Sisters Folk Festival Announces Sisters Summer of Festival 2021 Lineup

((L) Freddy & Francine (R) The Mother Hips | Photos courtesy of Sisters Folk Festival)

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) is pleased to announce the Sisters Summer of Festival, a long-awaited celebration of the return to live music at the Sisters Art Works venue. The summer concert series will feature 16 artists over four weekends on Friday and Saturday evenings, with two artists performing each night. Concert dates are June 25 and 26; July 16, 17, 30 and 31; and August 13 and 14. Seating will be offered in three lawn sections to give audience members plenty of room to spread out on their tarps, blankets and low festival chairs, with different prices for each tier depending on proximity to the stage. Each show will start at 7pm.

The Sisters Summer of Festival series kicks off on Friday, June 25 with a phenomenal co-bill featuring Americana songstress and singer Sierra Ferrell playing as a trio and the dynamic Freddy & Francine with a full band. Ferrell has made waves in the acoustic music world with her signature singing style and aesthetic, while Freddy & Francine are celebrating a fantastic new record, I Am Afraid to Die, recorded pre-pandemic. On Saturday evening June 26, the series will feature songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jenner Fox and award-winning singer, songwriter and SFF alumna Anna Tivel, both of whom will play as a trio. SFF is excited to introduce recent Sisters transplant Jenner Fox to the Central Oregon audience and welcome the artistry of celebrated writer and fiddle player Anna Tivel back to Sisters.

On Friday July 16, festival favorite Eilen Jewell will perform in a co-bill with the old-time duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms. American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. Saturday, July 17 will feature the return of the enigmatic and brilliant Steve Poltz, with an opening set from Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist Madison Cunningham, who as an up-and-coming artist has shown stunning artistry that earned her an opening slot on the Harry Styles tour later in the fall.

Friday July 30 brings banjo and guitar player Tony Furtado along with his trio, plus the David Jacobs-Strain Band with Bob Beach to the Artworks stage. The pairing of these two outstanding Pacific Northwest guitarists, instrumentalists and songwriters will provide a rare look into adept musicianship and fantastic tunes. On Saturday July 31, SFF will bring Northern California rock band, The Mother Hips to the Art Works stage to celebrate their 30th year anniversary tour. This show will feature songwriting by the legendary front man Tim Bluhm with some of the best electric rock and roll the West Coast has offered up for more than three decades. The evening’s concert will also feature an opening set by Santa Cruz natives The Coffis Brothers, with their original rock and sweet-sounding brother harmony singing.

On Friday August 13, the last weekend of the series will bring multiple songwriter award-winning artist Kristen Grainger & True North to perform, with their bluegrass-leaning folk powerhouse including Dan Wetzel, Martin Stevens, and Josh Adkins Their live performances resonate with audiences listening for well-crafted songs, tasteful instrumentation and beautiful vocals. Sharing the stage that evening will be San Juan Island, WA-based Sway Wild, an internationally acclaimed indie folk-rock duo comprised of pioneering electric guitarist Mandy Fer and guitarist/singer Dave McGraw. Both of these acts are well known on the folk circuit.

The Sisters Summer of Festival wraps up on Saturday August 14 with the Kansas City-based Latinx band Making Movies, with support from Los Angeles singer-songwriter, Raye Zaragoza. Making Movies — known for an innovative approach to music inspired by American and Latin cultures — are “breaking down walls in the U.S” (Rolling Stone). From their Panamanian and Mexican heritage to their fusion of international sounds and genres, Making Movies melds reinterpretations of cumbia, mambo, son, and salsa with blues and rock’n’roll, as well as traditional Mexican and Panamanian folclór, while singing in Spanish and English. Raye Zaragoza, a first-generation Japanese-American on her mother’s side, indigenous on her father’s side, and raised in New York City, delivers powerful messages about embracing one’s own identity and discovering the power behind it, all across brisk, emotive, compelling folk melodies.

Both artists are active in social justice causes and make it a priority when visiting new towns to connect with the community through offering free workshops. Making Movies will offer a workshop about how experiencing music can reveal the underlying connection between us all. From huapango to the blues, from son cubano to jazz, the band demonstrates that there is a link between all the rhythmic genres in the Americas. The workshop uses audience participation to demonstrate how the clave informs all rhythmic music in the west. Zaragoza will offer a workshop entitled Woman in Color, a conversation on navigating American society as a cross-cultural woman of color. Both of these free workshops will be offered on Sunday, August 15 at Sisters Art Works, with Zaragoza at noon and Making Movies at 1:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale for the Sisters Summer of Festival on May 26 for Sisters Folk Arts Circle members and on June 2 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, visit or call 541-549-4979.

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