Blue Sky Folk Festival
The 9th annual Blue Sky Folk Festival
WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Noon – 5pm (gates open 11am) Old time and bluegrass jams, performances, workshops in banjo, guitar, mandolin, songwriting, community singing, dance, etc etc
5pm – 7:30pm Enjoy our vendors or explore Historic Downtown Willoughby restaurants
7:30pm Madison Violet concert featuring indie folk songwriters/musicians Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac from Canada. Also appearing: extraordinary local talents Charlie Mosbrook and Matt Watroba. Doors open 7pm.
ADMISSION: Price TBD; daytime program and evening program are purchased separately.
WHERE: The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094. NOTE that we have moved this year from Kirtland!
Performances are indoors in air-conditioned comfort. Jamming is wherever you find it, indoors and out! – plus you can look forward to scheduled jams in old time, bluegrass and Irish music, led by some of the day’s performers.
We are everlastingly grateful to East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland for hosting us the last eight years. At East Shore we unfortunately dealt with limited parking space and classroom sizes. Our move this year to the Fine Arts Association gives us room to grow. The Blue Sky Folk Festival was created in 2010 from the cauldron of an Appreciative Inquiry process at East Shore and the work of many talented volunteers. Thank you, East Shore!
What to Expect
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT for a discount on admission! Enjoy workshops and master classes, jams, dancing and fun. Play, sing, dance and listen. Multiple indoor and outdoor jam areas and an inside main stage.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund to further participation in, and awareness of, arts and culture in Lake County.
The Blue Sky Folk Festival is produced by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501c(3) charitable organization formed in 2014. In addition, NEOMHA produces the Lake Erie Folk Fest in February in partnership with Shore Cultural Centre. From time to time, we also host concerts and support other events for the benefit of the Northeast Ohio folk music community.