Last year the festival sold out. This year’s festival runs September 6-8, in beautiful Sisters. The entire town of Sisters will welcome Festival goers for three days of the best in Americana music, from blues to bluegrass. Artists include Lake Street Dive, Jon Cleary and the Philthy Phew, Cheryl Wheeler, Ryan Montbleau Band, Meg Hutchinson, Richard Julian Band and Festival encore artist and Grammy nominee John Fullbright.
All-Event passes are $115 for the entire Festival, where more than 40 acts will perform over nine stages for the three-day event. New to the Festival are two venues, one at the recently renovated Belfry and the other at FivePine Lodge and Conference Center.
Owned by proprietors Angeline and Henry Rhett, and converted from a vacant Baptist church, The Belfry offers a beautiful setting for music appreciators, with wooden floors, a comfortable balcony and stained-glass windows. It will be the setting for the Dave Carter Songwriter Showcase on Saturday evening. Additionally, plans are well underway for a venue at FivePine Lodge and Conference Center.
“We decided to include FivePine campus for many reasons … they are great supporters of what we do, it is a wonderful setting, and with the addition of visual arts this year at the Song and Arts Academy, it is an ideal place for our Fine-Art Gallery to run Saturday from noon to 6pm,” Said Brad Tisdel, executive and artistic director of Sisters Folk Festival.
Artists scheduled to perform at FivePine include John Fullbright, Shinyribs, visual-artist and musician Rick Bartow and the Backseat Drivers, and 2012 song contest winner, RJ Cowdery. Instructors from the Song and Arts Academy include Native American artists Rick Bartow and Lillian Pitt, as well as ceramicist Pat Horsley, Danae Miller, Adam Haynes, Philip Krohn, Pat Clark and many others. The artists will be selling their work at FivePine to demonstrate the exquisite talents of some the Northwest’s finest artists.
The Sisters Folk Festival has helped nurture many small, intimate and beautiful venues in town, which provide up-close access to the artists and their performances. The Depot Café, The Open Door at Clearwater Gallery, and Angeline’s Bakery all have a sense that you are in for something special, and that intimacy brings out the best in our performers”, says Tisdel. “We also enjoy introducing great artists to the Central Oregon audience, many of which become favorites over time.”
For tickets and information, please visit sistersfolkfestival.org or call the office at 541 549-4979.