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Sisters Folk Festival to host August 1 concert

Sisters Folk Festival, known for its annual Americana music festival and community arts education and engagement, has announced it will produce a socially-distanced concert on Saturday, August 1 with Ron Artis II & the Truth headlining Saturday evening’s entertainment.

The concert lineup also includes David Jacobs-Strain and Beth Wood performing a set together, with two other acts to be announced next week. Creative Director Brad Tisdel has curated the Close to Home Concert with artists who have been extraordinarily generous and connected to the Sisters Folk Festival and community.

The concert will take place outdoors on Saturday, August 1, on the Sisters Art Works (SAW) lawn in downtown Sisters, at 204 W. Adams Ave. Under the current Phase 2 reopening in Oregon, the entire gathering is limited to a 250-person maximum, including ticket holders, musicians, staff, contractors, vendors, and volunteers.

There will only be 190 admissions available to the public, and seating will be sold in “pods” for two- or four-person social groups. Attendees will need to bring their own low back festival chairs and/or blankets for seating.

The venue opens at 4 p.m .; music will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be one or two food vendors, on-site beer and cider sales, plus bike valet parking hosted by Blazin Saddles. Attendees are encouraged to bike to the concert if possible.

The organization has put a lot of thought into incorporating best practices to keep this gathering as safe as possible during COVID-19. The venue will be configured as a one way in (west entrance) and one way out (east exit) venue. Wearing of masks or face coverings (properly, over the nose and mouth) will be required and enforced when patrons are outside of their reserved, socially distanced seating zones.

Concert-goers will be able to purchase food and beverages and then take them back to their seating area to enjoy.

“Organizers ask that all attendees comply voluntarily with mask wearing to help keep yourself and others safe,” SFF staff stated in a prepared release. “If for any reason that is either a hardship, or you anticipate having difficulty complying for any reason, please stay home.”

Physical distancing will also be implemented as shown by markings on the ground identifying six-foot spacing for all areas where organizers anticipate lines forming. Seating pods for social groups will be spaced at least six feet from each other and there will be 15 feet of room between the stage and the first row of seating. Public health guidance signage such as physical distancing reminders, hand washing/sanitizing prompts, etc. will be posted throughout the entire outdoor venue as a reminder to follow guidelines.

“The staff at Sisters Folk Festival is thrilled to be able to plan this concert and—if all goes well – is looking to do something similar but with additional venues over the regular festival weekend, SFF staff stated. “These events can only be successful if all participants follow the rules.”

Tiered pricing for all tickets will be offered starting Monday, July 13, and Sisters Folk Festival will announce final lineup for the day on or before that date.

For tickets, artist information, and a complete listing of the lineup, visit


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