Meet the NAFF18 Lineup!
The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival continues a tradition of bringing great live performances to Downtown Indiana —free!
Guided (more or less ) by a folk-roots aesthetic, the NAFF lineup celebrates blues, country, Americana, and other influences on contemporary music.
Acts on the NAFF bill range from rising local and regional talent to national recording artists. NAFF headliners have included Slim Jim Phantom (2017), Dar Williams (2017), Commander Cody (2017), Southern Culture on the Skids (2016), Rusted Root (2015), Joe Grushecky along with his Houserockers (2014), and prominent folk figure Si Kahn (2013).
Free NAFF’ter Hours shows (all either all-ages or 18+) kick the festival off Friday night and keep the fun going Saturday after the daytime performances and street fair wind down. Learn more.
Sophie B. Hawkins | 6:30PM on the 6th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
Iconic singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins is familiar to audiences for her hit single “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and her critically acclaimed, 1992 debut album Tongues and Tails, which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. She has won six New York Music awards as well as an ASCAP award for longest running single, “As I Lay Me Down”. Sophie has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, and Sting.
Wheatus | 4:30PM on the 6th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
New York-based rock band, Wheatus best known for their sing-along 2000 hit “Teenage Dirtbag.” The single has appeared on many film and television soundtracks, and been covered by acts such as One Direction, Weezer, and Dashborard Confessional. Known for high energy shows and fierce independence, Wheatus continue to tour internationally while consistently releasing new material.
Lucy Kaplansky | 2:30PM on the 6th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
Part of the Greenwich Village folk scene renaissance while fresh out of high-school, Lucy Kaplansky’s early compatriots included Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka as well as her frequent duo partner Shawn Colvin — who eventually produced Lucy’s 1994 debut album, “The Tide”. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.” She has since released six solo albums with Red House Records as well as radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell). Lucy continues to perform all over the world.
Yes, folk-punk *is* a thing! Ed Hamell and his 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar are Hamell On Trial, described by Rolling Stone magazine as “Bald, bold and superbad!” Henry Rollins says “Hamell is a one man rock show!” — what more do you need to know besides he’ll be joining us for NAFF18?
*yes, we were trying to drop a hint when Hamell On Trial played Disobedient Spirits back in November | 5:30PM on the 7th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
Burgh-based lo-fi legend and YouTube personality, Weird Paul Petroskey is a prolific musician, having written or co-written over 700 songs and appearing on over 50 released albums. Weird Paul is the subject of two documentaries, Weird Paul: A Lo Fidelity Documentary (2006), which has been shown at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival, and Will Work for Views: The Lo-Fi Life of Weird Paul (2017). | 1:30PM on the 7th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
Frederick, MD-based Bluegrass quintet, The Crop Dusters will be bringing “high energy covers of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as originals written by the band’s members. | 3:30PM on the 7th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8
Left Lane Cruiser
Influenced by North Mississippi hill country blues musicians, Left Lane Cruiser, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, produce high-energy barn burners that have been featured on such hit television series as Breaking Bad, Banshee, and Nashville. They have made several stops in “our” Indiana, including a set at NAFF16. | 7:30PM on the 6th Street Stage – Saturday, September 8