The 4th Annual Irvington Folk Festival                                
A Celebration of Music, Art & Community                                  
June 14 - 20, 2015
A Celebration of Music, Art & Community

Festival Events

Hello and welcome to the 3rd Annual Irvington Folk Festival. A week of performances, workshops, lecture and film offered free of charge* to the people of Indianapolis. The schedule posted here is a work-in-progress. Some details are still being finalized, some workshops still being scheduled, but the festival is well under way. Please check back in the weeks ahead to see how the last details all shape up. And as always, thank you for your continued support as we try to build this into a lasting event for this community.

* Some events will have a nominal charge. See the schedule for details.



  1:30 -4:00 pm  “Bluegrass at the Bona” - Bluegrass concert featuring the group 
      Cornfields And Crossroads and a picnic lunch on the lawn of the
      Bona Thompson Center / 5350 East University Ave.
      You’re invited to pack a picnic basket or buy food from the Irvington Historical Society 
and Nicey Treats.

      The event is FREE and open to all ages!

  -  5:00-6:00 pm Open & Alternate Guitar Tuning Workshop
     Limited to 8 people, call
317-356-0487 for information and reservation.
      $5 registration fee

  -  6:30-8:30 pm House Concert featuring Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine
     Call 317-356-0487 for tickets $10, seating very limited - only 25 tickets!
     SOLD OUT!


  - 6:00-7:00 pm  Recording Studio Workshop
    Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of  recording at a full facility recording studio.
    Recording technology, terminology and etiquette.
    For registration and reservations call (317) 696-8170, $5 registration fee
    Playground Productions / 5529 Bonna Ave. #10

  - 7:00-10:00 pm  "Acoustic Ascent Irvington Songwriters Competition"
    Songwriters vie for prizes as we see who can write the best song about Irvington.
    A repeat of last year's event, fun for everyone.
    The show will be held inside
    Playground Productions / 5529 Bonna Ave. #10.

    The event is free and open for all ages.


  - 5:30-6:30  Acoustic Guitar Approaches & Styles Workshop with Bill Shaefer
    An overview of various approaches to
 playing the acoustic guitar, full of tips and
    techniques. For all levels. Workshop will meet
at the
    Irvington Public Library conference room / 5625 E Washington St.
    Please bring your guitar, $5 registration fee,
call 357-9810 to register.

  - 6:30 -8:30 pm  "Bowls at the Bona"
     A performance on Tibetan Crystal Bowls by Ron Esposito.
     The sound of the crystal bowls in the acoustic space of the Bona Thompson Center
     promises to be 
amazing. Also learn about Tibetan music and the connection between
     the Bona Thompson Center
and Tibet!

     Bona Thompson Center / 5350 East University Ave.
     Seating is limited and tickets are $10. Call 356-0487 for more information.

Ron Esposito in performance

     8:30-9:30 pm   Reception for the artist to follow the performance
     The Irvington Wellness Center / 17 N Layman Ave.


  - 5:15-6:30 pm  Festival Film Series "The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time"
    Irvington Public Library /5625 E Washington St. / Free to All Ages

  - 5:30-6:30 pm  Workshop: Intro to Delta Blues Slide Guitar
     Mundell & Associates / 110 S. Downy Ave. / $5 registration fee
    For more information and to enroll in the workshop please call J.J. at 317-358-1954

6:30 - 9:30 – House Concert Featuring Possum Jaw
   Call 317-356-0487 for tickets $10, seating very limited - only 25 tickets!


  - 7:00-9:00 pm   "Pete Seeger Social Justice Lecture Series"
    Irvington Library / 5625 E Washington St. / Free to All Ages

     Presented by Ron Dye, Associate Professor of English, Communication,
     and Theatre at DePauw University. 

     For the 2014 Irvington Folk Festival Lecture, Ron Dye will be focusing on the 
     impact of folk music on American culture, how it can exemplify and even define
     the political, economic, and social climate.


This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.


  - 6:30-7:30 pm  "Music on Bonna Avenue"  
    6:30-7:00 Luke Austin Daugherty
    7:00-7:30 Bryce Ernest Taylor
    5547 Project Art Gallery & Coffee House / 5547 E. Bonna Ave.
    The event is FREE and open to all ages!

  - 7:30-9:30 pm Live Music with Old Truck Revival and Danny Thompson in Concert
    at the Coal Yard / 5529 E Bonna Ave / FREE and open to all ages

  - 5:30-7:00 pm Songwriting Workshop with Donn Smith
    Mundell & Associates / 110 S. Downy Ave. / $5 registration fee
    For more information and to enroll in the workshop please call Donn at 317-332-4343

  - 7:00-10:00 pm Music in The Underground
   Underground 9 Studio / 9 S Johnson Avenue / Delta Duo & Friends / FREE & open to all ages

 The Delta Duo—Jeffrey John and Irina Povarova—is an Indianapolis-based act focusing on pre-WWII Delta blues roots music by such artists as Son House, Willie Brown, and Skip James.

  - 8:00-10:00 pm Music in concert at the Irving Theater / Anne Heaton and Natalia
     Zukerman / 5505 E Washington St / Tickets $12 at the door

SATURDAY JUNE 21st - Ellenberger Park, FREE and open to all ages!
5301 E. St. Clair St.

  -  11:00 am 2:00 pm Children's Festival
    Stage will be toward the West end of St. Clair St.

On their own stage in Ellenberger Park from 11:00 until 2:00,  a program featuring
    music, storytellers, etc. Expect a large family crowd to attend.

  - 12:00 – 8:30 pm  The Alternative Gift Fair
    Artists from across Indiana will be set up in the park displaying their work.
    Numerous non-profit agencies and organizations will also set up displays.

  - 12:00 – 8:30 pm Some of Indy’s best food trucks will be set up for you culinary pleasures.

  - 2:00 - 8:30 pm "Third Annual Irvington Folk Festival Main Stage"

     Talented local and regional performers perform on this year's main stage on the
     Festival's final BIG day in the park! Fun and Entertainment for the whole family

     2:00 The Whipstitch Sallies

     3:20 Paul Burris

     3:45 Harpeth Rising

     5:00 Donn Smith

     5:20 The Half Step Sisters

     6:40 Jude ODell and Kathy Cancilla

     7:00 Flatland Harmony Experiment

    ALL DAY – Workshop on Festival Jamming in the Jamming Tent with Katie Burk,
    Mike Hylton and others!

   9:00pm - till late:  Folk Festival After Party!
   Blue Collar Bluegrass at Manley's Irish Mutt / 7401 E 10th St / Free, 21 and over

        The Irvington Folk Festival is a production of the Historic Irvington Community Council

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Indiana Humanities Council and
the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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