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Reminder: FAR-West Music Conference October 5-8

Thursday, September 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The Fourteenth Annual Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) Music Conference is nearly here.  The program starts rolling at 4pm on Thursday, October 5 with registration (tote bag stuffing and jam starts at 3:30!), and the music barely stops until late Sunday afternoon.

Thursday night the Venues Choice Concert features five local venues presenting favorite acts from the FAR-West region. Friday and Saturday nights present two Official Showcases of top performers from across North America. The fourth annual Storytelling Expo kicks off on Sunday from 2 till 4pm; the 2017 expo offers a highly diverse mix of tellers with at least one story just for you.

For music supporters who are unable to attend the full FAR-West 2017 Conference, there are a limited number of Venues Choice, Official Showcase and Storytelling passes. These Passes can be obtained by clicking here. Please note that these passes do not include admission to other conference events.

Afternoons see the Susanne Millsaps Memorial Coffeehouse, which provides showcase opportunities on a stage with sound. Three performers are scheduled for each showcase slot and perform one song each. And because it is a Coffee House, there will be coffee!

And of course, each night is filled with music from the Private Guerrilla Showcases.  The PGS floor is always buzzing with music and activity. At FAR-West 2017, PGS showcases will begin at 10:30pm and end at 2:00am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

A Welcome Reception runs from 4:30 till 5:30pm on Friday in the Evergreen Foyer where attendees can mix, mingle, network, and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while well-known Seattle artists, Squirrel Butter demonstrate their brand of entertainment with a short set of Appalachian Flatfoot dancing and music. You’ll learn more about Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing from available informational flyers.

Saturday sees the Twelfth Annual Best of the West Awards luncheon. This year’s honorees are ground-breaking songwriter and performer Alice Stuart, music educator Peter Langston and Janet Peterson with the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Sisters Folk Festival.

The music only stops to give way to panels and workshops to hone your professional savvy and polish your performance skills, or to the Networking Center where attendees make new and renew contacts.

The 2017 FAR-West Conference organizers are thrilled with the quality, diversity and professionalism of the acts that have been chosen for this year’s showcases, as well as the FAR-West members offering their professional expertise at the panels and workshops.

You will hear incredible music and stories, make friends, renew acquaintances, learn skills, gain insights, and just plain have a lot of fun.

The nearly final schedule of events is here:

It’s not too late to register. Pre-Conference registration is still open until September 30.  Full conference and single day walk-up registration is available starting October 5 at 4pm. To register online before September 30, please go to

For conference attendees who are arriving to the conference hotel a day early or who live in the area, Puget Sound Productions in association with Dusty Strings Music is hosting the 2017 FAR-West Pre-Conference Open-Stage Event in Seattle, WA on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:00pm. All information at this link.

For more information about the Conference or FAR-West in general please visit our website at

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