The Shawano Folk Music Festival does many things to draw interest from hundreds of bands across the country.
“It’s incredibly well run, and word has spread around the country that it’s a great festival,” said honorary co-director Joe Jencks, of the band Brother Sun.
The festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Mielke Park, enables artists to perform multiple days at one venue.
“It’s a good opportunity to settle in and build better relationships with the other artists,” performer Tomcat Joe said. “It gives you a chance to mingle.”
Carolyn Carter, an Arkansas native and first-time performer at this year’s festival, said that playing a weekend event makes her feel more comfortable.
In contrast to many northern festivals, Carter said, festivals in Arkansas typically are stretched out over a weekend, just like the Shawano event.
“I guess it reminds me of home,” she said.