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 late August 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
Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West)
and Radio Submit announce partnership.
Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) and Radio Submit have joined forces to advance the progression of Roots / Folk music across the globe. Radio Submit will be presenting music from FAR-West Official Showcase artists to radio stations via their digital online music distribution network. This network includes thousands of member radio stations that utilize the website to discover and download broadcast quality music tracks.
Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) is the western regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International including California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii in the USA, and Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada. FAR-West hosts an annual four day conference open to artists, presenters, related music professionals and other supporters. FAR-West's ongoing mission is to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance, storytelling and related performing arts in the West. FAR-West welcomes a wide variety of styles, levels and disciplines and encourages musical and cultural diversity and excellence.
Radio Submit is a powerful interface that allows artists and record companies to deliver crucial artist information to a variety of media outlets, including AM / FM radio, TV, print and digital destinations. Radio Submit was also the first to offer this full service EPK with the added capability of delivering broadcast quality music. Radio Submit was created by and is run by music business professionals who know the value of helping artists go to the next level.
Radio Submit representatives will be joining an amazing assortment of panel members at the FAR-West 2016 Conference taking place October 13th through the 16th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington.
Registration for the conference is open and FAR-West is offering a variety of discounts to Folk Alliance International members, Canadian members, qualifying radio DJs and hosts, house concerts, small venues and AFM Local 1000 members.
For more info please visit the official FAR-West conference website at http://www.far-west.org/far-
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Hello, FAR-West Friends!
After learning so much from organizing last year’s raffle, I am really excited to be on board again this year. I know that many FAR-West attendees look forward to participating either by donating an item or a service, or by taking their chances to win a prize. And I also know that the money raised goes to a good cause, the Howard Larman Memorial Scholarship. which helps musicians with a financial difficulty who may not otherwise be able to attend our conference.
FAR-West is now ready to start accepting donations for the 2016 raffle! I have made some changes, including creating a dedicated email account. So please send all correspondence about the raffle to me, Chrissie Natoli, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year was a challenge for me as I was learning the raffle-ropes. Using this email address only for raffle business will make it easier to organize and be sure I don’t miss anything. So please send any raffle communications to me at email@example.com starting...NOW! :-)
In case you are new to FAR-West and are wondering what our raffle is all about, let me explain. At the conference, we will have a display of items that have been donated. This display will move to where the action is around the conference, i.e. near the registration desk in the morning, the networking center during the afternoon, and outside the big evening concerts. Everyone will be curious to see what is being offered and anxious to make a bid on their favorite prizes. Also, the items will be listed in the program book, which all conference-goers will keep (if they’re like me) forever. So if you have a business, service, or item that you want to get out in front of the music and storytelling community, our raffle is a great place for it! And, of course, the prize-drawing on Sunday morning is one of the highlights of the whole event.
Here are some ideas from past raffles: a vocal lesson, visual art services, studio time, songwriting retreat, photography, massage, bio-writing (We ALL want to win that one!), tickets to an event or house concert series….or if you have a connection to a music store or organization that might be interested in donating, I’d love to hear about that, too. You are all creative and it’s an ever changing industry, so we are excited to see just what you come up with!!
THANK YOU all always for your talent, community, and generosity!
Wondering who will be attending FAR-West 2016? The link to the list of registered attendees (titled "Conference Attendees") can be found on the main conference page: http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2016.html
BUT contact information is only provided to registered attendees via a private link.
So don't wait to get on the list. Register now!
June 2016 FAR-West Newsletter
Now that you’ve registered for the 2016 FAR-West Music Conference in Bellevue, Washington, at the Hyatt Regency this October 13th to the 16th, it’s time to look at all of the opportunities to maximize your time.
WAIT! What? You haven’t registered yet? Well, it’s not too late to get a good deal! “Summer Special” rates are $175 for FAI members and $205 for non-members. Use this link to begin the registration process. Not a member of FAI? Join here and get the discounted rate, as well as access to many other discounted FAI membership services. Once registered, use this link to book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. That page also gives info about hotel parking, internet, restaurants in the area, and travel to/from SeaTac.
Although the conference is officially taking place starting on October 13th and ending on Sunday, October 16th, please remember that we will hold a pre-conference open mic at Dusty Strings on Wednesday, October 12th, and we will hold the third annual Storytelling Showcase on Sunday, October 16th from 2 till 3:30pm. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
Are funds a bit tight? The Howard Larman Scholarship was established to help qualifying musicians to attend our annual conference. Partial or full registration costs are available to help. Deadline to apply is August 5th, 2016.
