FAIRfest '16

3-day roots music festival in the heart of downtown Fairfield

Downtown Fairfield in front of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Ticket Information

Buy full weekend passes in advance and get the best deal!


in advance - $39 | at the gate- $50
Student with I.D. - $25 | Children 13 and under - FREE

Fri - $30 | Sat - $20 | Sun - $20

Fri - $15 | Sat - $10 | Sun - $10


Individual - $250 | Couple - $400
              Reserved seating in front of stage for entire weekend
              Complimentary ticket to Donovan's 8 p.m. show in the Sondheim
              All Access to VIP hospitality room with beverages, snacks, and desserts
              Reserved seating inside the Sondheim Theater for shows
              Reserved seating at Orpheum for late night jams
              Sunday morning breakfast with selected musicians and others
              Complimentary T-Shirt
*Note to festival-goers: Camping is available! Please visit www.fairfestiowa.com for more information. Also, ice chests/coolers are NOT permitted inside the festival gate. The Beverage Garden will be selling water, soda, beer & wine from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. each day of the festival.

WHEN: September 2-4, 2016 | 5 p.m. - midnight with After Hours Parties Nightly!
WHERE: Downtown Fairfield, Iowa | In front of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
WH Check out the lineups for the weekend below!

Fairfest 2016 has camping! Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 1

2nd Annual Fairfield Business Pitch Competition
- 3:00-5:30 p.m. - Orpheum Theater
Local Foods Investment Showcase and Roundtable - 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Orpheum Theater (includes dinner for $15. Cash bar. Sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Food Hub from 6-7 p.m.)

Friday, September 2 line up with headliner BUDDY GUY

Mike Dillon Band
- 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. - Sondheim Stage
Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils - 6:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Steve & Michaela McLain - 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.  - Beverage Garden Stage
Quinn Sullivan - 7:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Buddy Guy - 9:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Late night dance party with Bambu - 11:00 p.m. - Main Stage

Future of Food Summit - 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall. *Requires FAIRfest ticket to enter. Sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Food Hub*

What can be said about Buddy Guy that hasn't already been said? A six time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy is one of the most influential musicians and blues artists of all time, with artists such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan all listing Guy as a musical hero. Guy is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient, a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and has been called the greatest living electric blues guitarist.  After 50 years Buddy Guy continues to wow crowds around the world and Fairfest is excited to add him to its 2016 line up. www.buddyguy.net

Saturday, September 3 line up with headliner MARTY STUART

Local Food Celebration & Showcase - Meet the Farmers - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm -
  Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall. ***includes a local Foods Luncheon
  12:30 - 1:30 pm for $12. Requires Fairfest ticket to enter. Sponsored by the SE Iowa
  Food Hub. CLICK HERE to purchase Luncheon tickets***
Raj Patel
speaks 'The World that Food Made' - 2:00 p.m. - Sondheim Stage
Lilli Hiatt - 4:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Flash In The Pan - 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., & 9 p.m. - Beverage Garden Stage
Mike Dillon, Tim Carbone, Arthur Lee Land, and Bonnie Paine & Friends- 6:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Jerry Douglas Band - 7:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives - 9:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Super Jam with FAIRfest All Stars & Special Guests - 11:30 p.m. - Main Stage

Marty Stuart has been making his mark in the world of country and bluegrass music for nearly 40 years. As a teenager, Stuart started touring with national acts such as Lester Flatt opening the doors of collaboration with Doc Watson and Johnny Cash which eventually led to a record deal of his own. Marty Stuart could be considered the keeper of the flame for traditional country, honky tonk and Rockabilly music.  He and his band the Fabulous Superlatives perform 100's of shows a year and are also featured weekly on The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV, which harkens back to the days of The Porter Wagoner Show, Flatt & Scruggs and Hee Haw. www.martystuart.net

Sunday, September 4  line up with headliner DONOVAN (Donovan will perform two concerts)

