Writers in the Round July 13


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Rebecca Rego, Paul Kotheimer, Olivia Tasch at the Rose Bowl Tavern Early show, 3-5 pm. Three songwriters sharing their creative works and stories. Our featured songwriters:     * R. A. Rego (Rebecca Rego of Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen)     * Olivia … Continue reading

Del Rey August 28

at the Iron Post. Wednesday August 28.

Del Rey, a festival favorite, is coming back to Urbana.

“One of the ukulele’s most important players and teachers.” Ukulele Magazine 2016

“One of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“One of the most sublime modern guitarists.” La Hora del Blues Barcelona

$15 at the door

Willi Carlisle July 14

@Techline, 307 S. Locust Street, Champaign

A folk singer based in Arkansas, Carlisle is a multifaceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist with a big voice. He plays banjo, guitar, fiddle, and more. His musical stories hoot, stomp, and saunter through joys and troubles uniquely southern and timelessly true.

No cover charge for this show, though we suggest a donation of $10 (or more). BYO beverage.

Honky Tonkin’ in the Free World July 6

Saturday @ the Rose Bowl Tavern

4 pm till it’s over! Honky tonk, country, western, and swing music at the historic Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana. You can call it a festival, a party, a concert, or another Saturday, but whatever ya call it, please join us for an amazing lineup of bands from Chicago to Carbondale, Champaign to Urbana. Dancing shoes recommended.

4:00-5:30 pm:John, Suzanne, and the Limping Cowboy Band (CU)

6:00-7:30 pm:Horseshoe Bender (Chicago)

8:00-9:30 pm:Dennis Stroughmatt and The Honky Tonk Circus (Albion, IL, pictured right)

10:00 pmChachi and The Bandidos (CU, pictured below)

Don’t forget! You can always bring your own food to the Rose Bowl Tavern. We hope to have food vendors parked in the lot too.

No cover! Rose Bowl and the bands are throwing a party and we want everyone to come! Tips to help pay the entertainment are always appreciated but not required. Buy the band a round if you prefer!

Folk & Roots Fridays 2019

@ The Lake House at Crystal Lake

12-1 pm. Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month this summer for some great FREE live music.

July 5: Tom Koehler and Jose Agusti (folk/bluegrass)
July 19: Emily McKown (folk/country)
Aug 2: Two and a Third (folk/jazz standards)
Aug 16: The Young & the Fretless

We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials–just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake.

Enter your name into the Park District’s raffle each Friday to win a free Lake House rental in 2019!

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the air-conditioned rental room at the Lake House.

Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes on May 10th


Come on out to this fun evening of traditional country, honky-tonk and western swing at the Rose Bowl Tavern in friendly downtown Urbana, Illinois! This will be the third annual Tribute to Hank Williams and other Honky-Tonk Heroes. It’s also a major fund-raising event for our fall festival!Dennis Stroughmatt

The house band for the evening will include Dennis Strougmatt on fiddle, Bob Watson on steel guitar, Ed Clem on bass, Doug Rigsby on drums and Rob Krumm on guitar. They’ll back a number of talented singers including:

  • Marvin Lee
  • Logan Kirby
  • Dawna Nelson
  • Dennis Stroughmatt
  • Emily McKown
  • Ed Clem
  • Cole Bridges and
  • Marten “Chachi” Stromberg.

Admission will be $10 at this all ages event.

Where: Rose Bowl Tavern, 106 N. Race St. in Urbana
When: Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:00 PM to 11:00PM. Doors at 7:00PM

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, March 24 at the Iron Post

March 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Iron Post, 120 South Race St., Urbana IL

Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance. Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville

A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal

Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics.

For more information visit Evie’s website at www.evieladin.com

Welcome Phoenix Botanicals


We’d like to thank first-time sponsor Phoenix Botanical, a top 10 Illinois dispensary, for supporting the 2019 Festival! They are ready help you or your loved one gain access to the Illinois medical cannabis program, find the right cannabis medicine that works for you and support you along the way.