Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Winnipeg Folk, Floydfest

News on Tim McGraw, Winnipeg Folk, Floydfest

TimCountry star Tim McGraw and his band the Dancehall Doctors will play a free show for military personnel and their families later this month. The May 21 performance will take place at Colorado's Fort Carson Army Base/Pershing Field.

"I just wanted to show my appreciation to those who protect us and to their families while I'm on the road touring," says McGraw. "Our tour began shortly before the war, so it just seemed fitting that we add this show to give a little something back to those who sacrificed so much. It's our small way of saying thank you."

McGraw's tour kicked off in early March and will wrap May 25 in Greenville, S.C. The artist is out behind his latest album, "Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors." Released in November, the set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and has sold 2.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BraggBilly Bragg, Buddy Guy, Ani DiFranco, Bob Geldof, and Buffy Sainte-Marie are some of the performers confirmed for the 30th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival, slated for July 10-13 at the city's Birds Hill Park. Other performers include Kathleen Edwards, Tom Paxton, Leon Redbone, the Waifs, and John Hammond, with more to be added. The event will also play host to a family area, a craft village, and a music store.

Ticket information is available at the event's
official Web site. Previous performers have included Richard Thompson, Michelle Shocked, Loudon Wainwright III, Guy Davis, Blue Rodeo, and Dar Williams.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

Nickel Creek, Speech, and the David Grisman Quartet are among the acts who will perform during Virginia's second annual Floydfest - Outta This World Music Festival. The Aug. 15-17 non-profit event in Floyd County, Va., declares itself as "vehemently non-commercial" and focuses on cultural preservation.

Other performers at the 2003 installment will be Donna the Buffalo, Morgan Heritage, John Brown's Body, Kaki King, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Mamadou Diabate, the Hackensaw Boys, Man Alive!, Baka Beyond, Garaj Mahal, the African Showboyz, and the Yonder Mountain String Band, as well a selection of international DJs.

Along with music stages, Floydfest will also showcase handicrafts such as woodturning and glassblowing, workshops in African drumming and dance, a healing arts tent, and a children's area.

Information and tickets are available at or 800-593-TIXX. Single day tickets are $50 and weekend passes $120 through June 30; $55 single day/$135 weekend from July 1 through Aug. 14; and $60 single day/$145 weekend at the gate.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.