Performers 2017

Lowest Pair

Lowest Pair

Here’s the list you’ve been waiting for…we still have a few to add, so stay tuned!

Caleb Cook Band – Dedicated to providing a good time though the preservation of Classic Country, Roots, and Old Time music while composing music in the same timeless style.

Chicago Farmer – Delving into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest.

Chickadee Sermon – Featuring original & traditional acoustic folk music, various folk renditions of songs by Jerry Garcia, and folk excerpts from Coen Brothers movies like “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”

DaVizion – Champaign-based six-piece contemporary gospel group fronted by three sisters on vocals.

Dennis Stroughmatt Honky Tonk Circus – Dennis Stroughmatt’s ode to Western Swing and old traditional Country. Expect a great tribute to favorites like Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys, Bob Wills, Tony Booth, Wade Ray, Buddy Spicher and Tommy Jackson.

Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole – A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. With a vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles.

Dewclaw – Blues, rags and swing with vocals, washboard and piano. Expect improvisation and laughs along the way.

Doktu Rhute Muuzic

Dusty James & Abalone Pearl – This acoustic duo honed their skills in the iconic folk venues of the famed Gaslight Square and perform a deep repertoire of folk, roots, singer-songwriter, classic country, blues and Americana.

Emma Dilemma – Her songs reach dark corners, but are uplifting and heart-melting all the same with influences of country, blues, folk-punk, and indie-folk.

Far Too Close (Irish)

Fox Crossing Stringband – Have you been missing that truly high lonesome sound? The ladies of Fox Crossing Stringband bring all those high harmonies plus driving rhythm of dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass. Six instruments across four vocalists will leave you chasing these foxes for their new bluegrass sound.

Hanna Rae Mathey – Entertaining the whole family through singing, movement, playing instruments, and puppets!

Henhouse Prowlers – From lightning fast picking to sentimental ballads, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own.

Hooten Hallers – Known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows, this threesome’s not-quite-Americana and not-quite-punk sound is drawn from the looming foothills of the Ozark Mountains.

Jean-Rene Balekita – Music traditions from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and performing his original compositions based on a blend of Congolese Rumba and Gospel styles.

John Coppess and Marten Stromberg

John Paul Wright – Community and union organizer, Labor Singer, djembe player, working locomotive engineer and folk musician…a man of many hats.


Little Miss Ann – Music that brings happiness to kids as well as sending positive messages to young souls. Grown-ups may find themselves drawn in more than they expect, as well!

Loot Rock Gang – Named after Jesse James’ cavern hideout in Missouri’s Meramec Caverns, this quartet plays post-war jump-blues and sings about post-war concerns alongside more evergreen topics like love, money and the intersection of the two.

Lowest Pair – Duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon.

Meadowhawk – With roots in the heart of the Hudson Valley, this band seeks to marry a love of hook driven indie/garage rock with jazz harmony to form a sound as mammoth as the Catskill Mountains themselves.

Mean Mary – Known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, & intricate story songs, Mary travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues.

Megan Wells – The warm intimacy of storytelling infused with delicious theatrical timing.

Morgan Orion and the Afterburners – Anti-folk singer/songwriter and poet.

No Worries Ukulele Band – From Bloomington, IL, this community band performs a range of music from current popular hits, songs from the ’50’s & 60’s, and ukulele classics from the ’30’s with vocal harmonies, just a touch of choreography and a “trick” strum or too.

Paul Hinson – Master of the British Isles bagpipe tradition.

Rainbow Flag


Sarah and the Underground – SoulFolk trio from Peoria, IL is best described as a big sip of warm, dark whiskey for the ears.

Southwest Watson Sweethearts – With a fondness for things forgotten in time, this St. Louis based duo’s strength lies in their timeless vocal harmonies, well-paired vocal timbres, and memorable melodies.

Swing Chevron – Mixing their own compositions seamlessly with classic American and Gypsy styles, lyrical melodies, driving rhythms, and improvisational flights of the imagination, this group brings a vintage hot swing sound to the festival.

Wandering Boys – With rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony, these boys light a fire in casual listeners and die hard bluegrass aficionados alike.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys – Hailing from the back woods of Pewee Valley, Kentucky this old-time band pays homage and breathes fire into everything from ballads to breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps.