A wrap up of last weeks fundraiser at Blue Island Beer Company

Last weekend Bluegrass lovers and beer drinkers got together to support a great cause. The fundraiser had a great turnout and we are happy with the success. We also had the great support of The Wandering Boys, Growler and The Leadfoot Band. Food was provided by 2 Bones BBQ, The Maple Tree Inn and Giuseppes Pizza.  Our great friends at Blue Island Beer Company graciously offered to provide the space to have this fundraiser and they have been a great support for the past few years. Located on Olde Western Avenue in Historical Downtown Blue Island they have done great work in the past year in becoming a mecca for awesome beer, great atmosphere and a supporter of the arts. We are excited to work with them again in the future. Meanwhile check out some great pictures from the event on February 6th.

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Why do we need volunteers?

Like many other events it takes a group of great people to get together and use their talents to put on this festival. Since the festival is a non for profit festival we strictly rely on volunteers to get everything done. We are looking for passionate hardworking individuals to help with everything from parking to the kids tent area. Here are some specific jobs that we have for the festival.

*Festival setup

*Green Team: Recycling and clean up of the festival grounds

*Kids tent area: Crafts, cleanup and setup

*Stage help

*Merchandise

*Hospitality

*Parking: Directing people to designated parking spots.

*Festival Teardown

If you or anyone you know want to get involved with this awesome opportunity please email our Volunteer lead Jon Hamilton at hamiltonloans@gmail.com

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Featured Band of the Week

This is thSpecial-C-band-photo-2015-e1451574430539e beginning of a weekly feature of each band of the festival and will lead all the way up to the festival. This weeks featured  band has performed at the festival since the beginning six years ago. We want to welcome the first featured band of the week is Special Consensus. A musical act that has been grammy nominated brings their talent back every year. Full of traditional bluegrass music, Special Consensus also has brought new light to the songs of John Denver with their Grammy nominated album of “Country Boy: The music of John Denver.” Founder Greg Cahill also is  a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk and a founder of Traditional American Music program that he has been working on since 1984. This brings traditional American Music to the class room.

Bluegrass Festival Fundraiser April 30th at Smokey Barque

Six years ago an idea was born about having a bluegrass festival on Briedert’s green in historical downtown Frankfort, Illinois. Something that is unique about this two-day music festival is that is completely free.The family friendly atmosphere draws people from around the country to the small town of Frankfort to hear award winning Bluegrass musicians. Along with the main stage acts there are also workshops, a jam tent, kids area, food and craft vendors. The Frankfort Bluegrass Committee and all of their volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to raise money for the non-for-profit festival.

One of the ways that they are able to keep the festival free is from the fundraiser held every year at Smokey Barque. A fundraiser will be held April 30 at Smokey Barque from 6-10pm. There will be three floors of live music, food, cash bar, raffles, silent auction split the pot and more. Amanda Thompson (Bluegrass committee member) says,“Having it at Smokey Barque is great, the restaurant has been there for the festival from the start by hosting the fundraiser every year and you can view the festival grounds from the restaurant itself. We are happy to partner with Tommy and his restaurant.” So why have a fundraiser? Since the festival is non-for-profit and there are no actual tickets for the festival, money is the main purpose of the fundraiser. “There are many costs associated with the festival such as lodging, kids activities, accounting, insurance, T-shirts and more besides just the musical performers. It takes a village and we are glad to have Frankfort be that village,”stated Amanda. “We are glad to have this festival be a free festival when people are so concerned over the cost of most activities and musical events.”

This years festival will be held Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 rain or shine. Musical acts this year are The Grascals, Grammy Nominated Special Consensus, Roland White Band, Sierra Hull, Gibson Brothers, Chicago’s own Robbie Fulks, Billy Strings, Honey Dewdrops, North Carolina’s Nu-Blu, Eric Lambert and Chris Walz, Flatland Harmony Experiment, Still Shine, Growler, Coyote Riot , Chicago New-grass from Miles Over Mountains,  Bluegrass Escape, Anderlik, Otto and Church, Mad Bread, Wandering Boys, Found Hounds and Homestretch Ride. Tickets will be available starting February 15, they will be $20 ahead of time and $25 at the door. Steve Haberichter (Bluegrass Committee Member) and owner of Down Home guitars adds, “We are anticipating a great turnout for the 6th Annual Frankfort Bluegrass Fest Fundraiser at Smokey Barque. Great Music, food, raffles and more. Come show your support.”