Thousands expected at Saturday’s folk fest


FERDINAND — Musicians will assemble Saturday for a day of good music, good food and good company when the town’s ninth annual Folk Festival takes center stage at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park. Tunes will fill the park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Folk Festival is an earth-friendly, family-friendly event that promotes music, art, and environmental awareness, and offers extensive educational activities for children and all ages. The festival’s primary mission is to promote — through music, art, and environmental education — the health and wellness of community.

Chris James, Ferdinand’s town manager, said the fest has grown “significantly” over the past nine years. He estimated 8,000 will attend the event.

This time around, 22 bands and solo artists will perform on two stages throughout the day.

Renowned folk singer Dar Williams — who, according to the festival’s website has been dubbed by Rolling Stone, Spin, and Paste magazines as one of America’s most influential singer-songwriters — will headline the event and kick off her 90-minute set at 7:30 p.m. on the festival’s main stage.

“She’s been in the business about 30 years, give or take,” James said. “And she plays these type of events all across the country, has quite a core following and folks who follow folk music are familiar with her.”

Other main stage acts include The Last Revel, a folksy bluegrass trio out of Minneapolis; and Appalatin, an Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music band. Zion, an Evansville-based roots reggae performer, will also bring his own twist to the event.

“There are so many subgenres of folk,” James said. “Where it’s not just Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger folk music. Country folk. Folk rock. There’s all kinds of branches of the same tree.”

Musicians are scouted out and invited to the festival by a team of volunteers.

This year’s fest will also include activities for children such as a big bounce house on the nearby softball field, interactive storytelling and an animal petting station. The Tent Talks are back as well, and will tackle subjects like the benefits of beekeeping and local honey, discovering and understanding the benefits of hemp products, and a no-coal-to-diesel discussion about the proposed coal-to-diesel refinery for Dale.

“The Folk Fest is special because it’s family-friendly and it’s environmentally-friendly,” James said. “We try to tout music, art, environment.”

The music schedule and a full list of the day’s events can be found below.


2018 Ferdinand Folk Festival Schedule

Main stage

11 to 11:45 a.m. Regional Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Noon to 12:30 p.m. Brother, Son

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Zion

1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Bridge 19

3 to 4 p.m. Heather Maloney

4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Appalatin

5:45 to 7 p.m. The Last Revel

7:30 to 9 p.m. Dar Williams


Market stage

10 to 10:45 a.m. Kaitlin and Charles Klein

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Kriss Luckett

11:45 a.m. to Noon Greg Ziesemer

12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Douglas Haines

1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Clayton Schroeder

2:45 to 3 p.m. Jacob McDaniel

3:50 to 4:15 p.m. Children’s Animal and Music Parade

5:30 to 5:45 p.m. David Wayne


Children’s activities (in the lower shelter house or nearby)

All Day Big bounce fun house play town, softball diamond outfield, children’s dream wall, children’s playground and new musical park

11 to 11:45 a.m. Yoga for Kids

Noon to 2 p.m. Lil’ Rexing’s Animal Petting

Noon to 12:30 p.m. Harmony by Hand, interactive storytelling by Susan Fowler

12:45 to 1:15 p.m. Harmony by Hand, interactive storytelling by Susan Fowler

1:30 to 2:10 p.m. “We Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” Children’s Concert, by Kaitlin (Emmert) Klein and Charles Klein

2:15 to 3 p.m. Drum Circle workshop by reggae artist Zion

3 to 3:40 p.m. Handmade drums and animal parade music workshop by Kelsey Lee

3:45 to 4 p.m. Kids’ Animal and Music Parade, from lower shelter house through market area, ending with an informal concert at the market stage at about 4 p.m.

4 to 4:40 p.m. Strings, Inc., violin concert and instrument Interaction

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. The Talon Trust, with live raptors


Activities and workshops

All Day Tesla and eco-friendly car exhibit, near market stage

All Day Dubois County Humane Society community meet and greet

All Day Renewable energy puppets throughout the park

All Day Music Jam Session in the upper shelter house

10 to 10:45 p.m. Yoga for teens and adults on the lawn above market stage

10 to 10:45 p.m. Tai Chi, on the lawn above market stage

1 to 5 p.m. Turners Circus Aerial Dancers, near the merchandise tent

4 to 4:45 p.m. Songwriters’ Circle at the upper shelter house


Tent talks (North tent)

1 to 1:45 p.m. Discovering and Understanding Benefits of Hemp Products by Becky Schnur

2 to 2:45 p.m. No Coal-to-Diesel Refinery Facts and Updates, Mary Hess and friends

3 to 3:45 p.m. Getting to Know the Dubois County Humane Society, Ashley Perko and Lisa Elliot

4 to 4:45 p.m. Bicycling across the U.S. by Danny Schnell


Tent talks (South tent)

1 to 1:45 p.m. Benefits of Beekeeping and Local Honey, Doug Winchell

2 to 2:45 p.m. Alpaca: From Wool to Yarn by Kristin Ems


Tent talks (other locations)

1 to 1:45 p.m. Tai Chi: Sevenfold Path to Healthier Living by Vanessa Hurst, at the shaded yoga area above market

3 to 3:45 p.m. Fun Facts about the Tesla Model 3 by Ryan Zaricki, near the market stage


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