Local folkies aim for Kansas City

Jenie Thai

Jenie Thai

It is an old folk proverb: When in need of funds, have a musical pot luck.

On Sunday, Jan. 25, The Last Call Garage Bar will host a gaggle of folkies who are hoping to raise some funds. The event is presented by The Bow Valley Music Club in hopes to get YEG musicians to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International (FAI) in February.

The FAI has provided advocacy, support, networking, showcase opportunities and professional development services for the international folk music community since 1989. This is something that Alex Vissia, Jenie Thai, Lucas Chaisson, Matt Patershuk and Peter Stone (100 mile house) are interested in and thus will be performing in support of their cause.

“Artists benefit by having the opportunity to build relationships,” Thai said. “With members from the home-base and from the international music industry.”

Alex Vissia

Alex Vissia

Last year Vissia attended the FAI and believes returning this year is pertinent. She hopes to see the results of  her past FIA showcases as there are a lot of knowledgeable people as well as industry eyes. With that said, the funds from Sunday’s event will be used directly. “The money goes straight to the artists,” Vissia said. “That’s how it benefits.”

Admission is $10. The pot luck is $5. Also, there will be Alley Kat Beer available by donation. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

Also, how would a folk music fundraiser pot luck and live music story be complete without a menu? Take it away, words:


Vegetarian Mac + Cheese
Vegan GF Borscht
Pulled Pork Chili
Homemade Bread
Smokies / Vegan Dogs
Chips + homemade Salsa
Spinach Dip

For ticket information, visit here.