FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mark Kaufman, FAR-West 2016 Conference Co-Chair
Jeanette Lundgren, FAR-West 2016 Conference Co-Chair
The 13th Annual FAR-West Music Conference - October 13-16, 2016 Bellevue, Washington
Folk Alliance Region – West (FAR-West) is thrilled to announce the opening of Early-Bird registration for its 13th Annual FAR-West Music Conference to be held October 13-16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. FAR-West is one of five regions of Folk Alliance International and covers the western United States and western Canada. Because of the vast size of our region, we periodically move the site of the annual conference. For the next two years, it will be held in Bellevue, WA, convenient to the many centers of music and the traditional arts throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The four-day conference is a wonderful opportunity for the music and folk arts community to gather to make music, dance, tell stories, make business connections through networking, exchange ideas and collaborate, learn new things and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded friends, both old and new. Conference highlights include: a Venues’ Choice Concert, where several of the top music venues in the West present their favorite acts; two nights of juried Official Showcase Concerts, featuring the region’s best acoustic acts as chosen by impartial panels of industry professionals; and the annual Best of the West Luncheon and Award Presentation, where FAR-West honors those who have done the most to foster and advance folk music and its community. Past recipients of the BOTW Awards include last year’s honorees Cris Williamson and Russ and Julie Paris and prior honorees Chris Hillman, Lowen and Navarro, Barry McGuire, Utah Phillips, John McEuen and Cloud Moss among others. Completing the festivities on Sunday afternoon will be our 3rd Annual Storytelling Expo featuring some of the most entertaining storytellers in the western region.
During the daytime, there are panels and workshops covering a broad array of topics pertinent to music and the traditional arts along with open hours at the Networking Center, where musicians and related organizations get to know each other. The Susanne Millsaps Memorial Coffeehouse provides another opportunity for artists to showcase their music.
Late night is where the real fun begins with a whole floor (or more!) of the hotel devoted to Private Guerrilla Showcases, where hosts turn their hotel rooms into performance spaces, including the New Voices Showcase for first-timers. The fun always lasts until the wee hours and then jam sessions are known to last until dawn.
Special Early-Bird pricing for registration is available until May 31, 2016. For details and more information please visit http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2016.html