When Folk Alliance International founded a new chapter, SERFA (Southeast Regional Folk Alliance), in 2002, one of the key advisers in the creation of the chapter was Grammy Award-winning folk musician Kathy Mattea. This year’s SERFA Conference will include Mattea as its keynote speaker. “We feel that although Kathy has enjoyed extraordinary commercial success, she never lost touch with her roots and the folk music community,” says Art Menius, who’s helping organize this year’s event. This annual conference features daytime seminars and workshops for music professionals, and evenings of performance showcases (and guerrilla showcases late-night) for the community. Tickets to each night’s performances — held Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20, at 7 p.m. — are available at the door of the Convocation Hall in the Assembly Inn at the Montreat Conference Center in Black Mountain for $15, or $30 for a three-day pass. serfa.org. Photo by David McClister
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