Please check back this winter for information about YAPI that will be offered in 2020 during the 49th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival. All information below is for the recently completed 2019 YAPI.
YAPI is FREE for performers age 18 and under with a valid festival wrist band.
YAPI was created in 2003 by Brenda Freed who wanted to provide performance opportunities for youth in Wimberley, TX and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. YAPI encourages youth to explore performing and learn stage presence skills in a non-competitive, supportive environment. Performances of all kinds and skill levels are welcomed. Original material is encouraged, however, not required. For many participants, YAPI is their first public performance with a sound system. Several have gone on to public performance careers.
"YAPI open mic night provided me the opportunity to perform for a receptive audience, which was crucial to my development as a musician," said Sahara Smith, singer/songwriter, runner-up in Garrison Keillor's 2004 Prairie Home Companion Young Artist Competition, 2007 Austin City Limits Festival performer, 2010 performer on David Letterman Show and Kerrville Folk Festival performer in 2011.
Since 2013, YAPI has been serving youth in the KFF campground. To participate, simply meet at the Threadgill Stage just before the event. Sign up starts at 12:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the performances. The YAPI open mic for youth starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. YAPI is supported by a full sound system and a professional stage crew. House keyboard provided otherwise bring your own instrument. Visit YAPI on Facebook HERE.