The ninth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094. * Note that the Blue Sky moved this year from East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland! *
The festival features two events with two separate admissions:
- An Evening Concert featuring Madison Violet, Charlie Mosbrook and Matt Watroba 7:30pm. Advance tickets strongly recommended, order here.
- Daytime Program with music workshops, jams and concerts indoors and out noon – 5pm. Pay at the gate or order here.
There’s a dinner break 5-7:30pm. Explore Historic Downtown Willoughby‘s shops and restaurants, or hang out at the festival and jam.
Daytime Program: Noon – 5pm. Gates open 11am. $10 at the gate; bring your instrument to jam for $2 off; under age 13 free. Professional musicians, students and amateurs are welcome, as well as appreciative audiences and the music-curious. Come to master classes and beginner workshops on banjo, Irish fiddle, song writing, various jam genres and more, included in the price of admission.
Evening Concert: 7:30pm Admission $20 advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets strongly recommended. The concert features headliner multi-genre folk duo Madison Violet from Toronto well as Charlie Mosbrook and Matt Watroba, singer-songwriters all.
The festival is produced by Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association (NEOMHA), whose mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region. Our goal is to create experiences that inspire a personal love and appreciation of folk music.
The Blue Sky was started in 2011 by East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. The festival was turned over to NEOMHA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, in 2014. In 2019 the Blue Sky Folk Festival moved to the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. NEOMHA also produces the annual Lake Erie Folk Fest in Euclid in collaboration with Shore Cultural Centre.