The Moab Folk Festival announced their line-up for their eleventh annual festival Nov. 1 – 3.
“We are very excited about the depth and diversity of this year’s artists,” said Lisa Carter, from the Moab Folk Festival.
Ellis, who earned the People’s Choice award at the 2012 Moab Folk Festival, will return this year.
Audiences at other folk festivals love her too, earning the same title at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Sisters Folk Festival the same year.
Ellis is also one of festival director Melissa Schmaedick’s favorite folk artists.
“First of all she’s this incredible breath of fresh air. So happy and so positive. When you listen to her music you feel hopeful and uplifted,” Schmaedick said.
David Lindley will be performing both Friday and Saturday.
He redefines the word “eclectic.” His electro-acoustic performances combine American bluegrass and folk with tunes from around the world, including elements of African, Arabic, Asian and Celtic sources.
The rest of the artist line-up includes Tom Russell, Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Nick Forster, The Steel Wheels, Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov, Marley’s Ghost, Joshua James, Parker Millsap Trio, 3 Penny Acre and Moors & McCumber.
Due to the intimacy of the venues and Moab’s small town atmosphere, festival artists can often be seen walking around town, eating at local restaurants, or participating in the late night jam sessions.
“It’s also not unusual to be sitting near someone at one of the performances and suddenly realizing that person was performing onstage the night before or earlier in the day,” Schmaedick said.
Evening performances will be held at Star Hall and the Grand County High School Auditorium. Daytime performances will be held at the Center Street Ball Field.
“This outdoor venue includes arts, crafts, food vendors and a beer garden,” Carter said. “This venue has a family friendly atmosphere.”
Children under 10 years of age get in free. Children 10 to 15 years receive a 10 percent discount.
There will also be Late Night Jam Sessions held after the evening performances on Friday and Saturday nights at Eddie McStiff’s. People are welcome to bring their instruments to participate, or to simply hang out and enjoy the music.
Workshops are free and open to the public. These will be held from 9 to noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are now available for all venues and show. There is an early bird discount that reduces the cost by 10 percent if purchased before July 1.
Moab-area residents can also get a 10 percent discount on all venues; to pay by cash or check locals need to wait until Sept. 1.