2022 Performers

  • Afro D and Global Soundwaves: Where traditional roots meet modern funk, a local group you can’t miss. 
    Friday, 5:00 pm, NOLA’s
  • Almost “A” combines strong backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music and jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, and tango. All have experience working with many styles of dance. Their music is diverse and often quite surprising.
    Thursday, 7:00 pm, RH
  • Bill Kirby runs an early childhood music program called Music Together at Champaign School of Music. Music Together is designed to help children and their parents discover the joy and educational value of informal music experiences. It’s about the times that we get out the pots and pans in the kitchen. The songs we sing while we’re in the car. Songs we sing before bed. We sing songs that become the soundtrack to our children’s daily lives.
    Saturday, 11:30 am, RB outside (Musical Mayhem Parade)
  • Blind Baggage plays barrelhouse blues, viper jazz, jugband classics, and originals.
    Saturday, 8:00 pm, Cohen
  • Brad Handsome kicks a suitcase and sings country rock tunes old, new, and original. 
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Cohen
  • Clayton Burke Band: Come get a dose of sweet Midwestern country and folk music.
    Thursday, 9:00 pm, RB
  • The Cornflakes are old as the hills and twice as dirty.  Expect banjos and Homer and Jethro songs.
    Friday, 6:30 pm, NOLA’s
  • Fiddle Sax Fusion offers Blues-infused takes on Old-​Time and Irish fiddle tunes and folk hymns.
    Saturday, 12:30 pm, UFL
  • Gary John Gardner is a singer-songwriter from the St. Louis area.
    Friday, 8:30 pm, C4A
  • Hannah Rose and the Sweet Nothings – String band from Bloomington/Normal, IL playing popular tunes ranging from early jazz, folk, country and more.
    Friday, 9:00 pm, RB outside
  • Hot Club of Urbana: Urbana’s local favorite tribute to the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
    Saturday, 5:30 pm, RB outside
  • Ibrahim Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman play original tunes influenced by Ibrahim’s musical origins in Burkina Faso, West Africa and his experiences in this country.
    Friday, 7:00 pm, C4A
  • Illinois Flamenco Jazz Collective: Directors Alyssa Teijeiro-Ficht (dance) and Brian Stark (music) lead University of Illinois students in a new music and dance ensemble dedicated to high-quality Flamenco education and performance in Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas.
    Friday, 7:30 pm, RB outside
  • Jeff Helgesen and Friends bring their special jazz mix to the festival.
    Friday, 5:00 pm, RB outside
  • Jeff Mondak and Jordan Kaye: Children’s poet Jeff Mondak mixes it up with local favorite, Jordan Kaye, who puts those poems to song.
    Saturday, 10:30 am, RB outside
  • José Agusti plays a redux of forgotten or overlooked gems on guitar and mandolin.
    Saturday, 11:00 am, UFL
  • Kevin Elliott is a fingerstyle guitar playing singer-songwriter whose songs tend to be populated with a variety of (sometimes) endearing, left-of-center characters who tell their quirky stories in moving and amusing ways.
    Saturday, 7:30 pm, C4A
  • LoveSeat: From Effingham, this duo plays funny songs and sad love songs. Some you may know, some they just made up.
    Saturday, 11:00 am, RB outside (featuring Bill Poss)
    Saturday, 3:30 pm, UFL
  • Matt and Tom Turino with JB Faires: Matt and Tom Turino, with JB Faires on bass, have been playing original and traditional fiddle-banjo music around Champaign-Ubana for thirty years. Currently, Matt performs more widely with Meadow Hawk and The Mean Lids. Resettled in Kentucky, Tom plays with Double Dog Dare, and T’nT. Both are proud members of The Turino Family Band based in Urbana.
    Friday, 5:30 pm, C4A
  • Merry Travelers Duo: The heart and soul of the larger group, Holly Curia and Charlie Harris will perform stripped down versions of Merry Travelers originals and some select covers.
    Saturday, 6:00 pm, C4A
  • Mr. Sensation and the Sensations: Down south Mississippi juke Blues with a side order of sweet and sour sauce and a large cold iced tea.
    Saturday, 9:00 pm, RB outside
  • The New Orleans Jazz Machine is a traditional jazz band formed over 25 years ago and is fronted by long-time Champaign music teacher, Carlyle Johnson (clarinet/soprano sax).
    Thursday, 8:30 pm, CM (swing dance)
  • The Paw Paws is a family friendly collaboration between local musicians Emily McKown and Paul Kotheimer.
    Saturday, 10:00 am, RB outside
  • Porch Camp plays an extraordinary range of powerful and achingly beautiful music from all over: Eastern Europe, South America, French Canada, Kentucky, and some places you’ve never heard of. Featuring Robin Kearton (violin and viola), Sol Baer (clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion), Tom Faux (guitars and banjos).
    Saturday, 2:00 pm, UFL
  • Rory Book and the Volumes: Western, blues, jazz, and rock n’ roll sounds all mangled up into something starkly unique.
    Friday, 10:15 pm, NOLA’s
  • Round Robin Storytelling with Kim Sheahan Sanford, Linda Dust, Judy Lachman, and Elaine Bearden. Our favorite local storytellers are back!
    Saturday, 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm, UFL Lewis Auditorium
  • Sam Fowler
    Friday, 6:00 pm, Cohen
  • Snakepit Songwriter Showcase – featuring local favorites Tim McGee, Rebekah Songer, Dan Wachtel, Paul Kotheimer, Emily Anne (McKown), and Clayton Burke Deering.
    Saturday, 6:00 pm, Cohen
  • Turino Family Band: Hear Tom, Matt, Shannon, and Claire play their signature mix of cajun, old-time, and original music on fiddles, banjos, guitars, accordions, feet, and vocals.
    Thursday, 5:00 pm, KCPA

Location key:

Allen = Allen Hall
C4A = Community Center for the Arts
Cohen = Cohen Building
CG = Common Ground Coop Porch
CM = Channing Murray
IMC = Independent Media Center
KCPA = Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
NOLA’s = NOLA’s Rock Bar
RB = Rose Bowl Tavern
RH = Red Herring
UFL = Urbana Free Library

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