NewTown has been chosen as an Official Folk Alliance International (FAI) Showcase artist and will perform at the 30th annual conference taking place February 14-18, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
A platform for luminaries and rising stars, the annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. FAI’s Official Showcases are jury-selected nightly concerts featuring emerging artists and touring legends from around the world. The performances are 30 minutes in length and are held concurrently on ten full-production stages throughout the host hotel over three nights.
Over 800 artists applied for the opportunity to perform for hundreds of festival and venue bookers, agents, managers, labels, media, and music industry representatives. The curated showcases feature touring and export-ready artists representing a diverse array of folk genres including Appalachian, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Global Roots, Indie-Folk, Indigenous, Latin, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-songwriter, Spoken Word, and every imaginable fusion.
The 30th annual Folk Alliance International Conference will be held February 14-18, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri and features presentations from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Richard Thompson, the Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, the International Folk Music Awards, and the 3rd annual Kansas City Folk Festival. The 2018 conference celebrates 30 YEARS OF COMMUNITY AND SONG, honoring the past 3 decades of the organization’s growth and activity, as well as the broader story of folk music during that time.