Moab Folk Festival boasts music, scenic surroundings, environmentally friendly fun |

Moab Folk Festival boasts music, scenic surroundings, environmentally friendly fun

Submitted photoSweet Sunny South, of Paonia, will perform at the Moab Folk Festival taking place Nov. 4-6 in Utah. The bluegrass band will also appear at Steves Guitars in Carbondale Friday, Nov. 11.

Moab, Utah – Plans for the environmentally conscious Moab Folk Festival, in its third year, have been announced by the festival’s founder, Melissa Schmaedick.This year’s lineup includes nationally recognized folk artists performing at four Moab venues Nov. 4-6.”This is our third year, and it will be our best yet. It’s a real honor to have so many top-notch performers here in Moab,” Schmaedick said. “Our team has had a great time assembling a music festival that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. We’re proud that we’ve created such a family-friendly and environmentally sound event.”Moab Folk Festival performers include: Sloan Wainright (the sister of Loudon Wainright and aunt of Rufus and Martha); violinist Eileen Ivers, who has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and dance troupe Riverdance; Seattle’s high-energy Laura Love; and newgrass band Pagosa Hot Strings. The weekend features individual performances by Jimmy LaFave, Joel Rafael and Slaid Cleaves, as well as a group tribute to Woody Guthrie titled “Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway,” with Guthrie’s granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband, Johnny Irion, and others.Schmaedick said the folk festival is alcohol, drug and pet-free to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all audience members. In addition, to minimize the event’s impact on the environment, Synergy Company has donated wind-generated electricity to serve all power needs and official festival T-shirts will be manufactured from 100 percent recycled cotton and other environmentally friendly products.”Moab offers a beautiful setting for our event, and these pro-environment values are in keeping with the local culture and the priorities of the people who live here,” she said. “It’s exciting to have sponsors and vendors with such a deep desire to help us maintain this commitment to our surroundings.”The area’s natural and historic surroundings are part of the draw for the festival’s attendees, Schmaedick said. Performance stages are all within walking distance, and close to shopping and dining in downtown Moab.In addition, concert goers can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities in town, or at the nearby national parks.”This combination of great music and a fantastic natural setting provides visitors with endless activities for the entire weekend,” Schmaedick said.The Moab Folk Festival began in 2002 to bring musicians to the historic Utah town. The 2005 event features performances by 15 artists in three days, with ticket prices ranging from $30 for a single-venue pass, to $95 for a festival pass. Vendors will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages, along with festival memorabilia.For a complete list of performers, or to purchase tickets or become a vendor, visit or call (435) 260-2488.

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