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Far-West 2023: Spirit of Community

FAR-West is 20 years old and we’re back in-person for our 18th Annual Music Conference October 12-15, 2023 at Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA

FAR-West To Celebrate 18th Annual Music Conference October 12-15, 2023 at Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA Spirit of Community Unveiled As Conference Theme for First In-person Conference in Four Years Venue’s Choice Kickoff Concert Features Hattie Craven & Jessica Malone, Belle Plaine, Joselyn & Don, Alice Howe & Freebo, Salty Suites, and I See […]

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The Lemonade Stand #9 by Braeden Lewis

(This story is an excerpt from Braeden’s book “Banjos in Babylon”, available here: https://jamalong.org/product/banjos-in-babylon) “Didgeri-dont” My first music fest after Covid was quite a rush. It seemed so surreal as we rolled in, set up camp, and began to pick.  Two tunes in, we had a herd of admirers listening in awe. And it was only midnight! […]

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The Lemonade Stand #8 by Arend Lee Jessurun

Am I “folk enough?”—Towards a Genre-expansive Movement In Fall 2022, my partner Jessica Gerhardt and I were signing up to attend our first Folk Alliance International conference. She asked me, “Do you really think my music is ‘folk enough’ for Folk Alliance?” The thing about folk music is: it’s made by folks, for folks. Blues […]

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FAR-West Conference is Open for Registration!

com·mu·ni·ty [kəˈmyo͞onədē] NOUN 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common: “the FAR-West community” 2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals: “the sense of community that FAR-West provides in the communal conference & year-round activities that can be shared […]

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The Lemonade Stand #7 by Laura Zucker

Note to the reader: The editors typically request a shorter piece from our bloggers, but because Laura has been away from FAR-West for a time, we have published her longer blog in its entirety. We hope you enjoy it. Hello my fellow FAR-Westians!!! It’s been a while- for so many things. But you’ve never been […]

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Announcing our 2023 Election candidates!

Dear FAR-West Community, On behalf of the FAR-West Board of Directors, thank you for your nominations for the Board of Directors. As Secretary and Chair of the Nominations Committee, I am pleased to announce our candidates in this upcoming election: Stephen Bond Garvan (incumbent) Gaby Castro (incumbent) Tim Bruegger Aimée Campbell Michelle Demers Shaevitz Rob […]

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The Lemonade Stand #6 by Kerry Patrick Clark

What’s New? What’s Old? What’s Confusing and Mysterious? I smiled as I read these words from the August, FAR West email. Feeling like it was just yesterday when we were singing in hallways and gathering to connect and be everything that I (we) have come to love about FAR West! Pandemic Paralysis! That’s where I’ve […]

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Message from the President of FAR-West

Greetings from the Board of Directors of FAR-West! As we approach the end of the year, FAR-West needs you!  The new year of 2023 will offer so many great opportunities for giving:  your talents, skills, creativity, artistry and presence.  And now as 2022 comes to a close, your charitable giving can become a significant and important support for […]

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