Blue Sky Folk Festival returns Saturday, August 25

Posted August 14, 2018

Blue Sky Folk Festival
returns to Kirtland Saturday, August 25

. . . where great musicians can connect with new musicians . . .

The Blue Sky Folk Festival celebrates its eighth year – a gem of an event that brings musicians and folk music fans from all over Northeast Ohio to Kirtland for a day of jamming, performance and learning.

On Saturday, August 25, the eighth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival plays in Kirtland at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 10848 Chillicothe Road (Route 306), Kirtland 44094 from 11:30am to 6:30pm. Gates open 11am. See the schedule at

Admission is $15, online $12 at, kids 12 and under free. Bring an instrument to jam for $3 off admission.

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2018 performers

On the Main Stage . . .

This year’s festival brings a great variety of original bluegrass, old-time, blues and country music, plus jamming and workshops. Main stage lineup is the Bill Lestock Trio; the Vicki Chew Band; Matt Watroba;  the popular blues-roots-country band Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys; and noted songwriter J. Scott Franklin with blues/jazz guitarist Michael Bay. We’ll also be hearing from the student group Benjamin Franklin Strings.

Bill Lestock plays original mandolin music that is a compelling blend of bluegrass, old time, baroque and blues perhaps best defined as New Acoustic or Modern Acoustic music. Lestock, a Cleveland firefighter for 26 years, incorporates melodies and imagery from a life and culture of firefighting. His accompanying musicians are Anthony Taddeo, percussionist and Andrew Bonnis, upright bass.

Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys is Rachel Brown (vocals, piano), Bill Watson (bass), Dave Huddleston (guitar) and Roy King (drums).  Rachel’s soaring voice and bold musicality pack a wonderful punch with her longtime band.  You’ll get a two-fer as Dave Huddleston will also play with Vicki Chew.Jammers

At the Blue Sky, take part in twenty-plus jams, workshops and classes led by professional musicians – many also appearing on the Main Stage. Take a workshop on fiddle tunes, join a community sing, have fun with a beginning ukulele class, learn guitar maintenance, try lyric and melody writing.

Bring the Kids

We’re a family friendly affair. What better way to spend the day, surrounded by music, community and sunshine – and there’s a playground plus creative activities and a kids’ song-writing workshop. Children are also very welcome at the concerts, adult workshops and jams.

Remarkable Lake County, OhioThe Blue Sky Folk Festival is funded in part by a grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund to further participation in, and awareness of, arts and culture in Lake County. #remarkablelakecounty

Brought to you by . . .

The Blue Sky Folk Festival is brought to you by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region through the creation of inspiring experiences that stimulate a personal love and appreciation of folk music. The Blue Sky Folk Festival and Lake Erie Folk Fest depend on your gifts and sponsorships to bring these very affordable events to a larger public.
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