Our blog has moved!

Posted March 6, 2012 by Kelli
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Hi everyone – please update your feeds and links to www.­nwfolklifefestiv­al.­org.

Thank you!
-Northwest Folklife-

We’re so thankful for Levi’s ears.

Posted March 31, 2011 by Kelli
Categories: Community News, Event, Festival

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Homemade Goods

Pioneer of the Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly, Levi Fuller, has been sharing the music he loves since 2005. And not only has he been sharing the music – he’s been documenting it – with homemade compilation CDs, complete with screen-printed artwork.

Levi Fuller

Levi says he started Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly with “the idea of shedding light on and creating a document of some of the wonderful music that was being made all around me, much of which without any fanfare, press, or radio play”. With a new compilation released every three months and a live show to support each release, Levi has built a strong force of musicians and supporters alike – this May will be the release of Ball of Wax, Volume 24! (Levi is currently accepting submissions for Ball of Wax, Volume 24 until April 11th).

Folklife will be teaming up with Ball of Wax to introduce our newest stage, Indie Roots at the Folklife Pre-Fest Party on April 22nd at the Columbia City Theater. Ball of Wax bands, Led to Sea and Corespondents will be joined by the Crow Quill Night Owls and Mighty Ghosts for a night of celebration, good music and friends. Get your tickets here!

Don’t miss the Ball of Wax showcase at the upcoming Folklife Festival, May 29th from 12:00 – 3:00 PM on the Indie Roots Stage featuring Levi Fuller, Shenandoah Davis, Joshua Morrison, Sunday Evening Whiskey Club and Pickwick.

April 22, Columbia City Theater


Visit our NEW Blog!

Posted January 19, 2011 by Tara
Categories: Update


Looking for the Northwest Folklife blog ?

We relocated the blog to its new home on our super-cool, brand-spankin’ NEW Festival website: www.nwfolklifefestival.org …check it out!

Click herehere….or HERE.

All clicks lead to our new website and blog!

This Satuday, Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted January 14, 2011 by Tara
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Marting Luther King Jr. Day falls this monday; however, if you want to pay tribute early, join us at Seattle Center on Saturday, January 15th, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, 1-3 PM.

This celebration commemorates the dream of Dr. King by promoting the principles of peace, unity and equality.  It also provides an opportunity for Seattle citizens to remember the dream and vision of MLK, and honors citizens who are energizing the MLK dream in their communities.

In addition, this year the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Awards.  Through this partnership with Seattle Center, these awards were created to recognize the efforts of youth and youth-serving organizations to reduce and prevent youth violence in Seattle. 

See you there!

Re-Envision the Dream
Program Highlights

1:00        Human Harmony Children’s Choir – US National Anthem & Black National Anthem

1:10        Welcome by Robert Nellams

1:15        Mayor McGinn Welcome & Introduction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Awards Presentation

1:40        Dr. King Speech “Beyond Vietnam” by CD Forum

2:15        A Tribute to Billie Holiday featuring Stacie Calkins

Hip to be Square

Posted January 10, 2011 by Molly
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The Tallboys

The Tallboys

Well, we’re two weeks into the new year and if you are holding on to your resolution to, say, get in shape or meet new people, tonight’s square dance at the Tractor Tavern should be right up your alley. The Tallboys will be kicking off another year of twice monthly square dancing events at this Ballard standby.

The Monday Square Dance has become increasingly popular over the years, drawing a large crowd every time. While there tend to be quite a few regulars, you can always find newbies on the dance floor learning by doing. I attended the Monday Square Dance for the first time in November and was pleasantly surprised by the patience and helpfulness of the old pros. By the end of the night I was dancing like a… well, like someone who had been square dancing for a couple hours. But I had a great time!

Dancing starts at 8pm and the cover is $5. If you can’t make it this week (or you think you may become a regular), you will have an opportunity to swing your partner every first and third Monday of the month. Check out the Tractor website for more info.

Programming the Festival: How Does it Work?

Posted January 7, 2011 by Tara
Categories: Community News, Festival


The gorgeous ladies of Programming. From left: Jerin Falkner, Kelli Faryar and Lucie Klimes. Center: Debbie Fant

Do you ever wonder how four days of music, 26 stages and over 6,000 performers are organized and scheduled for the Festival? Well, I do.

With that being said, I went to the Programming Department yesterday afternoon to learn a bit more about this gigantic task.

First off, I’ll dispel any preconceived notions of the proverbial waving of wands or snapping of fingers. If this were true, the Northwest Folklife Festival would be somewhat of an anomaly. What our Programming Department has in abundance is patience, passion for music and culture and a keen ear.

Already, when you walk into their office an enormous scheduling board takes up a whole wall and breaks the Festival into days, then intervals of time, and lastly performer tags of where they can schedule which artists and when. Confused yet? To me, this board closely resembles a puzzle; to them, it’s the Holy Grail.

Before I jump ahead, Programming gives me the scoop on the application process.  On September1st applications go live on the Northwest Folklife website. People who are interested in performing at the Festival can either submit an online or paper application. The application deadline is November 1st and at that point, Programming has collected anywhere from 1,200-1,400 applications. No big deal, right?

Programming then goes through every single application, listens to the submitted CDs or music links and enters the applications in the database.  As you can imagine, this process takes quite a bit of time and energy. 

After hundreds and hundreds of applications are reviewed, Programming starts the scheduling aspect.  Their goal is to represent over 61 genres of music at the Festival. These genres include global and regional music and dance styles. To help find performers who best represent a particular cultural community or genre, Programming relies on 60-70 Community Coordinators.  These Community Coordinators are active within their cultural community and help connect performers who best represent their cultures’ music or dance styles.

Overall, the application process results in scheduling around 900 to 950 performances.  The preliminary schedule is done in mid-March and final confirmations are sent out in April.  By Memorial Day Weekend, the kinks are (cross your fingers) all smoothed out, and Programming is ready to have their hard work enjoyed by the 250,000 people who attend the Festival.

What is one of Programming’s favorite times of the year you might ask? Well, besides Memorial Day Weekend, it’s probably June when they can decompress and reevaluate their work. Not to mention relive the Festival over and over again by listening to recorded tracks from the weekend and “digging for nuggets” to put on the Roots and Branches Vol. 2:  Live From the 2011 Festival CD. That isn’t a plug or anything…but you should probably check it out.

Help Us Gather Northwest Stories!

Posted January 5, 2011 by Molly
Categories: Festival, Northwest Stories

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Northwest Folklife has created a brand new YouTube channel to bring  you updates on the forthcoming 2011 Northwest Folklife Festival and to collect Northwest Stories. Here, let me explain:

Now get filming! I can’t wait to hear your story…