|The Blue Sky Folk Festival celebrates its ninth year! – a gem of an event that brings musicians and folk music fans from Northeast Ohio and beyond to Willoughby for a day of jamming, performance and learning.
On Saturday, August 17, 2019 the ninth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival comes to its new location at The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue (Route 20), Willoughby, Ohio 44094.
Contra Dancing – try it!
This year the Blue Sky presents two separate events on August 17, a daytime program and an evening concert. We are also adding a contra dance track during the day for the first time.
Enjoy 45-plus music workshops, concerts, jams and dances, featuring such popular and creative musicians as Hal Walker, Paul Kovac, Jim Volk, Sheela Das, Bob Yocum, Matt Harmon, Doug Unger, Charlie Mosbrook, Kate Kooser and a bunch more from noon to 5 p.m. There’s a kids tent and kids are welcome to sit in on all the other activities (under 13 free admission), so bring your children for a total music immersion.
Jamming at the 2018 Blue Sky
There are scheduled jams in Old-Time, Western Swing. Bluegrass Slow Jam, Old-Time Slow Jam and Old-Time Banjo led by professional musicians, plus we’ll set up an open jam tent for Irish Music & Dulcimer, plus popup jamming all over, all day, indoors and out. Matt Watroba will emcee the daytime concerts as well as lead a community sing workshop.
Daytime Program admission $10 online or at the gate, under 13 free. Jammers bring your instrument for $2 off at the gate. Gates open 11 a.m., day program noon – 5 p.m.
Stick around after the Day Program and enjoy a dinner break from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Head to the shops and restaurants in Downtown Willoughby, a 16-minute walk (three minutes by car) – or stay at the Fine Arts Association for more jamming, whether you play or just like to watch. There will be food vendors, plus beer and wine available and our signature Blue Sky mixed drink. This is our first year for this format, who knows what will happen?
Evening Concert with Madison Violet
Madison Violet headlines the 2017 Blue Sky Folk Festival evening show.
The Evening Concert at 7:30 p.m. features the storytelling lyrics and close harmonies of Madison Violet, the delightful award winning folk duo from Toronto.
Evening Concert admission $20 online, $25 at the door while tickets last. Doors open 7 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
The evening concert program fills out with original and traditional folk music performances by two creative tunesters: emcee/musician Matt Watroba, who recently was named to the Folk Alliance International D.J. Hall of Fame, and Charlie Mosbrook with his beautiful bass voice and inventive lyrics. Charlie’s song “Remember Who We Are” earned him 2nd place in the 2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting contest in Okemah, Oklahoma.