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More than 100 musicians from Northern Michigan’s folk, bluegrass and acoustic music scene will perform at the festival Sunday, February 24. As many as 1,000 festival goers attend each year, enjoying free music at the family event.
There are seven stages, including those dedicated to “New Folk” and “Kids Music.” The stages are spread throughout the ground floor Mercato corridor of Building 50 and Kirkbride Hall. There’s also a satellite stage at Left Foot Charley.
The festival’s roots sprang from the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, which began performing monthly shows at Horizon Books in Traverse City 20 years ago. The shows continue still on the third Friday of each month from 8:30–10:30 p.m., with three musicians trading original songs. In 2005, the Songwriters launched an annual party and jam in Building 50. The party planted the seed for the Great Indoor Folk Festival, which made its debut in 2009.
The event is made possible by volunteers and donations, including the musicians.