Folk & Bluegrass Music
All Day Saturday, June 25th: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
Fishel Park, Downers Grove
GroveFest 2016 Folk Stage Line-up
Emcee - Lily Kuzma
9-9:45 am Plank Road String Band
10-10:30 am Ben Bedford
10:35-11:05 am The Matchsellers
11:10-11:40 am Heather Styka
11:45-12:15 pm Barbie Silverman & Colby Maddox
12:20-12:50 pm Lambert & Walz
12:55-1:25 pm Barbie Silverman & Colby Maddox
1:30-2:00 pm Ben Bedford
2:05-2:35 pm The Matchsellers
2:40-3:10 pm Heather Styka
3:15-3:45 pm Lambert & Walz
3:50-4:30 pm Plank Road String Band

Country & Western Sing-Around:

  • July 30, 2016

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The Plank Road Folk Music Society is dedicated to fostering and promoting traditional and contemporary folk music and dance.

The Plank Road Folk Music Society is a "hands-on" organization. Members are involved in sing-arounds, open mikes, dances, workshops and other events to sing, play, dance and listen to the music that connects us all. Young, old, experienced and beginning musicians share in the common experience.

Sing-arounds and bluegrass jams are favorite events where we sing and play traditional folk and contemporary acoustic music. Bring your instrument, or just come and sing or listen. All levels of experience are welcome.

New! Country and Western Sing-Arounds take place on the fifth Saturday of the month which happens a few times a year. We sing and play the classic country hits of artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins George Jones and many more. Again, all levels of experience are welcome!

Barn dances, with music provided by our own String Band, bring folks together to play, dance and listen. Reels, squares, line dances and waltzes provide fun for the whole family.

Plank Road members are active at festivals and present concerts and other events showcasing a wide range of acoustic music. Our members also offer their experience and skills in helping community organizations present a variety of musical events.

Our newsletter, Quarter Notes, is highly regarded in the folk community. Published quarterly, Quarter Notes brings members news and reports of upcoming events and festivals, articles on performing artists, discussions of musical techniques, and a wealth of other information. Quarter Notes is available on line.

Traditional folk music helps us discover a connection with our roots by bringing to life a song or tune that has been sung and played for 100 years or more. Contemporary folk music by the likes of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Berrymans, Mark Dvorak and many others offers a way to share and document the times of our lives. As we preserve our musical heritage we build continuity with the future. Please join us to enjoy the music and keep our heritage alive.

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