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Turners Circus to Perform at Ferdinand Folk Festival

FFF 2017 Turner Circus stilts photoThis year's Ferdinand Folk Festival will feature aerial performers from Louisville's Turners Circus! From a freestanding rig positioned near the merch tent and main lawn, performers of all ages and skill levels will provide ambiance performances, taking turns on aerial fabric (silk), static trapeze, hoop (lyra), rope, and Spanish web. Throughout the park, ground performers will also provide juggling, hoop, poi, unicycling, stilts, acro, or other entertainment for visual, artistic appeal.

Specializing in gymnastic classes, aerial performances and more, Turners Circus has a rich tradition with an established repertoire of some of the finest circus arts entertainers and instructors in the Louisville area. Their motto "Sound Mind, Sound Body" supports health and wellness, a prominent theme of the festival.

Founded in the US by German immigrants in 1848 (Ferdinand was founded in 1840 by Rev. Joseph Kundek and also settled by German immigrants), American Turners now number over 60 organizations nationwide. The term “turner” comes from the German word “Turnen”, meaning gymnastic exercise. Louisville Turners organized the city's first gymnasium on Market Street in 1849. The organization struggled through the 1850s from anti-immigrant sentiment prevalent throughout the country. In 1860 Turner Hall burned to the ground, but through the dedication and resilience of its members, Louisville Turners survived. Many American Turners members served in the Civil War and in the service of the United States in every war since that time.

By 1890 the Louisville Turnverein or Gymnastic Club was on the mend and an important presence in Louisville. In 1911, the club purchased property along the Ohio River, now known as Turner Park, and in 1917, Louisville Turners, led by a group of prominent local businessmen, purchased the old Brandeis Home at Floyd and Broadway for a new Turner FFF 2017 Turners Circus PhotoHall and soon added a gym.
The first "Turner Circus" was held in 1941, displaying gymnastic skills of Turner members of all ages. The downtown Turner Hall was used for winter activities until it was sold in 1984. In 1987 authorities constructed in Turner Park a new multipurpose building dedicated to the memory of Joseph Weismueller, who served as gymnastics instructor for 54 years.

Louisville Turners has survived and today thrives through the dedication and determination of its members. The organization continues to be one of the most recognized and respected clubs in the area. Unique to Louisville, Turners is the only gymnastic center that offers a fully equipped aerial program. If one's dreams were ever to be in Cirque Du Soeil or just try something different to get in shape, their aerial classes and workshops are the perfect opportunity.

Turners was founded on the principles of improving our democracy by promoting freedom and equality for all humanity, health and physical education, cultural education, and rational thinking--in order to advance the health, happiness and progress of humankind. It emphasizes intellectual, cultural growth, and moral character through special classes under qualified and competent instructors. It recognizes the family's integral role and the harmonious education of the body and mind as the foundation of our communities.
For more information, visit http://www.louisvilleturners.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/turnerscircus/. Also visit http://www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com/ often in the coming weeks for exciting updates.

Aaron Trafton's 2017 Ferdinand Folk Festival Poster Unveiled

Once again, Folk Fest committee member Aaron Trafton has worked his magic in creating our official 2017 Ferdinand Folk Festival poster. Enjoy this fun, over-the-shoulder look at his creative process in action. Great job, Aaron!
Aaron is backed up by our 2017 headliner Joshua Davis singing "Delta 88" and Jeffrey Martin's "Thief and a Liar". Martin will also be performing at this year's festival on Saturday, September 16.
Planning for the festival is in full swing!  For all the exciting news and updates, visit www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com often in the weeks ahead.

Jason Wilber in Concert at St. Benedict's Brew Works!

Jason WilburAmerican singer-songwriter, recording artist, and famous lead guitarist Jason Wilber, will perform a benefit concert for the Ferdinand Folk Festival on Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm ET, at St. Benedict's Brew Works at 860 E 10th Street, in Ferdinand, Indiana. Doors will open at 3:00 pm ET. For advance online tickets, visit https://www.itickets.com/events/383200.html or www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com.

St. Benedict’s Brew Works will revive their 70-seat listening room—the former theatre in the Marian Heights Academy’s Art Studio—to host the Bloomington artist and lead guitarist for John Prine. Wilber is excited to return to perform another fundraiser concert for the Festival. A prolific singer-songwriter, Jason has released 11 albums, including his brand new record, Reaction Time, inspired by his life experiences traveling the world while on tour as lead guitarist with country/folk icon John Prine. This record compiles his journal observations set to beautiful melodies. In Wilber’s 20-year journey with Prine, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and on Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Myers. For more info, visit http://jasonwilber.com/jason_wilber_bio/ and https://www.facebook.com/jasonwilbermusic.

