Thank you for a very successful first year for the new Folk Alliance Music Fair and thank you for a very successful 2nd year Winter Music Camp.  Big thanks to Mark Rubin, Mike Stewart, Kelly Wells, Cody Wyoming, Bryant Miller, Kyle Taylor, Galadriel Thompson, Samantha Yates, Kelly Ludwig, Joe Heyen, Jerry Rapp, Beth Hatch, Michelle Bacon, Joelle May, Anton Kurtz, Tim Finn, Barry Lee, Jon Hart, Loren Halifax and all local media, all the great volunteers, FAI staff, all the instructors, and all the participating artists for a fantastic job well done.  See you next February 17-21, 2016 in KCMO.

Folk Alliance International presents the 2015 FAI MUSIC FAIR AT THE SHERATON CROWN CENTER KANSAS CITY HOTEL Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22, 2015



As part of the successful Kansas City launch of the long-running Folk Alliance International Conference at The Westin Crown Center Hotel, in 2015 we will continue our quest to build FAI events in the adjoining Sheraton Hotel that will serve the local community while being of value to our conference registrants.

In 2014 we launched the successful FAI Winter Music Camp, featuring over 50 top quality instructors on numerous folk-related instruments and songwriting.  In 2015 we will expand our public offerings to create the first FAI MUSIC FAIR.

The 2015 FAI Music Fair will be produced with the help and support of the Kansas City Art Institute and will involve several area education institutions and the KC area music and arts community. 

FEATURED ARTISTS (three nights/over 75 featured artists @ The Sheraton Hotel)
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Thurs)
Songwriter Sam Baker
Country legend Hal Ketchum
Texas Legend Ray Wylie Hubbard
Guitar Extravaganza w/Redd Volkaert, Bill Kirchen, Phil Hurley, Freebo, and more
The worldwide debut of The Hillbenders' TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry
Bluegrass Breakdown w/ Alan Munde, Byron Berline, Roland White, and others
Guitar wizard Andy McKee (Sat)
Top KC artists (Bob Walkenhorst, Kasey Rausch, Betse Ellis, Victor & Penny, etc)
Psychedelic Squaredance (Folk Rave)
A Tribute to Pete Seeger
and much much more

*FAI Conference registration includes FULL access to ALL FAI events.


Public Music Showcases (public tickets available only $25.00 per night)
Winter Music Camp (single day tickets only $25.00)
Public Exhibit Hall (only $5.00/free passes available at area music stores beginning December 10)
Art Gallery (Free Entry)
Film Festival (single movie tickets available)
Late Night Jam Sessions (open to all players in the common areas of the Sheraton Hotel)
Virtual Conference (Online Tickets available beginning January 1, 2015)
Sunday Music Contests (Public Entry only $10/12 & under free/Entry included in contest entry fee)
Acoustic Battle of the Bands (preliminary rounds at Knuckleheads/Finals at 3:00pm on Sunday)
Kids Music & Art Camp (Friday - Sunday as part of our Winter Music Camp produced by the Americana Music Academy/Public Kids Show on Saturday)
The Folk Store on Location (Located next to the Art Gallery for your music needs/Open to the public)

For more information or to participate in any of these events, please contact MusicFair [at] folk [dot] org or call (816) 221-3655. All FAI Music Fair events benefit Folk Alliance International.  *Door to door transportation is available for conference registrants unable to make the walk between the two hotels.

2015 FAI Music Fair Sponsors

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Music Fair Concerts


Atlanta – The Pitch & The Bridge welcome..

8:00pm      Bob Walkenhorst & Jeff Porter (KCMO)

9:00pm      Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Nashville, TN)


Chicago – KCUR presents..

7:00pm      Trad Instructors: Ken Perlman, Alan Jabbour, Clarke Buehling, Betse Ellis, Dom Flemons, Danny Fowler, Ryan Spearman.

10:00pm: In The Round w/Dan Navarro (Los Angeles, CA), Kevn Kinney

(Atlanta, GA) & Anthony da Costa (Austin, TX)


Empire – KPR presents..

7:00pm      Billy Strings & Don Julin (Traverse City, MI)

8:00pm      Loaded Goat (KCMO)

9:00pm      Finnders & Youngblood (Ft. Collins, CO)

10:00pm    Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys (Nashville, TN)

11:00pm    Whiskey For The Lady (KCMO)


Chouteau – KKFI KC Special

7:00pm      Blackbird Revue (KCMO)

8:00pm      Tommy Donoho (KCMO)

9:00pm      Scott Easterday (KCMO)

10:00pm    Mikal Shapiro (KCMO)

11:00pm    The Hardship Letters (KCMO)


Van Horn – Grassy Hill Entertainment & Knuckleheads presents..

7:00pm      Tim Easton (Nashville, TN)

8:00pm      Matt the Electrician (Austin, TX)

9:00pm      Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore (Denver, CO)

10:00pm    Scott Hrabko (KCMO)

11:00pm    Kristin Andreassen (Brooklyn, NY)


Art Gallery                

7:00pm      New Song Night hosted by CrossCurrents

10:00pm    Street Corner Choir (KCMO)

11:00pm    Trad Jam Session


Freemont - Films    

7:00pm      The Last of the Blue Devils

9:00pm      Cinema KC Noteworthy



Atlanta – The Pitch & The Bridge welcome..                               

