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[Michael Smith will perform at the Fox Valley Folk Music Festival in Geneva. His songs include "The Dutchman." He will be part of the preview concert broadcast on WFMT on Sept. 1 to promote the festival.]
Tomell: You also present concerts?
Ulven: We mainly do house concerts [with artists]. We just did the first one in our new house and we [had] about 40 people.
Tomell: How do you open the festival?
Ulven: The Chicago Sacred Harp Singers will be back [with] shape note singing. They teach harmony singing by shapes rather than notes – shaping your mouth. … They line up in a hollow square [on] four sides. We do it in the pavilion. It virtually becomes a wall of sound. You're just immersed in it. You feel you could float almost. It's been the Sunday opener for 25 years. They start at 11 a.m. All together, we have over 100 performers – something there for everybody.
Tomell: What's planned for the sneak preview of the festival on a WFMT 98.7 FM broadcast from 8 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1?
Ulven: Saturday night they will be doing an in-studio concert [with some] of the artists [including] Debra Cowan, Joe Crookston and Michael Smith.
If you go
WHAT: Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3; plus 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 for barn dance followed by ghost stories
WHERE: Island Park at routes 38 and 31, Geneva, with parking on both sides of the Fox River; venue is four blocks from train station
COST: Suggested donation is $25 per day for adults or $20 for teens and elders, free for children younger than 12
INFO: foxvalleyfolk.com, 630-897-3655