The 10th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

C-U Folk & Roots Festival featuring
Sam Payne & Cody Jensen

Friday, October 19 • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
For all ages Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)

The 10th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! The Library is kicking things off with a free, all ages performance by Sam Payne and Cody Jensen, two of Urbana’s busiest music makers. Together, they form a fun and energetic duet of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso! Great for the whole family.

The Library will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for this special C-U Folk & Roots Festival event.


10th Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20

The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes  the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20 , 2018.

All festival events scheduled at the Library are family friendly and FREE!

Friday, October 19

Sam Payne & Cody Jensen
6:30 p.m. • Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor

Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Saturday, October 20  • Events at the Library

McFarlane-Hood Reading Room • First Floor
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Archives Bazaar: Discover the History of Champaign County! 

Busey-Mills Reading Room • First Floor
11:00 a.m. • Chris Maden
12:15 p.m. • John Coppess
1:30 p.m. • The Coneflowers
2:45 p.m. • The Jensen Brothers
4:00 p.m. • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium • Ground Floor
10:00 a.m. • Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 p.m. • Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
Noon • Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 p.m. • Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 p.m. • Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 p.m. • Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 p.m. • Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room • Ground Floor
11:30 a.m. -  “The Roots of the Roots” with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 p.m. - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit