Folk Fest scheduled at Fayette Opera House 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

Traditional and contemporary folk music takes center stage Saturday at the Historic Fayette Opera House during a conference sponsored by FARM (Folk Alliance Midwest Region). The single-day conference is being billed as FARMette and will end with a performance open to the public.

Folk Alliance is an international organization fostering and promoting traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, plus dance and related performing arts.

The Fayette Opera House was selected to host the FARMette conference because of its beautiful facility and central location for musicians from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

An annual four-day conference is scheduled later this year in St. Louis.

The FARMette conference provides an opportunity for musicians, venues, agents and managers to gather and hone their business, marketing, creative and performance skills.

“The idea of a single day conference is to attract individuals who might not otherwise consider attending a larger music conference,” said Bob Hofbauer conference director. “Just like the full conference they can expect to experience workshops for professional development and performance opportunities for beginners to long-time professionals.”

Hofbauer says that it’s a rare opportunity to be among professionals who can share their insights about succeeding in the folk music industry. Participants should learn innovative techniques from those experienced in the business.

“Any event where Joel Mabus, highly regarded traditional and Americana folk musician and storyteller, will be passing along his art can send participants home with new direction for their own performances,” Hofbauer said.

The conference includes an evening juried showcase starting at 7:30 p.m., which is open to the public. The concert will highlight live performances by some of the top folk musicians in the region. 

Conference participants are expected from as far away as Toronto and Iowa, along with those from all parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

For more information, contact Hofbauer at 419/485-3200. Concert tickets can be purchased at the Fayette Opera House at the cost of $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Workshops include:

• Group singing and jamming, with Cindy Morgan and Jim Hall

 • Recording arts and live sound, with Alan Finkbeiner

• Your career, with Jan Krist and David Tamulevich

• Small venue, with Bob Hofbauer

• “Thereby hangs the tale,” with Joel Mabus

Concert performers:

• Bill Bynum & Company, Trenton, Mich.

• Chad Elliot, Coon Rapids, Iowa

• Emily White, Chicago

• Heather Styka, Chicago

• Jason & Ginger, Bloomington, Ind.

• Jen Cass, Saginaw, Mich.

• Jim Bizer, Franklin, Mich.

• Jon Brooks, Toronto, Ont.

  • Front.nok Hok
    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.leaves
    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
  • Front.band
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016