On Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m., the Estes Arts District will kick off its 7th annual Friends of Folklore Festival — even bigger and better this year — and it’s built for locals. Dick Orleans always encouraged others to pursue their art – be it music, photography or whatever. . . and he inspired many.
The Estes Arts District strives to carry the torch with Dick’s goal in mind to encourage new artists to perform. It spotlighted new talent and encouraged ever-changing musical influences in the Friends of Folk style of entertainment. This unique style encompassed beloved classical music; mixed with fresh new vocals to create an exciting evening of entertainment. This is what we strive to create with the Friends of Folk Festival. Additionally, a scholarship fund was created with Dick’s passions in mind.
Origins: Dick hosted ‘Friends of Folk’ on Friday nights – an open mic to encourage people to perform; followed by a headliner or main act. Shortly after his sudden and unexpected passing, the Friends of Folk Festival was launched for the locals, and it still is. It’s always a Tuesday to promote locals coming to town when they wouldn’t otherwise (during high season). Now in its seventh year, we continue to carry the momentum of the past while working to grow this event bigger and better for the future.
This year’s musical lineup is rich in diversity and high-quality talent; lyrical stories from Aaron LaCombe and high-energy Americana from The Sweet Lillies, to local favorite Chain Station’s Grass Jam, plus added soul and hip hop from The Reminders, and music sweaty-soul-funk dance music from 9-piece brass magic that is The Burroughs, one of Colorado’s hottest bands.
We want to promote untapped and unknown talent to the people of Estes Park. Our local musicians will be sprinkled in this diverse mix – and the diversity and best quality of talent will attract more people – our target demographic being 8-80 (+/-).
Did you say scholarship? Yes! Our reach does not end with the end of the festival. The grants we distribute allow local artists to pursue their needs and desires – from the simplicity of painting supplies; to a special lens for wedding photography. One recipient used his scholarship money to pay his rent during the pandemic so he could stay focused on his music. Another used its product development and marketing grant to expand its small line of sauces. Application is simple and easy; visit www.estesartsdistrict.org and follow the buttons under the “FRIENDS OF FOLK FESTIVAL” drop down menu.
Traders will also be present. As long as they deposit with the City of Estes ($25 Special Event License Fee) we will provide them with a table onsite to show and sell their wares. (Music isn’t the only art form we support at the Friends of Folk Festival!).
This is a free event as we believe everyone has access to live music, as well as to celebrate locals for their hard work and dedication to the community, especially after last year.
WHAT? Friends of Folk Festival!
WHEN? Tuesday June 21 – from 2 p.m. it will continue until 10 p.m.
WHERE? Performance Park – 435 West Elkhorn Ave (a mini Red Rocks)
TICKETS? You don’t need tickets! It’s free!
FOOD AND DRINKS ? Food trucks will be on site, as well as craft drinks (no outside alcohol is allowed).
The Estes Arts District is a 501(c)3 – and proceeds from donations as well as craft beverage sales go back into the community as we strive to cultivate new, better, and more art (and artistic programs) for the Estes Valley.
The Estes Arts District would like to sincerely thank the generous support of these sponsors:
Laura Jane Musser Fund
Estes City Park
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
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