Archive for Friday, February 19, 2016

Hundreds of folk musicians flock to Kansas City for convention

Squeezed for space in the corner of a Westin Hotel bedroom, singer-song writer Matt Nakoa, performs with other Kerrville Folk Festival-winning song writers, during a private showcase inside the Westin Hotel at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. Nakoa will be the the Americana Music Academy Artist-in-Residence in Lawrence, February 22 - 24 for a songwriter's workshop master class and a few private lessons, culminating with a house concert on February 24 at 7 p.m.

Squeezed for space in the corner of a Westin Hotel bedroom, singer-song writer Matt Nakoa, performs with other Kerrville Folk Festival-winning song writers, during a private showcase inside the Westin Hotel at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. Nakoa will be the the Americana Music Academy Artist-in-Residence in Lawrence, February 22 - 24 for a songwriter's workshop master class and a few private lessons, culminating with a house concert on February 24 at 7 p.m.

February 19, 2016

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For the third year in a row, Kansas City, Mo., is hosting the Folk Alliance International Cultural Crossroads conference through Saturday at the The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center hotel, 1 E. Pershing Road. More than 1,100 musicians are performing for the public and for music industry folks looking to book talent.

In addition to the official showcases that feature 56 performances on nine stages each night, people can sign up for Music Camp and one of 30 music workshops daily, including everything from learning ukulele to writing songs. The public evening showcases are sold out, but you can walk in and sign up for the Music Camp. For ticket availability and information, go to folk.org. The convention will return to Kansas City in 2017.

Joni Fornelli, of Lawrence, attended a Celtic fiddle workshop Thursday at Music Camp and attended late-night private showcases Wednesday. “It’s like being in a music playground for three days,” Fornelli said. At night, three floors of hotel rooms are dedicated to showcases. “I just love being able to explore different musicians until 2 or 3 in the morning. It’s like a music salad.”


Gallery: Folk Alliance International Conference (13 photos)

A group of Canadian musicians perform in the Folk Canada room at the Westin Hotel Wed. Feb. 18, during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday.

A group of Canadian musicians perform in the Folk Canada room at the Westin Hotel Wed. Feb. 18, during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. by Mike Yoder

Musicians flyers fill the hallway as attendees at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO ride the elevator to one of three Westin Hotel floors, Wed. Feb. 18. where musicians perform private showcases at the conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday.

Musicians flyers fill the hallway as attendees at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO ride the elevator to one of three Westin Hotel floors, Wed. Feb. 18. where musicians perform private showcases at the conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. by Mike Yoder

Dustin Morris, with the band Edison, Denver, CO., waits for an elevator Wed. Feb. 18, on his way to a performance inside the Westin Hotel during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday.

Dustin Morris, with the band Edison, Denver, CO., waits for an elevator Wed. Feb. 18, on his way to a performance inside the Westin Hotel during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. by Mike Yoder

Sara Slaton, sings with her Denver band Edison, Wed. Feb. 18, during a recording session during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday.

Sara Slaton, sings with her Denver band Edison, Wed. Feb. 18, during a recording session during the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO. that runs through Sunday. by Mike Yoder

Lawrence resident Megan Hurt, second from right, attends a Celtic fiddle and cello workshop Thursday, Feb 18, from Alasdair Fraser, left, and Natalie Haas, seated left, at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO that goes through Sunday.

Lawrence resident Megan Hurt, second from right, attends a Celtic fiddle and cello workshop Thursday, Feb 18, from Alasdair Fraser, left, and Natalie Haas, seated left, at the Folk Alliance International Conference in K.C., MO that goes through Sunday. by Mike Yoder


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