Tickets are $15 each or two for $25, and are available online at https://www.itickets.com/events/383200.html, and on the homepage www.ferdinandfolkfestival. Since the intimate theatre has limited seats, all are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Doors to the theatre will open at 3:00 pm ET, and exciting new festival merchandise will be available. Open to ages 21 and over, the concert is a community partnership with Project ACORN, with all proceeds benefitting the Folk Fest.

The Ferdinand Folk Festival's annual area Singer-Songwriter Showcase is also coming up soon, on Saturday, August 19; so patrons are encouraged to save the date. The details will be announced soon.

The eighth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival, co-sponsored by Moore Music and Best Home Furnishings, is Saturday, September 16. Featuring an exciting and eclectic mix of Americana, folk, and roots blues music from Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, and the local region, the premier family and environmentally festival offers dozens of art and environmental booths, many diverse activities for children and adults, including fun, new features to be announced in the coming weeks. See separate post on Project ACORN's page about Cody Goeppner and Selena Muller's children's theatre workshops and this year's Folk Fest play "Big Bear Hug". Applications for vendors and exhibits are also currently open and easily accessible on the fest's website homepage. Visit here and www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com often for the website's new look, our soon-to-be released 2017 poster, and regular updates!

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

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Singer-Songwriter Showcase
FFF 2017 Singer Songwriter Showcase photo from 2016 Bethany BoeglinIn the third annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriting Showcase, eleven regional artists of all ages will feature their talents in the Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium, at 1440 Michigan Street, on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00 pm Eastern. Admission will be $10, and tickets may be purchased directly online at https://www.itickets.com/events/384067.html and www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com. The performers are as follows--and look for featured posts about each showcase artist on our Facebook page in the coming days.
1. Tonya Buckler, Louisville, KY
2. Edward Leroy Burch, Dubois, IN
3. Matthew Colson, Evansville, IN
4. Joel Curtis, Louisville, KY
5. Toby Ellis, Evansville, IN
6. Dawn Keller, Bloomfield, IN
7. Hayley Payne, Philpot, KY
8. Clayton Schroeder, Bloomington, IN
9. Steven Wagler, Jasper, IN
10. Art Woodward, Evansville, IN
11. Anna Wrasse, Bloomington, IN
"The spirit of this event is to foster and promote creativity and original music among all ages in our communities, and to provide artists with a venue to share their work with a supportive, listening audience," said Rock Emmert, committee chair. "The contest is a fun incentive for artists to use songwriting to convey the meaning in their everyday lives--and to develop and share their work." The organizers plan to continue the contest into the future to contribute to the growing arts scene in the area.  
Unlike the first two years of the contest, this year all showcase participants will be invited to perform on the NextEra Energy Main Stage to open this year's festival on Saturday, September 16. One significant change the committee made this year to is shift the competitive nature of the showcase performance to a more relaxed Saturday-evening spirit of friendly enjoyment and camaraderie for all performers and audience members alike. "We also wanted to give more than just two regional artists public exposure each year at the festival itself--so that additional emerging area artists gain recognition, support, and confidence to develop their talents," stated Emmert.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this wonderful opportunity," stated Keller. Schroeder added, "I'm so elated and overjoyed to be selected as a performer!" 
A screening committee reviewed each song for original lyrics, musicianship, melody, and total effect before making the difficult decision of narrowing down this year's performers. One of the purposes of the Folk Fest and its sister program Project ACORN is to promote the arts and the artisans in the community and region--through music and theatre for children and all ages, drawing, painting, pottery, etc. Since its inception, the singer-songwriter contest has received submissions from Ferdinand and faraway states. 
The eighth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival, co-sponsored by Moore Music and Best Home Furnishings, features an exciting and eclectic mix of Americana, folk, and roots blues music from Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, and the local region. The community's premier family and environmentally festival offers dozens of art and environmental booths, many diverse activities for children, sponsored by MasterBrand, and workshops and Tent Talks for adults, including fun, new features to be announced in the coming weeks. Applications for vendors and exhibits are closing soon and are easily accessible on the fest's website homepage. Visit Facebook and www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com often for the website's new look, the newly released 2017 poster, and regular updates!
Photo:  Bethany Boeglin, winner of the 2016 contest in the over-18 age category, Anna Wrasse won in the under-18 age group
Photo Credit: Jay Hamlin

Halfway to the Folk Fest - 2017

We're almost halfway to the Folk Fest! To celebrate, the Southern Sirens will perform at this year's "Halfway to the Folk Fest" concert at 7:00 pm EDT on Friday, March 31. We will also announce the exciting music line-up for the 2017 Ferdinand Folk Festival, set for Sept. 16. The event will be held at the Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 (425 Main Street). Doors open at 6:00 pm EDT and new merchandise will be available. For more info about this dynamic, Louisville-based, all-female, pop/Americana band, visit http://www.southernsirensmusic.com/.

Click here to purchase your $10 tickets in advance.

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