Midwestern favorite since their first gig at the actual Volo Bog in Lake County, Illinois in 1985. Their music is inspired by the classic string band sounds that appeared on 1920s phonograph records, … Continue reading
  • Woody Pines - Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of a tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom. If Pines’ elegantly-disheveled fedora and vintage resonator guitar don’t set the mood (both … Continue reading