11th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival, October 24-26, 2019

Here’s a list of all performers we’ve confirmed so far.

More Information Soon, and Tickets will be available in late summer

Dom Flemons is a GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, and 2019 WAMMIE Award Winner. Known as “The American Songster,” his repertoire covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector, and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Jug, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones.

In 2018, Flemons released an album titled “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on GRAMMY Award-winning record label Smithsonian Folkways and received a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Folk Album” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.

Lilli Lewis’ music is genre/identity bending, with a singular voice of rare grace and grit. Since taking up residency in New Orleans, Lilli’s scope has broadened to integrate elements of the funk rock vibe that was born and bred in the Crescent City. She has also taken a seat among tradition holders, singing lead for Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Kirk Jospeh’s Backyard Groove, and running Louisiana’s oldest indie record label, Louisiana Red Hot Records with a catalog that has included Trombone Shorty, Cyril Neville, and Allen Toussaint protogé Roland Guerin. Humbled by the charge to help build something forward thinking and positive for New Orleans and Louisiana musicians, Lewis says her end game is to bring more music industry to the city is while helping artists realize their vision of success.

Lewis herself has two releases on Louisiana Red Hot Records, her 2016 single “O, Let Your Light Shine Bright” and the 2018 critically acclaimed solo piano album “The Henderson Sessions.”

The Steel City Jug Slammers are Ramblin’ Ricky Tate (Mandolin/ Banjitar), Washtub Jay (Bass), G.W. Henderson (Guitar/ Fiddle), Anthony Suttonwood (Banjo/ Harmonica), and A.B. Glubrecht (Fiddle). The band has toured the United States and Canada over the last two years and been able to delight audiences with original music from an era mostly forgotten in today’s music scene.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys hail from the back woods of Bloomfield, Kentucky. They pay homage to their southern kin. Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band possesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instrument, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, From overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.

Black Eyed Susans is an acoustic group with roots in folk and jazz, featuring; Melanie Davis, Stephanie Ray, and Kayla Little.

Humbird combines a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, and stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. Humbird’s debut full length album is set to be released in 2019.


The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more! The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local traditions and histories.

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