FARM Announces 2016 Keynote Speaker – Anne Hills

Folk Alliance Region Midwest is thrilled to announce that Anne Hills will be your keynote speaker at the 2016 FARM Conference in Iowa City, IA.

Anne-Hills_0146_PRINTRES_by-Irene-YoungRaised in Michigan, Anne attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she formed her first folk trio. She was also the female vocalist with the Big Band that turned out future jazz greats Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer and Chris Brubeck. She moved to Chicago’s fertile folk scene in 1976 and co-founded the folklore center Hogeye Music, still a force in the Chicago music scene.

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FARM will be at Folk Alliance International, Special Super-Early Registration Rate

Hello Folk World!  Many of your favorite FARM musicians, Board members, venue presenters, DJs, and others will be at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City this week.  Look us up and say hi!

 

EXTRA SPECIAL FAI EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION RATES AVAILABLE NOW!!

Just for you, we have added an extremely discounted registration rate, only good during the FAI conference timeframe.  The rate is $85 (vs. the walk up rate of $150).  And if you are a first timer, a returning venue representative, or a Folk DJ, the rate is only $55.  REGISTER NOW!!!

 

We will have someone at the Regions Booth in the Exhibition Hall whenever it is open (which is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday each day from 10am to 1pm).

Conference Co-Director and board member Nancy Emrich-Freeman hosts the Lilfest Private Showcase rooms.  Stop by and see some GREAT music, and say hi!  Rumor has it that Smitty and Champ will be helping out Friday night.  Champ asks that you bring some popcorn….

Smitty (conference co-director) and Champ (chief of terrier security) will be out and about.  At the Regions Booth, listening to great music, taking Champ for walks.  Look for the friendly little terrier and the tall guy with a crew cut and say hi!

Randy Styka, board member and gadabout, will be in attendance.  He represents Acoustic Renaissance Concerts and FARM.  Ask him how the weather’s been in Chicago.

2015 Official Showcase artists Heather Styka, Steve Dawson, Ben Bedford, and Erik Urycki of The Speedbumps are all registered.

Lee Herman (Windy City House Concerts), Dave Humphreys (Two Way Street Coffee House), Paul Zimmerman (Maple Street Chapel Folk Concerts), and Sally Smith (KC Cafe Radio) will all be in KC.

Also in attendance will be presenters from such great Midwest venues as The Ark, Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza, Old Town School of Folk Music, Kansas City Irish Fest, Blissfest, Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Six String Concerts, and more.

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!

FARM GOLD SPONSOR!

Friends of FARM

2017 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

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

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

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Manitoba
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nunavut
North Dakota
Ohio
Saskatchewan
South Dakota
Wisconsin

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