FAR-WEST ANNOUNCES THE OFFICIAL SHOWCASE
ARTISTS AND SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR’S MUSIC
CONFERENCE OCTOBER 13-16, 2016
HYATT REGENCY, BELLEVUE WA
Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) is proud to announce this year’s selection of performers in the juried Official Showcase concerts at its annual music conference in Bellevue, WA. These acts were chosen by a two tiered judging process from which 12 acts were chosen from a large pool of applicants. FAR-West and the Conference organizers are thrilled with the quality, diversity and professionalism of the acts that have been chosen for this year’s showcase.
The following is the schedule of the selected performers to appear in the Official Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights, October 14-15, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. The diversity that FAR-West always strives to present is apparent in the geography these artists represent. This is a reflection of our region’s huge size and cultural range as well as artists from other parts of the country. With artists hailing from the prairies of Alberta in Canada to the American heartland in Iowa; from the green hills of North Carolina to the green mountains of Oregon; from the urban centers of California to the home area of this year’s Conference in Washington state, the size of the FAR-West region reinforces the wide range of traditions of American folk music and a depth of musical diversity.
The Official Showcase acts will perform in styles that include blues, country, bluegrass, Americana and folk with hints of jazz, classical, world music, pop and soul. Some artists will add humor, some will tell sad stories, some will dazzle with masterful musicianship, some will move with raw emotion, others will ponder life’s deeper meanings, but all will touch hearts in ways that only folk music can.
Friday, October 14, 2016
7:00 PM – Rachel Garlin (CA)
7:30 PM – Uncle Bonsai (WA)
8:00 PM – Jamie Laval Duo (NC)
8:30 PM – Scott Cook (AB)
9:00 PM – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore (CO)
9:30 PM – March to May (WA)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:00 PM – John Batdorf (OR)
7:30 PM – Rita Hosking and Sean Feder (CA)
8:00 PM – Melanie Devaney (IA)
8:30 PM – Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan (CA)
9:00 PM – Nathan & Jessie (CA)
9:30 PM – Otter Creek (OR)
Our Alternate this year is
Jaspar Lepak (WA)
The Official Showcases on both nights will be open to the public with a nominal charge. Advance tickets will be available in mid September on the FAR-West website. The 2016 FAR-West Music Conference will be held on October 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue WA. For registration and further information please visit http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2016.html