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Memphis Prepares For Folk Alliance 2011

MEMPHIS, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — From February 16-20, over 2,200 folk music professionals, including songwriters, artists and industry figures from around the world will descend on Memphis for the 23rd annual International Folk Alliance Conference.

Under the leadership of SXSW co-founder, Louis Jay Meyers, this year's conference will feature keynotes from legendary artist David Bromberg, Jayhawks founder Mark Olson, and Elektra Records founder and music business icon Jac Holzman.

The 2011 Folk Alliance Conference will feature three nights of juried official showcases and special shows featuring over 200 artists representing all styles of Folk and Traditional music from around the world featuring well known to newly discovered artists. The first official showcase invites have gone to: Mary Gauthier (Nashville, TN), MC Hansen & his band (Sweden/Denmark), Henhouse Prowlers (Chicago, IL), The Honey Dewdrops (Charlottesville, VA), Ruby Jane (Austin, TX), Lonesome Traveler (Loveland, CO), Old Sledge (Floyd, VA), The Twilite Broadcasters (Weaverville, NC), The Warrior Gospel Band (Austin, TX) and special performances from 2011 Keynote’s David Bromberg and Mark Olson. Showcase entry is open until November 19 and the final schedule will be available in early 2011 and attendance will be limited to confrence registrants.

In addition to the main showcase, the three upper floors of the Marriott hotel will also host private showcase rooms featuring hundreds of artists performing until the wee hours of the morning. These rooms are sponsored and hosted by cities, countries, organizations, agencies, venues, and individuals and will be open to conference registrants only. The rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, check out the event's website.

Don't forget the awards – the 2011 Folk Alliance will include the Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Spirit of Folk and the Folk DJ Awards.

For more information or to register for the conference, check them out online. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers