Birdwirks Sound Sculpture at Festival Central

Don’t miss singer-songwriter Michael Meadows’ unique singing birds kinetic sound sculpture, “Birdwirks,” on display at Festival Central in the Cohen Building!

Drawing on ancient Greek technology, Birdwirks is a water-powered kinetic sculpture that uses the action of siphons to produce bird-like sounds. A small pump in the tank at the bottom sends water to the horizontal pipe at the top of the structure. From there, the water trickles out from three separate nozzles into designated jars, either directly or by way of the pendulum toggle. Each jar in the sculpture is fitted with an internal siphon. When water reaches a certain level, it is siphoned out into the next jar down, or into a flip toggle which then sends it into another jar. As water enters a jar it compresses the air inside which is then forced out through a brass flue pipe, causing it to sound. The configuration of these pipes (closed, open, variable open/closed, tapered, etc.) vary, so that each one produces a different sound. The bottommost jars siphon into the tank where the water is then recirculated.

See a preview of this mesmerizing action at https://youtu.be/fyzOW6f3TQQ. While you’re at it, see Michael himself in performance on Saturday, October 26, 2:00-3:00pm at the Urbana Free Library Busey-Mills Reading Room.

Support our free programming!

As part of our mission, we strive to keep the festival affordable, and offer as many free events as possible. All festival programming on Saturday free of charge until 5:00pm, including ALL children/family programming! Help us keep this going by supporting our GoFundMe project!

The purpose of this GoFundMe project is to support the many free, family-friendly musical and storytelling performances, hands-on workshops, dance lessons, jam sessions, children’s activities, and singalongs we offer. As always, all festival programming on Saturday, October 26, until 5:00pm is free. We are able to keep the festival accessible in this manner through generous support from individuals, businesses, and the City of Urbana. Can we count you among our supporters?

Purchase 2018 wristbands now!

Purchase your wristbands now and we’ll mail them to you! To receive your wristbands in time for the festival, purchases must be made by October 10, 2018.

You can also purchase wristbands in advance at the Iron Post, the Rosebowl, or Techline, or you can buy them onsite during the festival. So many good choices!

A single wristband @ $40.00. A wristband entitles you to entry at ALL festival events. If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”

Single Wristband

A wristband four-pack @ $140.00. Save $5.00 on each wristband! If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”Four-Pack Wristband

Passes for single day attendance ($20) will be sold onsite only, as will individual entry tickets for select venues (see Festival FAQ for details). 

Tenth Anniversary Festival organizational meeting

Steering Committee 2017Love the music? Love the workshops and the dances and the storytelling and the singalongs and the family programming? Help make it happen!

The first C-U Folk and Roots Festival organizational meeting for the 10th annual festival is Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00pm at Techline, 307 S. Locust Street in Champaign.

Have a concrete voice in creating the area’s most magical and intimate music festival. While you’re giving back, you’ll be making new friends with folks who are all about the best in community-building. Need to build your resume? Grow your employable skill set with hands-on experience in fundraising, marketing and communication, project management, web support, volunteer coordination, or whatever strikes your fancy. 

Can’t make the meeting, but still want to be involved? Email us at volunteering@folkandroots.org

Calling all volunteers!

VolunteersIt’s time to sign up to help out your favorite community festival! A mere four hours of volunteering gets you a free full-festival wristband and a festival t-shirt. Come out, help make the festival happen, AND listen to some great music while you do it!

Check out the wide variety of volunteer tasks available November 2-4, 2017 by clicking on this button:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

To make sure you feel prepared and comfortable volunteering at the festival, we are offering two different Volunteer Orientation Meetings this year, either October 25 or November 1. After selecting your volunteer shifts, please sign up for one of these meetings by clicking on this link.

The all-volunteer Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is truly a grassroots effort, from steering committees to ticket collectors.  Come and join our community and make friends, have fun, and support the folk arts!

For general questions about volunteering or serving on a festival committee, email us at volunteering@folkandroots.org.

Hogchute Opry Harvest Festival

We’re happy to share the news that the Hogchute Opry Harvest is back for its 2nd year on October 14 and 15, gathering again at the Kalyx Center barn out in the woods. The festival is welcoming a whole slew of newcomers to this year’s bill, as well as some faithful and wizened Hogchute alums. Don’t miss out on one of the area’s most unique and intimate music events: music, bonfires, camping, and more for the “unreasonably low” price of $15.

Featuring the music of:
Colonel James Presents
The Dry Look
Fiona Kimble Music
Jack Anthony Johnston
Lonely Trailer
Patriot Patrol
Rebekah Songer
Tractor Kings
Walt Falbo & the Falbonauts
ZXO
… and a special edition of our open-jam styled Singer/Songwriter Snakepit in the barn before the show. Bring an instrument and show us what you’ve got!

Of course it wouldn’t be the Hogchute Opry without special performances by these guys:
Hogchute’s Poet Laureate and MC, Sean Lamkin
Central Illinois’ hottest DJ, Horsecorn Cole & His Country ’45s

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further details and for directions to the Kalyx Center for Sustainability, near Monticello, IL at 436 E. 1300 North Rd., 61856.

Hobnob String Band at the Sipyard

Hobnob String BandCome visit us at the Sipyard (204 W. Main) during the Urbana First Friday celebration on October 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm. The Hobnob String Band, an acoustic musical group steeped in the traditions of American music from old time to bluegrass to blues, will be performing. The band features Samuel Payne on guitar and mandolin, Cody Jensen on guitar and mandolin, Charlie Harris on bass, and everyone on vocals!

While you are there, pick up a copy of the preliminary festival schedule, purchase wristbands and 2017 festival t-shirts (cash and checks only please), and grab a few free festival guitar picks. See you there!

Purchase 2017 wristbands now!

Fox Crossing String Band

Fox Crossing String Band

Purchase your wristbands now and we’ll mail them to you! To receive your wristbands in time for the festival, purchases must be made by October 25, 2017.

You can also pick up advance-purchase wristbands at our will-call desk or buy them onsite during the festival. So many good choices!


A single wristband @ $40.00. A wristband entitles you to entry at ALL festival events. If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”

 

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A wristband four-pack @ $140.00. Save $5.00 on each wristband! If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Pay with debit or credit card.”




Passes for single day attendance ($20) will be sold onsite only, as will individual entry tickets for select venues (see Festival FAQ for details).