Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) honored three recipients with the Best of the West Awards, at the 2015 Annual Music Conference in Oakland, California on Saturday, October 17. Singer/songrwiter Cris Williamson was presented with the Performer award, house concert proprietors and Far-West co-founders Russ and Julie Paris received the Ambassador Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to music educator and mentor Penny Nichols.
Our live broadcast coverage begins at 8:30 PM (Central Time) Friday evening, when we bring you live performances from the Official Showcase show, featuring the music of Nels Andrews, Berkley Hart, Rebecca Folsom, Ashleigh Flynn, Ragged Union, Alice Wallace, and The Bombadils.
Saturday afternoon beginning approximately 2:30 PM (Central Time), we will broadcast the Best of the West awards ceremony, this year honoring Cris Williamson, Russ and Julie Paris, and Penny Nichols.
Then on Saturday night our live broadcast coverage concludes with the the Saturday night Official Showcase show, beginning at 8:30 PM (Central Time). Tune in to hear outstanding sets of music from Cris Williamson (Best of the West Award Winner), Spark and Whisper, Rick Ruskin, Jalan Crossland, Freddy & Francine, Dan Weber, and Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout our regular music programming, tune in for “Conversations from Far-West.” We will be talking with musicians and music industry specialists attending the conference.
Covering the 2015 Far-West Conference is our most ambitious project yet, and we invite you to tune in and join in on the fun and excitement!