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The Kent State Folk Festival - Who Wants a T-shirt?

October 8, 2006

The line-up for the 40th Kent State Folk Fest has finally been announced (and not a minute too soon - it's only 6 weeks away!). It's a great collection of concerts that really runs the gamut of what goes into Folk Alley's stew pot - from David Wilcox on Nov. 8 and a legendary group of performers that includes Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III on Nov. 18 to conclude the shindig. In between there's Asleep at the Wheel (11/11), Donna the Buffalo (11/15), The Avett Bros. (11/16), and a very special concert with Abigail Washburn and her Sparrow Quartet (Casey Driessen, Ben Sollee and the unmatched talent of Bela Fleck) on Nov. 17. Tickets for all of these are on sale now.

If you want to catch me, there's a good chance that I'll be at the shows selling T-shirts and/or CDs (for sure, I'll be at the Kent Stage for Stacy Mitchhart on Folk Alley 'Round Town night on Nov. 10 and the free workshops on Nov. 18 from noon to 5 p.m.). And, if you're lucky (?), I'll have my ukulele along as well.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at October 8, 2006 9:35 PM


Love the new animated KSFF announcement placard!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at October 9, 2006 12:05 PM

Seriously I'd like to buy a t-shirt!

Posted by: Mary Kay Longwell at October 9, 2006 3:38 PM

I would like to send in a song for the "Open Mic" but I am "computer challenged" person. Is there someone who can talk me through it?

Posted by: James Hawkins at October 10, 2006 6:36 AM

Look for a listing for Johnny Mindlin (Wives & Servants in the open mic). He's done a fair bit.

Given the location, history, current political climate and the furore surrounding August's Open Mic, I suppose it would be too much to suggest a cross-hairs motif for the T-shirt?

Mmm "Kent State Folk Festival" and some cross-hairs. Edgy, but memorable...

Posted by: Huw Pryce at October 13, 2006 3:00 PM

Edgy, yes, but Ouch, Huw - tender still about that 4 May 1970 signaled a loss of innocence for many of us. Any other ideas?

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at October 13, 2006 7:09 PM

Speaking of furor, I don't see Chad Elliott listed among the performers on the schedule. Did something happen? Is he wedged in somewhere opening for an opening act? Not to poke the hornet's nest or anything, but I thought the festival site would have some buzz about our winner's concert, if it's still on.

Posted by: Joan Kennedy at October 14, 2006 3:24 PM

Check the latest FA newletter, Joan - I think I read when Chad's scheduled to perform there, if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at October 15, 2006 1:59 AM

Joan-- Chad is playing, but he is scheduled as the opener to an opener (Barefoot from Alaska). As much as we're tied to the festival, we don't book it. But, good news is that Chad is playing the mainstage at the ballroom on Sparrow Quartet night (Abigail Washburn from Uncle Earl, phenom Ben Sollee, crazy fiddle player Casey Driessen and the brilliant Bela Fleck), which is a good place to be. They're kicking the start time back a half hour that night to accomodate some previously scheduled campus activities so hopefully lots of people will be there to see him play. And I'll be selling his CDs in the lobby.

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at October 16, 2006 11:10 AM

Thanks for clarifying. Ann. Itís good to hear Chad is in a nice spot (Bearfoot is awesome!), and that youíll be selling his CDs. FA looks out for its people! The Kent State Folk Festival website doesnít have Chad listed or mentioned anywhere. I guess thatís a radio station thing, not an FA thing, but it would be great if their posted schedule could expand in the coming days to include more of the performing artists. Or at least our guy.

Posted by: Joan Kennedy at October 16, 2006 12:00 PM

Ann - once you get it down, I have but two words for you: Open Mic!

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at October 27, 2006 1:28 AM

If anyone wants a shirt (seriously), e-mail me and we'll work something out.

Posted by: Ann VerWiebe at December 8, 2006 11:21 AM

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