The Evanston Bluegrass Festival isn’t only an amazing opportunity to hear some of the country’s best bluegrass music – it’s also an opportunity to make a positive impact.
In 2008, Evanston High School partnered with nonprofit Build Africa. Two years of fundraising combined with donor matching generated enough money to build The Evanston school in Ndatani Village, Kenya. To maintain that connection and raise much-needed funds for educational materials, Evanston citizens founded the Bluegrass Festival in 2011.
Here’s what you have to look forward to at this year’s festival on June 23 and 24.
First-class bluegrass from across the country
This year’s festival will feature a great lineup of celebrated musicians with styles ranging from Celtic bluegrass to progressive bluegrass to traditional bluegrass. Performers include:
- The Blue Canyon Boys of Denver, CO
- The Brothers Comatose of San Francisco, CA
- Jalan Crossland of Tensleep, WY
- C. Peter Fennell of Portland, OR
- Dodgy Mountain Men of Missoula, MT
- Low Water String Band of Lander, WY
- The Two Tracks of Sheridan, WY
- Whippoorwill of Encampment, WY & Austin, TX
- Whiskey Slaps of Laramie, WY
- Wild Mountain of Denver and Boulder, CO
To sum it up: if you’re into authentic, quality live music, this is the festival for you.
Fabulous food and drinks to fuel your festival experience
Friday night’s concert will feature a meal cooked by Solavore and powered by the sun. Solavore makes sun-powered ovens that are great for the environment and great for the health of those who use them. Instead of breathing in the toxic fumes of kerosene and charcoal, people in the developing world can use the Solavore oven to cook their food safely.
On Saturday, the food lineup is almost as exciting as the musical line up. Choose from tamales and tacos, gyros, BBQ, burgers, fries, sandwiches, brats, dogs and ice cream to fill your belly. When you get thirsty, you can head to the Beer & Wine Garden to enjoy handcrafted microbrews, domestic beers and wine.
Tons of other fun
The festival will also feature music workshops and kids’ booths, plus jewelry makers, basket weavers, painters and other artisans selling their wares. You’ll also have a chance to enter a guitar raffle and win your very own git-box to start your own bluegrass band! The guitar up for grabs is a Teton STS205CENT Dreadnought with a red cedar top, African mahogany sides and abalone inlays.
All of the proceeds from the festival will help provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children living in impoverished areas around the world and in the Evanston community. Frankly, there’s never been a better excuse to kick back and get down to some great tunes.
To learn more and plan your festival experience, visit bluegrassevanston.com.