Private Guerrilla Showcase rooms are still available. PGS rooms are a great way for artists to guarantee those late night showcase slots. Perform in your own room, and schedule others for a break! Most hosts charge a small fee for performance slots to offset the cost of the room. You can sleep in that room, too, to save some more money. (By hotel request, the PGS floor goes quiet at 2 am. There will also be jam rooms after 2 am in our conference area if you want to jam all night.) Venues and fans – you could host a room to highlight or introduce some of your favorite performers. Please note that all performers have to be registered for our conference in order to perform on the PGS floor.
Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse invitations have gone out to the group of artists registered by May 31st who were selected in the first random drawing for performance slots. All artists registered by August 15th will be eligible for the second round drawing.
Panels & Workshops are a large part of the educational opportunities at our conference. Proposals are now being accepted for consideration. We welcome ideas for a wide variety of programming that would provide professional and educational enrichment to FAR-West attendees. If you would like to submit a proposal, go to Panels and workshops 2016 for information and instructions. Please Note that the last day to submit proposals and suggestions is June 30th.
Every attendee receives a copy of our Official Program Book. Included are a schedule of conference events, showcase information, a listing of panels and workshops, the Best of the West Awards, Networking Center exhibitors, and a directory of attendees. Folks have been known to keep the directory as a reference tool long after the conference. What better way to be remembered than with an ad in the program book? There are a variety of ad options, including the outside back cover, full page color ads placed at the beginning of the book, and full, half or quarter page black and white ads placed throughout the book. Prices start at $55 for a quarter page ad.
When you check-in at our conference, the program book will be one of the items in your conference tote bag. The FAR-West Tote Bag is a great way to put your name, CD, showcase schedule, logo or any other promotional items in front of your fellow folkies. For $110, your name or logo can be advertised on the tote bag itself, plus an item of your choice inserted into the bag (flyers up to 8 ½ x 11 inches, or the other goodies mentioned above). You can also choose to just include a tote bag insert for $65. Whichever tote bag choice you make, you will need to provide approximately 400 insert items for the tote bag stuffing party on Thursday afternoon of our conference.
Last but not least, your presence at a table in our Networking Center is a fantastic way to get face-to-face with your fellow conference participants. The FAR-West Networking Center is more than just an "Exhibit Hall"; it's the hub of business connections among performers, presenters and other attendees. Our Networking Center is the place where you have the greatest potential to network and share information. Tables can be reserved at $55 for a half table, or $90 for a full table. Besides displaying posters, music, or other merchandise, you can also set up laptops, tablets, or mp3 players (with headphones, please) to share your music or performances. Electrical hookups are available for $10. If you provide your own hotspot, you can set your laptop or tablet to your YouTube channel.
Your registration includes the Best of the West Luncheon. Honorees this year include Danny O’Keefe for the Performer Award and Peter McCracken/Centrum Foundation for the Ambassadors’ Award. We will also honor the Seattle Folklore Society which is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The Best of the West Luncheon is always a conference highlight and a chance to recognize some of the people who help promote folk music and traditions in our region.
Don’t forget that you can log back in to your registration at any time to make changes or add opportunities, but remember that some of the options have deadlines or are available only in a limited number. Don’t wait too long!
Join us on social media and help share the fun of FAR-West with your musical friends.
#farwest16 is our conference hashtag
REMINDER: Proposals and suggestions are now being accepted for FAR-West 2016 panels and workshops. Go to the web page for information and submission forms: http://www.far-west.org/p-w2016.html
DEADLINE JUNE 30. Take part in shaping your Conference!
Vicki Ambinder, Panels & Workshops Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mark Kaufman – FAR-West President and 2016 Conference Co-Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Lundgren – FAR-West Vice-President and 2016 Conference Co-Chair - email@example.com
Lainey Ballew – FAR-West Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org
FAR-West Best of the West 2016 to Honor
Danny O’Keefe and Peter McCracken
and the Centrum Foundation
Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) is proud to announce the recipients of its Best of the West Awards for 2016. This year’s honorees are legendary songwriter/performer Danny O’Keefe and music educator Peter McCracken with the Centrum Foundation.
The Best of the West (BOTW) awards were established by FAR-West in 2005 to honor individuals who have maintained an enduring presence in the folk and acoustic music scene in the West, and who continue to inspire others by embodying folk values and traditions. This year’s awards will be presented in October at FAR-West’s annual conference in Bellevue, WA.
