Lou Fran

Lou Fran is an acoustic indie folk artist born and raised in Kentucky now settled in Columbus Ohio. His songs are honest and powerful.

He is currently in the studio working on an EP TBA…

Show: 6:45pm


Starving in the Belly of the Whale

As the ever-evolving Dayton, Oh based folk outfit Starving in the Belly of the Whale prepare to release their sixth studio album, Conversation(s), songcrafter Ricky Terrell has found the perfect complement to his thematic writing with now permanent members Scott Loy (Cello, Vocals, Saw) and wife Lacey Terrell (Vocals, Percussion). SITBOTW blend sparse arrangements with smart lyrics and haunting vocals as they explore themes of love, lust, and the eternal soul.

Show: 9:15pm


Jason Ropp

Since recording his first album in 2011, Jason Ropp has been digging for thoughtful and accessible imagery to help people navigate the complexities of being human. The songs themselves flow from the harder edges of life, so expect a story or two. Jason’s music can offer a place of calm or shake listeners by the collar, but it won’t be ignored.

Show: 2:45pm


The Kurtz Family

Joelle (Hochstedler), Trudi, and Trent Kurtz grew up playing together and their tight family sound comes through in every performance at their annual appearance at the festival. The Kurtz family is an example of the depth of talent springing from the rural soil of Ohio.

Show: 7:30pm



Shiloh Hawkins

Shiloh Hawkins is new to the central Ohio scene, but her “crafted folk music” stands out in each performance through her authentic, heartfelt, and beautiful vocal delivery.

Her first solo EP is coming in the winter of 2018.

Show: 3:30pm


Zach Whitney

Zach Whitney is a hero in the Columbus music scene, and has been featured in PBS’s “Songs at the Center”. He is also a favorite of the festival and the author of “Madden Road Folk Song”. He returns this year to bless us with his incomparable live show.

Show: 4:45pm



XL427 is Andy Ingram, the head of Poptek Recs and the co-founder of Communivale, one of Ohio’s best kept-secret music festivals.  He is a passionate songwriter and the drummer for Popetk bands RUETSCHLE, KRIS N., and WAKE UP MORDECAI.   His next XL427 album, “THEE, ATTACK” is coming soon.

Show: 5:30pm



2:45-3:15 Jason Ropp

3:30-4pm Shiloh Hawkins

4:45-5:15  Zach Whitney 

5:30-6pm XL427

6:45-7:15 Lou Fran

7:30-8pm Kurtz Family

9:15-9:45 Starving in the Belly of the Whale