Sisters Folk Festival Announces Final Performance Schedule
Sisters Folk Festival is excited to announce the final schedule for the annual festival, September 6-8, 2019. The festival’s 11 intimate venues throughout beautiful downtown Sisters, Oregon have intrigued audiences for more than two decades helping to earn the festival tagline “All the Town’s a Stage.”
This year’s schedule has outstanding performances by 46 artists over 3 days, plus six Americana Project alumni artists who will perform Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Fir Street Park stage. Artists in the final lineup for 2019 include: Bruce Cockburn, Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs (each will also perform their own set), Ron Artis II & The Truth, Le Vent du Nord, Rising Appalachia, The East Pointers, Della Mae, The Hamiltones, Flor de Toloache, Martyn Joseph, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Carrie Rodriguez, Red Dirt Boys, Phil Madeira, Will Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, Lindsay Lou, Keith Greeninger & Dayan Kai, Lula Wiles, Pharis & Jason Romero, Alex Cuba, Ellis, David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach, Kuinka, The Brother Brothers, The Sweet Remains, Johnsmith, Sver, Vandoliers, Beth Wood, The Suitcase Junket, FY5, Susan Gibson, Jeffrey Martin, Kacy & Clayton, Dennis McGregor & the Spoilers, Stand & Sway, Polecat, The Arcadian Wild, Thunderstorm Artis, Sway Wild, Kristin Andreassen, Pete Kartsounes, Anna Tivel, Arouna Diarra & Biko.
“As a festival, we’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing a wide variety of different ‘branches’ of the Americana music tree, from folk, to gospel and soul, Celtic and Acadian, old-time, bluegrass, Southern rock, singer-songwriters, Mariachi and more. The festival is a fantastic cultural and musical experience that is guaranteed to present new artists and new music to our audience every year,” says Brad Tisdel, creative director. Every artist — with the exception of headliner Bruce Cockburn — will play more than one set over the weekend, providing an opportunity to catch lots of acts and see folks multiple times. For those who really want to see a particular artist, organizers suggest arriving early to the venue, as venues do get to capacity at peak times.
Tisdel continues, “The schedule allows for patrons to walk throughout town and sample music in different settings, different styles and in wonderful restaurants and businesses, all with a unique vibe and energy. We try to create scenes where there is something for everyone and every patron can find what they want, and be surprised by top-notch talent as they discover new artists and music.“
Sisters Folk Festival is also announcing Americana Project alumni artists, who will perform at Fir Street Park all day Saturday, Sept. 7. The Americana Project is the educational outreach program of the Sisters Folk Festival organization and is celebrating its 20th year. The program teaches students in the Sisters schools visual arts, piano keyboarding skills, American roots music, songwriting, performing and recording, as well as building handmade guitars and ukuleles.
“We are excited to work with these young adults who will be taking the stage throughout Saturday to share the music they have continued to write and create after graduating from Sisters High School,” says Brad Tisdel. As part of the festival weekend, performances will include current Americana project students performing at 11 am, followed by sets from Jaimee Simundson, Elize Van Der Laan, Raman Ellis, Drew Harrison, Slater Smith & Matt Cartmill (of the Portland-based Weather Machine) and Benji Nagel with his new bluegrass band, Skillethead. Sunday performances will also include festival artists and both days are free to the public.
One additional offering this year will be an Open Hub Singing workshop, led by Ian Carrick at 11 am Saturday behind the Sisters Coffee Company. Open Hub Singing is a group singing session, which Carrick considers “an unforgettable community singing experience.” He says that group singing “is one of the most ancient technologies of belonging and is our birthright to sing beautiful aural traditional songs together in community.”
One change to the 2019 schedule is a new offering on Friday and Saturday evening at Sisters Coffee Company from 6-10 pm. This year the venue will be inside the Sisters Coffee Company building. Festival artists will perform full sets as part of expanding the offerings at the 11 stages throughout town, and food and libations will be served, as well as coffee and tea from a cart outside. Sisters Coffee Company was started by Winfield and Joy Durham, and is now run by the grown children of the Durham family, who have done an amazing job of creating a beautiful lodge-like venue that acts as a community gathering space throughout the year. “We believe it will be a wonderful setting for intimate performances and will grow to be many peoples’ favorite space to hear and see music during the festival,” says Tisdel.
In addition to all event passes, single day, Sunday only tickets will be going on sale July 31 for $70 and include performances from twenty-seven festival artists. There are no Friday and Saturday single day tickets available.