Danny O’Keefe, the FAR-West BOTW Performer Honoree, has released a string of albums since the early 70s that have cemented his reputation as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Although casual fans remember him best for his Top Ten hit, “Goodtime Charlie’s Got the Blues,” or Jackson Browne’s version of “The Road” on his classic Running on Empty album, his story didn’t end in the 70s. He has continued to record the occasional brilliant album and recently returned with “Light Leaves the West,” released in September 2015. Danny’s songs have been recorded by a veritable Who’s Who of legendary artists over the past thirty-plus years including Elvis Presley, Cab Calloway, Charlie Rich, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Earl Klugh, Chris Hillman, Conway Twitty, Leon Russell, Dwight Yoakum and Jerry Lee Lewis among many others. He has also shared his knowledge and experience with students and other musicians through classes and workshops that he has presented throughout the West for more than thirty years. As a prime mover in the Songbird Foundation, Danny has taken an active role in successfully preserving habitats for Western Songbirds and has selflessly held numerous benefit concerts in support of the environment, Native American rights, and other key social issues. For over four decades, Danny O’Keefe and his music have been a source of inspiration and delight for colleagues and fans throughout the world.
Peter McCracken and the Centrum Foundation are the BOTW Ambassador Honorees. The Centrum Foundation of Port Townsend, WA, is a unique arts education and advocacy program that promotes creative experiences that change lives through intergenerational workshops, bringing together aspiring and master artists to foster creativity, provide mentorship, and build community. Peter McCracken has long been an integral part of this inspiring organization, serving in many capacities over the years including Arts Program Manager and Traditional Arts Program Manager. Peter has established and led the Foundation’s Country Blues, Voice Works, and Ukulele programs and has organized many other short, themed, focused workshops. In 1992 he started the Blues Workshop and Festival and in 2000 he led the initial curatorial project for Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Preservation and Stabilization. As a visionary and administrator, Peter McCracken has influenced and inspired thousands of musicians from the western states and around the world through his brilliant leadership.
Danny O’Keefe joins previous Best of the West Performer Honorees Cris Williamson, Barbara Dane, Chris Hillman, Eric Lowen & Dan Navarro, Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, The Kingston Trio, Joe Craven, John McEuen, Laurie Lewis, and Barry McGuire.
Peter McCracken and the Centrum Foundation join previous Best of the West Ambassador Honorees Russ & Julie Paris, Cassandra Flipper and Bread and Roses, Ed Pearl and the Ash Grove Foundation, Roz & Howard Larman, Steve Baker, Clark & Elaine Weissman, Mike McCormick, Bob Stane, Cloud Moss, Phil & Vivian Williams and Chris Strachwitz.
To receive the Best of the West award, an individual must demonstrate excellence in one’s craft; an enduring presence in the geographic FAR-West folk community for at least a decade; embody or build upon folk values and traditions; and promote, nurture, foster and expand the audience and opportunities for folk music and musicians in the FAR-West geographic region. FAR-West congratulates Danny O’Keefe and Peter McCracken and the Centrum Foundation on being this year’s honorees.
The annual FAR-West Music Conference takes place October 13-16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue WA. For details and registration visit: http://www.far-west.org/
The Now See Hear project was launched at our 2015 conference; it’s like a musical game of telephone, wherein visual artists create art inspired by the songs of FAR-West musicians, and other FAR-West musicians use those pieces of art as inspiration for new songs. It’s all explained in a new section of the FAR-West website:
Go there to see a video explanation (starring famous people), to hear the songs that were used in Round One, and to view the resulting works of art. You can also get in on the game—the website tells you how. Come to the 2016 conference to hear (we hope) some of the Round Two songs, inspired by those works of art, performed by their songwriters.
As a reminder, our 2016 conference will be held from Oct 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington. Early Bird Registration ends next Tuesday, May 31st at midnight!
Just a reminder that the early bird rate ($150. for FAI members / $180 for non-members) for FAR-West conference registration ENDS Tuesday, MAY 31st at midnight.
On June 1st, the Summer Special rates will be $175 for FAI members, and $205 for non members.
Please also note that we are offering a special 2fer rate for specific merchandise, when 2 merch items are purchased at the same time.
Check it all out at our conference website: http://www.far-west.org/far-west-2016.html