See you at the Blue Sky on Sept 16

Posted September 9, 2017

Blue Sky Folk Festival returns to Kirtland Saturday,

September 16

. . . where great musicians can connect with new musicians . . .


See You Next Week

The seventh annual Blue Sky Folk Festival will return to Kirtland, Ohio on Saturday, September 16. This year’s festival brings a great variety of bluegrass, jazz, country and just good ol’ folk music.

The family friendly festival will be held rain or shine on the grounds and indoors at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church at 10848 Chillicothe Rd. (Route 306) in Kirtland, Ohio 44094 from noon to 7:30 p.m. Gates open 11 a.m. General admission is $15 at the gate, or pay online for $12. Kids age 12 and under get in free.

If you’re a musician – pro or amateur – bring your instrument to jam for $3 off admission. If you’re a listener, welcome to the crowd. Jam circles are set up all over the festival grounds. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax awhile . . .


Great Music, Good Times


Groove on Dan Bankhurst’s award-winning traditional and contemporary fingerstyle guitar playing. Cheer ’til you’re hoarse for Paul Kovac’s ‘Grass Party, a bluegrass ensemble with Paul, Bill Lestock, Ron Bonkowski Drew Bonnis and Scott Pearson. Get all shivery with Hot Djang!’s take on gypsy jazz, popular from 1930s Paris. Saturate your senses with music from Matt Watroba, Lost State of Franklin and The Family Dog.

Main Stage is Indoors

Our musicians will perform on the indoor stage in air-conditioned comfort. Workshops on hammered dulcimer, mandolin, bluegrass banjo, melody writing, a community sing and much more will be held indoors and out. Big jams for Irish, old-time and swing music are scheduled, and impromptu jams pop up everywhere. Check our schedule at

Super Food

You’ll be happy about our choice of vendors – Bada-Bing Pizza, Stewart’s Smokin Backyard BBQ and, for vegans and vegetarians, the popular Wild Spork.

Food vendors

Bring the Kids

We’re a family friendly affair. What better way to spend the day, surrounded by music, community and sunshine – and there’s a playground plus creative activities and a kids’ song-writing workshop. Children are also very welcome at the concerts, adult workshops and jams.

But I Just Want to Listen

Absolutely. Sing along, dream a little, listen a lot. No instrument required.

Brought to you by . . .

The Blue Sky Folk Festival is brought to you by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts & Culture Funding Programpreservation of folk music in our region through the creation of inspiring experiences that stimulate a personal love and appreciation of folk music. The Blue Sky Folk Festival and Lake Erie Folk Festdepend on your gifts and sponsorships to bring these very affordable events to a larger public. Donate here.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund.

Jam Session



Please donate to Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association to help ensure the vitality of folk music in Northeast Ohio!