Official showcase submissions also now open
April 19, 2014 – The Board of Directors of Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) have announced that online registration for the 2014 conference in St. Louis, Missouri is now open. The 3-day regional conference where folk and acoustic music professionals gather to meet, talk, learn, listen, promote, pay tribute, celebrate, sing, dance and make music returns to the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel October 23rd through the 26th.
Full conference”early bird” registration for Folk Alliance members prior to the September 1 deadline is $90. After that date registration becomes $110, and increases to $130 after October 1. First-time attendees and returning venues may register prior to the September 1 deadline for $60, which increases to $80 after September 1 and $100 after October 1. Other conference registration options include a Friday or Saturday only package. More information on conference registration is available here.
FARM has also announced that submissions are now being sought for Official Showcase performers at the 2014 conference. Jeff Robertson will once again coordinate the Official Showcase events through The Listening Room Network. Musicians wishing to submit material for consideration are asked to submit two songs, preferably as videos that represent their on-stage performing style. The submission fee remains at $15 for this years conference. More information and to begin the online submission process is available here.
KC Cafe Radio will once again return to this fall’s conference, providing interview coverage throughout the daytime, and live broadcasts from our Showcase Room at the conference at night.
Music has always been a part of life for father and son musicians Bill and Chad Abernathy. Bill began writing music in his early teens. He wrote and sang through most of his school years, before taking a break to get married, raise a family and build his business career.
Despite the fact that his dad had put his guitar aside for awhile, Son Chad Abernathy took up in his father’s musical footsteps. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing music,” Chad says on his website. “A pen, pad, and guitar have been my living journal.” Both of the Abernathy children were athletes, so at least for the time being, the family priority was on school and athletics.
With both children grown and through school, Bill finally had the opportunity to return to the guitar. Chad would eventually retire from professional baseball, and he too took up the guitar and returned to the one thing he truly loved in life, writing and playing music. Both have performed live and have each recorded an album. They recently appeared on KC Cafe Radio’s showcase stage at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri (coverage here).
Bill and Chad Abernathy will also be the featured performers in the next KC Cafe Radio House Concert, on Saturday, April 26 from 6 to 8PM, at Cyd’s Fair Trade Arts & Antiques in Parkville, Missouri. A donation of $15 per person is suggested, and reservations are required. For More information, and to make reservations, please complete and submit the form below. We will contact you via email with the details. The performances will also be broadcast live that evening over KC Cafe Radio.
Music by Bill and Chad Abernathy on KC Cafe Radio: