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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment July 21, 2017


7/3/2017 1:02:00 PM
Sisters Folk Festival completes its lineup
Justin Townes Earle.photo provided
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Justin Townes Earle.photo provided


"All the Town's a Stage" for the Sisters Folk Festival set for September 8-10.

The final bookings are in place for this year's events and tickets are nearly sold out. Festival passes are $150 for adults and $50 for those 18 and under.

The final artists booked represent great songwriters and bands, bringing outstanding musicianship to the 11 festival stages.

Artists include singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, who is celebrating the release of his eighth studio album, "Kids in the Street;" Austin, Texas-based songwriter and guitar-player Joe Pug; alt-country band Western Centuries, led by guitar- and banjo-player Cahalen Morrison; Banda Magda, spanning world musical styles and led by Greek-born composer and accordionist Magda Giannikou; Breedlove Guitars-sponsored artist, vocalist and songwriter Amber Sweeney; Minnesota-based songwriter David Stoddard (to perform with Beth Wood); and Bend-based New Orleans-style street band the B Side Brass Band, who will add lively music to the Sisters Folk Festival community vibe.

The Festival will also feature artists who are alumni of Sisters Folk Festival's educational outreach program the Americana Project. These artists will perform Saturday, September 9 at Fir Street Park and include: Michalis Patterson, just back from living and performing in Europe; Kentucky banjo- and guitar-player Melody Youngblood, who will perform with Mitch Barrett; Portland native Slater Smith with his band The Weather Machine. Closing the evening will be local singer, guitarist and dobro-player Benji Nagel's new band, Watkins Glen. This stage provides an opportunity for alumni of the program to showcase their musical talents as professional musicians, coming back to their hometown where their musical aspirations were nurtured.

"There is an abundance of musical diversity and styles represented, and we believe there will truly be something for everyone," said Sisters Folk Festival Creative Director Brad Tisdel. "This year's Festival lineup includes Toronto-based Afro-Cuban band Battle of Santiago; the Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui; South American jazz improvisation band Banda Magda; and Irish super-group We Banjo 3. Between our core songwriting and roots music fans and those who are adventurous musically, it will be an outstanding experience."

For tickets, artist information, and the full lineup, visit sistersfolkfestival.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 541-549-4979.









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