LAST CALL! Special Thursday Dinner at The Mill – sign up required

Special Thursday dinner at The Mill $10.

This will feature entertainment by FARM musicians at The Mill, Iowa City’s premier mid size music venue, located one block from our hotel.  Dinner will be a limited menu (three choices – see below).  This will be a GREAT way to get into the swing of FARM, enjoy some great music, and enjoy a meal with the FARM community.

You must sign up BY MIDNIGHT OCT. 11 for this meal.  A link is on the ‘Meals’ page so you can register for the Thursday Dinner at the Mill.  When you pay for your cart, please add a ‘note to seller’ specifying which meal you want:

Beef tenderloin, garlic herb chicken, or vegetarian lasagna.
Dinner will also include salad, rice, dinner roll and a dessert.

FREE concert on Sunday, Oct 25: Ronny Cox wsg Dave Moore

Among the comments your FARM Board has collected on post-conference questionnaires is “Why do we rush off on Sunday when some people could stay, jam and enjoy our mutual good company for longer?”  Taking that to heart we have added a free afternoon with a special concert on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM.  We have convinced our California-based FARM attendee and special guest, Ronny Cox and Iowa City local “Dean of Iowa music” Dave Moore to perform at The Mill.  This is a “Town Gown” sort of event.  We are selling tickets to the public AND giving every registered FARM attendee a FREE ticket.  We are pleased to offer this concert event free to every registered attendee of FARM.  Take a moment to invite your own Iowa mailing list and friends and family to this concert.  They’ll be glad to hear of this very special concert from you!  Tickets for the public are available HERE.  If you are attending the conference, and want to attend this great concert, email Nancy Emrich – FreemanPoster jpg

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Showcase and Performance Lane times announced!

Official Showcase lineup times announced!  See them HERE.


Folk DJ & Venue Presenter Showcase lineup times announced!  See them HERE.


Performance Lane lineup times announced!  See them HERE.

FARM Workshops Finalized. Great Opportunities!

Workshops and Panels Overview

Every year we work hard behind the scenes to bring you a diverse line-up of workshops and panels, with a host of experts from our own community who can address current technology, the changing face of the independent music business, as well as performance and instrument techniques.  Our workshop leaders, Charlie Mosbrook and Andrew Calhoun have once again put together a phenomenal slate of educational and entertaining ppp

Workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Following is our list of workshops, panels, and special events (have you registered yet??? If not, now’s the time!) and likely workshop leaders or panel participants, and locations.

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Two Way Street Coffeehouse 45th Anniversary Celebration

The celebration takes place on November 7.

Do you recall 1970? Short pause…. Woodstock took place the previous year. Richie Havens, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Country Joe took the stage with their acoustic guitars. Folk music had a strong presence in the American culture. One year later, the Two Way Street Coffeehouse opened their door in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Downers Grove, IL.

“The late 1960s and early 1970s were periods of some turmoil and a lot of mistrust between kids and adults, and church members felt that there was a need for a place that would promote intergenerational dialogue,” founder Dave Humphreys explained. “It was also a time when three kids hanging out on a street corner made people nervous, and the coffeehouse gave teens and young adults some place to go.

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Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2015 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!

Friends of FARM

Wayne Greene (
Sandy Andina
West Bethesda Folk Music Concerts
Ten Pound Fiddle
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
Simeon Peebler
Deb Kirmer - Last Minute Folk Concerts
Mark Dvorak
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Kari Estrin

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates

Dates for future FARM conferences in Iowa City, IA

* October 22 - 25, 2015
* October 27 - 30, 2016
* October 19 - 22, 2017

FARM Member States

North Dakota
South Dakota