Sisters Folk Festival reveals lineup additions


Last updated 5/9/2023 at 11:30am

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Alex Cuba will perform at the 2023 Sisters Folk Festival.

Sister Folk Festival (SFF) announced the addition of seven new artists to the 2023 festival lineup.

The 26th annual music festival will take place September 29 through October 1, with more than 30 artists representing multiple genres of roots music, from folk and bluegrass to jazz and country-blues, performing on seven stages throughout downtown Sisters.

Donna the Buffalo, Alex Cuba, Gina Chavez, Daniel Rodriguez, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Goodnight Moonshine, and Willi Carlisle join the previously announced lineup, which includes John Craigie, Katie Pruitt, Darlingside, Nick Shoulders, The Way Down Wanderers, Seth Walker, The Sensational Barnes Brothers, The Slocan Ramblers, Handmade Moments, Damn Tall Buildings, Sam Reider & Jorge Glem, Humbird, Griffin House, Two Runner, Chatham Rabbits, and Anna Moss.

Since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has played thousands of shows and countless festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass, Austin City Limits Festival, MerleFest, and Philadelphia Folk Festival, to a very loyal and devoted audience. The roots rockers have opened for The Grateful Dead and have toured with Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, Los Lobos, Little Feat, Jim Lauderdale, Rusted Root, and Railroad Earth.

Alex Cuba is a Grammy, Latin Grammy, and Juno-winning singer-songwriter/producer and musician, born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba. Returning to SFF after a memorable appearance in 2019, his sound is the unique confluence of tradition and global influences in articulate arrangements that convey emotion through melody and lyrics. In 2022 he won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop for Mendó as a producer, artist, and engineer.

A 12-time Austin Music Award winner - including 2015 Musician of the Year and 2019 Best Female Vocals - Gina Chavez is an Austin, Texas, icon. As a multi-ethnic, queer, Catholic, internationally-acclaimed Latinx pop artist, Chavez is actively redefining Latin music in Texas and beyond. Chavez has garnered more than a million views on her NPR Tiny Desk, delivered an hour-long PBS special, received a Latin Grammy nomination, and performed a 12-country tour through Latin America, the Middle East, and Central Asia as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department.

A founding member of the band Elephant Revival, Daniel Rodriguez wrote and sang some of their most well-known songs, such as "Birds and Stars" and "Sing to the Mountain." They disbanded in 2018 after playing their last show to a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheater. Since then, Rodriguez has opened for The Lumineers on their Brightside World Tour in 2022, playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums across North America. He has also performed with previous SFF performers Gregory Alan Isakov and John Craigie, plus Fruition, Todd Snider, and many more.

Hailing from the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Shamarr Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues, and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs and is a highly sought-after artist for festivals and venues around the world. Allen is also a music composer, writer, and producer who has collaborated with renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Galatic, Harry Connick Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

Goodnight Moonshine is a guitar and vocal duet and a musical marriage in all senses. The duo combines the evocative voice and songwriting of Molly Venter, with Eben Pariser's adventurous guitar playing. The result is folk music with a depth of improvisation and tonal subtlety usually reserved for jazz. Molly is well-known for her sublime singing in the prominent female-vocal-group Red Molly, while Eben cut his teeth as a street performer in New York City, playing guttural music of New Orleans with his band Roosevelt Dime.

Born and raised on the Midwestern plains, Willi Carlisle is a product of the punk-to-folk music pipeline that has long fueled frustrated young men looking to resist. After falling for the rich ballads and tunes of the Ozarks, where he now lives, he began examining the full spectrum of American musical history. Carlisle is a poet and a folk singer for the people, creating populist folk music in the tradition of cowboys, frontier fiddlers, and tall-tale tellers.

Three-Day All Events passes to the Festival are available at the advanced pricing of $225/ticket for adults and $85/ticket for youth ages 17 and under. Children under 5 attend for free. Single-day tickets will be available for purchase in June alongside the full performance schedule. Tickets are available at

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