Society of Broken Souls
- 1:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Steve & Michaela McLain & The Jefferson County Green Band - 2:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Brian Johannesen - 4:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Charlie Parr - 5:30 p.m. - Main Stage
Greg Brown - 7:00 p.m. - Main Stage
Donovan - 8 p.m. - Sondheim Stage
  Solo Acoustic Concert (a benefit for MUM's Global Scholarship Program. Co-sponsored by FAIRfest)
  **special additional ticket required. Click here to purchase now**
Bonnie Paine & Friends
- 8:45 p.m. - Main Stage
featuring Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez, Dango Rose of Elephant Revival, Tim
  Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Arthur Lee Land of Great American Taxi
Donovan with Bonnie Paine & Friends - 9:30 p.m. - The Grand Finale of FAIRfest on the outdoor Main Stage

Local Food Celebration, Showcase & Exhibition Hall with Local Vendors - 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall *Requires Fairfest ticket to enter. Sponsored by the SE Iowa Food Hub*

From shaggy-haired, denim-clad Dylan apostle to brocade-robed, hit-making folk-rock icon, Donovan's ascension to '60s pop royalty was meteoric. Whether meditating with the Beatles in India, recording with Yardbird's guitarist Jeff Beck, or playing to legions of adoring fans around the world, everything this gentle Glasgow-born troubadour touched turned to gold.  At his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, he was honored, "Donovan single-handedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with 'Sunshine Superman'". His influence extended across many genres as he was among the first to introduce the World Music fusions of Folk, Classical, Jazz, Indian, Celtic and Middle-Eastern music.  A trendsetter, his lyrics brought poetry back to the forefront of songwriting, and he was the first musician to introduce and embrace "flower power".  Along the way, he has touched so many of us with his top hits, such as "Mellow Yellow", "Sunshine Superman", and especially "Hurdy-Gurdy Man" which became anthems to a generation of seekers.

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In partnership and as a benefit for the Fairfield Arts And Convention Center, FAIRfest presents three nights of great music featuring:  five time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, legendary blues rock guitarist and singer Buddy Guy;  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and one of the greatest songwriters of the 60's and 70's, Donovan and the Sunshine Superman Tour;  Six time Grammy winner and bluegrass / country legend Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives;  16 time Grammy winner and the greatest dobro player of all time, Jerry Douglas And The Jerry Douglas Band;  Fairfield native and in the conversation as America's greatest songwriter, Greg Brown;  formed from members of Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth and Great American Taxi for Fairfest 2016, Bonnie Paine & Friends will be a highlight of the festival featuring Bonnie Paine - Daniel Rodriguez - Dango Rose of Elephant Survival, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth and Arthur Lee Land;  Quinn Sullivan - the next great American blues guitarist;  Charlie Parr - the great delta / folk guitarist and songwriter;  Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils - once considered air apparent to Stevie Ray Vaughn; Mike Dillon Band Lilly Hiatt and her band (John Hiatt's daughter).
In addition to the music festival Fairfest 2016 will include The Planetary Food Summit featuring Dr. Raj Patel, the world leader in food rights.  The full event will be: A Symposium On Food Rights, Quality, Production And Equitable Distribution. The symposium and fair will include yoga, alternative health technologies, organic food, and much more.


How many artists can claim being praised a "punk rock provocateur," "jazz vibraphone visionary" and "percussion virtuoso" in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

A Fairfest favorite, Ian Moore is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. He studied fiddle as a child, but switched to guitar when wrist problems interfered. His music contains elements of folk, rock and roll, world music, and blues. Covers include Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross", the Beatles' "Hey Bulldog," and Bob Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now." He has played with such musicians as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and ZZ Top, and appeared in Billy Bob Thornton's movie Sling Blade.

Quinn Sullivan first picked up a guitar at the age of three, and the rest is history. At just 17, Sullivan has gained fame and notoriety as the next great Blues guitarist.  He has performed on multiple national television shows and major music festivals, and has shared the stage with some of the greats of the genre such as Buddy Guy,  B.B. King,  Joe Bonamassa , Eric Clapton and others. From Red Rocks to Madison Square Garden, Quinn Sullivan is at home on the stage and will leave Fairfest goers begging for more.

