The Florence Winter Music Festival is back with searing bluegrass, heartwarming traditional and new folk, and upbeat Americana.
Advance ticket buyers are enjoying great pricing again this year, and organizers have extended their discount offer until November 30.
Reformatted into a two-day event, the festival features bluegrass, folk and American music from nationally touring artists like Growling Old Men, Appalachian Road Show, Pretty Gritty, Mary Flower and Kristen Grainger and True North.
This year’s headliner is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff.
Bonoff is described as one of the best female singers / songwriters of her generation, with a soulful voice over her own rich and expressive songs that have been compared to standing under a sparkling waterfall – refreshing, uplifting, restorative. Her songs became hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Linda Ronstadt, and others. For tickets, times, artist profiles and more, visit WinterMusicFestival.org or follow WinterMusicFestivalFlorence on Facebook.
This year, the full two-day pass is $ 98. For those who buy early, before 5 p.m. on November 30, the price is $ 87.
Other prizes include Friday night, Jan. 28, bluegrass with Growling Old Men at 7 p.m. and Appalachian Road Show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $ 35 early / $ 42 reg.
The Americana Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29, will feature Pretty Gritty at 1 p.m., Growling Old Men at 2:15 p.m. and Mary Flower at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $ 25 early / $ 31 reg.
Saturday night kicks off with festival favorite Kristen Grainger and True North at 7:00 p.m. and headliner Karla Bonoff at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $ 44 early / $ 49 reg.
Doors open one hour before the show. Throughout the weekend, performing, jamming and songwriting workshops are free for festival ticket holders or for a small individual entrance fee for the public. Jam sessions are free and scheduled for the FEC, the River House Inn conference room and the Lighthouse Inn lobby. Parking at the Florence Events Center is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase on site.
The festivities begin with a free mini-concert for the audience of True North Duo on Friday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Pacific Bank main branch, 1355 Highway 101 in Florence.
The festival, which annually draws participants from all western states, is in its 20th year except for the season interrupted by Covid last year. The concerts will take place at the Florence Events Center (FEC), 715 Quince St. in Florence, Oregon. It is produced and hosted by volunteers from the Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment (FACE) association.
FACE has made COVID-19 safety a top priority of the festival and as such attendance and participation in all Winter Music Festival activities will require full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours after the first entry into the festival venue. No on-site testing will be available. All national or local mask requirements and other protocols will be followed.
For more information on Florence Arts, Culture & Entertainment (formerly Friends of the Florence Events Center), its many events, or how to become a member or volunteer, contact President Rachel Pearson at 541-997-1994.