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The Big Orange Tarp

Artist Showcase

Amazing Artist Showcase Stage in the Campgound

The Big Orange Tarp began as a campground music space in the mold of the music camps at the Kerrville Music Festival. The idea was to spread that germ to a variety of music festivals and other situations. Over the years the Big Orange Tarp has hosted dozens of nights of music at the Planet Bluegrass Song School, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival and other places. The Big Orange Tarp also hosts songwriter showcases at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and other events.

Alan Rowoth Bio

Alan Rowoth loves music. Since he started playing professionally in 1967, he has performed in over a dozen bands. He has held virtually every job you can imagine from Recording Engineer/Producer to Manager, Booking Agent, Publicist, Promoter, Lighting Designer, Sound Mixer, and Road Manager. He founded the Syracuse MIDI users group and was one of the founders of the CNY Friends of Folk. Dubbed “The Godfather of the Folk Internet”, he started the Folk_Music listserv in 1991 and later spun off a series of interlocking, narrowcasting resources including the FolkBiz List, FolkVenue List, The Folk-DJ list, and Musi-Cal. He has written for a variety of national publications including Performing Songwriter, Dirty Linen, and Sing Out! He was the founder and Lead Evangelist of, spent several years of the board of NERFA, and is currently serving on the Board of OurHeroes Network. Alan organized the Internet Quartets Songwriter Series and the Folktrain. His Big Orange Tarp has hosted hundreds of performers at events around the US.

Alan has taught for over 25 years at the Planet Bluegrass Song School, Christine Lavin’s Martha’s Vineyard Singer Songwriter Retreats, The Swannanoa Gathering, International and Regional Folk Alliance Conferences and other events, as well as doing individual mentorings.He speaks on a wide range of subjects including Creating an Internet Identity, Surviving in the Post-CD Economy, Niche Marketing, Creating Community Coalitions, Getting the most of our your Sound Check, Social Media, and Mailing List strategies. He is also available for song critiques and general career counseling. Alan is a perennial Emcee at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and continues to host showcases and musical events under the Big Orange Tarp at conferences and festivals.