2018 Lineup and Schedule

Friday, September 14

1:00 PM Gates Open for Tent Campers

2:00 PM Gates Open for All (General Admission and Hotel Guests)

WORKSHOPS – all welcome to attend

3:00 PM Moors and McCumber: Collaborating with a partner

4:00 PM Tom Prasada-Rao: Writing your first song

5:00 PM Open Stage



6:00 PM Will Pfrang

6:45 PM Tom Prasada-Rao

7:45 PM Moors and McCumber

9:00 PM Acoustic performances/song-circles/jamming in Festival Field


10:00 AM Gates Open for all


WORKSHOPS/ACTIVITIES – all welcome to attend

10:30 – 12:00 PM Zak Sloan: Recording a song demo

10:30 AM – 1:45 PM Kids activities Children’s Stage, Christopher Smith/House of Joy

10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Christopher Smith: Writing humorous songs

1:00 PM - 1:55 PM John Bunzli: Learn ukelele in an hour

1:00 PM – 1:55 PM Ellis: Develop your creativity


2:00 PM Jeremy Facknitz

3:00 PM Christopher Smith

4:00 PM Archtop Eddy

5:00 PM Open Stage (signups available at the festival!)

6:30 PM Ellis

8:00 PM Matt Cox

9:00 PM Acoustic performances/song-circles/jamming in Festival Field

SUNDAY, 9/16

No Events - Campers/Hotel guests packed up and exit festival site by noon. All are welcome to help with clean-up of the site on Sunday morning. See you next year!

When James and Kort met ten years ago they knew they’d found something special. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every festival in the country."
Ellis is an engaging and wholehearted writer, singer and performer who is full of light and spirit. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith is an award winning songwriter who has been charming audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. His acoustic based music is grounded in folk roots and his voice is sweet and engaging. He is distinguished him from his peers by his master-craft songwriting skills that mixes classic singer/songwriter and Americana. He credits his day job (the world’s greatest kindergarten teacher) or helping to maintain his playful, creative energy.
Will Pfrang
At 16, Will's first EP "I'm Right Here" was met with wonderful reviews and several songs are featured on his new full length album "All Figured Out". Will's beautiful voice and candid lyrics offer a rich pallet of emotional sensibilities and musical journeys to build on, and his listeners really like what they hear. ​Will Pfrang's company; Hit or Miss Productions, LLC is a driving force in his life as is his organization Healing Musicians. Pfrang uses his musical talents as therapy for Alzheimer
Workshops, Open Stage, Late Night Jams

After the main stage shows end, most of the artists will also hang around and jam in the campground - so expect late-nights filled with singing, jamming, and pickin' around the (propane) campfires. Experienced festival-folkies's know that the unplanned and unrehearsed campground activities are the heart and soul of any festival - and it is these interactions that bring people back to the festivals they love year after year.

There will be several music-related workshops, including a songwriting exercise - where we pair folks up to see what they come up with in a co-writing experiment. If you make good progress and are confident in what you have created, you will have an opportunity to share with your peers during the open stage.

Casey Jones Music Fest is a community oriented, musical extravaganza. Even if you have never played for an audience or stood on a stage - this is a safe place to make music or listen to your friends play in a welcoming environment. For those new to performing music, beginner workshops provide an introduction to songwriting and musical collaboration, encouraging you to unleash your creativity in a welcoming environment. Advanced classes are available for the seasoned songwriter and musician to help hone your craft and encourage you to collaborate with others on developing new songs. 


Set up your tent, grab your guitar or ukelele and come hang out with us. If you know what a House Concert is - think of it as a long 3-day House Concert with all your friends and some soon-to-be-friends that you just haven't met yet.


We look forward to seeing you at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort in Manitou Springs, CO in September of 2018!

Tom Prasada-Rao
Tom Prasada-Rao is a songwriters songwriter. Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent.  He was born in Ethiopia of Indian parents and raised in Washington DC. His music is other-worldly, but accessible to mainstream folk aficionados. The tonal variations he gets out of his many hand-made instruments (by Tom himself) are complex. As David Wilcox said "Tom Prasada-Rao is a rare and brilliant performer. His fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart."
Matt Cox
Six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues. The caliber of artist that singer/songwriter Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being widely recognized by a steady growing fanbase. “Matt Cox is one of the area’s most respected songwriters and performers. He has cultivated a loyal fan-base of both music fans and musicians. His comforting voice, honest lyrics, subtle drawl and guitar-driven songs pull the listener in,” Marq Manner, Omaha
Jeremy Facknitz
Jeremy Erick Facknitz has been entertaining audiences with his lovingly crafted music and high-energy performances since 1997. Jeremy has toured solo all over the world, sharing through song the intimate stories "his life, his loves and his journey home" have so creatively bestowed upon him. Today, Jeremy continues to tour the United States, Canada and the U.K., performing primarily at house concerts and listening rooms in promotion of his new retrospective album, "People and Places".


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