NERFA is pleased to officially announce the artists/acts who will perform Formal Showcases during this year's annual Conference, slated for Nov. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT.

A large number of talented artists submitted applications, and the judges had a very difficult time choosing 14 showcase artists and 3 alternates.

NERFA’s Formal Showcase artists (listed in alphabetical order by last name or group name) are:

Bettman & Halpin Martin Kerr
Mari Black and The World Fiddle Ensemble Kirsten Maxwell
The Andrew Collins Trio David Roth
Élage Diouf Ryanhood
The Early Mays Sloan Wainwright
Emma’s Revolution Dan Weber
The End of America Beth Wood
Dave Curley
Rod MacDonald & Mark Dann 
Mama’s Broke.

 Note:  Alternates are automatically given a Semi-Formal Showcase performance slot unless selected to take the place of any Formal Showcase artists who is unable to perform.

Immediately following the Formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights, conference attendees will shuffle between several rooms to enjoy juried 15-minute Semi-Formal Showcases. Artists selected by a separate jury for these newly renamed showcases (formerly known as tricentrics and quadcentrics) will be announced in late August.