2020 Concerts

ONLINE! – 9th Annual Invitational Concert: The Power of Song

Sunday, April 5, 2:00 p.m.

The Woodstock Folk Festival will premier its first online concert on Sunday afternoon, April 5 at 2 pm/CDT in the Video Gallery on our website

If you miss this online concert on April 5, it will be available at a later date in the Video Gallery section of our website through the top menu tab. 

Due to the pandemic, this is a revised version of our “Power of Song” concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S., the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the 50th Anniversary of the Student Strike of 1970, and the role music played in all of those movements. 

A couple of our originally scheduled performers (Lia Nicine McCoo and Chris McIntosh and Alvin McGovern) could not participate, but five of our original performers (Tricia Alexander, Mark Dvorak, Kristin Lems, Heather Styka, and Les Urban) will perform as well as special guests Small Potatoes (Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso). 

Our musicians will perform original songs, in some cases directly related to those movements and in other cases in the same spirit but focused on some contemporary issues. They will show the “Power of Song” to provoke you, to move you, and to bring us together.

Please support the July 19 summer Festival, which we still hope to present, by donating via the PayPal Donation Button in the right column of every page of our website, woodstockfolkfestival.org.  

We also urge you to support these musicians, whose gigs have been cancelled. They took the time to provide these videos and upload them. Please support them now via their own websites listed below:

Thanks to all who made this event possible: Leslie Cook, Rich Prezioso, George Muligano, our Vice President Mary Sherman, and other members of the Festival Board, Denice Beck, Dorothy Biris, Mike Breen, Betsy Ducote, Caroline Nemoda, Julie Roberts, Mary Sherman, and Jim Young. 

Join us on Sunday, donate to the Festival and the musicians, and don’t forget – cherish the “Power of Song” and take it out into the world!

Carol Obertubbesing, President

Woodstock Folk Festival 

For updates and links, always remember to check our site and watch our Facebook (Woodstock Folk Festival) and Twitter (@woodstockfolk) pages!

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Anne Hills and the UK-based Bill Jones in Concert

Anne Hills & Bill Jones

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock
225 W. Calhoun S. (corner of Tryon & Calhoun)
Woodstock, IL 60098

Woodstock Folk Festival will also co-­sponsor a concert with Off Square Music on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 pm, featuring Anne Hills and the UK-based Bill Jones. Anne Hills is an award-­‐winning singer/songwriter and recipient of last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Jones is an acclaimed U.K. folksinger, multi-­‐instrumentalist and winner of the BBC Folk Award in 2001.

This concert will also be at the Unity Spiritual Center. Admission is $15. For reservations, call 815-­353-­5696.

The Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock at 225 W. Calhoun St. (corner of Tryon, just two blocks southwest of Woodstock Square) is easily accessible from Routes I-­‐90, 14, and 120. Woodstock is also on the Union Pacific/Northwest Metra Train line that runs between Chicago and Harvard.

Off Square Music presents year-­‐round concerts and open mics, and music at the Woodstock Farmers Market. For more information visit offsquaremusic.org.

Woodstock Folk Festival Inc. is a non-­profit organization based in Woodstock, IL. 47 miles northwest of Chicago. Its purpose is to bring quality folk music -­- local, national, and international — to Northern Illinois. The Woodstock Folk Festival is made possible in part by our Radio Partners WDCB/90.9 FM, WFMT/98.7 FM, and WNUR/89.3 FM, The City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock (www.realwoodstock.com).

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