FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2019
Sisters Folk Festival
Contact: Brad Tisdel, Creative Director
Sisters Folk Festival to present third and final show of 2019
Free Summer Concert Series at Fir Street Park
Sisters Folk Festival is excited to present the enchanting songs and folk-pop music of Freddy & Francine on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM at Fir Street Park. The 2019 Free Summer Concert Series in downtown Sisters, OR has been well received with diverse music made possible through a sponsorship from First Interstate Bank.
This talented duo (whose actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) are coming off tremendously successful performances at the Sisters Folk Festival in 2018, and have quickly become one of the most popular acts. Rolling Stone Country has described them as having a “stripped-down, soulful sound.”
Freddy & Francine sing with all their hearts and the harmonies are chilling. To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They have the look, the soulful harmonies and the folk circuit bookings — more than 150 a year — including the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. But Freddy & Francine aren’t interested in acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville, and they’ve never looked more like themselves.
“We just want to play music all the time and we don’t care about the rest of the industry concerns,” Ferris said. Longtime fans know that the band took a 3-year hiatus when Ferris and Caruso’s relationship unraveled, a time which found Ferris turning his back on music while driving trucks in L.A., and Caruso working an office job in New York. During this break, both seemingly were able to land on their feet. Ferris was cast as Carl Perkins in the Broadway and touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet, and Caruso co-wrote and filmed a television pilot featuring Seth Rogen in Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home (her friend rents it) and sold it to ABC.
“We’re performers. We’re not just folk musicians who play and sing mellow songs with little voices… there’s screaming,” Caruso said. Don’t call it Americana either. Caruso explains, “The minute you think one of our songs is an Americana song, it can turn into a retro pop song.”
For SFF 2019 Summer Concert Series and artist information, and for information on 2019 Festival tickets, artists, schedules and becoming an SFF volunteer, please visit sistersfolkfestival.org. SFF encourages patrons to bring blankets and low-back chairs to the park, as seating is not provided. The concert is free and open to the public, and picnics are encouraged. The Fir Street Park venue is located in downtown Sisters at 150 N. Fir St.
For questions email [email protected] or call 541-549-4979.