MEMPHIS, TN: Int’l Folk Alliance Conference (w/some blues, some from Mississippi!)

2/16-20 – Annual International Folk Alliance Conference
downtown Memphis, Tennessee

more information at http://www.folkalliance.org/conference/tabid/62/Default.aspx

Includes tons of live musical performances by folk, roots, rock, country, world, jazz… and of course, blues musicians. (Blues ‘n Roots-related acts include: Watermelon Slim, Albert White (as part of a Music Maker Relief Foundation showcase), Ruthie Foster, Sid Selvidge, Paul Thorn, The Bo-Keys, Valerie June… and more!
– Over 1800 Registrants from around the world
– 2011 Keynote Speakers: David Bromberg & Mark Olson
– Special keynote interview: Jac Holzman on the 60th anniversary of Elektra Records
– 200+ juried music showcase performances – hundreds of in-room showcases
– A Special Tribute to John Hartford – 2nd Annual Sacred Steel Summit
– Music Maker Relief Foundation Spotlight ** Films
– Jammin At Hippie Jack’s – XM15 The Village Live
– three full days of panels, workshops, and instrument clinics
– Annual FAI Lifetime Achievement Awards and Honors
– Three day Exhibit Hall with over 100 exhibitors
– Graceland, Sun Studios, Stax, Rev. Al Green’s Church, Beale Street