How about a little alt-country, blues, folk, Americana, bluegrass, country, didjeridu, cigar box guitar, rock-a-billy, honky tonk weekend?

2017 Salt Fork River Art & Music Festival 

SATURDAY – September 23
11:00 – 12:00 Matthew Davies
12:30 – 1:30 The Ben Hay Didjeridu Jam
2:00 – 3:00 Hadley Kennary
3:30 – 4:30 Live Thru Wednesday
5-6 Kittens Incorporated

SUNDAY – Sunday 24
11:30 – 12:30 Ben Bedford 
1:00 – 2:00 Stone & Snow
2:30 – 4:00 Matthew Davies

Kittens Incorporated
Husband/wife team of breezy pop with a hint of sand and campfire.  Ideal pairings are wine on a patio and coffee on a breezy porch. This is the latest project for Bryan and Jolee Phelps, who have 15 years of playing in Champaign-Urbana, last working together in Lucky Mulholland.  Prior to that Bryan was in the goody patch with Larry Gates of Lorenzo Goetz among other projects.  After the birth of twin boys, Bryan joined the Chemicals on Bass for a few years before he and Jolee got back to work, ultimately creating Kittens Incorporated.

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Hadley Kennary
Hadley Kennary is a singer-songwriter whose music is an Americana/pop blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Her warm sound is refreshingly honest and contagiously catchy. She has graced stages around the country such as SPACE in Chicago and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as several shows in Ireland and the UK. She also appeared on ABC Chicago’s “Windy City Live” in July 2014.
Ben Bedford
Ben Bedford is an Illinois songwriter and charismatic storyteller who plays Americana original music.  He establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, as he dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.  In the past nine years since the release of his first album, Ben has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
 Ben Hay’s Didjeridu Jam


Matthew Davies
As a solo performer, Matthew has been honing his skills for years at clubs, coffee shops and on street corners from New York to San Francisco. He is currently the leader of the Thriftones, a Milwaukee based band, and continues to perform and record music as a band member and solo artist.

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Live Thru Wednesday



While we’re working on gathering our artists for 2017, check out the awesome from last year: 2016 Salt Fork River Art & Music Festival Line Up

12:00 – 1:00 Kurt Bielema / Songwriter
1:30 – 2:30 The Bashful Youngens
3:00 – 4:00 Cole Rabenort (of The Fights)
4:30 – 5:30 The Ben Hay Didjeridu Jam

11:30 – 12:30 Ascendent Instruments (Tony Taylor)
1:00 – 2:00 Ben Bedford
2:30 – 3:30 River Salt



Looks like a good time, huh?