See below for the complete schedule!
See below for the complete schedule!
We are pleased to welcome back Mike and Carleen McCornack as our 2015 Kids Koncerts performers. They will play to ana audience of over 900 school children in two concerts held at the Florence Events Center. These concerts are NOT open to public.
A Sonoma County, California resident, Larry Potts has won considerable acclaim by winning and placing in numerous songwriting competitions, and as a seasoned performer has delighted audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area with his easy, relaxed delivery and award-winning songs.
His songs have attracted the attention of music publishers and A&R reps from Nashville and Los Angeles who have picked up a number of his tunes, which range in genre from Contemporary Folk, Americana and Country to Blues, Pop, and Jazz.
With great attention to lyrical detail and an emphasis on storytelling, Larry's songs have been arranged and produced on several albums. Every tune is carefully crafted, highly listenable, and listener-friendly.
Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest write and perform songs in that magical place where heaven meets earth, the blend of ethereal and rhythmic, of eternal and temporal - where the Sky meets the Road. Sky in the Road combines bluegrass, pop, singer-songwriter folk, chant, world music touches and simmering passion in all their music. They are utterly engaging and perform unusual, exquisite and contagious songs.
This is your chance to sample the award winning pies from our Pie-Baking Contest. This is an eagerly awaited event, so get there early to get your choice of pie by the slice or a whole pie!
NOTE: Contest winners announced at 1 p.m.; pie sale begins at 1:30 p.m.
After performing for over 900 kids for our Kids Koncerts on Thursday, we are pleased to welcome back as the 2014 People’s Choice award winners - singer-songwriters Mike & Carleen McCornack, from Eugene. They have been delighting audiences for over thirty years with an engaging musical style that blends clear, expressive, harmonious vocals with sparkling acoustic instrumental accompaniments. The McCornacks tour and perform throughout the Pacific Northwest, and to date have released six recordings.
From Eugene, for more than 20 years the Sugar Beets have been bringing people to their feet with their blend of traditional music and contemporary original songwriting. Moving effortlessly from bluegrass, or Celtic and old-time fiddle music, to Motown, country, swing and pop, the sound is fresh and inspiring. The Sugar Beets are an eight piece ensemble featuring moving female lead and harmony vocals, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, stand up bass, piano, and drums and are captivating to any age group. You do NOT want to miss this group!
Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the most tender bonds of family, friends, and community. He has performed thousands of concerts around the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. That these fans still enjoy his work is a testament to the quality of his recent work, and to the enduring power of modern standards like The Last Thing On My Mind, Ramblin’ Boy, Bottle Of Wine, Whose Garden Was This?, Goin’ To The Zoo and The Marvelous Toy. Paxton’s songbooks, critically acclaimed children’s books, award-winning children’s recordings, and a catalog of hundreds of songs, recorded by artists running the gamut from Willie Nelson to Placido Domingo, all serve to document Tom Paxton’s 40-plus year career. Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. We are pleased to welcome Tom back to the festival.
Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both born and raised in Montgomery County, MD. They share an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the "pretty" while he brings the "gritty," combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics. In three years, Pretty Gritty has cultivated a unique sound allowing them to open for such acts as Joe Newberry, Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, and others.
Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band, from California, is reminiscent of a time when Texas swing still dominated the AM radio airwaves, and bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television. Where some have tried to diminish Ventura as “Ventucky,” this band sees their name not as a veiled jab at bluegrass music or the city that brought them together— but instead as a tribute to the music and culture of the farmers, roustabouts, and cattlemen that helped grow the city during the early days of big-oil and agriculture in Ventura County. Typical sets can vary from 1930’s jazz & early bluegrass, to cowboy ballads, folk, and honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven together with original songwriting that draws inspiration from the deep well-spring of American roots music