ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival Lineup Announced

The sixth annual ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is scheduled for September 10 -12. Organizers have revealed the lineup of musicians appearing at the global guitar summit.

The festival features 11 individually ticketed events inside the seven performance spaces housed within the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Artists on this year’s lineup include Rodrigo y Gabriela, Punch Brothers, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and John Scofield, among many others. Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin has been tapped as the festival’s artist in residence. The $5 Opening Night Party will also include sets by North Mississippi Allstars, AJ Ghent Band, Terakaft’s, John Jorgenson Quintet and Mia Dyson. Several of the performances are free, featuring sets by Valerie June, David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Jessica Lea Mayfield. 

Originally known as Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, the event now takes its name from the venue’s founder, Ellnora Krannert. This year artists will travel from Mali, Australia, China, Spain, Palestine, India, Mexico, and from throughout the United States for the meeting of guitar minds. Single event tickets as well as festival passes go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, August 15.

2015 ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival Schedule
Thursday, September 10
6 p.m Opening Night Party, $5 for all
6:30 p.m Terakaft, Lobby Stage 6 
7 p.m Mia Dyson, Amphitheatre on the west terrace
7:30 p.m AJ Ghent Band, Lobby Stage 5
8:30 p.m John Jorgenson Quintet, Amphitheatre on the west terrace
8:45 p.m North Mississippi Allstars, Lobby Stage 6   
Friday, September 11
Noon Valerie June/Andy McKee, Lobby Stage 5, free 
2 p.m Squonk’s Pneumatica, Amphitheatre/west terrace, free 
3 p.m Keynote: A Conversation with Sharon Isbin, Foellinger Great Hall
4 p.m Star Rover, Sonic Garden, free 
5 p.m David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot, Lobby Stage 5, free 
6 p.m Squonk’s Pneumatica, Amphitheatre/west terrace, free 
6:15 p.m Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Foellinger Great Hall, $10-$29
7:30 p.m Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Colwell Playhouse, $10-$44
9 p.m Drive-By Truckers, Tryon Festival Theatre, $10-$49
10:15 p.m Earth with Dylan Carlson, Sonic Garden, free 
Saturday, September 12
9:15am Squonk’s Pneumatica, Amphitheatre/west terrace, free 
10am Dan Zanes and Friends Celebrate Lead Belly!, Tryon Festival Theatre, $5-$15
10am Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson with Moanalani Beamer, Lobby Stage 5, free 
11am Sharon Isbin with Colin Davin, Foellinger Great Hall, $10-$39
Noon Squonk’s Pneumatica, Amphitheatre/west terrace, free 
1 p.m Min Xiao-Fen, solo pipa: Mao, Monk, and Me/Simon Shaheen, Sashank Navaladi, and Juan Pérez Rodriguez, Colwell Playhouse, $10-$29
2:30 p.m Punch Brothers, Tryon Festival Theatre, $10-$44
4 p.m Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Foellinger Great Hall, $10-$44
5:30 p.m Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Lobby Stage 5, free 
6:30 p.m Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sonic Garden, free 
8 p.m Los Lobos, Tryon Festival Theatre, $10-$34
9:30 p.m Rodrigo y Gabriela, Colwell Playhouse, $10-$49
10:45 p.m Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint with Dither, Mark Stewart, and Friends, Sonic Garden, free 
11 p.m John Scofield and Jon Cleary, Lobby Stage 5, free