Special Features at FARM 2019

FARM Preview Concert - Wednesday, Oct 23

FARM is excited to curate a special concert at a brand new concert venue called Listening Room in Grand Rapids. They don’t officially open till November but they’ve graciously offered the night to FARM for a soft opening. This concert will feature: Escaping Pavement, Tret Fure, Ruth & Max Bloomquist, Cari Ray & the Shakey Legs, Noah Derkson, Hayes Griffin and Michael Kelsey. With your EMcees, J. Oscar Bittenger & Josh Rose. 

Now See Hear

‘Now See Hear’, is a program modeled after Folk Alliance Region Far-West’s program, led by Phil Ward.

Jan Krist (author of this painting inspired by A Grateful Life by David Barrett) was our coordinated this year. Works were solicited by artists from all over the Midwest to create a piece inspired by a folk song of their choosing. The chosen pieces will be displayed at FARM.

Musicians attending the FARM conference are encouraged to write a song inspired by one of these pieces of art, and share that song with FARM, creating an ongoing circle of art and music.

Presenters' Breakfast & Roundtable - Friday 9am - 1p

Food and Conversation with venue / festival bookers and other music presenters

We’ll go in depth into the issues that matter most to you.
• Best practices on how to pay musicians
• How to best promote your shows
• Dealing with PROs
• Hiring and managing staff, interns, and volunteers
• Raising more money
• and more…
Sign up here: https://www.farmfolk.org/presenter-breakfast-roundtable/  by Oct 20th

The Drop Zone

Back by popular demand, the Drop Zone is a designated space where participating presenters and DJs will be assigned their own box for collecting attendee CDs &/or One Sheets. While we believe that personal contact is best, it’s not always easy to connect with every artist, presenter or DJ. Artists simply drop by The Drop Zone, read the instructions, and choose which boxes they will fill. Presenters & DJs interested in participating please fill out this form. Any questions – please contact

Wisdom of the "Dames" - Friday 2:30p

Wisdom of the “Dames” is a play on Wisdom of the Elders. Moderator, Matt Watoba will speak to Tret Fure, Kari Estrin, Nancy Emrich, Kitty Donohoe and Jan Krist at 2:30 on Friday afternoon. These 5 women have won some hard-earned wisdom they are graciously sharing.

Community Sing - Thursday 3p and Sunday 2p

We couldn’t think of a better way to both kick off and close our weekend together than with a whole lot of beautiful voices raised in song. So this year, we’ll have TWO Community Sing opportunities and we hope you’ll all take advanted of both or at least one as your schedule allows. Thursday at 3p – Matt Watroba will lead and Sunday at 2p – Hall & Morgan will lead. Both will take place in the Saugatuck Room. Hope to hear you there!

Straggler's Song Circle - Sunday 6p

Having too much fun to leave? Not in a hurry to get home? Maybe want to soak up a bit more FARM family warmth and community? We’re hosting an afterglow song circle at one of Grand Rapids’ many fine breweries, Thornapple Brewing.  The food is really great, the beer is even better. Come for dinner, a beverage and share a song. Wanna play? Just show up!

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