Carl Sandburg Home Hosts Music Festival | Arts

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host the 36th Annual Carl Sandburg Music Festival on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. This free festival features live music performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. in the amphitheater and barnyard. Seating is available and visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Due to the expected crowds, pets will not be allowed during the performances.

The festival celebrates Sandburg’s efforts to document the history of American music as published in his collection “The American Songbag”. Sandburg enjoyed many musical genres and US has spent years interviewing musicians and folk singers, gospel, jazz and blues. Sandburg said, “The American Songbag comes from the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women.”

“We are thrilled to bring our community together and celebrate Sandburg’s musical legacy in person, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID 19,” Superintendent Polly Angelakis said. “We would like to thank our partners, Friends of Carl Sandburg of Connemara, Inc.; Eastern National, the nonprofit partner that operates the park store; and the Henderson Country Tourism Development Authority, for their support of this festival.


At 11 a.m., Peter Dimery Trio will perform Jazz music. Saxophonist Peter Dimery, originally from coastal South Carolina, has become a much sought-after soloist along the east coast. His jazz trio includes two renowned veterans of the western North Carolina and northern South Carolina music scene, drummer Jason DeCristofaro and bassist Shannon Hoover.

At 2 p.m., Mark Webb, Jr. plays Americana music. As a singer-songwriter, Mark carries a tender voice and unique timbre that epitomizes true Americana. Drawing inspiration from life experiences, overheard conversations, and current events, he writes and curates songs that echo the cuts, bruises, and flowers of life. He has shared the stage with musicians such as American Aquarium, Turnpike Troubadours, Jill Andrews, Justin Townes Earle and many more.


From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Patrick Ballard will play acoustic guitar and banjo. Patrick has performed throughout western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and Georgia. He plays eight instruments and performs mainly as a volunteer in health centers. He has over 40 years of musical experience.

Sandburg Home Visits

As part of the one-day festival, free tours of the Sandburg House will be available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are first come, first served, from the visitor center/park. Store at 9:30 The visitor center / park store is located on the ground floor of the house Sandburg and will be open from 9:30 to 16:00 on Memorial Day. For more information on other house tour days, please visit

There are three parking options available: the main parking lot, located on Little River Road across from the Flat Rock Playhouse; the Flat Rock Playhouse lot; and the Randonneurs car park. Visitors with accessibility needs should park in the main car park and stop at parking spaces available where a ranger will provide them assistance. Other non-accessible parking lots are available at Flat Rock. For all information on the festival, accessibility, shuttle and parking, visit

Park grounds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Leashed pets are permitted on the trails and grounds. External access to the goats (in the farmyard and the goat house) is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. Access to the land, trails and goats is free.

Visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and recreate responsibly. For the health and safety of others, please choose another time to visit if you feel unwell.

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, located in Flat Rock, is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Due to COVID-19, some visitor services are limited. For park updates and all parking options, visit

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