Summer - Fall wrap up

It's been a while since I posted last, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. This summer I once again played music at the Aurora Farmers Market, serenading the folks picking out the juciest tomatoes and sweetest corn in town. It's a great way to start a summer Saturday morning.

I also attended for the first time the Folk Alliance Midwest Region (FARM) Conference, which was held in Bolingbrook, IL, this year. Really enjoyed taking in the wide variety of acoustic folk acts, which ranged from singer-songwriters to old-time string bands to those carrying on the traditions of balladry and musical storytelling. Met a lot of nice people and got to perform on a Performance Lane showcase. Next year's is in St. Lous, and I hope I can make it.

The following Tuesday, I peformed live on-air on WDCB's (90.9 FM in Chicagoland) Folk Festival program, hosted by the truly wonderful Lilli Kuzma. WDCB has kindly played several of my songs over the past few years, but this was my first time in the studio. I played two of my originals on my own, then joined the other studio guests for a jam on the song, Wagon Wheel, as Lilli read the closing annoucements. So exciting to be a part of live radio!

Folk Festival is on every Tuesday night from 7 to 9, and if you're not able to get it over the airwaves you can stream it online at www.WDCB.org.

Then, just recently, I attended a lecture and workshop on the healing power of music and voice presented by Grammy-award winner Darlene Koldenhoven. She is a tremendous vocalist, too, and she did a brief impromtu concert on the spot. She's truly a joy to listen to and learn from. Give yourself a treat and visit her website, DarleneKoldenhoven.com.

I've also finshed a couple of new songs that will be made available for listening and purchase soon. And I'm planning to once again return to the TAXI Road Rally in LA come November.

That's the latest from me. Hope you're out and about and enjoying this incredible Indian Summer weather we've been having.

My best always,

Ben Sage