Woodstock Wednesdays This Week: Joe Jencks — July 1, 7pm/CDT

Click here to enjoy the show. The video will remain available in our Video Gallery for a time following the premiere.

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Joe for creating this wonderful video! joejencks.com

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

Woodstock Wednesdays

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival for great music, fun and friends. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy performers who have worked with us over the years.

Woodstock Wednesdays will offer weekly performances throughout the year, not just at the Festival and concerts. We’ll have a way to build a closer bond with you, our fans — and we can all support our performers.

A great way to support our performers is to go to their websites, buy CDs and other merchandise, become a Patreon or whatever member platform they use, and donate to them.  With so many gigs cancelled, they need and deserve your support!

Of course, the Festival also appreciates your support, and you can make a donation at any time by using the Donate button on this website or by sending a check made payable to Woodstock Folk Festival to P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098.

Each Wednesday, we’ll host a Facebook Watch Party and launch the video in our website Gallery, where it will also be available after the event. Performances launch at 7pm/CDT every Wednesday. 

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to join the party. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

JOE JENCKS PERFORMING THIS WEEK, JULY 1, 7pm/CDT

Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist, known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. You can learn much more about Joe’s current work to promote justice on his website joejencks.com.

Joe Jencks

A 21-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Joe has released 14 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit.

Joe performed solo at our Woodstock Folk Festival and with Brother Sun and is scheduled to perform at our 2021 Woodstock Folk Festival. He’s done excellent concerts online as well as a segment on Lilli Kuzma’s show. He periodically does a show online where he features other artists. 

Here are things Joe’s fans have said about him:

The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions. ~ Pete Seeger

Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers is absolutely Joe Jencks’ finest effort thus far. Jencks’ captivating tenor voice, lofted by flawless production, demonstrates music of conscience and provides a feast for the ear as well as nourishment for the soul. ~ Rich Warren, The Midnight Special – WFMT, Chicago, IL

I find that Joe embodies the spirit of Pete Seeger, who was at the forefront of social struggles in his generation. In much the same way, Joe has his finger on the pulse of our grass-roots social conscience and passes it on for us to scrutinize. He wraps his messages in beautiful melodies and sings them with an outstanding tenor voice. Every generation needs a voice for social justice. Joe Jencks is one of those very important voices.” ~ Judy Matzen, Off Square Concerts, Woodstock, IL

We look forward to seeing you at our first Woodstock Wednesdays performance featuring Joe Jencks, July 1, 7pm on Facebook or in the Video Gallery on our website. Invitations will follow via email. Feel free to invite friends who are not on our email list.

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WFMT to Feature Woodstock Folk Festival Friends, June 6, 13 and July 11.

Woodstock Folk Festival’s Radio Partner WFMT will present previous Festival performers Heather Styka (June 6) and Joe Jencks (June 13) as well as Fendrick & Peck (July 11), whom we hope to present in 2021, on “Folkstage.”  “Folkstage” airs Saturday nights from 8-9 p.m./CDT on 98.7FM or www.wfmt.com.

This Saturday night WFMT will hold its spring fundraiser, which supports folk music programming.  

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Woodstock Folk Festival Presents the 35TH Annual Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined, and Announces “Woodstock Wednesdays”!

Come to the 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Reimagined, on SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. CDT, online HERE.

Due to current health concerns and large gathering restrictions, the Festival has invited all of the originally scheduled 2020 performers to next year’s in-person Festival on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Here’s What’s Coming for the 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival — Reimagined

Rather than cancel this year’s Festival, the Board chose to reimagine it, taking advantage of what an online event can offer, while preserving the flavor of a Woodstock event. Long time co-hosts Chuck VanderVennet and Rich Warren will welcome everyone, and viewers will be treated to a virtual tour of the historic Square.

The heart of the event will be two half-hour segments, each featuring music and conversation with performers. One segment will feature Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, and the other, Christine Lavin and Megon McDonough. While the Festival is known for the high quality and variety of music, it generally cannot present conversations between performers, something it is uniquely positioned to do this year.

Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, both renowned solo performers, toured the country with their “Deeper Than the Skin” show. Friends for over 30 years, one black, one white, one from the North, one from the South, they come together as musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers. Through music and conversation, their separate narratives are forged into one powerful friendship aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.

Early in their careers Christine Lavin and Megon McDonough came together as half of the Four Bitchin’ Babes. Christine has entertained audiences with a mix of humorous and tender songs. She also nurtures and promotes new generations of performers. Megon, who will be next year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, began writing songs as a child. Her vast repertoire has led her from performing in Patsy Cline shows to writing and performing in a solo cabaret show. She has performed on stages such as Carnegie Hall, The Birchmere, and Wolf Trap. She has also served as music director and performed at Unity centers and churches.

Festival founder Amy Beth and award-winning singer-songwriter Crys Matthews will also perform. The Festival will finish with its hallmark All-Sing Finale, featuring past performers. There may be a surprise guest or two.