7:00pm      Ellis Paul (Boston, MA)

8:00pm      Jimmy La Fave (Austin, TX)

9:00pm      Sam Baker (Austin, TX)

10:00pm    Ray Wylie Hubbard (Wimberley, TX)


Chicago   - KCUR presents..

7:00pm      Alan Munde, Byron Berline, Roland White, Brad Davis, Diane Bouska, Mark Rubin & more

9:00pm      Bill Kirchen & Redd Volkaert (Austin, TX)

10:00pm    Electric Guitar Summit


Empire - KPR presents..

7:00pm      Town Mountain (Asheville, NC)

8:00pm      New Country Rehab (Toronto, ON Canada)

9:00pm      I Draw Slow (Dublin, Ireland)

10:00pm    The Stray Birds (Lancaster, PA)

11:00pm    The Steel Wheels (Harrisonburg, VA)

12:00am    The HillBenders TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry (Springfield, MO)


Chouteau – KKFI/GKCMD Shindig           

7:00pm      Mt. Veritas Orchestra (KCMO)

8:00pm      Sara Morgan (KCMO)

9:00pm      Howard Iceberg & The Titanics (KCMO)

10:00pm    Chuck Mead (Nashville, TN)

11:00pm    Grisly Hand (KCMO)


Van Horn - Lawrence KS Live

Mass Street Music in association with MudStomp Records, Silly Goose Records & The Farmer's Turnpike 92.9 KMXN present ..

7:00pm: Ashes to Immortality (Lawrence)

7:40pm: MAW (Lawrence/Oklahoma)

8:20pm: Special Guests (Lawrence)

9:00pm: Battle of the Bearded Buskers: Brody Buster,

Nicholas St. James, Tyler Gregory (Lawrence)

10:00pm: Carswell & Hope (Lawrence)

11:00pm: 40 Watt Dreams feat. Truckstop Honeymoon (Lawrence)


Art Gallery

6:00pm      Kansas City Acoustic Guitar Project

   Rural Grit presents…..

7:00pm      Betse & Clarke (KCMO)

7:30pm      Val & Tim (KCMO)

7:40pm      High & Dry (KCMO)

8:00pm      No Mountain Stringband (KCMO)

8:30pm      Freight Train Rabbit Killer (KCMO)

8:40pm      Kris & Havilah Bruders (KCMO)

9:00pm      The John Brown Boys (KCMO)

9:30pm      Rural Grit All-Stars (KCMO)

9:40pm      Tyler Giles (KCMO)

10:00pm    Konza Swamp (KCMO)

10:30pm    Rural Grit All-Stars (KCMO)

10:40pm    Jason Beers (KCMO)

11:00pm    The Matchsellers (KCMO)

11:20pm    Dually Jukes (KCMO)

11:50pm    Rural Grit All-Stars (KCMO)

12:00am    Jubilee (KCMO)


Freemont - Films    

7:00pm      The Grahams: Past, Present & Future + a special music set

9:00pm      Kansas City Jazz & Blues          



Atlanta – The Pitch & The Bridge welcome..             

7:00pm      Red Molly (Jersey City, NJ)

8:00pm      Dan Bern (Los Angeles, CA)

9:00pm      In The Round w/Curtis McMurtury (Austin, TX), Tony Furtado (Portland, OR) & Possessed by Paul James (Boerne, TX)


Chicago – KCUR presents..

7:00pm      Andy McKee (Topeka, KS)

9:00pm      David Amram: A Tribute to Woody, Pete and Charlie (NYC)

12:00am    The Elders (KCMO)   


Empire - KPR presents..

6:00pm      Campers In Concert

7:00pm      Dom Flemons (Hillsborough, NC)

8:00pm      James Hill (Brookfield, NS Canada)

9:00pm      Alferd Packer Memorial String Band (Lawrence, KS)

10:00pm    Lonley Heartstring Band (Boston, MA)

11:00pm    The Howlin Brothers (Nashville, TN)


Chouteau – KKFI KC Special

7:00pm      Sara Swenson (KCMO)

8:00pm      Betse & Clarke (KCMO)

9:00pm      Kasey Rausch (KCMO)

10:00pm    Victor & Penny (KCMO)

11:00pm    Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats (KCMO)


Van Horn - Grassy Hill Entertainment& Knuckleheads presents..

7:00pm      Melinda Mullins (Springfield, MO)

8:00pm      Jon Dee & William Harries Graham (Austin, TX)

9:00pm      Jeff Plankenhorn (Austin, TX)

10:00pm    Ellis (Minneapolis, NM)

11:00pm    The Aching Hearts (St. Louis, MO)


Art Gallery                

7:00pm      Spoken Word Open Mic

8:00pm      Poetic Underground presents PoUnd SLAM w/Jose Faus, Jason Ryberg, Jen Harris plus the PoUnd SLAM team members: Jeanette Powers, PRiM-ONE, Dylan Kingsley, Ezhno Martin​

9:00pm      Trout Fishing In America (Fayetteville, AR)

10:00pm    Jam Session

11:00pm    Deering & Down (Memphis, TN)


Freemont - Films    

7:00pm      Hard Soil

9:00pm      Cinema KC: Jazz Under the Lens: A Glance at the John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection at the American Jazz Museum

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