We are working to bring a varied and multi-purpose event to the Irvington Community that will attract families and individuals from across Indianapolis and Indiana. We seek to entertain, enlighten and educate in a series of events spread across seven days in June 2014. The line-up for 2014 has not been set, but please take a look at the events held in June 2013.
All events are offered FREE of charge.
Bluegrass at the Bona
Sunday June 2nd at 1:30pm
5350 University Ave
This is the kickoff event for the Second Annual Irvington Folk Festival, building on the success and good will of the 2012 "Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration." The setting for the program is an afternoon picnic lunch on the lawn of the Bona Thompson Museum. Overseen by the Irvington Historical Society, the Bona Thompson Center is a focal point for the most established families in Irvington, as well as families new to the area.
Irvington Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
at Acoustic Ascent
Monday June 3rd at 8pm
Lazy Daze Coffee House, 10 S. Johnson Ave
The Acoustic Ascent Open Stage at Lazy Daze Coffeehouse has become a highly successful and well attended Monday evening tradition in Irvington. For the 2013 Irvington Folk Festival, Acoustic Ascent will become the setting for the Irvington Songwriting Competition, a contest to see who can write the best folk song about the Irvington neighborhood. With cash prizes and a first place prize of recording studio time, the contest will draw from the best singer/songwriters in the area and we expect a draw of 50-100+ people. The judges include:
Cary Allen Fields (Radio Personality of the "Fields of Bluegrass" show)
Eddie Prather (Owner or Minor Prophet Studios)
Robin Coleman (Local booking agent and producer).
Brad Odom and Friends
Tuesday June 4th at 6pm
Lazy Daze Coffee House
Tuesday evening at Lazy Daze Coffeehouse is also the site for Brad Odom's "Acoustic Descent," a more varied and slightly edgier open stage that draws a wider range of performers and a different audience.
Festival Film Night at the Irvington Library
Wednesday June 5th at 6:30pm
Well attended during last year's festival, this year's special screening of the 1967 American documentary film "Festival!" documents the Newport Folk Festival during its pivotal years of 1964-1966 and includes performances by Joan Baez, Donovan, Bob Dylan among others. A discussion following the film will look closer at the music of the era and its connections to the folk music of today.
The Folk Festival Lecture
Thursday June 6th at 6:30pm
In addition to art and entertainment, the Irvington Folk Festival has an educational component as well. This year the presentation is titled "What IS Folk Music?" and includes a panel of experts and performers from the Indiana area. Last year's presentation "Who is Woody Guthrie?" drew an over-flow capacity crowd to the Library's lecture room and we expect the same to happen this year.
at the Underground 9 Studio
Friday June 7th at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
9 S. Johnson Ave, Under Book Mama's bookstore
Six performers take the stage on Friday evening in the Underground 9 Studio, the performance space beneath Bookmama's Books in a repeat of last year's event that had an overflow crowd.
Blue collar bluegrass
! Event has moved !
Friday June 7th at 8:30pm
Manley's Irish Mutt - 7041 E. 10th Street 46219
Its Black Acre night at Manley's Irish Mutt Featuring Blue Collar Bluegrass!! This very popular East side band sure to draw a large crowd as part of Irvington’s First Friday. We plan a heck of a show with Black Acre products available. Come early and get a great seat!
Saturday June 8th at Ellenberger Park from 12pm - 7pm
In Ellenberger Park the very popular Art Walk returns after a 2 year hiatus. Set between the Children's Festival stage and the Main Festival stage, 50+ artists will exhibit and offer works in a variety of media for sale and on display.
Irvington Folk Festival’s
Saturday June 8th at Ellenberger park at 11:30am - 2:30pm
On their own stage in Ellenberger Park from 11:30 until 2:30, a program featuring music, storytellers, etc. Expect a large family crowd to attend.
Irvington Folk Festival Main Stage
Saturday June 8th at Ellenberger Park at 1pm - Dusk
A dozen talented local and regional performers will perform on this year's main stage on the Folk Festival's final BIG day in the park! Fun and Entertainment for the whole family. Check out the "This Years Performers" for more info about the musicians.
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