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Folk Alliance showcase brings seminars, music Feb. 19-23 in KC

Updated: 2014-02-06T02:07:39Z

By TIMOTHY FINN

The Kansas City Star

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest isn’t the only big music festival in Kansas City this year.

The International Folk Alliance, which moved from Memphis to Kansas City in August, is hosting its Folk Alliance Conference Feb. 19-23 at the Westin Crown Center.

The conference typically draws more than 3,000 attendees. Graham Nash will deliver this year’s keynote at 11 a.m. Feb. 20.

The conference offers panels, seminars and workshops to registrants. It also includes the Performance Alley Showcase, which features scores of live performances.

The general public can attend those live shows with a showcase-only ticket, available for $25 each day. A four-day wristband is available for $85.

To buy tickets, visit folkalliance.org/conference. Tickets are also available at the Folk Store, 509 Delaware St., and will be available at the Westin Crown Center the days of shows, depending upon availability.

More than 240 artists will perform in 11 venues from Feb. 20 to 23 (Thursday through Saturday). A full schedule is available at the Folk Alliance website.

Among the performers: Sam Baker, Bobby Bare Jr., Jeff Black, A.J. Croce, Tim Easton, Brewer & Shipley, Eliza Gilkyson, Sarah Jarosz, Jimmy LaFave, Jim Lauderdale, Christine Lavin, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Willie Nile, Ellis Paul, Grant Lee Phillips, Patrice Pike, Steve Poltz, Kim Richey, Bruce Robison, Tom Rush, M. Bird, Darden Smith and Webb Wilder.

The opening night showcase on Feb. 19 is the Kansas City Extravaganza, featuring more than five dozen acts, almost all from Kansas City and Lawrence. Among them: Brandon Phillips, the Elders, Making Movies, the Grisly Hand, Brewer & Shipley, Danny Cox, Howard Iceberg & the Titanics, Trampled Under Foot, Katy Guillen and the Girls, the Buttermilk Girls, Victor & Penny, the Brody Buster Trio, Truckstop Honeymoon and the Rural Grit All Stars.

To reach Timothy Finn, call 816-234-4781 or send email to tfinn@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/phinnagain. Read more from him at our music blog, Back to Rockville, at KansasCity.com.

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