2017 Official Showcase Information

Your 2017 FARM Official Showcase artists, and their performance times, are:


8:00pm – Mary Bragg (Song Contest Winner)
8:30pm – Ordinary Elephant
9:30pm – Julie Christensen
9:50pm – Shawna Caspi
10:10pm – Escaping Pavement


8:00pm – Scott Fab (Song Contest Winner)
8:10pm – The Matchsellers
8:30pm – Mark Dvorak
8:50pm – The OK Factor
9:30pm – Route 358
9:50pm – Johnny Coull
10:10pm – Pushing Chain
10:30pm – Ryanhood

This YouTube playlist of Official Showcase Artists gives you a little taste of what’s you’ll see at FARM or Taste of Farm!

Lynn O’Brien
Sky Smeed
Ambre McLean
Robin Bienemann 

THANK YOU to EVERYONE that submitted for an Official Showcase.  The quality and number of artists submitting was amazing and humbling.  We hope to see ALL of you in Iowa City in October! Huge thanks to all of our Official Showcase Judges for their time and effort to rate the Official Showcase submissions.  They are listed below, and we love them all!!


The info below describes the process that was followed for 2017.  This will give you an idea of how the 2017 Official Showcase Artists were selected, and what to expect in 2018.

We want to thank and acknowledge the 0ver 100 artists that submitted for an Official Showcase in 2017.  We hope to see ALL of you at the 2017 FARM conference and hope you will submit again for an Official Showcase (unless you were given one in 2015 or 2016)!  And thanks to The Listening Room Network for providing the on line system used by our submitters and judges.
And last, but far from least, a big hand for Lee Herman, our Official Showcase Coordinator.  We couldn’t do it without him!
We’re looking forward to another year of spectacular Official Showcases in October!  If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, do so now HERE!  See you at FARM!
THANK YOU to all our Judges:
Tom  Barrett, Booking and Fundraising Chair, Black Hawk Folk Society, WI
Jon  Brooks, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Melissa  Dagenhart, Director, Maple Street Concerts, Lombard, IL
John Dutton, Technical Director, KC Cafe Radio
Gina Forsyth, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Bruce Kaplan, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Brianna Lane, The Warming House, Minneapolis, MN
Devin Latimer, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Keri Latimer, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Kim Mayfield, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
David Noll, 2016 FARM Presenter and DJ Showcase Artist
Dan Rauchwerk (The Lords of Liechtenstein), 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Claudia Russell, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist
Joanne Smiddie-Bush, House Concert Host, Flying Cat Concerts, Indianapolis, IN
David Smith, 2016 FARM Presenter and DJ Showcase Artist
Chuck VanderVennet, Lake County Folk Club, Grayslake, IL, Co-host, Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock, IL
Rick Vines, 2016 FARM Presenter and DJ Showcase Artist
Kelly Wells, Chief Engagement Officer/Folk School Director at KDHX Community Media, host of “Steam-Powered Radio” at 88.1 KDHX, St. Louis, MO
Noah Zacharin, 2016 FARM Official Showcase Artist


Here are details on the process (official details are on the submission page HERE):
2018 Submissions will probably follow a similar process, and similar timing, as year’s past.
Submissions will be accepted April 1st until June 1st.
Official Showcase Artists will be privately notified about July 1st, and the public announcement will be about July 15th.
Split between Friday and Saturday evenings, FARM 2017 features 14 Official Showcase Artists.  There is only one Official Showcase happening at a time, and there are no other conference events during the Official Showcase time.  In other words, all eyes will be on YOU when you perform!
MANY thanks to Lee Herman of Windy City House Concerts for coordinating the Official Showcases, to Fran Snyder, Jeff Robertson and their staff at Listening Room Network for operating and supporting the process with their online system for judging artist submissions, and especially to our judges for all the time and listening they put into the process.

Submission fee is $15.

We received positive feedback from past artists and judges about the use of live video for evaluation.  We ask artists to submit two (2) song submission videos.

The best video submissions simply present you in front of the camera, preferably in front of an audience. Song videos submitted must be in the same act configuration that you plan to use at the FARM Showcase if selected. So if you plan on performing solo, please do not send a link to a recording of you with a band or backup musicians.  A professional video is not needed, but be sure the sound quality is good – it will be hard to evaluate you if we can’t hear you!

For additional information, the complete set of requirements, and the online submission and payment forms, please check our showcase submission website

We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Please note that if you performed an Official Showcase at the 2015 or 2016 FARM Conferences, OR you performed in a DJ or Venue showcase at the 2016 conference, you are not eligible for an Official Showcase in 2017.

We ask that each artist submit two live links:

  • Links must go to a web page that automatically loads a live performance of a single song in its entirety.  Example: http://youtu.be/vWwgrjjIMXA
  • Links do not need to be accessible to the public but they must be available from submission through the date of notification.
  • Judges will be instructed to do the best they can with what is provided by you, but they will not be encouraged to struggle with links that don’t work or songs that are embedded in a playlist.
  • After submitting your application, you’ll be able to test your links.

Additional Terms and Conditions

  • Official Showcase Artists are expected to attend most, if not all, of the conference.  You are a BIG DEAL to us, and we want you to be present and part of our community!  We will ask you to commit to attending and participating in at least two full days of the 2017 conference.
  • All showcase entries must be submitted online. No-mail in or CD submissions will be accepted.
  • A $15 showcase submission fee will be due with the submission of your showcase entries. Payments may be made using PayPal or by check.
  • Selected artists pay an additional $20 showcase fee due upon notification of selection.
  • Showcases take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Make sure you are able to attend the conference on BOTH of those dates before submitting.
  • Two to four alternate artists will be chosen in the event a selected showcase artist(s) is unable to attend the conference.
  • Selected artists will be notified about July 1st.
  • Selected artists and all band members / backup musicians MUST be registered for the full conference. No exceptions.
  • Selected artists must be a member of Folk Alliance, If you are not a member you can join at http://folk.org
  • By submitting and being selected for a showcase, you agree that FARM may use your photo and video and songs in advertising for the conference.
  • Selected artists will be asked to submit an MP3 of one of their songs to FARM, which will be used to populate a Sound Cloud playlist on our website, and used via AirPlay Direct (APD) for promotional purposes.
  • By submitting showcase entries you indicate your understanding and agreement to the terms listed above.

FARM board members and Listening Room Network employees are not eligible to be showcase judges.

Email inquiries to Lee Herman

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2017 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!


Friends of FARM


Laura Lind
Andy Cohen
Mark Dvorak
Two Way Street Coffee House
Curt Joa
Sue Kessell
Tim Grimm
Sandy Andina
Deb Kirmer – Last Minute Folk Concerts
Annie Capps
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
JLMartin Music

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Future FARM Dates


Dates for future FARM Conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

In Iowa City, IA
* October 19 – 22, 2017

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota