FOLK ALLIANCE REGION – WEST (FAR-WEST) VIRTUALLY AT THE FAI (FOLK ALLIANCE) CONFERENCE ~ MONDAY-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22-25, 2021
As winter storms blanket parts of the country in snow and ice, many in the FAR-West Region have been reminiscing about the warmth of hanging out together when our community gathered at the annual Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference; live and in person.
The Covid pandemic has changed all of that and some may see a silver lining! This year’s conference will be totally virtual and jam-packed with more music than any in-person conference could hold. And there’s absolutely no chance of coming home with a bad case of the “folkie flu”!
FAR-West will take part in several programs during the Conference, The Regionals’ Spotlight Showcase featuring Petty Chavez, 3 nights of Unlocked Showcases and a virtual Networking Center booth with FAR-West board members.
FAI REGIONS SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE:
All 5 of the Folk Alliance International regions curated the REGIONS SPOTLIGHT SHOWCASE, presenting artists that best represent their region. FAR-West will showcase a great acoustic duo that spotlights the best of what FAR-West has to offer: Petty Chavez.
Their unique sound, amazing harmonies and rich blends of diverse influences create a perfect reflection of their very different voices and backgrounds. The other fabulous four artists/groups consist of Alisa Amador/NERFA, The Wildmans/SERFA, The Accidentals/FARM, Amanda Pascali/SWRFA.
FEBRUARY 22, 2021 AT 3:30 PM CT
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/3rxCVyn2T
FAI UNLOCKED SHOWCASE:
Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) is proud to be hosting our first virtual showcase for FAI’s 2021 “Folk Unlocked”. Our Livestream extravaganza features a variety of compelling artists from our region and beyond: traditional to contemporary, exciting newcomers to acknowledged and engaging masters of their craft, with three full nights of non-stop talent. Our showcases start on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd and run through Thursday, Feb. 25th, from 8 PM to 12 PM CT,
Hosted by John Zipperer! Here’s the lineup:
- FEBRUARY 23, 2021 STARTING AT 8 PM CT:
Raye Zaragoza, Dulcie Taylor, Reggie Garrett, Martin Kerr, Petty Chavez, Severin Browne, Gary Stockdale, Benjamin Hunter
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/39wqv7TMy
- FEBRUARY 24, 2021 STARTING AT 8 PM CT:
Arielle Silver, Cidny Bullens, Deborah Holland, Wendy Waldman, Mike Mullins, Brad Colerick, Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, Berkley Hart
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/1aMqIFWrj
- FEBRUARY 25, 2021 STARTING AT 8 PM CT:
West My Friend, Shane Alexander, Craig Fuller, Bettman & Halpin, Bernie Larsen, David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach, Steve Postell, Dan Navarro
Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/4lpaDEXIU
FAI REGION’S VIRTUAL BOOTH:
Stop by the FAI Regions Booth in the Virtual Networking Center to meet a few of the FAR-West Board Members along with representatives from the other regions, NERFA, FARM, SERFA, SWRFA. Hear about how FAR-West is adding to our annual conference by moving forward with our year-round mission in the virtual world: to inform, educate, entertain and inspire anyone who works in the music business including musicians, storytellers, presenters/venues and media. FAR-West Board members will be at the booth during the hours listed below. Stop in to meet Petty Chavez, our FAI Spotlight Artists on Tuesday, Feb. 23 between 10:30-11:30 AM CT
BOOTH HOURS: MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8-9:30 AM CT & 2-3:30 PM CT ~ AVAILABLE TO CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ONLY
If you are in the Music community and attending the conference, the showcases are included in your registration. Registration links and details are available on the FAI Unlocked website for conference attendees: https://folk.org/unlocked/#registration
Public access to showcase events is considered a donation to The Village Fund, a grant program administered by Folk Alliance International for folk artists and independent music industry professionals experiencing financial hardship. FAI has committed $25,000 from its reserve and hopes to raise an additional $75,000 in public support for the fund in order to initially distribute 200 grants of $500. each.
Showcase access for the public is available through this event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/folk-unlocked-virtual-showcases-public-access-tickets-129353276131
Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) is the western regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International. FAR-West’s ongoing mission (since 2002) is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the Western United States and Canada.