Bambu is a collective of genuine soul-driven melodies combined with world-class dance rhythms which include Reggae, South American and African styles with a regular dose of psychedelic jam to make this unique band a one-way ticket to nirvana. They will power you up and make you dance like you are the entire universe at once. The band features New York City native Barbara Morillo, old-time friend of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, on lead vocals, Jason Shoucair from Jamaica on vocals, Steven Benson from Argentina on vocals and Latin percussion, Robert Almaraz from Venezuela on drums and percussion, Jon Estrin on guitar, George Foster on bass and Greg Wadsworth on keyboards.

Featured symposium speaker at Fairfest this year, Raj Patel is an award-winning writer, activist and academic who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States for extended periods. He is best known for his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and The Value of Nothing.  Known as a controversial author, journalist, professor and food policy expert Raj Patel, continuously challenges our presumptions about the global economy with his work both as a policy analyst and activist. Having worked for some of the most prestigious international organizations—and protested against them—Patel constantly finds ways to improve the world's food system. Regularly featured in major international news publications and media, Patel's cutting edge thoughts on food distribution and globalization have become some of the most important and trusted in the world. 

Daughter of performing giant John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt has made it a point to carve out her own place in the world of music. Having shared the stage with the likes of Emmylous Harris and Jim Lauderdale, as well as a guest appearance on the Craig Ferguson show, Lilly Hiatt and her band "The Dropped Ponies" tour extensively across the country, Hiatt is now touring in support of her second album Royal Blue

A fourteen time Grammy Award winner, Jerry Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums for artists as diverse as Ray Charles,Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton,  Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, Johnny Mathis and many many more. The Jerry Douglas Band is a touring group of musicians who are some of the most respected players around today, and has been featured on 100's of Nashville recordings over the years.

Brian Johannesen is a Nashville, TN-based songwriter and singer. Originally from Iowa City, IA by way of Chicago, IL, Johannesen's music blends the rich Americana traditions of the Midwest and the South. Raised on a steady diet of Bruce Springsteen and Alabama, Johannesen blends this musical foundation with the music he has grown to love as an adult, including Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, and Hank Williams. Johannesen's lyrics and melodies evoke common themes of whiskey, women, and an insatiable wanderlust with a poignancy that sets him apart from other young Americana singer-songwriters. Gritty and beautiful at the same time, his voice and songwriting possess maturity well beyond his 25 years. Johannesen released two albums in 2011 and 2012 with his Iowa City-based band, Grand Tetons, and recently released a self-titled 10"

Charlie Parr honed his playing and writing skills here in the Midwest. A Native of Duluth Minnesota, Parr's Americana/Roots/Blues offerings are dripping with vivid imagery and flawless resonator playing. In a world where a television show can make someone a star overnight, Parr continues to play over 250 shows a year from Dublin Ireland to Telluride Colorado proving that talent and commitment to the craft of songwriting and musicianship is its own reward.  charlieparr.com

From the very beginning, Greg Brown has always been an artist coveted by Fairfest. Greg's appearance at Fairfest 2015 was seen as benchmark for the festival, and his commitment to return this year only validated what organizers were trying to accomplish. Critically acclaimed and honored, Brown has never lost touch with his Iowa roots as the son of a Pentecostal minister or that of a poet telling small town and country life stories through song. The rise is Americana and Roots music can be traced directly back to artists like Greg Brown and Fairfest is honored to have him perform again this year.

Bonnie Paine & Friends features the mesmerizing front-woman of the Colorado based Transcendental Folk Band Elephant Revival. Ms. Paine's haunting, ambient vocals and musical saw will be accompanied by E.R. band mates Daniel Rodriguez (vocals/guitar) and Dango Rose (bass) along with her infectious washboard, stomp board, and djembe grooves. Joining them will be Arthur Lee Land on electric guitar (Great American Taxi) with special guest Tim Carbone on fiddle (Railroad Earth / Phil Lesh & Friends). If their performance at last year's FAIRfest was any indication you can bet this year's line up will be pure musical magic!