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Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival

You’re invited to the fifth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. You can “get rooted” and celebrate the American traditional arts with family activities, jams, open stages, participatory music, workshops, dances, storytelling, and much more.

The epicenter of the festival will be historic downtown Urbana, with events taking place on the streets as well as at other venues in the community. To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

Saturday, November 2
Events @ The Urbana Free Library

All Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival events taking place at your library are FREE!

In the Busey Mills Reading Room (first floor)

  • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
    Folk, Gospel and Blues • Jerome Chambers - CANCELLED
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Memphis Minnie Workshop • Del Ray
  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
    Popular Turn-of-the-century Music • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    American Portrait Songwriting • Ben Bedford

Lewis Auditorium (ground floor)

  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Ballads Workshop • Dan Keding
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Storytelling Showcase • Kathe Brinkmann, Sue Searing, Camille Born, and Kim Sheahan
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Featured Storyteller • Dan Keding
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Reading an Audience Workshop • Dan Keding
  • 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    Drumming and Storytelling • Oba William King

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