NERFA Conference Updates:
- --> Guerrilla Showcase Host Registration closes October 1st.
- --> 2018 Conference Registration, Volunteer, Hotel Reservation, Community Meals, Exhibit Hall Tables, Program Book Ads and Website Banner Ads now available. See FALL CONFERENCE menu above.
- --> Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase Artsts Announced. See FALL CONFERNECE -> Exhibits menu above.
Immediately following the Formal Showcases on Friday and Saturday nights during the 23rd Annual NERFA Conference in Stamford, CT, attendees will shuffle between four rooms to enjoy juried 15-minute Semi-Formal Showcases (formerly known as tricentrics and quadcentrics).
Artists selected from among more than 210 applicants for these newly renamed showcases are (in alphabetical order by group or last name): Clint Alphin, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Emily Barnes, Lisa Bastoni, The Beck Sisters, Bethlehem and Sad Patrick, The Black Feathers, Sophie Buskin, Meghan Cary, Shawna Caspi, Dave Curley, Dunham Shoe Factory, Friction Farm, Abbie Gardner, Vance Gilbert, Sharon Goldman, Hoot and Holler, Alice Howe, Greg Klyma, Erika Kulnys, Abigail Lapell, Rod MacDonald, Austin MacRae, Mama’s Broke, Mike McKenna Jr., Paddy Mills, Zoe Mulford, Emily Mure, Musique a bouches, No Good Sister, NUA, Piedmont Bluz, Poor Man’s Gambit, Elaine Romanelli, The Small Glories, Christine Sweeney, Robinson Treacher, Ernest Troost, Josh White Jr., and Brad Yoder Duo. Half of these artists will showcase their talents on Friday night, Nov. 10, while the other half will do so on Saturday night, Nov. 11.
Named as Alternates for the Semi-Formal showcases are Meaghan Blanchard, Gabrielle Louise, The Malvinas, Alastair Moock, and Katherine Rondeau and the Show.
Note: Dave Curley, Rod MacDonald (with Mark Dann) and Mama’s Broke were offered Semi-Formal Showcases slots having been selected as alternates for the Formal Showcases that precede them.
As previously reported, NERFA’s Formal Showcase artists (in alphabetical order) are Bettman & Halpin, Mari Black and The World Fiddle Ensemble, The Andrew Collins Trio, Elage Diouf, The Early Mays, Emma’s Revolution, The End of America, Martin Kerr, Kirsten Maxwell, David Roth, Ryanhood, Sloan Wainwright, Dan Weber, and Beth Wood.
We are gearing up for the 23rd annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, to be held Nov. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. The hotel is conveniently located right off 1-95, for those driving, and just a short train ride from New York City.
Conference registration and hotel reservation forms, along with additional information, appear under the Fall Conference tab on this website (NERFA.org). Register for the conference by Aug. 24 to take advantage of the early-bird discount ($175 for Folk Alliance International members; $205 for nonmembers). After that date, registration prices will rise incrementally – by $25-$45 – each month, while on-site registration will be nearly double the early-bird rates. Presenters, folk DJs and select others also may be eligible for additional discounts by filling out and submitting an online promotional code application that also appears in the drop-down menu.
In response to feedback from attendees last year, meals will no longer be tied-in with the costs of a room -- resulting in significantly lower lodging costs. Communal meals, an important and much-loved feature of NERFA conferences since our inception, will still be available. Indeed, we’ve included dinner on Friday and Saturday nights with conference registration, while other meals may be purchased a la carte (separately or as a package). Additional Community Meal Reservations will be available shortly in the Fall Conference Tab.
Although applications for our official juried formal showcases closed in June, artists have until July 16 to apply for semiformal showcases (previously known as Tricentrics and Quads) that take place following the formals on Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 10 and 11. Showcase application forms and information also appear under the Fall Conference tab.
Last year, more than 750 performing artists, presenters, promoters, folk DJs, agents and managers, and others actively engaged in the folk and acoustic music community enjoyed several jam-packed days and nights of music showcases (official, folk DJ and guerilla), open mics, song swaps and informal jam sessions, informative panel discussions and workshops, one-on-one mentoring and peer group sessions, a large trade show-like exhibit hall, communal meals, a welcoming party and happy hours, and lots of informal conversation and networking. More of the same is planned for this year’s conference as we seek to help you forge connections, build community, and learn things that can help enhance and enrich your professional and personal lives. We hope you’ll join us.
Michael Kornfeld, president – NERFA board of directors
Dianne Tankle, conference director