Notice to music fans! Lock this date into your calendars and personal planning devices: On Saturday, September 18, the Ferdinand Folk Festival, co-sponsored by Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets, returns for its eleventh edition in beautiful 18th Street Park after a one-year hiatus. Here are the 2021 artists.
Star artist Brett Dennen will close the evening with a performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Brett wants everyone to go out and “see the world” at a time when we need them more than ever. The flame-haired, six-foot-five, multi-faceted talent with a singular knack for meditating on life’s most significant topics with a sharp mind and eloquent innocence is known for his ten-year career in as a singer-songwriter. Dennen established himself as a staple in American folk music with a string of top ten AAA hit albums and singles, but the professional musician was not his initial career ambition.
Before that he was a gifted painter, a talented visual artist combining a sharp perspective with a style all his own. It is this ability that allows his words to seemingly blossom in the eyes of his listener, both austere and colorful, of complex construction but far-reaching. And before all of that, he was an avid outdoorsman who spent his childhood camping with his father in and around the Sierra Nevada Mountains, exploring the natural beauty of his native California. These experiences allowed her to tap into her greatest passion, Earth, while also falling in love with the idea of playing music. Brett has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked Nepal, and is a strong advocate for the environment. He was the author of the new Smokey Bear theme to celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday.
In recent years, Brett has combined many of his passions to continue his work as an conservationist, working with local organizations to lead clean-up projects and educate / encourage young people to become climate stewards. He uses his music to raise awareness of these efforts; and also started selling some of the paintings from his own house while also creating an Instagram series called Paint and Play, showcasing his artistic process. Dennen also launched Dennen Goods Co., a lifestyle brand designed to inspire.
See the world, her seventh studio album, is slated for release July 23 on Mick Music and follows a pair of 2018 EPs – Let’s and Here’s Looking At You Kid. This new album is a medley of experiences and apparent contradictions while ultimately exploring the deepest meaning of life. Come “see” Brett Dennen, flagship artist of the Ferdinand Folk Festival 2021!
Green Room Rockers will play from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Green Room Rockers (GRR) is an American reggae, ska and soul group based in Lafayette and Chicago, IL. The group formed in 2006 from a group of college students, including Ferdinand’s Perry Clark, who bonded through their eclectic musical tastes and their particular obsession with Jamaican music and old-fashioned soul. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses punchy grooves, blues-laced guitar and punchy horn lines with tight vocal harmonies and infectious organ / piano hooks that will have you dancing the night away. GRR has given hundreds of shows over the past 15 years and has toured the United States, Canada and Europe. They are currently in the process of completing their third full album. You can follow the group on social media @greenroomrockers on Facebook, @grr_ska on Twitter, and @green_room_rockers on Instagram for updates.
GRR performed in the second folk festival in history, and it’s an honor to find them in the mix as the festival enters its second decade!
Andrea Davidson will perform from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Andrea Davidson is another returning artist at Folk Fest. Andrea is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer born in Louisville but raised in Madison. Focusing on a deep commitment to the ability of music to bring people together, Andrea won the prestigious International Song of Peace Award in Ireland. She also raised funds to donate guitars and teach music to children in South Africa and even opened for the Dalai Lama as he traveled the world promoting peace and compassion.
Andrea moved her home port to Nashville in 2014 and became a multiplatform dynamo, signing a recording deal with Warner Brothers, a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, and a production deal with Jay Joyce. She has co-wrote with several renowned songwriters, got a song on the hit TV show “Nashville” and has toured extensively across the United States.
Currently, Andrea works part-time in Rogersville, Tennessee, where she opened a concert hall and arts center in a historic valley called The Pressmen’s Home. The rest of her free time is spent in Nashville, where she studies audio production, writing and tutoring as part of her Whole Artist Coaching program. Andrea also recently got engaged!
Joe Crookston will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
After a year of delay, organizers are pleased to announce that multi-talented Joe Crookston will grace the main stage NextEra Energy Resources. Joe is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, violinist, slide player, painter, member of an eco-village and a believer in all that is possible. Quite the curriculum vitae! Based in Ithaca, New York, he was also named the Folk Alliance International Resident Artist in 2016 and has performed with Suzanne Vega, former Folk Fest headliner Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and hundreds of others.
Joe is a master storyteller whose songs are cinematic in nature with themes of lightness, darkness, weeping willows, cynicism, hope, and the cycles of life and rebirth. He says, “I’m learning to trust my voice as a songwriter. Be who I am, trust the stories, and don’t follow any trends. I see my work as an artist to have the confidence to sing, perform and perform from that deep and true place inside of myself, despite what’s hip and cool right now. Folk Fest fans will be delighted with Joe’s performance.
Hagedorn Family Band will perform from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Local favorites Hagedorn Family Band went from the Kyana Woodstock market scene to the main stage in just a few short years. Papa Andy, along with children Henry, Gus and Ella Rose, have gained a large number of local followers and continue to see their popularity grow as they put on more and more shows. The Hagedorn Family Band will perform original songs, as well as classic country and rock songs in a folk / bluegrass style.
Croghan’s Crossing occurs from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Making the short drive to Ferdinand from Louisville, Croghan’s Crossing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Composed of Anna Blanton (violin, mandolin, vocals), Charlie Blanton (bass), Chris Fargen (guitar, vocals) and Kelsey Lee (drums, vocals), Croghan’s Crossing is an Irish band that performs traditional Irish music with fair a dash of bluegrass influence. They love to play catchy dance numbers and sometimes throw a fun drinking song, but can also slow down into a nice waltz. They had the pleasure of opening act for Gaelic Storm at the Mercury Ballroom, Kentucky Homefront and WorldFest.
The Honey Vines open the Folk Festival, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Honey Vines is an acoustic duo that mixes harmonies with a sweet truth embedded in their material. Andrea Wirth, a 2012 Folk Festival veteran, and Melanie Bozsa are two guitar-wielding singer-songwriters from nearby Newburgh. With influences ranging from folk to blues to acoustic rock, a performance by Honey Vines offers a veritable soundscape of melodies containing a message of peace, love and unity. For all things The Honey Vines, visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The co-presenting sponsors of the 11th Annual Ferdinand Folk Festival are Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets, with NextEra Energy Resources once again sponsoring the main stage. Kyana Woodstock is Market Scene Sponsor. The founding sponsors are the City of Ferdinand, Ferdinand News and DC Broadcasting / 101 Country WBDC. Support is also provided by the Dubois County Service Center and Tourism Commission. The publication of additional sponsors will take place in the coming weeks.
The Ferdinand Folk Festival is a free, family-friendly, eco-friendly event that promotes music, the arts, environmental awareness and education, and wellness. This local festival offers lots of fun and educational activities for children and people of all ages. To learn more about the Folk Festival, visit www. ferdinandfolkfestival.com in the coming weeks. You can also find him on Facebook.