Woodstock Wednesdays

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival for great music, fun and friends. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy performers who have worked with us over the years.

Woodstock Wednesdays will offer weekly performances throughout the year, not just at the Festival and concerts. We’ll have a way to build a closer bond with you, our fans — and we can all enjoy and support our performers.

Each Wednesday, we’ll launch the video in our website Gallery, where it will also be available after the event. Performances launch at 7pm/CDT. 

A great way to support our performers is to go to their websites, buy CDs and other merchandise, become a Patreon or whatever member platform they use, and donate to them.  With so many gigs cancelled, they need and deserve your support!

Of course, the Festival also appreciates your support, and you can make a donation at any time by using the Donate button on this website or by sending a check made payable to Woodstock Folk Festival to P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098.

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to join the party. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website

More Information

For more information on these and future events and, in August, a commemoration of the “100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.” with special web features, visit us here often at woodstockfolkfestival.org. Be sure to check out the Calendar and News sections of the site for the most recent event information for the Festival and our Friends.

Donations

Donations are welcome at any time through the Donation tab on the site. The Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, made possible in part by Radio Partners WDCB, WFMT, and WNUR, the City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock (www.realwoodstock.com).

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My Highway Home ~ Hosted by Joe Jencks

Celebrating Music, Art, Culture and Community from the driver’s seat.

This week on My Highway Home – A special 4th of July broadcast: We The People?

http://folkmusicnotebook.comThrough music and spoken word, this episode explores ideas about pride and patriotism and about our responsibilities to a democratic society. From the perspective of well-known Americans past and present, to the thoughts of elementary school children, and of course musicians from the Folk circuit and beyond, it will be a unique celebration of the 4th of July.

Tune in this Wednesday July 1st at 8:00pm/CDT

This episode will rebroadcast on Thursday July 2nd at 1:00am/CDT, and again on Sunday July 5th at 12:00pm/CDT  – all on Folk Music Notebook – a virtual folk fest 24 hours a day. (www.folkmusicnotebook.com)

You will find all these events listed in our Folk Music Calendar (woodstockfolkfestival.org/events) where you have the option to drop them into your Google Calendar.

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Important Announcement About the Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined

After much research about health and safety issues, listening to our Governor’s daily briefings and his plan for reopening Illinois, watching Woodstock City Council meetings, communicating with other presenters and organizations, and talking with performers and audience members, we have decided not to have an in-person Festival this year.  

Because we carefully curate the Festival to offer diversity in music styles and performers, we would like to keep this year’s lineup intact.  Therefore, we have invited all of this year’s performers to join us next year on Sunday, July 18, 2021.  

However, this does NOT mean we are cancelling the Festival; rather, we are reimagining it.  Stay tuned to this website for details about our special “Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined,” an online event on Sunday, July 19, 2020.  Great music – and more!

We’ll also be premiering “Woodstock Wednesdays” in June.  Again, stay tuned to this website for updates. 

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Off Square Music Hosts Weekly ZOOM Open Mics “Every Saturday”

Each week, one hour, six performers, two songs each — and a whole lot of fun visiting with friends. That’s Off Square Music’s “Every Saturday” ZOOM Open Mic event. Doors open at 6:45 pm, music begins at 7:00 pm.

How to receive an invitation to join: If you are already on the Off Square Music Open Mic mailing list, you will receive a weekly reminder email with the information to join “Every Saturday.” If you would like to be on that list, please send an email via offsquaremusic@gmail.com so you can be added to it.

For more information and to find out how you can perform, please visit the Off Square Music website: https://offsquaremusic.org/2020/05/every-saturday-weekly-open-mic/.

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First Ever Virtual Pride Tour from Hey Nonny of Arlington Heights Tuesday, June 23, 8:30 pm/CDT

Hey Nonny of Arlington Heights presents “The Singing Out Tour with Crys Matthews and Heather Mae,” the first ever Virtual Pride Tour, on Tuesday, June 23, 8:30 p.m./CDT.  For tickets ($15/each) and more info, go to www.heynonny.com.  Crys performed at the 2018 Woodstock Folk Festival.

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Support Our Artist Friends and Enjoy Some Good Music

Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist, known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. He performed solo at our Festival and with Brother Sun and is scheduled to perform at this year’s Festival on July 19. He’s done a couple of excellent concerts online as well as a segment on Lilli Kuzma’s show. He also periodically does a show online where he features other artists. If you’d like to support his efforts to do more online, please subscribe to the channel below; it’s free – just sign in!  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjcW_SPVdP2MXL121sCoBYw

For more information go to Joe’s website at: www.JoeJencks.com.

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Other upcoming online concerts featuring past Festival performers:

Every Tuesday night from 5:30-6 p.m./CDT, the Flyin’ A’s do a show from their home in Texas on Facebook.

Every Sunday, John McCutcheon does a show at 2 pm/CDT on Facebook.

