2023 CDL Song Fest

September 23, 2023
1–9pm | All Ages | Open to the Public

Join us for a music-filled day celebrating the art and craft of songwriting at the our sixth annual CDL Song Fest. Whether you're a music maker or a music lover, this is your day! Join us in the afternoon as local teen music acts take the stage in the Reading Garden, then take a walk through the 1968 Folsom Redemption exhibition celebrating the legendary Johnny Cash Folsom Prison concert series. End your day at Robin Hills Farm as we host country rocker Carlene Carter. 

Song Fest Schedule


Teen Song Fest Showcase

Get into the Song Fest groove with this teens-only concert!

Local bands WildChildz, Wicked Cricket, and The Jazz Project, and musicians Trilian Krug, Liam Favre, and Dahlia Berggren will perform in the Reading Garden. Cheer them on during this inspiring show!

Interested in being a performer next year? Email Stacey Comfort scomfort@chelseadistrictlibrary.org!

Reading Garden* | All Ages | Drop-in

*In the event of bad weather, concert will be held in KidSpot.


Docent-Guided Tours of 1968: A Folsom Redemption

In 1968, Carlene Carter’s step father, Johnny Cash, performed a series of concerts at Folsom Prison. The nationally touring photography exhibitiion, 1968: A Folsom Redemption,  memorializes this historic concert series. Join us for a 15-minute docent led tour. Carter reflects on the influence of her stepfather recalling, “He was a huge influence on my becoming an entertainer and a strong woman, not just a chick singer-songwriter, because of his encouragement,” she recalls. “‘All music is good if you're being yourself,' he told me. ‘Don't let labels of being country or rock ever hold you back! Just be yourself. Then you are unique and can't be held in a box musically.'” (https://www.carlenecarter.net/bio)

McKune Room | Teens & Adults | Registration required


Up Close with Carlene Carter

Pasture Barn at Robin Hills Farm | 20390 M-52, Chelsea MI  | Drop-in

Jeremy Baldwin from WEMU News interviews musician Carlene Carter about her career, influences, and craft.

We are hosting CDL Song Fest in the Pasture Barn at Robin Hills Farm. Parking for the Pasture Barn is available to the left as you approach the barn after passing the large parking lot for The Nest. Please note that there is a gravel walkway up to the Pasture Barn & tent. Accommodations will be available for those who need assistance.


Carlene Carter Live!

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash will perform live for a Chelsea audience in a not-to-be-missed concert.

Special thanks to the Friends of Chelsea District Library for their support of this program.