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Meet the NAFF18 Lineup!
The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival continues a tradition of bringing great live performances to Downtown Indiana —free!
Guided by a folk-roots aesthetic, the NAFF lineup celebrates blues, country, Americana, and other influences on contemporary music
Acts on the NAFF bill range from rising local and regional talent to national recording artists. NAFF headliners have included Slim Jim Phantom (2017), Dar Williams (2017), Commander Cody (2017), Southern Culture on the Skids (2016), Rusted Root (2015), Joe Grushecky along with his Houserockers (2014), and prominent folk figure Si Kahn (2013).
Iconic singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins is familiar to audiences for her hit single “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and her critically acclaimed, 1992 debut album Tongues and Tails, which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. She has won six New York Music awards as well as an ASCAP award for longest running single, “As I Lay Me Down”. Sophie has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, and Sting.
New York-based rock band, Wheatus best known for their sing-along 2000 hit “Teenage Dirtbag.” The single has appeared on many film and television soundtracks, and been covered by acts such as One Direction, Weezer, and Dashborard Confessional. Known for high energy shows and fierce independence, Wheatus continue to tour internationally while consistently releasing new material.
Part of the Greenwich Village folk scene renaissance while fresh out of high-school, Lucy Kaplansky’s early compatriots included Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka as well as her frequent duo partner Shawn Colvin — who eventually produced Lucy’s 1994 debut album, “The Tide”. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.” She has since released six solo albums with Red House Records as well as radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell). Lucy continues to perform all over the world.
Yes, folk-punk *is* a thing! Ed Hamell and his 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar are Hamell On Trial, described by Rolling Stone magazine as “Bald, bold and superbad!” Henry Rollins says “Hamell is a one man rock show!” — what more do you need to know besides he’ll be joining us for NAFF18?
*yes, we were trying to drop a hint when Hamell On Trial played Disobedient Spirits back in November
NAFF18 is pleased to welcome a Texas trio and purveyors of “hillbilly swing,” the Urban Pioneers.
Saving Country Music describes their fourth album as filled with infectious reels and music that is invigorating and fun, yet deceptively-smart. If you loved NAFF alums WhiskeyDick, JAMES HUNNICUTT, and Jayke Orvis, you won’t want to miss the Urban Pioneers in Indiana the Saturday after Labor Day.
Frederick, MD-based Bluegrass quintet, The Crop Dusters will be bringing “high energy covers of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as originals written by the band’s members
Left Lane Cruiser
Influenced by North Mississippi hill country blues musicians, Left Lane Cruiser, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, produce high-energy barn burners that have been featured on such hit television series as Breaking Bad, Banshee, and Nashville. They have made several stops in “our” Indiana, including a set at NAFF16.
A deep bench of local talent has signed on to support our headliners.
Click on the links, explore their sounds and warm up for NAFF by catching their shows at Western PA venues.
Indie-folk duo with a literary bent, Dead Lazarus. Brothers Jason and Bryan Kish are both graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They ‘paint’ original music “with sophisticated lyrics, beautiful melodies, and a whole-lot-of heart.” Jason’s evocative description of their creative process considers “form in conjunction with musical accompaniment – the nasally, mid-range sound of a battered cedar acoustic from the 1970s…”
Based out of Johnstown, PA, Dan performs a unique blend of classic rock, folk, Americana, and country. His songs have been featured on State College, PA stations 105.9/QWIK Rock and 98.7/the Freq and you may’ve seen him at various venues around the region. In 2017, Dan released a six-song album of original material called Ghosts From The Past.
This well-traveled rock and roots acoustic trio cites Johnny Cash, Wilco, and Tom Petty among their influences. The Shivers played a NAFF’ter Hours show last year so we’re especially looking forward to their daytime performance at NAFF18.
Full disclosure, fronted by our festival co-chair and the man behind our music, this act is near and dear to the NAFF steering committee’s hearts. They’ve rocked all over the region, from your favorite corner bar to Thunder In The Valley and the Millvale Music Festival. Post Traumatik has shared stages with Faith No More’s Chuck Mosley, Johnny B. Morbid (the Misfits), Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, Green Jelly, Richie Ramone, and many more
Previous Festival Lineups
2017 Slim Jim Phantom • Dar Williams • Patty Larkin • The Nields • Commander Cody and the Commander Cody Band • James Hunnicutt • WhiskeyDick • The Bones of JR Jones • Love Canon • Mama Corn • Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats • The Pack AD • The Bricks • Alyssa Hankey • Franky Johnson • Caleb J Murphy and the Bright Future • Melville Walbeck • Homegrown Grass Band • Dave Hipchen • Anthony Frazier
2016 Dar Williams • Southern Culture on the Skids • The Stickers (country) • Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz (R&B and soul) • Ray Owen (Americana and humor) • Ken Waldman (Anchorage, AK/poet, storyteller and fiddler) • Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers (Pittsburgh/folk) • The Early Mays (Lewisburg, WV/folk) • Diablo Dimes (Shenandoah Valley/blues and roots) • Marv Ashby and High Octane (Hedgesville, WV/Bluegrass) • Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers (Stockdale, PA/string band) • Left Lane Cruiser (Fort Wayne, IN/blues-rock) • Jayke Orvis (Pittsburgh/roots and Americana) • Tom Breiding (Pittsburgh/labor troubador) • Rosie and the Jammers (Johnstown, PA/polka) • Simple Pleasures (Blairsville, PA/Civil War, gospel, traditional)
2015 Rusted Root • Bastard Bearded Irishmen (Pittsburgh/Celt rock) • Chris Higbee (Pittsburgh/country) • Poogie Bell Band (Pittsburgh/jazz) • Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (Indiana, PA/progressive) • Coastal Remedy (Indiana, PA/alt-rock) • Unknown String Band (Pittsburgh/”folk-grass”) • Jukehouse Bombers (Indiana, PA/blues rock) • Melville Walbeck (Indiana, PA/folk and Americana) • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers (Indiana, PA/roots) • Grist for the Mill (Indiana, PA/classics)
2014 Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers • Grand Ole’ Ditch (Cumberland, MD/Bluegrass) • Honey Spine (Western New York/acoustic duo) • Kim and Reggie Harris (Upstate New York/folk and gospel) • Simple Gifts (Central PA/folk) • Cormorant’s Fancy (Central PA/Celtic) • Trains, Moonshine and Jesus (Central PA/Bluegrass) • Backstabbing Good People (Pittsburgh/rock and soul) • Shelf Life String Band (Pittsburgh/Bluegrass) • Well Strung Bluegrass (Slippery Rock) • Tree (Johnstown, PA/Celtic and Bluegrass) • Up in the Batten House (Pittsburgh/”old-time,” folk tunes of Southwestern PA) • NewLanders (Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvanian folk) • Cornsilk (Indiana, PA/folk)
2013 Si Kahn • Sue Massek (folk) • Coastal Remedy • Wisaal (fusion) • Jazzam (jazz-funk) • Well Strung • Striped Maple Hollow • Julia Voris (fiddler) • Fiddlin Joe’s Legacy • Mountain Therapy • Melville Walbeck • Trains, Moonshine & Jesus • Endless Mike and the Beagle Club • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers • Voices of Joy • Unknown String Band • Rowan Cunningham Band
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