On Tuesday, May 5, Reggie Harris will do a show from 6:30-8:30 pm/CDT; it will feature his songs and songs by Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs; he also has a show on Friday night from 6:30-8:30 pm/CDT on Facebook; it’s a John Prine Song Swap sponsored by the People’s Music Network.

REGGIE HARRIS ONLINE CONCERT CALENDAR

Friday, May 15, 6:30 pm/CDT
A PMN Livestream – Theme: JOHN PRINE SONG SWAP https://www.facebook.com/Peoples.Music.Network/

Sunday, May 3 
JOIN THE FREE EVENT: https://youtu.be/n-wHuy2taNA
Half-hour film plus 60+ minutes of song and conversation
Check your time zone for start time: 2:00 pm/CDT – Email your questions to participants in advance of show: info@songkeepers.ca

Tuesday, MAY 5, 6:30-8:30 pm/CDT
Reggie Harris In Concert and Conversation
Hosted by Rabbi Jonathan Kligler. Let’s make a joyful noise together!
Songs by Reggie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs https://www.wjcshul.org/hightlighted-event/reggie-harris-in-concert-and-conversation/

Friday, May 8 – 8:00 – 9:00pm on Facebook Live
Reggie in Songs and Stories of the Underground Railroad

Sharing about the amazing Underground Railroad when people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, socio-economic and other varied background came together to take on the evil that was prejudice, greed and hate. Sounds like another time IN HISTORY we know, doesn’t it? Tune in, listen, and sing to remind ourselves that we CAN get this done! On Facebook Live! Friday Evening, 7 pm CDT – https://www.facebook.com/reggie.harris.146

NOTE: Mark your calendars for the Fridays With Reggie Concert Series on alternating Fridays at 7:00 pm/CDT. Watch FaceBook and my website for specific dates. Let’s sing and celebrate together!

Always with you in community even during social isolation!

And as always, donations are deeply appreciated/never required!
Reggie Paypal: paypal.me/ReggieHarrisMusicNOW
Reggie Harris Tip Basket: https://my-site-reggie.square.site

Pat Wictor has shows on Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm/CDT and Saturday, May 9, 6:30 pm/CDT. These are ticketed events:

Thursday, May 7, 7:30pm Eastern (6:30 Central, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific)
Lake Effects Shows presents
Pat Wictor and Noah Zacharin in Concert
For admission, go to 
https://wictor-and-zacharin-may-7.eventbrite.com

Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm Eastern (6:30 Central, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific)
6 on the Square presents
Pat Wictor and Noah Zacharin in Concert
For admission, go to
https://www.6onthesquare.org/Schedule/schedule.html

Lilli Kuzma will commemorate the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State and the May 15, 1970 shootings at Jackson State during a segment of her show tomorrow night, May 5, between 8 and 11 pm/CDT on WDCB/90.9FM or wdcb.org (also in the archive for 2 weeks after broadcast).

I hope you have taken time to read my post about this and the Student Strike of 1970.

Although John McCutcheon has not (YET) performed at our Festival, if you like music and you like baseball, I highly recommend the baseball show he did yesterday. You can still find that, as well as his May Day show last Friday, on Facebook. His shows are Sunday afternoons at 2 pm/CDT on Facebook. 

PLEASE NOTE: We will only post past and upcoming Festival performer info on our website, but I will let each of you know about other artists you may enjoy from time to time AND I hope you will also let us know about events you’re aware of. 

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Breaking News — Matching Donations Donor

An anonymous donor has pledged to match donations to the Woodstock Folk Festival up to a total of $250. Donate now so the Festival can receive this generous offer.  You can use the Donate button in the right column of every page of our site.

Thanks to our donor!

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Joe Crookston Live Streaming from Ithaca NY, Sunday, April 26, 3pm CDT

WOODSTOCK FOLK FESTIVAL

Presents

Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Artist

JOE CROOKSTON

An online night of orchestral folk, slide guitar, hilarious stories, foot-stomping grooves & human connection.

Live streams CAN transcend the “0101001101” medium.

Remotely, he’ll give you goosebumps & bring you joy. For real. 

THIS IS A SPECIAL CHICAGOLAND WOODSTOCK FOLK FESTIVAL CONCERT. SPREAD THE WORD Chicagoland!

Here’s the link to watch Joe Crookston live streaming:

DATE: Sunday, April 26 

TIME: 3:00 pm CDT

LINK to WATCH CONCERT: https://youtu.be/KNAp_XeGZks 

SIMPLY go to this link at 3:00 pm. ENJOY THE SHOW from your couch.

COST: Suggested Donation $15.

TO MAKE A DONATION for this concert, visit Joe Crookston’s page, joecrookston.com for three payment options. 

This will be a local night of Celebrating my GREAT Chicagoland FRIENDS. 

Visuals, Great Lush Sound. Funny as Hell.

NEED MORE INFO?

For tech support login and information
to make it easy for you to join,

Email publicity@joecrookston.com 

WEB: www.joecrookston.com

Thanks!

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